Red Stars trade LePeilbet to FC Kansas City

The Equalizer Staff March 31, 2014 42

Amy LePeilbet has been traded from Chicago to FC Kansas City. (Photo Copyright: Meg Linehan for The Equalizer)

FC Kansas City boosted their defense on Monday with the addition of U.S. international Amy LePeilbet via a trade with the Chicago Red Stars. In return, Chicago gets Kansas City’s first round pick in the 2015 college draft and an additional international slot for 2014 and 2015.

LePeilbet, 31, is yet to play in the NWSL after undergoing ACL surgery in February 2013, a month after being allocated to the Red Stars. She is a Crystal Lake, Ill., native.

“We are very excited to have Amy on board,” FC Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “We put lots of time and effort into finding a defender that will make our already strong defense even better. Once she is ready to step on the field, with her knowledge and experience, she will make an immediate impact on our team.”

There’s particular emphasis on “once she is ready,” from Andonovski’s comments. LePeilbet recently trained with the U.S. women’s national team, but hasn’t appeared in a competitive match since Dec. 15, 2012, when she played the first 45 minutes of a 4-1 win over China.

  • MT

    It was clear LePeilbet had no interest in CRS as she never stepped foot in Chicago, chose to rehab elsewhere, and never offered any support to the team. That said CRS definitely came out on the better end of the trade. Questionable why FCKC would give up so much for a player with a questionable future.

    • Silver Frost

      You’ll eat your words when KC wins the championship.

      • guest

        They can win the title but that doesn’t change how questionable this move was.

      • newsouth

        their back line will be undersiege this season with scott as a buffer.

        • Ron Bishop

          “Without”?

          More to the FCKC than Desiree Scott. If not, they’re screwed anyway.

    • kernel_thai

      There is a big shortage at CB so I guess it was supply and demand. Other than KC who lost Sesselmann, WNY lost Johnson, and Boston lost McNeil. Add to that the fact that Houston and Washington r still looking for defenders and Chicago seemed to have a sellers market.

      • newsouth

        estelle and gehi are friends, is working for the 2nd year at a univ asst coaching job. there’s no incentive for her to run back to wny for peanuts. if there was a REAL trade, it would have been fckc and wny for a YOUNG estelle since she can play and keep her job since it’s a bus ride away. uswt players got a home. that’s about it. i know the league dont do things like that because women’s football is too perfect. estelle is a natural replacement for any outside back.

  • FCKCEvans

    Yikes is all I have to say about this trade. I know KC needed a defender….but a 1st round pick AND an international slot. We paid waaay too much. AL better be close to ready because they basically gave up on future defenders in Zadorsky (no international slot to sign her with) and a 1st round pick in a very strong 2015 draft. LePeilbet seemed to have no interest in playing with the Red Stars so why did KC give up so much?

    • wosofan

      Sometimes these trades make so little sense, I have to wonder. It seems out of character for the FCKC front office/coaches. I am really, really frustrated. Trying to find positives, but as a FCKC fan, I cannot see it. I thought the ARod trade was a bad one (still do), but this one is even worse. And FCKC totally bailed out Chicago, who had a player who did not want to be there. As a WNT fan, maybe this says something good about Julie Johnston’s abilities at center back. That’s the only positive to see here. Meanwhile, FCKC just lost out a player like Danielle Colaprico in 2015, and Zadorsky in 2014.

      • FCKCEvans

        Arod > LePielbet. But I would have rather had a young defender in Estelle Johnson or Zadorsky. I hate the 1st round pick part too, who knows what we will need next year with player moves and expansion.

    • Rufan

      She may not have wanted to play for Chicago but how much leverage did she have to force a unfair trade, not show up at games for Chicago but meanwhile want to play in WNT games? Not like the Devanna trade between SB and Boston, Lisa may not have come back to SB at all.

      • FCKCEvans

        If I were Chicago I would have complained to the league to come up with a solution for this player (LEP) that’s allocated to them but refuses to play. Perhaps, the league was involved.

        • Rufan

          When Amy was allocated to Chicago, I have to believe that most if not all here and on BS would have thought that it made sense and her top choice as she is from the area. But maybe she asked Chicago to draft Liz (taken by Seattle 4th round supplemental) and when it did not, Amy did not want anything to do with the team. Or maybe Chicago was not Amy’s first choice for allocation, and her relationship with Red Stars was doomed from the start. .

        • wosofan

          I think the league was involved. I think FCKC was forced to give Chicago significant value, even though LeP isn’t worth it at this point. I think FCKC was forced to live with it. The upside is, they won’t pay LeP’s salary, since she’s a USSF allocated player.

          Anyway, thinking about the health of the league, I really hope Chicago improves and gets better. They need to get better, and also hopefully find a better venue.

          • Steglitz49

            Wanting to leave Chicago is one thing; but exchanging it for Kansas City?

            What is KC’s long-term dividend for this trade. They must have been promised something by the Chief Ideologist of the NWSL.

    • guest

      I don’t understand this trade at all. Why was FCKC willing to pay through the nose to sign a player that has been out for well over a year and is well beyond her peak. It would have made infinitely more sense to go for a younger healthy player. Meanwhile, Chicago come out looking like bandits

      • anon

        Without getting into personal lives I will just say that this whole thing appears to have been done to accommodate players’ personal wants and not what’s best for the team’s future.

        • guest

          They could have accommodated personal lives without giving up so much. The point still stands that they payed way over her value.

          • Ben

            And leave Chicago holding the bag? I think I buy the theory that USSF was behind this deal. First, probably sometime last year it became clear Amy L wasn’t going to play for Chicago. Given that she was originally allocated to Chicago, they had to find a way to compensate them. I doubt they were going to allocate a brand new player. So they probably “encouraged” FCKC to trade for her given that they have the most USWNT allocated players. There was probably the incentive that Tymrak might be subsidized. In that case, Chicago had to be compensated handsomely for losing a free player and an allocated spot (those won’t be coming by easily anymore).

      • newsouth

        in a real league press to chicago for # 2 to pick up ohai doesn’t make sense. like the poster said, a-rod and lep could have been benched for a full season. ussoccer pays for their players to be on the field. mexico plays for their players to sit on the bench. possible back door deal with a draft pick to over it but ussoccer doesn’t do things like that since morgan and sinclair just happen to end up on the same team. fckc would take it for two paid spots.

        • Steglitz49

          “Mexico pays for their players to sit on the bench” — too true.

  • john

    I’m not kidding here folks. After this season plays out several posters on here will be able to make a strong case for the GM jobs that should be opening up. There has been a whole bunch of head scratcher moves that it’s hard to believe won’t be underscored by on field results. Is this one of the deals done to accommodate a NT player although Harvey seems to be the conduit of choice for US Soccer in those instances? Update the CV is all I can say!

    • wosofan

      I’m deeply suspicious of the ARod and LeP trades. I think they were done to accommodate veteran WNT preferences. Harvey was never going to play ARod for any significant minutes. And LeP wanted out of Chicago. I think FCKC was almost forced to give up value for LeP, otherwise it would conflict with the fact that she’s actually an allocated player, on USSF payroll. She’s worth no more than a 2nd Round pick, period, especially with the style Vlatko wants to play and the center back depth at KC.

      • Sydonia

        You believe Vlatko would sign a player he knew would never be able to play? You think this guy is stupid? Snishy, your opinion is desired.

        • Kel33

          No one said that she’d never play. The discussion is about *when* and *how well*. Coming back from a 2nd ACL surgery and 16 months since she last played, both are huge question marks with no guarantees.

          • guest

            Factor in her age and they’re all relevant and the fact that she’s well beyond her prime anymore to why this move feels like they over paid for her.

        • newsouth

          no, he’s not stupid. unlike mexican players, usnt players don
          t get a check to ride the bench in this league. it’s for them to train, not watch the games.

  • FawcettFan14

    So now Kansas City has four center backs who will have starting lineup aspirations. Something has to give. At least one will be benched, or Vlakto goes 3-5-2, or he has some shoehorning to do.

    • Ben

      There is no way Amy L can think she will be a starter for a team like FCKC after coming back from such a long injury. The best she can hope for is to start when the NT players are away

  • Ron Bishop

    LePeilbet will be a fine addition to FCKC. FCKC had a good mixture of experience and freshness with good coach. Andonovski has shown he can get top notch performance from his players – both with the Comets and FCKC.

    Rip it up, Blues!

  • kernel_thai

    If LePeilbet is healthy I dont think it is an awful deal. The pick will be low first round, like 7- 9. The int slot is meaningless since KC doesnt seem interested in internationals. If healthy LePeilbet gives them cover across the back line. And of course they dont have to pay her. It makes up a bit for them losing their free Canadian players. I do wonder why they dont seem interested in playing Kallman at CB.

    • newsouth

      horrible deal because estelle johnson coaches in kansas. my guess is, that’s why she isn’t running to wny because of her job. my 2nd guess is, she played for fckc since it’s skip from her job. i would have explored that deal

      • Rdalford

        WNY still holds contract rights for Estelle Johnson so suspect FCKC would have to trade with WNY to get Johnson. Johnson does play outside back or center back and has better speed than any of the 4 CB’s for FCKC. FCKC could use FB & WNY may still need CB – so maybe FCKC trades with WNY?

        • FCKCEvans

          Unlikely but I hope you are right. I doubt WNY would make room for Lepeilbet and Bogus though….

      • Ron Bishop

        Perhaps Johnson wants to focus on coaching like Tina Ellertson. It’s a good life.

        • FCKCEvans

          This could be true. Avila just hired a new women’s soccer coach this spring who happens to be another young female with half the experience of Johnson…Wonder why Johnson didn’t go for the head job….

  • lol

    I love how people claim she can play in the middle and on the wing. She’s horrible on the wing.
    The US won the olympics in spite of not because of her at RB.

    • Davis

      I thought LePeilbet had a very good olympic tournament. She definitely pulled her weight for that gold medal.

    • john

      While I agree she isn’t the greatest international wing back we’ve ever seen she did play at the international level at WB. How many other available players can that be said about? Then factor in the availability/cost of other possibilities and maybe LeP is the winner. I think LeP was signed for depth when call ups occur. I’m sure she’ll get an invite as soon as she’s healthy, but I don’t see her in the mix unless she makes League XI. One other factor to remember is Brunn has also played WB at the top level which might provide more flexibility for KC. But they still gave up too much for her!

  • Dorfman

    KC has around 8 experienced WNT players on their roster, adding another WNT player wasn’t going to happen unless they gave up a lot. Especially if other teams complained about the trade. So KC had to trade away their 1st round choice 2015 plus and international slot for 2014 and 2015 to make this trade happen.
    IMHO, the RS got the most out of this trade(3 players for 1, wow) and AL hasn’t played a minute in over a year. I’m sure there is plenty rust she is going to have to shake off. Time will tell

  • http://dcfxbroker.com/ DCfxBroker

    What a good trade! I’m glad hearing of it!

  • wosofan

    http://nwherald.com/2014/04/02/prairie-ridge-grad-lepeilbet-not-ready-to-commit-to-timetable-on-fc-kansas-city-debut/a6kijp5/?page=1

    Small tidbit regarding LePeilbet. I’m shocked, shocked that these sorts of quotes from LePeilbet on her knee did not make their way into the FCKC press release at the time of the trade. What was Vlatko thinking, knowing all this?