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WNY Flash hire Riley as club's new head coach

Paul Riley will become the Western New York Flash's second head coach in its history, the team announced on Friday morning.

The Englishman previously coached the New York Fury of the Women's Premier Soccer League, the Philadelphia Independence of Women's Professional Soccer and, most recently, Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League.

Riley's biggest tie to the Flash previously was the Independence's WPS title loss in 2013, where Western New York trumped Philadelphia in a dramatic penalty shootout in front of over 10,000 fans at Sahlen's Stadium.

[Read about the Flash's trade of Sydney Leroux to Kansas City]

Serving as the Thorns' gaffer since 2013, Riley dealt with a fluid roster in 2015 as a result of the Women's World Cup, as stars Alex Morgan (four games), Christine Sinclair (nine games) and Tobin Heath (12 games) all missed significant stretches of the team's 6-5-9 (W-T-L) campaign, good for sixth place in the (then) nine-team league.

Riley, 52, replaces Aaran Lines, who resigned from his role in late December 2015 after seven seasons. Lines will now serve as the club's vice president.

Email Ben Tsujimoto at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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