Alexandra Sahlen

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Alex Sahlen
2013-07-04 Redstars v Flash AlexSahlen.jpg
Sahlen in starting lineup of Western New York Flash vs Chicago Red Stars match on July 4, 2013
Personal information
Full name Alexandra Sahlen
Date of birth (1982-09-25) September 25, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Williamsville, New York, United States
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Western New York Flash
Number 2
Youth career
Niagara Purple Eagles
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Rochester Ravens 33 (0)
2009–2010 Buffalo Flash 22 (0)
2011– Western New York Flash 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 April 2013

Alexandra "Alex" Sahlen (born September 25, 1982) is an American professional soccer player and entrepreneur. She plays for the Western New York Flash of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and is also the club's president.[1]

Early life[edit]

Sahlen was born and raised in Williamsville, New York, a small suburb of Buffalo.[2]

Niagara University[edit]

Sahlen attended Niagara University from 2000-03 where she played for the Purple Eagles. She started 55 matches and completed her collegiate career with six goals and 10 assists, ranking 20th on the school's all-time scoring list. Sahlen helped guide the Purple Eagles to their first MAAC Championship appearance in 2003.

Playing career[edit]


Rochester Ravens[edit]

Sahlen played with W-League club Rochester Ravens from 2005 until 2008, when a stress fracture in the first game of the season ruled her out of contention.[3]

Western New York Flash[edit]

Along with husband Aaran Lines, Sahlen then founded a new professional W-League club, Buffalo Flash, in time for the 2009 season.[4] Sahlen played for the Flash as they won the 2010 W-League championship and remained on the playing roster when the team changed its name to Western New York Flash and entered Women's Professional Soccer, claiming the 2011 WPS Championship.[5][6]

Coaching career[edit]

Sahlen was assistant coach for the women's soccer team at her alma mater, Niagara University from 2004-2011.[7]


  1. ^ "Letter from the president: WNY’s Alex Sahlen checks in". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "ALEX SAHLEN RETURNS TO THE FLASH". Western New York Flash. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sahlen's Buffalo Flash join W-League in 2009". Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  4. ^ Jenna Pel (2011-03-24). "An Interview With WNY Flash Head Coach Aaran Lines". All White Kit. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  5. ^ "Sahlen fights for women’s soccer league". Niagara Gazette. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Family ties don't stop the Flash's Alex Sahlen from doing a great job". Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Former NU Stars Share Spotlight With World's Best". Niagara University. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 

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