Lianne Joan Sanderson
(born 3 February 1988) is an English football
who plays for the WPS
side Philadelphia Independence
as a striker
Sanderson joined Arsenal
in 1997 as part of their youth programme. Her first full season with the first team came in the 2003–2004 season, and she continued to play in the first team from then on. In the 2006 FA Women's Cup
final, Sanderson scored the fifth goal of a 5–0 win over Leeds United
, and was voted Player of the Match.
Sanderson finished the 2006–07 season as Arsenal's top–scorer, with 40 goals scored in 41 appearances across four competitions, all of which were won by Arsenal. In the 2007–08 season, she amassed 51 goals in 36 appearances, including the third in Arsenal's 4-1 FA Women's Cup
final triumph over Leeds United
On 3 July 2008, it was announced that Sanderson and Arsenal team mate Anita Asante
had joined Chelsea Ladies
. Upon signing Sanderson said "I always said I would never play for anyone else other than Chelsea. I have been at Arsenal for 11 years and it is a big change for me to have to leave the team, but both Anita and I wanted a new challenge. Sometimes you have to try new things and challenge yourself personally and I know that is what I am looking forward to doing here. So now I am just looking forward to what's ahead. Hopefully Anita and I will come in and help Chelsea win things."
Sanderson was drafted in the WPS
international draft, and now... Read More