Another local headed to Western N.Y.

Defender Whitney Engen (Rolling Hills Estates/Peninsula HS) agreed to terms Thursday with Women's Professional Soccer's expansion team, becoming the third player from So Cal headed to the Western New York Flash.

Engen, who became a free agent when the Chicago Red Stars pulled out of the 2011 season earlier this week, was one of WPS's top rookies last summer. The former University of North Carolina standout will join defender Ali Riley (Pacific Palisades/Harvard-Westlake School), who was WPS Rookie of the Year, and third-year midfielder McCall Zerboni (San Clemente/San Clemente HS and UCLA) in Buffalo and Rochester.

Riley played last season for WPS champion FC Gold Pride, which folded last month. Zerboni played for the defunct L.A. Sol in 2009 and for the Atlanta Beat last season.

WPS will operate as an East Coast league in 2011, with franchises in Boston, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta and Western New York.