Orland Pride acquire Emily Sonnett, rights to Caitlin Foord and draft picks in trade with Portland Thorns

Emily Sonnett

Carson, CA – August 31, 2018: The USWNT defeated Chile 3-0 at StubHub Center.

The Orlando Pride traded their No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s NWSL College Draft to the Portland Thorns in exchange for United States women’s national team defender Emily Sonnett and the rights to Australian forward Caitlin Foord.

The Pride also received the No. 7 and No. 14 overall pick in the 2020 draft, the club announced on Wednesday.

“Acquiring not only one, but two players with the domestic and international resumes of Emily and Caitlin, plus additional draft picks for 2020, puts the club in a strong position to continue building for both short and long-term success,” Orlando Pride GM Erik Ustruck said. “Emily and Caitlin are two players we have targeted for a while and we are incredibly happy to come to terms on this deal.”

Sonnett, 26, made 72 appearances during her time with the Thorns. She was drafted by Portland as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NWSL College Draft where she played for the University of Virginia.

The defender was also part of the USWNT’s 2019 World Cup victory in France last summer.

The Pride also acquired the rights to Foord, but according to Equalizer Soccer’s Dan Lauletta, the Australian forward may be on the move again.

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