Pride Roundup: Orlando Pride trades Rachel Hill to Chicago Red Stars; select players in NWSL College Draft

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Photo: Adrian J Hernandez / Orlando Soccer Journal

The Orlando Pride was active during the NWSL draft on Thursday in Baltimore.

The Pride shipped forward Rachel Hill, Allocation Money, the No. 19 overall pick in the 2020 draft and a pick in next year’s draft to the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for the No. 3 and No. 26 overall pick of Thursday’s college draft.

The amount of allocation money the Pride sent to the Red Stars was not disclosed.

Hill, 24, spent three seasons with Orlando scoring 12 goals in 60 league appearances.

Pride draft picks 

The Pride made a total of seven draft picks on Thursday.

Midfielder Taylor Kronieck (University of Colorado, Boulder) was selected as the No. 3 overall pick in the first round. Midfielder/defender Courtney Petersen followed as the No. 7 pick out of the Univerisity of Virginia.

This is what Orlando head coach Marc Skinner had to say about Thursday’s moves: 

“I think things that we looked at from last season were the competitive edge in terms of physicality…so what I wanted to do coming into this was identify players that can technically play, physically play but also, having interviewed them almost in conversations, see if they can mentally step up.

We ended up getting players that I’m really happy with. I think they’ll add a new dynamic to an Orlando team that needed to be revitalized and reenergized. I’m really happy with the work we’ve done today and hopefully, you’ll see that very soon.”

Here’s a rundown of Thursday’s Pride draft picks 

First Round
No. 3 – Taylor Kronieck (Midfielder, University of Colorado, Boulder)
No. 7 – Courtney Petersen (Midfielder/Defender, Univerisity of Virginia)

Second Round
No. 10 – Konya Plummer (Defender, University of Central Florida)
No. 14 – Phoebe McClernon (Defender, University of Virginia)

Third Round 
No. 21 – Cheyenne Shorts (Defender, University of Denver)
No. 26 – Abi Kim (Forward, University of California – Berkeley)

Fourth Round
No. 30 – Chelsee Washington (Midfielder, Bowling Green State University)


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