Orlando Pride Acquires 2022 First Round Pick, 2023 Third Round Pick and Allocation Money from NJ/NY Gotham FC

Orlando, Florida (December 6, 2021) – Orlando Pride has captured the 2022 NWSL Draft’s first-round pick, the natural third-round selection for the 2023 NWSL Draft and $50,000 in allotment money from NJ/NY Gotham FC, announced today. The 2022 pick is one of the options that Gotham FC received from the Chicago Red Stars in a previous deal, with the pick number officially closing at 8 p.m. ET on December 17.

In return, the Pride exchanged the rights of goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and defender Ali Krieger for Gotham FC.

“We have great gratitude to Ashlyn and Ali, two players who have been so well established in our club and community, so this was a very difficult decision. However, we believe this will be in Ashlyn, Ali and the Pride’s long-term best interests. We wish them nothing but the best in their new opportunity with Gotham Club,” general manager Ian Fleming added. “Every decision we make doesn’t take place in a vacuum, and with these acquired assets, we will continue to work hard to develop our roster to the best position for this club to succeed and bring the championship to Orlando.”

“On behalf of the club and the Orlando community, we would like to thank Ashlyn and Ali for their dedication and leadership at the Pride Hotel over the past six years. They have both been great ambassadors for our organization as well as fantastic players. We wish them all the best in this next chapter of their careers,” said the owner and president of the Orlando community. Orlando Pride Mark Wilf Team. “As we move forward, we remain very optimistic about the future as we build pride towards long-term success in this field.”

Harris, 36, left The Pride as the club’s full-time captain, having made 89 appearances in all competitions during her six-year tenure at Orlando. Named with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NWSL Expansion Draft, Harris became one of the organization’s first players and would go on to become the captain during the 2017 season, a responsibility she held throughout the remainder of her Orlando career. She played in her hometown club, Satellite Beach, Florida. Ratifications totaled 321 with 16 inter-tube closures.

Krieger, 37, joined Pride’s head for the 2017 season via trade and has served as the team’s co-captain since the 2019 season. Like Harris, Krieger has been a staunch champion in the Pride squad, with a total of 86 appearances in purple, the second-most in the club’s history. During her Pride career, Krieger has recorded seven assists, earned the NWSL Team of the Month honors four times, and was also named NWSL Top XI in 2017 and 2019.

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Transaction:
* Orlando Pride captured the 2022 NWSL first-round pick, a natural third-round pick for the 2023 NWSL Draft and $50,000 in allotment money from NJ/NY Gotham FC. In return, NJ/NY Gotham FC receives goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and defender Ali Krieger.

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