Multiple sources suggest San Diego Wave FC is in the final stages of acquiring Orlando Pride striker Alex Morgan. the athlete. No paperwork has been completed to trade yet, and trade has not been completed before Friday’s trade window deadline. Sources said current negotiations between the two teams will be completed when the window reopens on Thursday, December 17, following the NWSL expansion draft.
Sources have not been able to confirm what Orlando will get in the deal, although it is unlikely that the Wave will send any of its few players as they work to build their roster for the 2022 season. It is unclear how this will affect Pride’s approach to their protected roster for the upcoming expansion draft, and what If Morgan could be left unprotected.
It’s not Orlando’s first major move ahead of the expansion draft, as defender Ali Krieger and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris have been traded to NJ/NY Gotham FC ahead of the trading deadline for draft selection and funds allocation.
Morgan has been part of the trade for the expansion team before – she arrived in Orlando during the 2015 off-season as the Pride’s first major player as part of a business deal with the Portland Thorns. Morgan scored five goals, earning her 100th NFL appearance during the 2021 regular season with Pride.
Once the deal is finalized, Morgan will join a growing roster in San Diego under coach Casey Stoney, including defender Abby Dalkemper and goalkeeper Kaylin Sheridan.
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