Boston Breakers receive two third-round draft picks for midfielder

(Oct. 23, 2013) – Seattle Reign FC has acquired midfielder Mariah Nogueira from the Boston Breakers in exchange for Seattle’s third round-pick (No. 18 overall) in the 2014 NWSL College Draft and Reign FC’s third-round pick in the 2015 draft in a deal announced Wednesday.

Reign FC still has the Nos. 9, 23 and 26 overall selections in the 2014 draft, which is scheduled to take place in Jan. In addition to the No. 18 overall pick, Boston also owns the Nos. 7, 20 and 28 selections in the upcoming draft.

The deal was the second trade in a week for Boston, which picked up forward Courtney Jones from FC Kansas City on Oct. 17 in a transaction that included the two teams swapping first-round picks in the 2014 draft.

Boston drafted Nogueira with the No. 13 selection in the 2013 NWSL College Draft. She appeared in 20 games (16 starts) and had three goals and one assist in 1,408 minutes for the Breakers in 2013.

"I’m grateful for everything the Boston Breakers provided me in my first professional season and am excited for the new challenge and growth potential that Seattle offers,” Nogueira said. “I have confidence in and am honored to be able to work with Seattle Reign’s staff, players, and fans in building towards a successful season.”
Nogueira returns to the West Coast where she has spent most of her soccer career. The California native started all four years while at Stanford, earning two All-America Defensive Midfielder honors.
She finished with 21 goals and 15 assists for her collegiate career and was named to the All-Pac 12 first team her senior year in 2012.
“Mariah will add needed depth to a midfield that will be anchored by Jess Fishlock and Keelin Winters next season,” general manager and coach Laura Harvey said.  “We saw the impact Mariah can make on a match, so we’re excited to add her to our squad as we seek to make significant improvements to the results we achieved last season.”
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