Catley, Spencer to Seattle and Nairn, Pickett, Kopmeyer to Orlando in pair of trades

Seattle also sends their natural third round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft to Orlando

Defender Steph Catley (left) and midfielder Christine Nairn. (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)

Seattle Reign FC and the Orlando Pride announced a pair of trades on Monday afternoon that will see five players moving cities.

 

In the first trade, the Reign sent midfielder Christine Nairn and defender Carson Pickett to the Pride in exchange for defender Steph Catley. In the second trade, Seattle sent goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer and their natural third round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft to Orlando in exchange for forward Jasmyne Spencer.

In comments released by the Reign, head coach Vlatko Adonovski reacted to the two trades. “Catley is one of the best outside backs in the world and will provide a tremendous boost to our squad,” he said. “The addition of Spencer will add a new dimension to our attack, complementing what we have in [Nahomi Kawasumi][Megan] Rapinoe, [Beverly] Yanez, [Larissa] Crummer and [Jodie] Taylor.”

Catley has played for the Pride and Portland Thorns FC since joining the NWSL in 2014. The Australian international was a finalist for NWSL Defender of the Year in 2017. She had a goal and three assists in her time with Orlando, including the first goal in Pride history.

Spencer has spent five seasons in the NWSL. She has 13 career goals across her time with the Pride, Washington Spirit and Western New York Flash.

On the Orlando side of the trade, head coach Tom Sermanni commented on the Pride’s new players. “We put a significant emphasis last year on international players and the downside of that, particularly when there’s a World Cup year coming up soon, is that you’re going to lose those international players from time to time. So it’s really important to have depth and quality with your domestic players and I think these three players bring us that,” Sermanni said in Orlando’s news release about the trade.   

Nairn has played all five seasons in the NWSL, spending time with both the Reign and Spirit. She has 18 career goals and was one of the first players to appear in 100 career NWSL games.

 

Kopmeyer was drafted in 2013 and has spent her entire career with the Reign. She started 20 games for Seattle in 2017 and earned two clean sheets.

 

Pickett was drafted by Seattle in 2016. She started 21 games at left back for the Reign last season.