The Orlando Pride have acquired defender Poliana from the Houston Dash in exchange for Orlando’s natural second-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft, the teams announced Tuesday. After the trade, the Pride signed Poliana to a new contract for the 2018 season.
“Poliana is a player that we have admired since she joined the league. We believe she has been one of Houston’s best, most consistent players during that time,” Pride coach Tom Sermanni said in a statement from the club. “What really appeals to us is that, though she plays mostly in a full back role, we think she’s the kind of player who can play anywhere. She’s intelligent, her ability to read the game is phenomenal. As well as outstanding defensive qualities, she also has the skill to get forward and score goals. She has all the characteristics we look for at our Club. I think she is an ideal fit for the Pride.”
Poliana scored four goals and two assists last season, her second with the Dash. She was named the Week 10 Player of the Week when she recorded two assists in Houston’s win at Orlando. She had five goals in 37 career games with the Dash.
She joins her Brazilian national team teammates in Marta, Camila and Monica on the Pride. Brazil will soon take part in their 2019 Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament — the CONMEBOL Copa América Femenina, which will take place April 4-22.
The Pride have been active on the trade market since the 2018 NWSL College Draft. In a series of trades, they’ve acquired defender Shelina Zadorsky, midfielder Christine Nairn, defender Carson Pickett and goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer.
The Dash, of course, made a big splash on draft day as part of the three-team mega trade that landed Christen Press in Houston.