Thorns acquire international roster spot from Spirit

The Spirit will receive the Thorns' natural first-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft

In a trade between Portland and Washington, the Thorns have acquired a 2018 international roster spot and future considerations from the Spirit, who will receive Portland’s natural first-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft. The clubs announced the deal on Tuesday.

“With a quality group of internationals, and several young players already on our current roster, this trade allows us to keep the roster intact as we make a push towards the end of the season and into the playoffs,” Thorns GM Gavin Wilkinson said in a Thorns news release.

Four internationals have seen action for the Thorns so far this season: Andressinha (Brazil), Hayley Raso (Australia), Ellie Carpenter (Australia) and Ana-Maria Crnogorčević (Switzerland). Caitlin Foord (Australia), acquired in an offseason trade but yet to play due to injury (right lis franc repair), was added to the injury report for the first time ahead of Week 14’s midweek match.

As per the NWSL roster rules, teams are allotted four international roster spots for the 2018 season, but can acquire additional international roster spots in trades.

The Spirit recently released Yanara Aedo of Chile.

The Thorns also announced that Meg Morris (left hip pain) has been added to the disabled list with a season-ending injury.