Portland trades Emily Sonnett to Orlando and Midge Purce to Sky Blue FC in pair of mega trades
Thorns now hold the first pick in the 2020 NWSL College Draft
Emily Sonnett moves to the Orlando Pride in exchange for the first pick in the 2020 NWSL College Draft in one of two deals made by Portland Thorns FC (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com)
Emily Sonnett moves to the Orlando Pride in exchange for the first pick in the 2020 NWSL College Draft in one of two deals made by Portland Thorns FC (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com)

Portland Thorns FC have acquired the first overall pick in the 2020 NWSL College Draft from the Orlando Pride in exchange for U.S. women’s national team defender Emily Sonnett, the rights to Australian forward Caitlin Foord and the seventh and 14th overall picks in the 2020 College Draft, the two teams announced today. In addition, Portland traded forward Margaret “Midge” Purce and a 2021 natural first round draft pick to Sky Blue FC in exchange for the rights to midfielder Raquel Rodriguez.

Sonnett joins Orlando following the USWNT’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup victory where she made her tournament debut on June 16 against Chile. Since her WNT debut in October 2015, the defender has earned 40 caps and three assists. Sonnett also won the 2018 Tournament of the Nations and the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship with the senior national team and was named as an alternate for the USA’s 18-player roster for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Marrietta, GA, native was selected first overall by Portland in the 2016 NWSL College Draft. She appeared in 78 regular season and playoff matches for the Thorns scoring eight goals and adding two assists. Portland took home the NWSL Shield as the league’s top team following Sonnett’s rookie campaign (2016) and went on to win the NWSL Championship in 2017.

Foord comes to Orlando after appearing in 26 games for Portland, scoring three goals and adding two assists. The Australian international first entered the league in its inaugural season as a member of Sky Blue FC, taking the field 46 times from 2013-15. Following the 2013 season, she was named to the NWSL Second XI and helped lead Sky Blue FC to their only playoff appearance.

In 2015, Foord returned to the W-League in Australia. The forward signed with Sydney FC, where she had previously played from 2010-14, and registered 766 minutes and scored two goals in 10 games. In 2017, Foord signed a one-year contract with Vegalta Sendai Ladies of the Japan Women’s Football League, scoring four goals in 17 matches. She returned to the NWSL in 2018 after a pair of trades landed her rights with Portland.

Foord made her international debut for the Matildas in May of 2011. She was named to the senior roster for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the young age of 16. Following her performance in the tournament she was named the Best Women’s Young Player and was recognized as the 2011 Asian Women’s Young Footballer of the Year, an honor she would receive again in 2016.

Portland acquired Purce in the 2018 Dispersal Draft from the Boston Breakers. The forward has appeared in 63 regular season NWSL games with Boston and Portland, totaling nine goals and adding three assists. In 2019, Purce earned NWSL Player of the Week honors for Week 19 and was named to June’s NWSL Team of the Month. She received her first call-up to the senior national team since the summer of 2018 in October for a pair of friendlies against Sweden and Costa Rica. She earned her first cap in USA’s 6-0 win over Costa Rica on November 10 and became the first player to have played collegiately at Harvard to earn a WNT cap.

Sky Blue FC selected Rodriguez in the first round, second overall at the 2016 NWSL College Draft. She appeared in 76 games for Sky Blue scoring eight goals and adding five assists. At the international level, Rodriguez has earned 70 caps and has scored 40 goals for the Costa Rica senior national team. During the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the forward scored the team’s first ever World Cup goal.

Following the trade, Portland will be on the clock five times at the 2020 College Draft with the first, 15th, 16th, 25th and 34th overall picks. Orlando now holds six selections in this year’s draft (7th, 10th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 30th). Sky Blue FC currently paces the league with seven overall picks including two in the first round, three in the second, and one in each of the third and fourth rounds.

For an updated draft order and for more information on the 2020 College Draft click here.

2020 NWSL College Draft Order

Round 1

No. 1 Portland Thorns FC
No. 2 Sky Blue FC
No. 3 Sky Blue FC
No. 4 Chicago Red Stars
No. 5 Chicago Red Stars
No. 6 North Carolina Courage
No. 7 Orlando Pride
No. 8 Chicago Red Stars
No. 9 Chicago Red Stars

Round 2

No. 10 Orlando Pride
No. 11 Sky Blue FC
No. 12 Houston Dash
No. 13 Sky Blue FC
No. 14 Orlando Pride
No. 15 Portland Thorns FC
No. 16 Portland Thorns FC
No. 17 Sky Blue FC
No. 18 Houston Dash

Round 3

No. 19 Orlando Pride
No. 20 Sky Blue FC
No. 21 Orlando Pride
No. 22 Utah Royals FC
No. 23 Washington Spirit
No. 24 Reign FC
No. 25 Portland Thorns FC
No. 26 Chicago Red Stars
No. 27 North Carolina Courage

Round 4

No. 28 North Carolina Courage
No. 29 Sky Blue FC
No. 30 Orlando Pride
No. 31 Utah Royals FC
No. 32 Washington Spirit
No. 33 Reign FC
No. 34 Portland Thorns FC
No. 35 Chicago Red Stars
No. 36 North Carolina Courage


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