The U.S. women’s national team are the inaugural W Gold Cup champions after a 1-0 win over Brazil. 

Lindsey Horan was the game’s lone goalscorer, capitalizing on a well-placed header to put the USWNT up just before the half.

The win ensures that the USWNT ends a rollercoaster tournament on a high, bouncing back from a tough group stage loss to Mexico. And for interim coach Twila Kilgore, it’s a good indicator of where things are headed. 

"This is a group that's moving forward together, that still wants more time together. It's time to go back to club [seasons] for them and do those things, but we genuinely enjoy being together and feel like we're just getting started," Kilgore said. "This is a group that's just getting started.

"We've regrouped, we've set new goals, we've set a new style of play. We're working towards something together, and it's a very public process, and that's just not easy. I'm just so proud of them, and I'm just so happy."

Youth talent was on display in this tournament for the USWNT, with 19-year-old Jaedyn Shaw being named player of the tournament and winning the tournament’s Golden Ball. Alyssa Naeher won the Golden Glove for best keeper of the tournament. 

Canada’s Adriana Leon took home the Golden Boot, having finished with the most goals, while teenager Olivia Smith earned the Best Young Player award.

After Sunday's SEC Championship scuffle, in which six South Carolina and LSU players were ejected, LSU coach Kim Mulkey opted to lay some of the blame on the referees. 

Late in the fourth quarter, South Carolina senior Kamilla Cardoso and LSU sophomore Flau’jae Johnson got into it, with almost the entirety of both benches being subsequently cleared. Postgame, Staley apologized for her team’s part in the fight and said that Johnson had apologized to her. But Mulkey opted to take aim at the refs.

“Do you realize there was only one foul called on each team with two minutes left in the fourth quarter?” she said. “Are you kidding me? That might have created some of that. Not the way we play. We’re going to foul your a–. They’re going to foul your a–. You only blew the whistle one time? Think about that now.

“Flau’jae, what I saw, intentionally fouled [Milaysia] Fulwiley because she stripped her. Great move because she’s gonna get a layup right there. Then some jawing went on with her and another player and the next thing I know Cardoso just waylaid her. So I ran because somebody came out of the stands — I think it was Flau’jae’s brother — trying to keep him from doing anything crazy.”

While she conceded that “no one wants to be a part of that,” she also said she wished Cardoso “would’ve pushed Angel Reese.”

“Don’t push a kid—you’re 6’8”—don’t push somebody that little,” she said. “That was uncalled for in my opinion.”

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She also continued, addressing both benches being ejected for leaving the bench area. After all penalties were handed out, LSU had just five players available while South Carolina had six. 

“Why weren’t the coaches tossed if they left the bench?” Mulkey continued. “Wouldn’t that be a hell of an ending? I guess it’s just the players that leave the bench area. It’s ugly. It’s not good. No one wants to be a part of that.”

USC women’s basketball re-established itself back amongst the Pac-12 greats on Sunday, winning the final Pac-12 tournament championship game. 

The Trojans beat Stanford for the title, 74-61, marking their first tournament championship since 2014. It was an all-around team win as the Cardinal held star freshman JuJu Watkins to a career-low scoring output of 9 pts.

Instead, it was McKenzie Forbes, who had a game-high 26 points, propeling the Trojans to the win and being named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. 

"We stand on the shoulders of giants," Forbes told ESPN after the game. "The people who came before us -- Cheryl [Miller], Lisa [Leslie], Tina [Thompson]. ... They've been supporting us all season. This is for you guys."

USC coach Lindsey Gottlieb applauded her team’s effort. 

"We don't win a championship today without being able to rely on everything that is truly our team," Gottlieb said. "There was not one, not two, not three, not four, but five people around [Watkins] because of the respect they have for her and we found a way because we know that we're a true team."

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said that she is “heartbroken” about it being the end of the Pac-12. The Cardinal has won the tournament 15 times since 2002, and established itself amongst college basketball’s standout programs. 

"I'm going to root for all the Pac-12 schools to do really well in the tournament, and I will take some pride in how well they do," VanDerveer said of the conference’s final run.

"The conference has just been an unbelievable platform for female athletes, a really special conference in terms of the values and what these schools represent,” Gottlieb said. “There's obviously some sadness in terms of this being the last one. At the same time, a lot of pride in us winning the last one as a group. This group will be remembered forever for that."

The USWNT is through to the Concacaf W Gold Cup semifinals after a strong 3-0 win over Colombia on Sunday evening, bouncing back from a surprise loss to Mexico in the group stage.

Goals from Lindsey Horan, Jenna Nighswonger, and Jaedyn Shaw in an impressive first half gave the U.S. control over the match early. USWNT goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher registered a shutout in her 100th cap, only the third U.S. goalkeeper to reach the milestone.

Moving on: The match was a chippy affair with a fair amount of gamesmanship, with Alex Morgan drawing a penalty in just the 10′ and Horan sinking her shot from the spot three minutes later.

Naeher was called upon to make a number of big saves to keep the U.S. ahead, and Morgan’s influence on the match also showed in an assist for the team’s second goal. With tempers running high, Colombia could never fully recover from the early deficit, and Shaw’s goal in first half stoppage time put the game out of reach.

The team’s lineup reflected more of a combination of veteran leadership alongside younger players than the U.S.’s starting XI against Mexico. Sunday’s starters had an average of 57.7 caps, the least in the knockout stage of a competitive tournament for the USWNT since 1991 according to Opta. Shaw, a standout once again, became only the second USWNT player to score in each of her first three starts.

Other Gold Cup results: Canada took down Costa Rica 1-0 in extra time. Brazil defeated Argentina 5-1. And Mexico beat Paraguary 3-2.

Tune in: Mexico will battle Brazil in Wednesday’s Semifinal 1 (7pm ET), before the U.S. takes on Canada in Semifinal 2 (10:15 ET).

Dawn Staley got into coaching so that she could win a national championship.

Staley played collegiately at Virginia, twice winning Naismith College Player of the Year. But one thing was missing from her collegiate resume: a national championship.

“I didn’t win a national championship in college,” Staley said on an episode of “Sue’s Places,” which airs on ESPN+. “We went to the Final Four three times, got to the final game once but we didn’t make it count. So I got into coaching to win a national championship.”

At South Carolina, Staley has won two national championships, with the team’s latest coming in 2022. But it wasn’t easy getting to the point she is now.

“This is my 24th year coaching, the first eight were at Temple. We went to the tournament a few times, we would get to the first or the second round and then that was it. And then I’m like ‘I gotta get to a place in which we can win a national championship.’ And then South Carolina came up.”

The Gamecocks are on track to have a great postseason run once again, as the team is currently undefeated. Already, they’ve locked up the SEC regular season championship for the eighth time in the last 11 years. And a win over Alabama on Thursday marked Staley’s 600th win as a coach.

It’s been a better season than Staley had imagined, after having to replace all five of her starters from last year. And on Sunday during College GameDay, she said as much.

“Considering what it looked like in June, like, early retirement – I was considering it,” she said, insisting that she wasn’t kidding. “We’ve been fortunate that we’ve learned lessons through winning. We don’t want to take a loss and learn a lesson.”

A report published on Thursday by Football Australia says that the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup generated $1.32 billion Australian dollars ($865.7 million USD) in economic impact for the host country.

The post-tournament report also said that it decreased healthcare costs in the country by $212.5 million USD due to increased physical activity.

Nearly two million people attended the games in person, while 70 percent of the country’s population is said to have tuned in and watched the tournament. More than half of the fans that attended the games – 56 percent – were women.

The tournament generated $570 million in revenue for FIFA, making it the first Women’s World Cup to break even. It’s also the second-highest generated income of any sport, behind the men’s World Cup.

In Australia, soccer’s popularity has increased since the tournament. This season, A-League Women’s game attendances have jumped 123 percent. Streaming for games has increased 120 percent over the previous year.

According to SportsPro, Australia could host the next Women’s Asian Cup in 2026, with both Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan having both withdrawn from the race.

Kahleah Copper didn’t expect to be traded by the Chicago Sky, but now sees it as a “win-win situation.”

Once the centerpiece for the Sky’s rebuild, the 2021 WNBA Finals MVP was traded to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft, as well as other compensation. Speaking Thursday, Copper said that watching how the Sky approached free agency this year had her going to the organization to communicate her need for “wanting to compete.”

She says the team then worked with her to put her “in a really good position.”

“This is not like what I expected,” she said. “I’m just glad that we were able to come to an agreement and both come out in a win-win situation. I think it was what’s best.”

The Mercury have been loading up this offseason, adding Natasha Cloud in free agency complement Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner. Still, Copper said she doesn’t feel the pressure to win – even as Taurasi inches closer to retirement.

“No pressure really,” Copper said. “I know I have experience playing with older players who probably don’t have as much basketball ahead of them than they have behind them, playing with Candace Parker and just wanting to be the best version of myself every single day for them, and to win and to do big things.

“So, it’s kind of the same kind of same approach for me. No pressure really. I just want to go in and bring what I bring every day.”

No. 14 Indiana got a big win on Thursday, taking down No. 4 Iowa at home, 86-69.

The Hoosiers held Caitlin Clark to just four points in the second half and 24 points total – her second-lowest points total of the season – on an “off night.” Clark went 8-of-25 and was 3-of-16 from 3-point range.

“Being physical, face-guarding me, denying me the ball, threw a lot of different people at me,” Clark said. “Kind of pushed me off my spots, got me a little deeper than I wanted to be. Threw a little box-and-one at us.

“Once you get down, you kind of have to start taking some shots that maybe you wouldn’t [normally] take necessarily. I thought we maybe could have drove to the basket more. I wouldn’t say we’re really a team that plays from behind very much. We fought, but they always responded and had an answer.”

Indiana coach Teri Moren applauded her team for making “everything very difficult” for Clark, calling the Iowa star “a phenomenal player.”

The loss puts Ohio State in the driver’s seat for the Big Ten regular season title. Iowa now sits third behind the Buckeyes and Hoosiers. And while Clark now just sits 75 points behind Pete Maravich’s all-time NCAA scoring record, she has bigger things on her mind – getting her team back on track.

“This is a great environment to come in and play basketball,” Clark said. “It’s competitive, that’s what it’s all about. Every battle is heated when you’re playing against the top teams in the Big Ten. You know, one loss, one win could switch up the standings [in] battling for a regular-season title. That’s exactly how it should be.”

Elsewhere, an unranked North Carolina team took down No. 6 NC State, causing the Wolfpack to slip even further behind ACC-leading No. 8 Virginia Tech.

As Iowa star Caitlin Clark hit a shot heard around the world on Tuesday night, South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley lamented the refereeing that got her there.

“Heckava shot but give the game ball to the ref for the shooting foul call,” Staley wrote on social media.

While some thought she was referring to the idea that Clark didn’t get the ball off in time, it was a questionable 3-point shooting foul that allowed Molly Davis to sink two free throws and give Iowa a 73-71 lead.

Michigan State’s DeeDee Hagemann was able to tie the game at 73, but those two points inevitably made a difference in the outcome.

Davis, for her part, joked about missing one of the free throws on purpose.

“I missed the first [free throw] on purpose so Caitlin could hit the game-winner,” she said.

The NWSL offseason is heating up, with the second year of free agency underway.

Portland Thorns veterans Crystal Dunn and Becky Sauerbrunn are among testing the market, with Dunn confirming she will not return to Portland in 2024. And Gotham FC is deep in negotiations with several U.S. women’s national team stars.

Dec. 21: Bay FC signs Sharples; Louisville signs Marisa Viggiano

NWSL clubs continued to make deals ahead of the holiday weekend. Bay FC signed defender Kayla Sharples, while Racing Louisville signed midfielder Marisa Viggiano, with both players getting two-year deals. Sharples played for the Red Stars in 2023, and Viggiano played for the Dash.

Dec. 21: Houston will make Fran Alonso next head coach

Alonso, who is in his fourth season with Scottish Women’s Premier League club Celtic FC, will become the head coach of the Dash for the 2024 NWSL season, per a report from The Equalizer.

Celtic FC holds a 14-1-1 record so far this season, and Alonso has led them to two Scottish Cup and two Scottish League Cup victories.

Dec. 20: Sarah Gorden re-signs with Angel City FC

The 31-year-old defender, who joined the Los Angeles club via trade ahead of the 2022 season, has signed a three-year contract through the 2026 season with a mutual option for 2027, Angel City FC announced Thursday.

While Gorden missed the 2022 season with an injury, she played a crucial role as Angel City clinched its first playoff appearance in 2023.

Dec. 20: Casey Krueger nears deal with Washington

The 33-year-old defender plans to sign with the Spirit, The Athletic’s Meg Linehan reported. She would reconnect with her Mark Krikorian, who coached Krueger at Florida State and now is the general manager for Washington.

Injuries kept Krueger out of her first two NWSL seasons in 2013 and 2014. She played for Norwegian team Avaldsnes IL in 2015, then joined the Chicago Red Stars in 2016. She has made 110 appearances across six seasons for the club, though she sat out the 2022 season due to pregnancy. Krueger also has made 42 appearances for the USWNT.

Dec. 20: Kristie Mewis set to leave Gotham for West Ham

The 32-year-old USWNT midfielder will join Women’s Super League club West Ham when the January transfer window opens, as first reported by Meg Linehan and Charlotte Harpur of The Athletic. The 32-year-old U.S. women’s national team midfielder won the 2023 NWSL title with Gotham FC.

Dec. 20: Thembi Kgatlana departs Louisville for Liga MX

The 27-year-old forward is leaving Racing Louisville for Liga MX’s Tigres UANL for a six-figure transfer fee. Reported by The Athletic to be $275,000, the fee is the second-highest in NWSL history for a player departing for a foreign club, Racing Louisville noted in a news release.

Kgatlana, who also plays for the South Africa women’s national team, joined Racing Louisville via transfer in July 2022. But she did not debut for the club until 2023 after tearing her Achilles tendon in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations.

“We want to wish Thembi all the best as she takes on a new challenge in Mexico,” Racing general manager Ryan Dell said in the news release. “Naturally we are disappointed to lose such a talented player who is a great presence in our locker room, but we had extensive discussions with Thembi and completely respected her desire for this move.”

Dec. 20: Savannah McCaskill set to join San Diego Wave

The 27-year-old attacking midfielder, who has played for Angel City since 2022, is set to join the rival Wave in free agency, as reported by The Equalizer.

In two seasons in Los Angeles, McCaskill contributed 11 goals and five assists in 43 games. Before joining Angel City, she played for Gotham FC, the Chicago Red Stars and Racing Louisville in the NWSL, plus a short international stint with Sydney FC in Australia.

Dec. 20: Red Stars hire Lorne Donaldson as head coach

Donaldson, who becomes the third head coach for Chicago since the 2021 season, coached the Jamaica women’s national team to the Round of 16 at the 2023 World Cup.

He also is president of elite youth club Real Colorado, where he helped to develop USWNT star forwards Sophia Smith and Mallory Swanson. Swanson is expected to re-sign with the Red Stars in free agency this offseason.

Dec. 19: Gotham FC is linked to several USWNT stars

OL Reign midfielders Rose Lavelle and Emily Sonnett, Portland Thorns midfielder Crystal Dunn and Chicago Red Stars defender Tierna Davidson all have been linked to Gotham FC in free agency, per reports from The Athletic and The Equalizer.

All four players won the 2019 World Cup with the USWNT and would make a splash for the 2023 NWSL champions.

Dec. 18: Bay FC sends Ellie Jean to Racing Louisville

Jean, along with the No. 28 and No. 42 overall picks, was traded from Gotham FC to Bay FC ahead of the NWSL expansion draft. Then Bay FC sent Jean to Racing Louisville in exchange for $40,000 in allocation money.

Louisville previously acquired Gotham’s draft picks from Bay FC in exchange for $130,000 in allocation money to Bay as part of a three-team agreement.

“We could not be more excited to add Ellie to our club,” Racing general manager Ryan Dell said in a news release. “Her experience, professionalism and work ethic will elevate our back line for years to come.”

Dec. 18: North Carolina and Sean Nahas agree to contract extension

The Courage signed their head coach to a three-year contract extension, which will keep Nahas in North Carolina through 2026, the club announced Monday.

Nahas has led the team to a 29-17-21 (W-L-D) record across all competitions since he took the helm in October 2021, including two Challenge Cup titles in 2022 and 2023.

“There is work to be done from top to bottom and I will do my part in making this club the best it can be,” Nahas said in a news release.

Dec. 18: Houston signs Maria Sánchez to record contract

The Houston Dash have made Maria Sánchez the NWSL’s highest-paid player, the Wall Street Journal and the Equalizer reported Monday. The 27-year-old forward has signed a three-year deal with a fourth year option worth nearly $1.5 million total, per the reports.

“Houston, I am so excited to be coming back. I am so privileged to represent such an amazing city and group of fans,” Sánchez said in a news release.

Dec. 17: Utah deals Elyse Bennett to San Diego

Just two days after selecting Bennett from OL Reign in the NWSL expansion draft, the Utah Royals sent the 23-year-old forward to the San Diego Wave for $40,000 in allocation money.

In her two NWSL seasons, Bennett already has played for two different clubs, for the Kansas City Current in 2022 and OL Reign in 2023. Across those seasons, she has appeared in 42 matches, including in the last two NWSL championship matches.

“We are excited to welcome Elyse Bennett to the Wave,” San Diego general manager Molly Downtain said in a release. “She is a young and dynamic player that is a threat in the attacking third and is an important addition to the team as we continue to build for the 2024 season.”

Dec. 17: San Diego reacquires Sierra Enge

“Hometown kid is staying home,” the Wave posted on social media Sunday after trading to keep Enge in the fold.

Bay FC had selected the 23-year-old midfielder, who is from the San Diego area, in the Friday’s expansion draft. The club then traded her to the Houston Dash for $50,000 in allocation money, and the Dash flipped her back to the Wave in exchange for midfielder Belle Briede, a third-round pick in the 2024 draft and $60,000 in allocation money.

Dec. 15: Bay FC and Utah select seven players

The two incoming clubs selected seven total players in the expansion draft ahead of the 2024 season.

Bay FC acquired five players through the draft, including Alyssa Malonson from OL Reign, Tess Boade and Katelyn Rowland from North Carolina and Rachel Hill and Sierra Enge from San Diego.

The Royals selected just two players: Elyse Bennett from OL Reign and Paige Monaghan from Racing Louisville.

Dec. 13: Angelina signs with Orlando Pride

The former OL Reign midfielder, who entered the offseason as a restricted free agent, has agreed to a three-year deal with Orlando, the club announced Wednesday.

“Angelina was a priority free agent target for the Club because her spatial awareness, creativity, and ball control in build-up play are exactly what we look for in our midfielders,” Pride general manager Haley Carter said in a news release. “We’re confident she’ll thrive in our performance environment, and we consider ourselves fortunate to help her continue her growth and development here in Orlando.”

Angelina appeared in 28 matches through three seasons with OL Reign. The 23-year-old also was a member of Brazil’s 2023 World Cup roster.

Dec. 13: NWSL teams ready for expansion draft

A number of NWSL clubs made deals to protect their roster from the expansion draft for Bay FC and the Utah Royals, which is set for 7 p.m. ET Friday on CBS Sports Network.

Trades included Gotham FC sending goalkeeper Mandy Haught to the Utah Royals in exchange for draft protection and $150,000 in allocation money, as well as the Portland Thorns sending Emily Menges to Bay FC in exchange for draft protection and $75,000 in allocation money.

Seven clubs enter the draft with total expansion draft protection:

  • Angel City FC
  • Gotham FC
  • Houston Dash
  • Kansas City Current
  • Orlando Pride
  • Portland Thorns
  • Washington Spirit

Racing Louisville has protection from only Bay FC, while the North Carolina Courage and San Diego Wave have protection from only the Utah Royals. OL Reign and the Chicago Red Stars do not have any expansion draft protection.

The five teams subject to the expansion draft released their lists of protected and unprotected players. Each team could protect up to nine players from their roster, with the rest eligible for selection.

Dec. 7: Utah Royals sign former San Diego Wave defender Madison Pogarch

Free agent defender Madison Pogarch has signed with Utah Royals FC.

The team announced the signing on Thursday, which will include the 2024 and 2025 NWSL seasons. Pogarch is a former defender for the San Diego Wave and Portland Thorns, having played in 36 games over the last five seasons.

“I’m very excited for this day to arrive, it’s been in the works for a bit and to have it finally come together is a nice early Christmas present,” said Pogarch, who has won Shields in 2021 with Portland and 2023 with San Diego. “I was fairly new to the league when the Utah Royals were around before, but I remember playing against Amy; the passion she has for the game you can’t help but see it in how she played and now in everything she does.

“Nothing about this setup feels like an expansion team to me, as everyone I’ve talked to around the team is ready to hit the ground running, and that’s exciting.”

Utah is returning to the NWSL as a 2024 expansion team, alongside Bay FC. In a release, Pogarch noted that the fan response “from afar has been amazing” and she’s excited to be involved with the community.

“We continue to be so elated to give our players the opportunity to shine and grow as we establish the foundation here in Utah,” said URFC Sporting Director Kelly Cousins. “Madison’s effusive attitude has contributed mightily to winning atmospheres throughout her journey, and we look to her to help us create that positive, winning, supportive culture in our locker room, in training every day and in the community.”

Nov. 29: Imani Dorsey joins Utah Royals

The 2018 NWSL Rookie of the Year has joined the Royals in free agency, the expansion team announced Wednesday.

The 27-year-old forward has spent her entire career to this point in New York, having been drafted by Sky Blue FC in 2018 before the club was rebranded to Gotham FC. She played in 72 games for the club, though she sat out the 2023 season to focus on her mental health.

“When I heard about URFC return, I was intrigued about the possibility of playing here,” Dorsey said in a news release. “I came into the league in 2018, so during those first few seasons, traveling to Salt Lake City, this was a place I was very excited to experience. From the outside looking in, the amenities this club built up for women’s soccer was to be admired – setting the league standard even then.”

She also called the vision for the new iteration of the Royals “so inspiring.”

“I am very excited to help grow Utah’s soccer culture,” she continued. “That’s one of the joys of being a professional, to being a part of the energy and the emotion of the crowd, the community, inspiring the next generation. I cannot wait to dive head-first into the Utah experience.”

Nov. 21: Caprice Dydasco signs with Bay FC

The 2021 NWSL Defender of the Year, Dydasco became the second player on Bay FC’s inaugural roster and the expansion team’s first free-agent signing. The 30-year-old comes to Bay FC from the Houston Dash.

“A highly technical and intelligent footballer, Caprice’s ability to impact play in the final third and create goalscoring opportunities make her one of the most exciting and productive attacking fullbacks in the league,” Bay FC general manager Lucy Rushton said in a news release.

Nov. 21: Michele Vasconcelos signs with Utah

The first official free agent signing of the offseason, the 29-year-old midfielder departed the Portland Thorns to return to Utah on a two-year deal. She had requested a trade to the previous iteration of the Royals in 2020, but soon after the trade, the team folded and Vasconcelos and other players were transferred to the expansion Kansas City Current.

“As I come back to Utah, for sure excitement is my main feeling, but I’m also feeling a ton of relief – I was devastated when the team left three years ago,” she said.

Nov. 20: Spirit exercise option on Trinity Rodman

The Washington Spirit exercised the 2025 option on the 21-year-old forward’s contract. They also exercised the 2026 options on the contracts of goalkeeper Aubrey Kingsbury and midfielder Andi Sullivan.

Nov. 20: San Diego Wave trade Kaleigh Riehl

San Diego sent Riehl to the expansion Utah Royals. In exchange for the 27-year-old defender, the Wave received expansion draft protection from the Royals, plus $60,000 in allocation money.

Nov. 19: Nadia Nadim will not re-sign with Louisville

The 35-year-old forward announced her decision to leave Racing Louisville in free agency in an Instagram post.

“It’s been a blast. No not really, but it’s been cool,” Nadim wrote. “Lovely teammates & amazing fans is what’s kept me going during these quite challenging 2.5 years.”

Nov. 14: Kansas City sends Alex Loera to Bay FC

The Kansas City Current sent defensive midfielder Alex Loera to Bay FC in exchange for $175,000 in allocation money and protection in the upcoming NWSL expansion draft.

Bay FC and the Utah Royals will have the opportunity to select up to 12 players through the 12-round expansion draft. While the Current are protected from Bay FC, the Royals still could select from the Kansas City roster. Teams can protect up to nine players from the expansion draft.

Nov. 14: Orlando deals out of expansion draft

The Orlando Pride acquired expansion draft protection and $90,000 in allocation money from the Utah Royals exchange for midfielder Mikayla Cluff and the No. 26 pick in the 2024 college draft.

On Nov. 13, the Pride already had acquired expansion draft protection from Bay FC, trading a first-round draft pick (No. 8 overall) in the 2024 draft in exchange for $50,000 in allocation money and draft protection from the San Francisco Bay Area club.