@THORNSFC

Less than a week after the conclusion of the NWSL Fall Series, and with the Louisville expansion draft looming in November, the first of what may be a series of blockbuster trade deals went down yesterday. When the dust had settled, North Carolina Courage midfielder Crystal Dunn was on her way to the Portland Thorns, where her husband is the team’s athletic trainer.

The USWNT stalwart’s cross country flight had a layover by way of Tacoma, with OL Reign sending Casey Murphy and allocation money to North Carolina in exchange for Dunn, before trading her to Portland for an international spot for the 2021 season, the Thorn’s first round NWSL draft pick (2022), as well as some additional allocation money, some of which depends on Dunn’s future in the NWSL.

Needless to say, some members of the women’s soccer world were shocked while others rejoiced. One thing is for certain: next month’s expansion draft could get quite interesting, as Portland, among other clubs, now has some tough decisions to make regarding which which players to protect.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the deal:

 

PORTLAND THORNS: RECEIVE CRYSTAL DUNN

 

OL REIGN: ONE INTERNATIONAL SPOT FOR 2021; PORTLAND’S 2022 NATURAL FIRST ROUND NWSL DRAFT PICK; ALLOCATION MONEY ($250,000), $50,000 OF WHICH IS CONDITIONED UPON DUNN’S FUTURE NWSL PLAYING STATUS

 

NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE: RECEIVED CASEY MURPHY, ALLOCATION MONEY ($140,000) PAID OVER 2021 ($65,000) AND 2022 ($75,000)

want more? subscribe to the newsletter.