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Jodie Taylor traded to San Diego Wave FC in exchange for draft picks

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Jodie Taylor is on her way to San Diego. The English forward was part of a trade on Wednesday that saw the Orlando Pride send Taylor to San Diego Wave FC.

In return, the Pride will receive San Diego’s 2023 NWSL Draft natural second round pick, natural third round pick, or allocation money, depending on conditions.

The 35-year-old signed with the Pride midway through the 2021 season after her rights were acquired by the club from North Carolina in February. Through 13 appearances, she scored three goals and added two assists.

“Jodie brings an invaluable combination of experience and leadership to a new team which will be looking for leaders in the locker room,” said Wave FC president Jill Ellis in a team statement. “From my past with the USA, I am well aware of Jodie’s goal-scoring talent, cultivated from playing at the highest levels of women’s soccer. I am glad we’ll have her on board to help steer our ship through our maiden voyage in the NWSL.”

In San Diego, she’ll be rejoining former England teammate Casey Stoney, who was tabbed as the Wave’s first head coach.

“I am delighted to be joining San Diego Wave FC. This is an exciting move and opportunity for my future both on and off the pitch,” said Taylor. “It is extremely motivating to be joining a new franchise in an incredible city, spearheaded by such amazing women, and I look forward to being a part of building a club from the beginning.”