After a standout rookie season, Messiah Bright is on her way to Angel City, having been acquired by the team in a trade with the Orlando Pride.
In exchange for Bright, the Pride received $130,000 in intra-league transfer funds.
“I am so honored to have this opportunity to join ACFC and call LA my home,” Bright said in a statement. “This group looks so special and I can’t wait to be a part of it. I want to bring the very best version of myself and only push everyday to get better. I’m excited to touch the pitch soon and meet the team and technical staff. I can’t wait to bring the energy to the amazing fans at BMO Stadium…let the fun begin!”
Bright was the team’s 21st overall pick in the 2023 NWSL draft. She scored six goals in 22 regular season matches as well as one in Challenge Cup play – which led all rookies – and was a finalist for NWSL Rookie of the Year. In August of 2023, she became the first player in NWSL history to earn both NWSL Player and Rookie of the Month honors after scoring three goals in four matches and notching her first career brace.
Ahead of the 2023 season, she signed a three-year deal with the club, which will now transfer to Angel City. According to the team, Bright requested the trade for personal reasons.
“While we will miss her in Orlando, we are as committed to [Bright] as a person as we are to her as an athlete,” Orlando Pride VP of Soccer Operations and General Manager Haley Carter said in a statement. “Building a culture which supports athletes on and off the field often requires difficult decisions, such as this, but we remain committed to that culture, and are confident that a people-first approach is our competitive advantage.
“We appreciate Messiah’s contributions to the Club and wish her all the best moving forward.”
The move comes after ACFC recently traded for NWSL veteran Rocky Rodriguez from Portland.