All eyes might be on the USWNT in Tokyo, but Kansas City and North Carolina are here to remind you there is still NWSL action to be had.
The two clubs announced a blockbuster trade this morning, with Kansas City sending Amy Rodriguez and $60,000 of allocation money to North Carolina in exchange for Kristen Hamilton, Hailie Mace and Katelyn Rowland.
[NEWS] The North Carolina Courage have acquired striker Amy Rodriguez and allocation money in a trade with Kansas City for Kristen Hamilton, Hailie Mace and Katelyn Rowland.📰: https://t.co/jKHa6vL3TH#NoFinishLine pic.twitter.com/k8hV42icSS— NC Courage (@TheNCCourage) July 22, 2021
[NEWS] The North Carolina Courage have acquired striker Amy Rodriguez and allocation money in a trade with Kansas City for Kristen Hamilton, Hailie Mace and Katelyn Rowland.📰: https://t.co/jKHa6vL3TH#NoFinishLine pic.twitter.com/k8hV42icSS
The 2015 NWSL MVP, Rodriguez is an experienced forward, leading Kansas City as one of their top scorers with two of the club’s five goals this season. In her time with the Utah Royals she scored 15 goals in 47 matches and helped the former FC Kansas City win two championships. She can also do this:
Good lord, Amy Rodriguez. #NWSL pic.twitter.com/bobGLGWhHx— Meg Linehan (@itsmeglinehan) June 16, 2019
Good lord, Amy Rodriguez. #NWSL pic.twitter.com/bobGLGWhHx
In return, Kansas City will acquire significant depth in Hamilton, Mace and Rowland.
Hamilton has been a staple member of the Courage since 2014, when they were originally the Western New York Flash, helping to lead the club to their first ever NWSL championship in 2016. Since the club became the Courage, Hamilton has appeared in 67 matches, scoring 15 goals.
Mace and Rowland are also staple pieces that should bring additional depth to Kansas City. Mace has goal scoring abilities, including a brace against Racing Louisville FC in May, while Rowland has appeared in net 30 times for the Courage.
Both Hamilton and Rowland bring with them championship experience, having won two NWSL Championship titles, three NWSL Shields and a Women’s ICC Championship title.