Angel City acquires defender Madison Hammond from OL Reign

Madison Hammond. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Angel City has acquired defender Madison Hammond from OL Reign in exchange for a second round draft pick and $45,000 in allocation money.

Hammond first joined OL Reign as a non-roster invitee ahead of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup. She later signed with the team and made her NWSL debut in September 2020. During the 2021 season, she played in 13 games, recording 23 clearances, nine interceptions and four blocks.

“We want to wish Madison all the best in her new adventure with Angel City FC, as well as thank her for her time at OL Reign, her professionalism and for her many contributions to the club and community,” said OL Reign General Manager Nick Perera.

The addition of Hammond adds depth to Angel City’s back line, which lost defender Sarah Gorden to a knee injury during preseason. It’s unknown what the exact nature of the injury is, although Gorden was seen with a full knee brace in an Instagram post. In the announcement, the club said that the injury “will keep her out of competition for a period of time.”

Defender Julie Ertz, who was acquired by Angel City in a trade with Chicago, is not expected to join the team this season.

With the addition of Hammond, Angel City now has six defenders with Vanessa Gilles, Paige Nielsen, Ali Riley, Allyson Swaby and M.A. Vignola.

The club will begin its inaugural season by taking on fellow rookie franchise San Diego Wave during their first game of the NWSL Challenge Cup on March 19.