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San Diego acquires Taylor Kornieck, Emily van Egmond from Orlando

Midfielder Emily van Egmond re-signed with the Pride late in 2021 after a few stints overseas. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

San Diego Wave FC has acquired the rights to Taylor Kornieck and Emily van Egmond from the Orlando Pride, the two clubs announced Tuesday. In exchange, the Pride receive $125,000 in allocation money and a second round pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft.

Should conditions be met, the Pride have the ability to earn additional allocation money.

“We would like to thank Taylor and Emily for their invaluable time with the Club and wish them luck as they embark on a new opportunity that aligns with their personal goals and circumstances,” Orlando Pride General Manager Ian Fleming said. “Our recruitment processes for 2022 and beyond continue and the assets we’ve acquired will allow us additional flexibility in building a squad capable of sustained success in our league.”

The addition of the two midfielders is a big get for the Wave, who have been shaping their team with a defensive mindset. USWNT defender Abby Dahlkemper was the first player to sign with the expansion club and with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2022 NWSL Draft, they chose defender Naomi Girma.

Kornieck was selected third overall by the Pride in the 2020 NWSL Draft. In 2021, she made 26 appearances, tallying two goals and three assists.

A member of the Pride from 2018-2020, van Egmond re-signed with the Pride late in 2021. Prior to that she had been on loan with Melbourne City and West Ham United, tallying 10 goals through 34 appearances.

“The acquisition of both Emily and Taylor are fantastic additions to help bolster our midfield area and give us the ability to compete as a brand new team in this extremely competitive league” said Wave FC head coach Casey Stoney. “Emily has vast experience in different leagues across the world and is a centurion at international level which is a great achievement and something that will really add to our squad. Taylor has already proved herself at NWSL level with some match winning performances and has a bright future ahead of her. I am very much looking forward to working with them both.”

NWSL preseason begins Feb. 1.