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San Diego announces Alex Morgan trade, Pride decline to comment

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Alex Morgan is joining San Diego Wave FC in a trade from the Orlando Pride, the club announced Monday. The Pride, however, said they will wait to make a “formal announcement” since the NWSL trade window is closed and the deal has not yet become official.

“I think something I’m really excited about is that I’ve made a long-term commitment to this club,” Morgan told The Associated Press. “I see myself being in San Diego through my playing career. I see my family settling down in San Diego.”

Last week, The Athletic reported that the Wave were “in the final stages” of acquiring Morgan from the Pride, but the paperwork was not filed because the deal had not been completed before the Dec. 3 deadline. It is still unclear what the Pride will receive in return for Morgan, although she is currently on the club’s list of protected players.

“With the NWSL trade window currently closed, the Pride will continue to follow both Club and league policies, and will make a formal announcement when the transaction is official and timing is appropriate,” the club said in a statement Monday.

“I really did love my time in Orlando, it was six years, give or take, with pregnancy and a couple of other hurdles, world championships and things like that,” Morgan said. “But it was an incredible run and I just wish that we could have made more of an impact on the field. I wish I could have left with more of a grin on my face knowing that we had to accomplished what we set our minds to in Year 1.”

In San Diego, Morgan will reunite with former U.S. women’s national team head coach and Wave president Jill Ellis. Morgan played for Ellis on the USWNT’s back-to-back World Cup-winning teams in 2015 and 2019.

It will also be a homecoming for Morgan, who is originally from Southern California.

“This is an incredibly special moment for our club, our fans, and our community to welcome Alex and her family to San Diego. She is an extraordinary person, a great talent and a leader on and off the field,” Ellis said.