Just one day after being announced as a National Women's Soccer League franchise, Orlando Pride is reportedly finalizing a deal to add U.S. Women's National Team star Alex Morgan in a trade with Portland Thorns FC.
According to Grant Wahl's report, the trade should be completed in the coming days and is a result of a request from Morgan so that she can live in the same city as her husband, current Orlando City midfielder Servando Carrasco. Portland will be getting quite a return for Morgan though, per Wahl, as Orlando Pride is set to send its first pick in the NWSL draft, two international slots, USWNT defender Meghan Klingenberg and forward Lindsey Horan as an allocation, if the American decides to leave Paris Saint-Germain for NWSL.
While Orlando would be giving up a lot for Morgan, she would provide a huge marketing draw for the expansion club while also providing a world class scoring threat up front. Morgan has scored 52 goals for the U.S. women and has notched 14 goals over the last two seasons for Portland.
If acquired, Morgan would instantly become the face of the Pride franchise and combine with Lions star Kaká to form the most famous male-female soccer duo in the world.
Oh, and there might be more to this deal than originally thought:
Hearing that Portland Thorns & Canadian International @KaylynKyle is apart of the Alex Morgan deal to Orlando City. Details to be finalized.— Julie Stewart-Binks (@JSB_FOX) October 22, 2015