San Diego Wave completes Alex Morgan deal as Orlando Pride continues to change roster ahead of NWSL Draft

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US women’s national team forward Alex Morgan will likely leave Orlando Pride and return to her home town this season. San Diego Open Club Wave FC and Orlando are working to reach a commercial agreement for the 32-year-old two-time World Cup winner, The Athletic’s Meg Linehan reports. Both teams will have to wait until the NWSL Expansion Draft on Thursday, December 16 is finalized and for a formal transaction to be made. Paramount+, CBS Sports HQ and CBS Sports Network will implement the Draft NWSL Expansion and Draft NWSL (December 18) on its platforms.

Several clubs made deals with both the San Diego Wave and Angel City FC ahead of the open draft event to either protect the entire roster or protect part of the roster from either side of the California Open.

Morgan isn’t the only key player to leave Orlando this season. In an earlier deal, the franchise bid farewell to 2015 and 2019 World Cup champions Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris through a deal with NJ/NY Gotham FC. In return, Orlando received a 2022 NWSL Draft first-round pick, a 2023 NWSL Draft natural third-round pick, and a $50,000 allocation.

The Pride is also reportedly interested in having longtime UCLA head coach Amanda Cromwell fill their position as head coach, by Jeff Kassouf of Equalizer Soccer. The Pride is one of a number of NWSL clubs on the hunt for a new head coach, although no official announcement has yet been made regarding the position.

Pending official paperwork, Morgan’s move to San Diego will mark her third time being a key player in the first franchise. Morgan began his NWSL club career with Portland Thorns FC in 2013 before moving to Orlando ahead of the open season in 2016. San Diego Wave completes Alex Morgan deal as Orlando Pride continues to change roster ahead of NWSL Draft

Dustin Huang

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