NWSL: Morgan to Orlando, Klingenberg to Seattle (for now)

The worst-kept secret in the history of the NWSL was Alex Morgan's move to Orlando.

During the brief window for NWSL clubs to conduct trades before they had to set their protected list of players for the 2015 Expansion Draft, the Orlando Pride confirmed it acquired Morgan, married to Orlando City midfielder, Servando Carrasco, and midfielder Kaylyn Kyle from the Portland Thorns for the acquired the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 College Draft, the first pick in the 2015 Expansion Draft and an international roster spot for the 2016 and 2017.

Morgan appeared in just four games (three starts) in 2015 as she missed part of the season due to the Women’s World Cup and a knee injury. Her best season was in 2013 when she helped guide Portland to the inaugural NWSL championship, registering eight goals and five assists in 18 matches (all starts) that season.

“It was a horrible secret,” Morgan said after being traded to Orlando. “I’m just really happy I’m able to finally come out in purple.”

The key to what Portland gets in the Morgan deal with Orlando is the No. 1 pick the Thorns picked up in the Expansion Draft. The Seattle Reign acquired U.S. world champion Meghan Klingenberg from the Houston Dash but left her unprotected for the Expansion Draft that will be held next Tuesday.

Portland will get the first pick, and then Orlando will be able to select up to nine more players in the Expansion Draft. Besides Klingenberg, other U.S. national team players let unprotected were Heather O'Reilly, Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger. Harris is the player most likely to be headed to Orlando.

The Reign acquired Klingenberg and a conditional selection in the 2017 College Draft from the Dash for the rights to midfielder Amber Brooks and the fifth pick (first-round) in the 2016 College Draft. Klingenberg and Brooks were teammates at North Carolina.

Orlando also acquired the rights to Sarah Hagen from FC Kansas City and the second-round selection (No. 15 overall) in the 2016 College Draft in exchange for Orlando’s second-round selection in the 2017 College Draft.

The Thorns also conducted two trades with the Boston Breakers, acquiring a first-round (No. 2 overall) and second-round pick (No. 20 overall) in the 2016 College Draft for midfielders Sinead Farrelly and McCall Zerboni. They has acquired midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir from the Breakers for their second-round (No. 20 overall) selection and a fourth-round pick (No. 35 overall) in the 2016 College Draft. Brynjarsdottir, the 2014 Soccer America Women's College Player of the Year for national champion Florida State, played for German champion Bayern Munich in 2014-15.

MLS Expansion Draft:
BOSTON
Protected
Sinead Farrelly
Kassey Kallman
Julie King
Stephanie McCaffrey
Kristie Mewis
Alysa Naeher (USA)
Mollie Pathman
Kathryn Schoepfer
Kyah Simon
McCall Zerboni
Unprotected
Andressa Alves da Silva
Amy Barczuk
Maddy Evans
Nkem Ezurike (CAN)
Jami-Ann Kranich
Lauren Lazo
Francielle
Morgan Marlborough
Bianca Sierra (MEX)
Stephanie Verdoia
Rachel Wood

CHICAGO
Protected
Danielle Colaprico
Vanessa DiBernardo
Arin Gilliland
Jennifer Hoy
Sofia Huerta
Samantha Johnson
Julie Johnston (USA)
Alyssa Mautz
Christen Press (USA)
Unprotected
Brittany Bock
Hayley Brock
Zakiya Bywaters
Lori Chalupny
Michelle Dalton
Abby Erceg
Taryn Hemmings
Adriana Leon (CAN)
Michelle Lomnicki
Mary Luba
Kecia Morway
Rachel Quon (CAN)
Melissa Tancredi (CAN)
Cara Walls

HOUSTON
Protected
Morgan Brian (USA)
Amber Brooks
Ellie Brush
Allysha Chapman (CAN)
Bianca Henninger
Carli Lloyd (USA)
Andressa Cavalari Machry
Jessica McDonald
Stephanie Ochs
Kealia Ohai
Unprotected
Rachael Axon
Poliana Barbosa
Rosana dos Santos Augusto
Jen LaPonte
Camila Martins Pereira
Tiffany McCarty
Erin McLeod (CAN)
Toni Pressley
Lauren Sesselmann (CAN)

FC KANSAS CITY
Protected
Yael Averbuch
Nicole Barnhart
Shea Groom
Amanda Laddish
Rebecca Moros
Amy Rodriguez (USA)
Katelyn Rowland
Becky Sauerbrunn (USA)
Erika Tymrak
Unprotected
Liz Bogus
Leigh Ann Brown
Jen Buczkowski
Kaysie Clark
Katrina Gorry
Caroline Kastor
Sara Keane
Amy LePeilbet
Meghan Lisenby
Heather O'Reilly (USA)
Nikki Phillips
Jenna Richmond
Frances Silva

PORTLAND
Protected
Michelle Betos
Dagny Brynjarsdottir
Stephanie Catley
Tobin Heath (USA)
Kendall Johnson
Allie Long
Emily Menges
Christie Sinclair (CAN)
Jodie Taylor
Kat Williamson
Unprotected
Alyssa Kleiner
Clare Polkinghorne
Lianne Sanderson
Meleana Shim
Rhian Wilkinson (CAN)

SKY BLUE FC
Protected
Brittany Cameron
Caitlin Foord
Katy Freels
Kristin Grubka
Samantha Kerr
Sarah Killion
Lindsi Lisonbee-Cutshall
Nadia Nadim
Kelley O'Hara (USA)
Christie Rampone (USA)
Unprotected
Aubrey Bledsoe
Kim DeCesare
Jonelle Filigno (CAN)
Courtney Goodson
Shawna Gordon
Hayley Haagsma
Maya Hayes
Cami Levin
Taylor Lytle
Monica Ocampo (MEX)
Nikki Stanton

SEATTLE
Protected
Lauren Barnes
Rachel Corsie
Jessica Fishlock
Kendall Fletcher
Kim Little
Megan Rapinoe (USA)
Hope Solo (USA)
Keelin Winters
Beverly Yanez
Unprotected
Michelle Cruz
Kiersten Dallstream
Danielle Foxhoven
Meghan Klingenberg (USA)
Hayley Kopmeyer
Merritt Mathias
Elli Reed
Havana Solaun
Caroline Stanley
Katrine Veje
Abby Wambach*
*Allocation Status TBD

WASHINGTON
Protected
Estefania Banini
Crystal Dunn (USA)
Victoria Huster
Estelle Johnson
Diana Matheson (CAN)
Christine Nairn
Francisca Ordega
Megan Oyster
Katherine Reynolds
Unprotected
Josephine Chukwunonye
Whitney Church
Amanda DaCosta
Laura Del Rio
Caprice Dydasco
Natasha Harding
Ashlyn Harris (USA)
Ali Krieger (USA)
Joanna Lohman
Ngozi Okobi
Veronica Perez (MEX)
Hayley Raso
Arianna Romero (MEX)
Angela Salem
Tiffany Weimer
Kelsey Wys

WNY FLASH
Protected
Lady Andrade
Halimatu Ayinde
Abby Dahlkemper
Becky Edwards
Whitney Engen (USA)
Jaelene Hinkle
Sydney Leroux (USA)
Samantha Mewis
Brittany Taylor
Lynn Williams
Unprotected
Tatiana Coleman
Sabrina D'Angelo
Elizabeth Eddy
Kristen Edmonds
Jamia Fields
Amanda Frisbie
Kristen Hamilton
Michelle Heyman
Chantel Jones
Ashley Nick
Haley Palmer
Jasmyne Spencer
India Trotter
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