Emily Sonnett (left) played in the 2019 Women’s World Cup. (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

CHICAGO – Portland Thorns FC has acquired the first overall pick in the 2020 NWSL college draft from the Orlando Pride in exchange for U.S. women’s national team defender Emily Sonnett, the rights to Australian forward Caitlin Foord and the seventh and 14th overall picks in the draft, the two teams announced Wednesday.

Sonnett joins Orlando following the USWNT’s 2019 Women’s World Cup victory as she made her tournament debut on June 16 against Chile. Since her USWNT first game in October 2015, she has earned 40 caps and three assists. Sonnett also was a member of the winning the 2018 Tournament of the Nations and the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship sides with the senior national team and was named as an alternate for the USA’s 18-player roster for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Marrietta, Ga. native was selected first overall by Portland in the 2016 draft. She appeared in 78 regular season and playoff matches for the Thorns scoring eight goals and adding two assists. Portland took home the NWSL Shield as the league’s top team following Sonnett’s rookie campaign (2016) and went on to win the NWSL Championship in 2017.

Foord comes to Orlando after appearing in 26 games for Portland, scoring three goals and adding two assists. The Australian international entered the league in its inaugural season as a member of Sky Blue FC, taking the field 46 times from 2013-15. Following the 2013 season, she was named to the NWSL Second XI and helped lead Sky Blue FC to its only playoff appearance.

In 2015, Foord returned to the W-League in Australia. She forward signed with Sydney FC, where she had previously played from 2010-14, and registered 766 minutes and scored two goals in 10 games. In 2017, Foord signed a one-year contract with Vegalta Sendai Ladies of the Japan Women’s Football League, scoring four goals in 17 matches. She returned to the NWSL in 2018 after a pair of trades landed her rights with Portland.

Foord made her international debut for the Matildas in May 2011. She was named to the senior roster for the 2011 Women’s World Cup at 16. Following her performance in the tournament she was named the Best Women’s Young Player and was recognized as the 2011 Asian Women’s Young Footballer of the Year, an honor she received again in 2016.

2020 NWSL College Draft Order

Round 1

No. 1 Portland Thorns FC
No. 2 Sky Blue FC
No. 3 Sky Blue FC
No. 4 Chicago Red Stars
No. 5 Chicago Red Stars
No. 6 North Carolina Courage
No. 7 Orlando Pride
No. 8 Chicago Red Stars
No. 9 Chicago Red Stars

Round 2

No.10 Orlando Pride
No. 11 Sky Blue FC
No. 12 Houston Dash
No. 13 Sky Blue FC
No. 14 Orlando Pride
No. 15 Portland Thorns FC
No. 16 Portland Thorns FC
No. 17 Sky Blue FC
No. 18 Houston Dash

Round 3

No.19 Orlando Pride
No. 20 Sky Blue FC
No. 21 Orlando Pride
No. 22 Utah Royals FC
No. 23 Washington Spirit
No. 24 Reign FC
No. 25 Portland Thorns FC
No. 26 Chicago Red Stars
No. 27 North Carolina Courage

Round 4

No. 28 North Carolina Courage
No.29  Sky Blue FC
No. 30 Orlando Pride
No. 31 Utah Royals FC
No. 32 Washington Spirit
No. 33 Reign FC
No. 34 Portland Thorns FC
No. 35 Chicago Red Stars
No. 36 North Carolina Courage