Midge Purce recorded eight goals and two assists with Portland last season. (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports)
Howell, N.J. – Rocky is gone, but Sky Blue FC has acquired a Midge in her place.
The National Women’s Soccer League club announced Wednesday it has acquired Margaret “Midge” Purce and the natural 2021 first round draft pick from Portland Thorns FC in exchange for midfielder Raquel “Rocky” Rodriguez.
Purce, 24, joins Sky Blue FC after a breakout 2019 season. She played in 22 games (19 starts) and finished the regular season as a top 10 goal-scorer, registering eight goals and one assist. Purce earned NWSL player of the week for Week 19.
“I am thrilled to welcome Midge to the team,” Sky Blue head coach Freya Coombe said. “She is incredibly skilled and will play an integral part in our success this season. We look forward to welcoming her talents to Sky Blue.”
Drafted out of Harvard by the Boston Breakers, Purce was the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NWSL college draft. She played 22 matches (13 starts) during her rookie season, recording one goal and two assists. She was selected by the Thorns in the 2018 NWSL dispersal draft and played in 19 games (15 starts) during her second season in the league.
Purce started and earned her first international cap with the U.S. women’s national team on Nov. 11 against Costa Rica. Purce is in the USWNT training camp in Tampa, Fla.
Rodriguez, a member of the Costa Rican national team, made 76 appearances and 66 starts in four seasons. She was drafted second overall in the 2016 NWSL Draft and was named the NWSL rookie of the year.
“I’m extremely grateful to Rocky for giving her heart and soul to this club for four years,” Sky Blue general manager Alyse LaHue said. “It was an absolute privilege to be able to work with her, and we wish her nothing but success in the next phase of her career.”