Emily Sonnett (2) slides for the ball handled by Canada defender Ashley Lawrence (10) during the first half of the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying soccer tournament at Dignity Health Sports Park. (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)
BOYDS, Md. – The Washington Spirit acquired 2019 Women’s World Cup champion and center back Emily Sonnett from the Orlando Pride Thursday.
In the trade, Orlando received midfielder Meggie Dougherty Howard, the ninth pick in the 2021 National Women’s Soccer League Draft, a contingent first-round pick in a future draft and $140,000 in allocation money.
“Adding another player from the USWNT World Cup winning squad is a major coup for our club,” Spirit head coach Richie Burke said in a statement. “I think everyone knows that Emily Sonnett is an incredible competitor, another serial winner and someone I’ve really admired since I came into this league. I think she will make us better right away and provide leadership qualities that take us to another level. Her versatility and ability to play in several key roles for our club gives us tactical flexibility, allowing us to push some important players higher up the field. I’m absolutely ecstatic to get this player added at this time. It’s a really good early Christmas present for me!”
Sonnett, 26, was traded to the Pride from Portland Jan. 8, 2020 for the first overall selection in the 2020 NWSL Draft. Because the Pride were forced to withdraw from the NWSL Challenge Cup due to COVID-19, Sonnett never appeared in a game for Orlando. In August, she signed a short term contract with Göteborg FC of the Swedish league. Sonnet made 10 appearances for Göteborg en route to their first Damallsvenskan title.