Abby Dahlkemper has made 77 appearances for the USWNT.  (Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports)

SAN DIEGO – San Diego Wave Fútbol Club announced Monday that the club has acquired the rights to 28-year-old defender Abby Dahlkemper from the Houston Dash via a three-way trade that included the North Carolina Courage.

The U.S. women’s international and 2019 Women’s World Cup winner was the first player to join Wave FC prior to the club’s inaugural season in 2022.

“Abby is one of the best center backs in the world and a proven winner at the club and international level,” Wave FC president Jill Ellis said in a statement. “Having coached her with the USA, I know first-hand about the qualities she can bring to a team and a group. We look forward to welcoming her to San Diego and our club.”

Dahlkemper is one of the most decorated defenders in NWSL. She has played in the league since 2015, winning three NWSL championships and being named to the Best XI three times. She earned NWSL defender of the year honors in 2017.

Upon execution of the trade the Courage will receive $190,000 in allocation money and San Diego’s natural first round draft selection in the 2023 NWSL Draft.

“I’ve followed Abby’s career for a long time and always admired her qualities as a center back,” Wave FC head coach Casey Stoney said in a statement. “She’s had a stellar career with the United States and in NWSL, and I coached against her last year when she was playing in England. She’s a top player who I feel has a lot to offer any team on the field and in the locker room. Those qualities will be of great value to our club as we build a team to be competitive in this league. I look forward to working with her on a daily basis.”

Since making her international debut in 2016, Dahlkemper has been a constant presence on the backline for the USWNT and played the most minutes of any U.S. player during the Americans’ victorious 2019 Women’s World Cup campaign in France. Dahlkemper is a native of Menlo Park, Calif. and played college soccer at UCLA, where she won the 2013 NCAA Division I title.