NWSL has, over time, become rather well-known for teams’ proclivity for trades, and today — the day of the NWSL draft — is no exception.
Utah Royals, just before the start of the draft, picked up Diana Matheson, a Canadian national team midfielder, in a trade with Seattle Reign. In exchange, the Royals sent 31-year-old midfielder Yael Averbuch.
Matheson, 33, has made 191 appearances for Canada. She made no appearances for the Reign in 2017 after she sustained an ACL injury in training with the national team. This move gives Royals coach Laura Harvey, who last coached in Seattle, an opportunity to coach Matheson again — and certainly, both sides will be hoping to avoid a similarly long injury spell.
In addition to the player swap, the Royals also sent the 25th overall pick in the draft to Seattle, which they used to draft Alyson Haran from Wake Forest.
Also today, the Royals drafted Taylor Isom, a defender from BYU. Her teammate, Nadia Gomes, was drafted at pick no. 23 by Orlando Pride.