Fans of the National Women’s Soccer League will not be surprised by this trade. Utah Royals FC trade forward and former U.S. National Team member Sydney Leroux to the Orlando Pride. The Royals receive Orlando’s first-round pick in next year’s NWSL College Draft; Orlando had recently received that draft pick in a trade this week.
Leroux spent the 2017 season in Kansas City and was a part of the FC Kansas City roster that the Utah Royals inherited when they acquired the rights to its players.
But again, Leroux being traded to Orlando is not a shocker. The former U.S. National Team star is married to Orlando City forward Dom Dwyer. The soccer couple prefers to live and play in the same city. When Dwyer was a part of the Sporting Kansas City organization, Leroux was traded to FC Kansas City in 2016 from Western New York where she only played three games due to her participation in the 2015 Women’s World Cup and an ankle injury. Dwyer was traded to Orlando City last summer and with that came the speculation that Leroux would soon join him. Sure enough, she did.
What’s surprising here is what Utah received in return. Utah fans hoping that they would receive a bigger name in the trade will have to be satisfied for a draft pick. In this case, when a player really wants to go to another team, you get what you can get. It’s better to have fully committed players than not.
We’ll just have to wait and see how this benefits the Royals. No worries, though, Utah fans. We have Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Erika Tymrak, Diana Matheson, Desiree Scott, to name a few that are ready to play in Utah.