The Seattle Reign took the close of the MLS transfer window seriously, making some moves today that set the team up well for the future.
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The trade involved Seattle, the Portland Thorns, and Boston Breakers.
First, the Reign acquired the rights to England forward Lianne Sanderson from the Boston Breakers in exchange for Seattle's second-round draft pick in the 2016 NWSL draft. Sanderson, 27, played for the Breakers before joining the Arsenal Ladies for the 2015 season. At Boston, she scored 10 goals in 41 matches.
After this transaction, the Reign made a deal with the Portland Thorns: the rights to Sanderson and Seattle's 2016 first-round draft pick in exchange for Portland's first-round and third-round draft picks.
What does that mean for the Reign? The Reign now likely have two early first-round draft picks. If the NWSL standings remain as they are, the Reign would have the third and the fifth picks in the 2016 NWSL draft.
Seattle already acquired Western New York's first-round draft pick (WNY currently sit in seventh) and now have Portland's, who are in fifth place at the moment. The Reign also have two third-round picks (one acquired from Portland), and a fourth-round pick.
That's a lot for Laura Harvey to work with. Our own Frank MacDonald says it well: Harvey strikes again.