In a blockbuster deal, Seattle Reign FC announced today that they have acquired US international midfielder Allie Long from the Portland Thorns FC, as part of a three-team trade that involved Seattle sending New Zealand international defender Rebekah Stott and Mexican international forward Katie Johnson to Sky Blue FC. The Thorns got the NWSL rights to Australian international Caitlin Foord from the New Jersey club. Seattle also sent a 2020 conditional second-round draft pick to the Thorns as part of the transaction.
“Strengthening our midfield with a world-class player like Allie Long is a big step forward for our squad,” said Reign FC head coach Vlatko Andonovski in a team press release. “Allie has been a massively impactful player for Portland over the past five years and we believe she can have a similar impact in our team.”
Long was with the Thorns for the entirety of their existence, signing with the club before the inaugural NWSL season in 2013. She had 31 goals and 13 assists over 104 appearances for Portland, and helped lead the club to two NWSL Championships, including scoring the match-winning goal in extra time in the team’s first-ever playoff match against FC Kansas City. She earned NWSL Second XI honors in 2014, and Best XI honors in both 2015 and 2016, but saw her playing time diminish toward the end of the 2017 season as Portland’s style of play and personnel around her changed.
“Vlatko has been a coach whose style of play is something I have always admired and respected. The fact he is at Seattle with some of the best players in the world is a dream scenario,” said Long in the team release. “I know this is exactly what I need to become the best player I can be. I am excited for the next challenge in my career — the best is yet to come. This team is special and it’s an honor to be a part of it. I can’t wait to make it reign.”
Prior to coming to NWSL, Long played for the Washington Freedom and Sky Blue FC in Women’s Professional Soccer and also had a stint with Paris Saint-Germain in France’s Division 1 Féminine.
Internationally, Long has 33 appearances for the US Women’s National Team, scoring six goals. Long has seen time internationally both in midfield and at center back. She is currently in national team camp with Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe. In 2017 she was a federation-subsidized player, and is likely to retain that status for the 2018 season.