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Portland Thorns FC’s Emily Sonnet one of many NWSL players on the move on Wednesday.

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Seattle

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MLS

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NWSL/Women’s Soccer

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Orlando Pride Acquire Defender Emily Sonnett from the Portland Thorns - The Mane Land
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USA

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World

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