Just a few weeks after the Washington Spirit added World Cup champion Kelley O’Hara to their roster, the team has traded for another in defender Emily Sonnett, according to a source with knowledge of the trade.
The Spirit will trade its No. 9 pick in the 2021 NWSL Draft, its 2023 first round pick, midfielder Meggie Dougherty Howard, and allocation money to acquire Sonnett from the Orlando Pride. The trade has not yet been publicly announced by the teams.
Sonnett, 27, started her professional career with the Portland Thorns FC as the first overall pick in the 2016 NWSL Draft after a standout career at the University of Virginia. The Thorns traded Sonnett to Orlando this January, but she was never able to suit up for the team in an actual game due to the pandemic. The Pride withdrew from the Challenge Cup in Utah after several players on the team tested positive for COVID-19, which reportedly stemmed from players visiting a bar in Orlando.
In August, Sonnett joined the Swedish club Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC and helped the club win a league title last month.
She started receiving call ups to the U.S. Women’s National team in 2015 and has made three assists in 46 appearances, including entering as a substitute in the match against Chile during last year’s World Cup in France. Sonnett also competed for the team in the 2020 SheBelieves Cup, which the United States won in March.
The trade for Sonnett comes shortly after the Spirit announced that it has waived six players: midfielder Jaye Boissiere, defender Brooke Hendrix, and forwards Crystal Thomas, Jenna Hellstrom, Jessie Scarpa, and Meg McCool.
On the Spirit, Sonnett will be reunited with O’Hara, her 2019 World Cup teammate and fellow Georgia native. The two, along with former Spirit player Mallory Pugh, threw out first pitches for the Atlanta Braves last year.
The 2021 NWSL preseason is set to begin in February.