The Orlando Pride acquired defender Morgan Reid from the North Carolina Courage in exchange for the club’s natural fourth round pick in the 2020 NWSL College Draft, the Pride announced Thursday.
The 23-year-old defender was selected in the fourth round of the 2018 College Draft, but she didn’t make an appearance in league play last season. She did play for the Courage during the Women’s International Champions Cup. Reid was a four-year starter at Duke, starting 86 matches for the Blue Devils.
Reid will be available for selection for the Pride’s preseason friendly on Sunday against Puerto Rico Sol FC, according to a release for the club. That friendly is the team’s final preseason game.
Reid provides some depth for an Orlando Pride side that’ll be missing several key players leading up to the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. Among Orlando defenders, centerback Shelina Zadorsky (Canada) midfielder/centerback Alanna Kennedy (Australia) and right back Ali Krieger (United States) could all leave the squad during the World Cup.
“Morgan brings depth to our backline in an important year where we’ll be losing up to nine internationals to the Women’s World Cup,” Orlando Pride GM Erik Ustruck said in a statement. “She defends on the front foot, she’s comfortable with the ball at both feet and likes to attack out of the back. Her versatility will help strengthen the core of our roster and we’re looking forward to seeing how she adapts to our playing style.”
Kit reveal announced
The Orlando Pride will unveil their 2019 home kit during a Pride in the Park event April 12 from 6-8 p.m. at Lake Eola Park.
It is one of a host of activities planned before the Pride’s season opener against the Portland Thorns on April 14.
On April 10, the club will host an event for members of the Black Swans Drinking Club at Orlando City Stadium. New coach Marc Skinner will host a Q&A with fans at Lion’s Pride on April 13. The restaurant will also unveil its new “Pride Burger.”