The Orlando Pride have traded the rights to midfielder Christine Nairn to the Houston Dash in exchange for a 2019 international roster spot and the Dash’s natural third and fourth round picks in the 2020 draft, the club announced on Tuesday.
Nairn, 28, played just one season with the Pride after she was traded by Reign FC ahead of the 2018 season. She played in 20 games (13 starts) last season and had one goal to go with four assists.
Her lone goal of 2018 was one of the best scored by the Pride last season. It was a strike from distance that ended up being the match-winner in a 2-1 victory over the Portland Thorns — the Pride’s first win over Portland in club history.
“On behalf of the entire Orlando Pride organization, I would like to thank Christine for her dedication and contributions to the Pride last year. We wish her the best of luck in Houston,” Pride GM Erik Ustruck said in a statement.
Nairn is the third Pride player confirmed to not be returning after last season. Brazilian defender Poliana was waived by the club in January and Brazilian centerback Monica on Feb. 18 announced she was leaving the club. Pro Soccer USA confirmed Monica was free to sign with another club and that she’d be playing outside of the NWSL.
The Pride have a new coach in Marc Skinner after the club parted ways with Tom Sermanni after an 8-10-6 (30 points) 2018 campaign that ended with the team going winless over its final six matches and missing the playoffs.
Orlando opens preseason play at 1 p.m. on March 23 against the the North Carolina Courage in North Carolina and kicks of the 2019 regular season with a match at home against the Portland Thorns on April 14.