Spirit acquire World Cup winner Emily Sonnett
Updated: Feb 14
The Washington Spirit have acquired Emily Sonnett from the Orlando Pride. A 27 year old UVA alum, Sonnett will be joining the Spirit backline following the addition of fellow Georgian Kelley O'Hara. Since 2016, Sonnett has been a mainstay on the Portland Thorns backline, appearing in 78 matches prior to being traded to Orlando in January. However, Sonnett never played a match under Pride Head Coach Marc Skinner. Instead, Sonnett elected to play abroad in the 2020 season like many other NWSL teammates due to the Pride's withdrawal from the Challenge Cup.
During her time in Sweden, Sonnett helped Kopparbergs/Goteborg FC clinch the league title. In addition to a World Cup medal, Sonnett won the 2017 NWSL Championship with the Thorns. With 46 USWNT appearances under her belt and experience abroad, Sonnett will be a strong addition to continue to bolster the Spirit's defense.
In exchange for Sonnett, "Orlando receives midfielder Meggie Dougherty Howard, the 9th pick in the 2021 NWSL Draft, a contingent first-round pick in a future draft, and $140,000 in allocation money" per NWSLsoccer.com. Dougherty Howard, a Spirit veteran was selected by the club in 2017 and appeared in 68 matches during her time in the District.
In other news, the Spirit have waived Brooke Hendrix, Jaye Boissiere, Jenna Hellstrom, Meg McCool, Jessie Scarpa, and Crystal Thomas. They have been placed on the offseason re-entry wire.
The NWSL College Draft will occur on Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 on TWITCH