Seattle Reign FC Acquire USA International Midfielder Allie Long
Seattle Reign FC has announced the club has acquired U.S. international Allie Long from Portland Thorns FC in exchange for a conditional second-round draft pick in the 2020 NWSL College Draft and the rights to Caitlin Foord.
Seattle received the rights to Foord from Sky Blue FC in a trade for defender Rebekah Stott and forward Katie Johnson.
“Strengthening our midfield with a world-class player like Allie Long is a big step forward for our squad,” said Reign FC head coach Vlatko Andonovski. “Allie has been a massively impactful player for Portland over the past five years and we believe she can have a similar impact in our team.”
Long signed with Portland Thorns FC in 2013, and became a U.S. women’s national team federation player during the 2017 NWSL season. During her time in Portland, Long made 104 appearances and recorded 31 goals and 13 assists. Long’s 31 goals are good for sixth most all-time in NWSL history.
Internationally, Long has 33 caps and six goals for the United States women’s national team, most recently appearing in their 1-1 tie with Canada in November. Long was also named to the 2016 Rio Olympics roster, starting in three of four matches.
“Since the league started, Vlatko has been a coach whose style of play is something I have always admired and respected. The fact he is at Seattle with some of the best players in the world is a dream scenario,” said Long. “I know this is exactly what I need to become the best player I can be. I am excited for the next challenge in my career – the best is yet to come. This team is special and it’s an honor to be a part of it. I can’t wait to make it reign.”
Hometown: Huntington, New York
Last Club: Portland Thorns FC
In a separate transaction, Reign FC traded defender Rebekah Stott and forward Katie Johnson to Sky Blue FC for the rights to Caitlin Foord.
“Both Rebekah and Katie were important parts of the squad last season and are both great professionals,” said Andonovski. “We wish them well in their move to Sky Blue FC.”
Both Stott and Johnson joined Reign FC prior to the 2017 NWSL season. During her first NWSL season, Stott appeared in all but two matches for the club, and tallied one assist. In her rookie season, Johnson appeared in 23 matches, scoring four goals and tallying two assists.