TRADE: Orlando Pride Acquire Forward Rachel Hill


The Orlando Pride add to their attack with the acquisition of a new forward. On Wednesday, the team announced a trade that will bring Portland Thorns draftee Rachel Hill to Orlando in exchange for the Pride’s natural first- and fourth-round picks in the 2018 NWSL College Draft.

“Rachel was a player we scouted heavily and rated very highly going into draft day,” Pride head coach Tom Sermanni said, per the release. “While we weren’t able to trade up to draft her, we’re happy we’re able to make this deal work to bring another goal-scoring option to the roster.”

The 21-year-old was selected by the Thorns with the 14th-overall pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft. She tallied 61 goals and 18 assists in four years at the University of Connecticut. She was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, an award for the best collegiate player, in 2015 and 2016.

In college, Hill proved she was a winner, helping her team to three straight NCAA tournament appearances and two American Athletic Conference championships. She is the No. 2 all-time goal-scorer in Huskies history.


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