Forward Chioma Ubogagu Joins Orlando Pride


Tom Sermanni continues to add more offensive threats to his Orlando Pride squad.

On Monday, the team announced that it would acquire Chioma Ubogagu from the Houston Dash for the Pride’s natural third-round draft pick in the 2018 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft.

The 24-year-old ws originally selected with the 28th-overall pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft by Sky Blue FC. Instead of playing in the NWSL, though, Ubogagu decided to play for Arsenal in her hometown of London. There, she scored seven times in 21 matches.

“Chioma is a mobile, skilled player that has tremendous potential and possesses qualities that will be a big asset to our team,” Sermanni said, per the release. “With a history of success at Stanford and at the U-23 level, we’re happy to add another forward with a nose for the goal.”

Last season with the Dash, Ubogagu recorded a goal and an assist in 15 games.

Before her professional career, Ubogagu experienced a lot of success. Before attending Stanford University, she was named the 2010 Gatorade Texas Player of the Year. At Stanford, she was a four-time All-Pac 12 honoree, helping her team to a championship in 2011. Ubogagu, who played with Pride defender Cami Levin for a season at Stanford, finished her career 10th all-time in points at Stanford, notching 89 points (27 goals, 35 assists).

The Pride will play the 2017 season in a new soccer-specific stadium in downtown Orlando.