Draft Day Trades or Three Card Monty? You Decide!

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There were four draft day trades - with the No. 6 overall pick being shipped to two separate teams in quick succession before Sky Blue FC used it to eventually select Pierre-Louis. See below for a full breakdown of all four trades. Try to keep up with this NWSL version of "Follow the Queen"!

First, the Red Stars traded forward Christen Press, the seventh pick in this year’s draft and a 2018 international roster spot to the Houston Dash in exchange for forward Carli Lloyd, forward Janine Beckie and the sixth and 24th picks in this year’s draft.Then, the Red Stars traded Lloyd, Beckie, forward Jen Hoy and the sixth and 13th picks in this year’s draft to Sky Blue FC in exchange for forward Sam Kerr, midfielder Nikki Stanton and the 15th pick in this year’s draft.

Not related to the mega-trade, Seattle Reign traded Diana Matheson to Utah Royals for Yael Averbuch and the #25 overall pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft. Also, Chicago Red Stars traded the #29 overall pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft to Portland Thorns FC for their Natural 3rd Round Pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft.

Things were getting shook up with trades well before the Draft though. On December 29, Sky Blue dealt Kelley O’Hara, Taylor Lytle and a draft pick to Utah in exchange for Shea Groom, Christina Gibbons and the No. 4 overall pick in Thursday’s draft. 

The Dash and Sky Blue FC had previously been involved in major player trades this offseason. Just last week, Houston sent midfielder Andressinha to Portland in exchange for Savannah Jordan. Two days before the draft, the Dash traded down from the third pick to the sixth acquiring Lindsay Agnew in the process. 

No doubt there are more moves to come. Preseason starts is just over a month, so stay tuned!