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Report: Portland Thorns to Trade Alex Morgan to Orlando Pride for Everything

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According to's Grant Wahl, Alex Morgan's time as a member of the Portland Thorns is up and she will be the centerpiece of a massive trade with the new Orlando Pride NWSL franchise.

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The Thorns, the article says, will send Morgan to the Pride in return for Orlando's first pick in the NWSL draft, two international slots, defender Meghan Klingenberg, forward and Lindsey Horan. Klingenberg and Horan may not yet be on the Orlando roster, but Klingenberg is expected to be added through the NWSL expansion draft and Horan is expected to sign with the league following the end of her season with Paris Saint Germain.

In her time with Portland, Morgan was a key part of the Thorns' run to win the inaugural NWSL Cup and scored fifteen goals in 36 matches for the team. Although Morgan is one of the most popular players in women's soccer, she has missed significant time for the Thorns over the last three years due to national team call ups and several extended injuries.

Update: FOX Sports' Julie Stewart-Binks has tweeted that Thorns midfielder and Canadian international Kaylen Kyle could also be a part of this trade.

If this trade comes to fruition, the Thorns will have added two exciting national teamer in Klingenberg and Horan, as well as space for a number of significant building blocks with the added international slots -- the team currently have at least two open due to the retirement of Nadine Angerer and waiver of Ayo -- and first overall draft pick.

Klingenberg, 27, has been capped 45 times for the USWNT and was a key part of the US's stingy defense in the 2015 Women's World Cup in her role at fullback. Horan, 21, is also capped with the USWNT, have been called up for a pair of caps in the 2013 Algarve Cup.

Team owner Merritt Paulson has repeatedly teased moves coming from the Thorns this summer and this would certainly qualify. As the team gears up for 2016, this looks like a real possibility as the Thorns begin to remake their roster and should prove to be a heard of more news to come.