The Portland Thorns made one of the year's blockbuster trades last month when they sent ultra-popular USWNT forward Alex Morgan and CWNT midfield Kaylyn Kyle to the newly formed Orlando Pride in exchange for the first pick in the College Draft, an international spot, and USWNT defender Meghan Klingenberg. The problem was that when rumors of the trade first appeared, it looked like the Thorns would be getting even more for Morgan.
Now, two weeks later, Merritt Paulson has said on Twitter that there is still more to come for the Thorns' big move; a not so surprising assertion given his open letter to Thorns fans on the team's site, talking about the long term plan for the offseason.
Here is Paulson's tweet and the tweet that prompted it:
As you can see, the exchange was prompted by the NWSL giving an extra international slot to the Pride, essentially replacing the one that had been given to the Thorns as a part of the Morgan trade.
In his tweet, Paulson refers to a part of the trade not yet having been made public -- but will be in three weeks. For Thorns fans, the obvious go-to is the acquisition of young USWNT forward
Sarah Hagen Lindsey Horan, a part of the initial rumor that was in circulation before the Morgan deal was announced. The other, less immediately exciting, prospect from the initial rumors about this deal are that the Thorns will be getting a second international spot from the Pride that the team could use to bring in another player from abroad.
The three weeks part of Paulson's tweet does make this particularly interesting. There is traditionally very little going on in American soccer late in November. The College Draft, international transfer window, and potential USWNT player reallocation all have previously occurred in January or February.
So, what happen in three weeks? Keep an ear to the ground -- and an eye on Twitter -- but for now the best we can do is guess.