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Portland Thorns FC acquires Cyrstal Dunn in three-team trade

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Portland sent allocation money, a international roster spot for 2021, and their natural first-round pick in the 2022 NWSL College Draft in return.

2020 NWSL Challenge Cup - Quarterfinal - North Carolina Courage v Portland Thorns FC Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Portland Thorns FC announced Thursday that they acquired midfielder Crystal Dunn from OL Reign as a part of a three team trade between the Thorns, Reign, and North Carolina Courage. In return, the Thorns sent the Reign allocation money, an international roster spot for 2021, and a natural first-round pick in the 2022 NWSL College Draft.

The Thorns will give the Reign $150,000 upon execution of the trade and another $50,000 on Jan. 1, 2021, with additional money depending on Dunn’s future playing status in the NWSL. OL Reign sent goalkeeper Casey Murphy to North Carolina as well as $140,000 in allocation money.

Dunn has played in the NWSL for six seasons, playing three each for the Washington Spirit (2014-16) and the North Carolina Courage (2018-20). Dunn also played one season for Chelsea in the FA Women’s Super League in 2017. She’s earned numerous accolades during her time in the NWSL, including NWSL MVP and the Golden Boot in 2015, NWSL Best XI accolades in 2015, and Second XI honors in 2016 and 2019. She also won back to back NWSL Championships in 2018 and 2019 with the Courage.

You can read more details about the trade here.