Confirming a move that has been rumored on Twitter and various websites, the Portland Thorns announced Tuesday that they have acquired an International Roster Spot for defender/midfielder Becca Moros.
Moros made 18 appearances (13 starts) for the Thorns last season.
She was acquired in December 2013, along with Jessica McDonald from the Seattle Reign for Danielle Foxhoven, just prior to former head coach Cindy Parlow Cone announcing her resignation. Both players acquired in that trade have now been traded in the last week, as the Thorns continue to build their roster prior to the 2015 season.
The move leaves the Thorns with 23 players listed on their roster. In a post-draft interview, Thorns head coach Paul Riley indicated the Thorns will be bringing in "a couple of big signings" for the upcoming season.
Moros is the sixth player to leave the Thorns following last season. Sarah Huffman and Angie Kerr both retired, Jackie Acevedo was not among the allocations from Mexico, Amber Brooks was traded to Western New York, and McDonald was traded to the Houston Dash last Friday.
Portland Thorns Press Release-
THORNS FC ACQUIRE INTERNATIONAL ROSTER SPOT FROM FC KANSAS CITY IN EXCHANGE FOR DEFENDER BECCA MOROSPORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC have acquired an additional international roster spot for the 2015 and 2016 NWSL seasons from FC Kansas City in exchange for defender Becca Moros, it was announced today.Moros, 29, appeared in 18 matches (13 starts) for Thorns FC during the 2014 regular season. Prior to her arrival in Portland, Moros played two seasons with INAC Kobe Leonessa in Japan, appearing in 37 matches (27 starts)."I’ve had the pleasure of coaching Becca as a youth and a professional player and her consistency, commitment and desire to play and train make her a true professional in every sense of the word," said Thorns FC head coach Paul Riley. "I wish her all the best in her future in Kansas City and would like to thank her for her massive contributions last season."Moros began her professional career in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), playing with the Washington Freedom (2009-2010), magicJack (2011) and the Western New York Flash (2011).