NWSL News: Kansas City, North Carolina announce trade

CHICAGO (November 30, 2021) – The Kansas City Current and the North Carolina Courage have agreed to a two-way transaction involving midfielders Sam Mewis and Kiki Pickett. The Current have acquired Mewis in exchange for Pickett and the team’s natural first-round pick in the 2022 NWSL Draft, presented by Ally.

Selected fourth overall in the 2015 NWSL Draft, Mewis made an immediate impact for the Western New York Flash. She started every game that season and was named a finalist for the 2015 Rookie of the Year award. In 2016, Mewis scored two playoff goals and helped the Flash win the 2016 NWSL Championship. With the Flash and Courage, Mewis won three NWSL Championships (2016, 2018, 2019) and appeared in four straight title matches. She was named to the NWSL Best XI and was a NWSL MVP Finalist in 2017. Mewis has 21 career goals in 92 regular season appearances, plus another four goals in eight playoff appearances.

Kiki Pickett joins the Courage after being selected with the first pick for Kansas City in the 2020 NWSL Draft. After finishing her senior season at Stanford, Pickett joined Kansas City in June and made her professional debut against the Washington Spirit on June 26. She played in 16 games for KC, starting in 13. She tied for second on the team in tackles (36), possession won (119) and crosses blocked (4). 

The 2022 NWSL Expansion Draft and the 2022 NWSL Draft presented by Ally are slated to take place in Los Angeles, California on December 16 and December 18, respectively. 

COURTESY NWSL ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

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