LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – It has been an active day for Racing Louisville FC Executive Vice President for Development, James O’Connor.
Before the National Women’s Football League draft on Friday, he executed a trio of trades that resulted in United States National Women’s Team star Jess McDonald coming to Louisville from North Carolina Courage .
It all started with the exchange of forward Savannah McCaskill for Angel City FC. In return, the expanding Los Angeles club sent their No. 6 draft pick to Louisville, which Racing then traded to North Carolina. In addition, Racing received $ 25,000 in allowance money from Angel City.
In an unrelated trade, Louisville traded defenseman Julia Ashley to the Houston Dash in exchange for a second-round pick.
At McDonald’s, Racing stands out with international experience and an inspiring life story, some of which she told in the documentary “LFG”, which illustrated her challenges of being a single mom in professional sports.
“We are delighted that Jess is joining us in Louisville,” said O’Connor. “He’s an exceptional person, and his record of scoring goals and reaching the highest level is something that will help our team. Jess brings with her a rich experience at the highest level as well as an incredible mindset to our team. team. “
McDonald’s has been part of the Courage franchise for six seasons, dating back to the days in New York. Racing will be his seventh NWSL franchise. The 33-year-old Phoenix native reached the United States Women’s National Team in 2018 and scored a game-winning goal in her first appearance. She played in the 2019 World Cup Championship team.
She comes to Louisville with her son Jérémie.
“My son and I are very excited for this new adventure in Louisville,” said McDonald. “I’ll do my best for this program and hope to have the biggest impact on and off the field. Thanks for giving it a try, Louisville.”
McCaskill, meanwhile, leaves after appearing in 23 of Racing’s 24 games and leading the club in minutes in his inaugural season. While playing deeper in midfield than in her later years, she scored 2 goals and 3 assists while serving as the team’s vice-captain.
“I want to express my thanks to Sav for his dedication and playing last year,” said O’Connor. “We’re sad to see her go, but we think it’s a great opportunity for her. I wish Sav the best of luck for next year and beyond.
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