U.S. WNT midfielder Heather O’Reilly has been traded from the Boston Breakers to FC Kansas City in exchange for forward Morgan Marlborough and defender Kassey Kallman.
O’Reilly, 29, has impressed for the U.S. since making her debut in 2002, scoring 36 goals for the red, white, and blue and setting a record for consecutive games played for the U.S. with 74 straight appearances between 2007 and 2011.
“I would like to thank the Breakers organization, my teammates, and the fans for their support and for their continued efforts to grow the game,” said O’Reilly after the trade was made public by NWSL.
In return for O’Reilly, the Boston Breakers will be receiving two young players with loads of potential.
Morgan Marlborough, 23, is currently on loan in Scotland with Glasgow City FC after scoring two goals in nine games for FC Kansas City last season.
Kassey Kallman, 22, played in 18 games for FC Kansas City last year. She played a huge part in a Kansas City defense that allowed only 22 goals in 38 regular season games last season on their way to a NWSL Championship title.
“We are a little sad to be losing two quality players but we understand that in order to get quality you have to give up quality,” explain FC Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski.
O’Reilly, who has won three gold medals at the Olympics, is a quality midfielder and she is looking forward to getting down to business next season.
“I’m excited for this next chapter of my career,” revealed O’Reilly. “I look forward to helping FCKC defend the title.”