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Breakers Trade Lianne Sanderson's Rights to Seattle Reign

Long-rumored trade finally goes through with Reign's Laura Harvey seemingly pulling the strings

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The Boston Breakers have traded the rights to midfielder Lianne Sanderson to the Seattle Reign in exchange for Seattle's second-round pick in the 2016 NWSL College Draft.

Seattle GM Laura Harvey promptly turned around and sent Sanderson's rights and a first-round draft pick to the Portland Thorns in exchange for their first- and third-round draft picks, switching Portland and Seattle's position to pick in the first round.

This trade has been rumored to be in the works for some time and it seems like the paperwork finally went through today, orchestrated by Harvey, who is so known for her trading savvy that an entire website has been dedicated to her moves at haslauraharveymadeatradetoday.com.

The move to Portland makes sense for Sanderson, who was looking for a way back to the States after the World Cup (Team GB will not be represented in women's soccer at the Olympics). She previously played under Thorns head coach Paul Riley with the Philadephia Independence in WPS.

Sanderson played two seasons for the Boston Breakers in NWSL, collecting 41 appearances with 10 goals and 10 assists. She eventually parted ways with the team and rejoined Arsenal Ladies in the FAWSL in order to prepare for the 2015 World Cup.