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Portland Thorns make Sophia Smith first teen drafted in NWSL history

Former Stanford star and U.S Olympic hopeful Sophia Smith was taken as the NWSL's top overall pick by the Portland Thorns.

Eager to begin her professional career after leaving Stanford following her sophomore season, Sophia Smith wasted no time making history in the National Women's Soccer League draft.

Selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Portland Thorns, the 19-year-old Smith is the first teenager drafted in league history.

After frenzied trading that saw the second, third and fourth picks change hands on draft day, the Thorns also moved up to select Washington State forward Morgan Weaver with the No. 2 pick.

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Portland Thorns acquire No. 1 pick in NWSL draft from Orlando Pride

Alex Morgan gets some work in during an offseason practice session and drains a couple of goals.

The Portland Thorns acquired the No. 1 pick in next week's National Women's Soccer League college entry draft from the Orlando Pride, sparking new intrigue in what had been viewed as a potentially lackluster event.

The Thorns sent the Pride defender Emily Sonnett, who was the No. 1 overall pick in 2016 and a World Cup winner with the United States last summer, as well as the rights to Australian international Caitlin Foord and their own first- and second-round picks in the upcoming draft.

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Lyon ownership group to buy Rapinoe's NWSL team Reign FC for $3.51 million

Three USWNT stars score as North Carolina beats Chicago 4-0 to win its second straight NWSL title.

Reign FC and Lyon parent company OL Groupe announced Thursday that the two sides have agreed to terms on the purchase of the National Women's Soccer League club.

OL Groupe will pay $3.51 million for the American club's assets, pending approval of the NWSL board of directors. The French company announced its intention to negotiate a deal last month. It becomes the first international majority ownership group in a league that began play in 2013.

In addition to the OL Groupe's 89.5% majority stake,...

Lyon in talks to buy U.S. women's team FC Reign of NWSL

Three USWNT stars score as North Carolina beats Chicago 4-0 to win its second straight NWSL title.

The parent company of French football club Olympique Lyonnais is in exclusive talks to purchase Reign FC of the National Women's Soccer League.

The OL Groupe and the Reign announced the deal on Monday and the transaction is expected to be completed on Jan. 31.

Lyon play in Ligue 1 on the men's side and Division 1 Feminine on the women's side and have won six women's Champions League titles.

Current Reign owners Bill and Teresa Predmore will retain a minority stake in Reign FC. Bill Predmore will...

USWNT star Rapinoe wants more investment into NWSL

Carli Lloyd knocks in a Megan Rapinoe corner kick to get the USWNT back in it. Watch live on ESPN.
Juan Mata feels players should not just stick to playing football and instead follow the lead of figures like Megan Rapinoe.

Two-time World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe has said she hopes for more investment in the women's domestic league and better pay for club players as well as for the national sides.

Earlier this month, the U.S. National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced new compensation guidelines for 2020, including a nearly 20% increase in the overall salary cap as well as allocation money allowing teams to invest in some players above the maximum salary.

Why Rapinoe's brother Brian is her greatest heartbreak,...