Huge trade in professional women’s soccer sees Valley athlete involved; first time we think a MSHS alum has ever been traded in pro sports

We have some huge news today from pro soccer involving a Valleyite.

For the first time we think in Mount Si history, a former Wildcat athlete playing professional sports has been traded. As NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman would say, “We have a trade to announce,” and this one is a doozy if you are a pro women’s soccer fan.

The New York/New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League traded 2008 Mount Si High School grad Nikki Stanton, from North Bend, a second player and a draft choice to the Chicago Red Stars late yesterday, a deal that was announced this afternoon during the NWSL draft. In exchange, the Sky Blue squad received a package of players which included USA National Team member Carli Lloyd, who hails from New Jersey, along with a pair of top draft choices in today’s draft.

Stanton’s Sky Blue teammate Sam Kerr was also involved in the deal, and Chicago coach Rory Dames was pleased to acquire both players. “Sam is a player that any team in the league would jump to get,” said Dames in a statement on the team’s website. “She is a young and eager forward that has proven to be one of the best in the world. Then we get Nikki, who for us can be a solid 6 or 8 and really push our current mix of players. We couldn’t be happier to have both Sam and Nikki in Chicago.”

Stanton had been competing for Sky Blue since 2014 following her graduation from Fairfield University in Connecticut. The comments from coach Dames would at least suggest to us there might be an opportunity for more playing time for Stanton in Chicago this coming season; with Sky Blue, she primarily was a reserve off the bench, although at times during last season she saw plenty of action in contests. The midfielder joins a Chicago team that fared well last season, going 11-7-6 and finishing fourth overall. But in trading Lloyd, it appears as if the Red Stars might be looking to retool for this coming season, which could mean interesting times ahead for Stanton and her new teammates.

Stanton’s high school coach, Mount Si’s Darren Brown, is thrilled for his former player and assistant coach (she spent time a couple seasons ago as a Wildcat assistant). “Very cool,” Brown told the SVSJ by email. “I hope this trade provides an opportunity for Nik to shine. Stanton is such a strong distributor and her vision on the field is incredible. We are very proud of Nik at Mount Si and now will be following Chicago every game.”

The 2018 schedule has not yet been announced. When we get word on when Chicago will be coming to Seattle to meet the Reign FC, we’ll let you know.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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