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Spirit trade leading scorer Taylor to Portland

Washington traded Jodie Taylor to Portland. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Washington traded Jodie Taylor to Portland. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Portland Thorns FC acquired English striker Jodie Taylor from the Washington Spirit on Friday in a draft-day blockbuster trade.

Taylor led the Spirit in 2014 with 11 goals. The Thorns entered the day without a draft pick, but acquired the No. 13 overall draft pick and a second-round pick in the 2016 draft from the Houston Dash for forward Jessica McDonald. Portland immediately turned around and traded both of their 2016 second-round picks and that No. 13 pick in the 2015 draft to the Spirit in exchange for Taylor.

Taylor is a former Oregon State player who set the school goal-scoring record with 47 goals in four years. She played in one World Cup qualifying match for England.

McDonald scored 11 goals in 24 games — 13 of which were starts — in a breakout 2014 season for Portland.

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