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Pride acquire Chioma Ubogagu for 3rd round pick

Chioma Ubogagu, shown here at Stanford, is heading to the Orlando Pride. (Photo Copyright Steve Bruno for The Equalizer)

Chioma Ubogagu, shown here at Stanford, is heading to the Orlando Pride. (Photo Copyright Steve Bruno for The Equalizer)

The Orlando Pride have acquired Chioma Ubogagu from the Houston Dash in exchange for their 3rd round pick in 2018. The addition of Ubogagu adds another dimension to a Pride attack that struggled for much of 2016 and will be without Alex Morgan at least through May. It also leaves the club with only a 2nd round pick next year. The 1st and 4th went to Portland in exchange for another forward, rookie Rachel Hill.

“Chioma is a mobile, skilled player that has tremendous potential and possesses qualities that will be a big asset to our team,” Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni said.

Ubogagu, 24, played her college soccer at Stanford and was picked 28th by Sky Blue in 2015. She elected to spend 2015 with Arsenal in a return to London where she was born and lived until she was 3. In November 2015, Sky Blue traded her rights to the Dash for a 3rd and 4th round pick.

In 2016, Ubogagu appeared in 15 games for the Dash, scoring 1 goal with 1 assist—both in the same game against FC Kansas City. Her playing time diminished late in the season.

As a youth player, Ubogagu represented the United States through the U-23 level. “With a history of success at Stanford and at the U23 level, we’re happy to add another forward with a nose for the goal,” Sermanni added.

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