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The 11 Most Memorable NWSL Trades, No. 9: Spirit turn Shelina Zadorsky into NWSL Championship-winning pieces

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The National Women’s Soccer League has completed its 11th year of operation, which makes it a good time to look back at 11 memorable trades that have helped shape the league.

The NWSL is no stranger to blockbuster deals, some of which have lived up to their billing while some have fallen flat (remember Sydney Leroux to the Flash for a first-round pick and the rights to Abby Wambach?). Still others have helped set precedents that live today.

Between now and the end of the year, The Equalizer will bring you one memorable NWSL trade per day.

You can find the entire series here.

No. 9 – Washington Spirit send Shelina Zadorsky to Orlando Pride in exchange for Aubrey Bledsoe and first-round pick in 2019 NWSL college draft (Jan. 23, 2018)

Shelina Zadorsky was a solid NWSL defender for five years, including a stint as a starter for the 2016 Washington Spirit side that came oh so close to winning it all. The Canadian now plays for England’s Tottenham. Through no fault of her own, Zadorsky was on the wrong side of what may be the most lopsided trade in league history. (Heather O’Reilly for Kassey Kallman and Morgan Malborough is another contender, but that one doesn’t make our list of 11.)

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