Monday, July 01, 2013

Cuellar Traded to Seattle

FC Kansas City made their first trade in team history today as they sent Mexican international, Renae Cuellar to Seattle for Teresa Noyola, a second round pick, and the rights to Nikki Krzysik.

Cuellar has appeared in 11 of FC Kansas City's 13 games so far this season, starting 8 of them. She's second on the team in goals scored with 5.  At the beginning of the season she'd looked extremely solid for the Blues, giving them plenty of speed up top. Since her injury in KC's 4-3 loss in Portland back in early June though her playing time has really started to decrease.  Lately it's been Melissa Henderson that has taken over the lone forward position in KC's system.

In return KC is getting Mexican international, Noyola.  The midfielder has made 11 appearances so far this season for the Reign. Noyola was also the 2011 Herrmann Award winner for the best female college soccer player. 

The second round pick could basically be a throw away. The rights to Krzysik are an interesting addition to the trade.  She was a very solid defender in the WPS with Chicago and Philadelphia. She was a first round supplemental draft for Seattle, but had decided not to come back and play. If KC can convince her to come back and play, she'd give KC more depth in back, which would be a plus.

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