In a move that is sure to leave Washington fans scratching their heads, midfield Christine Nairn is heading back to Seattle. In exchange for Nairn, Washington will get the 3rd and 36th pick in the 2017 NWSL college draft and the rights to midfielder Havana Solaun, as well as Seattle’s second round pick in 2018.
Below is the Seattle Reign’s press release.
Seattle Reign FC has acquired the rights to midfielder Christine Nairn and goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel from the Washington Spirit. In return, the Spirit received the 3rd and 36th overall picks in the 2017 NWSL College Draft, the rights to midfielder Havana Solaun, and Reign FC’s second-round pick in the 2018 draft.
Schiffel, who has represented the United States at the U-20 and U-23 levels, was selected by Washington in the 2016 NWSL College Draft with the 34th overall pick. Schiffel elected to play the 2016 season with Avaldsnes IL in the Norwegian Toppserien.
Nairn has spent the past three seasons with the Spirit, after beginning her professional career with Reign FC in 2013.
“I’m excited for Christine’s return to the club,” said Seattle Reign FC head coach and general manager Laura Harvey. “We felt it was the right time for Christine to come back to the club as we work towards achieving our ultimate goal. She played a key role in Washington’s success over the past three seasons and believe she can make a similar impact for our club.”
Nairn made 67 appearances for Washington, starting in 62 of them. The midfielder scored 14 goals and provided 10 assists over her three seasons with the Spirit, helping them to their first playoff appearance in 2014 and first NWSL Championship appearance in 2016.
Seattle originally selected Nairn with their first overall draft pick in 2013, selecting the Penn State alumna with the seventh overall pick in the first round. During the 2013 season Nairn made 22 starts while leading the team in assists with five. The midfielder also scored three goals, including the club’s first ever goal in NWSL play.
“I am very excited to come back to Seattle for the upcoming season,” said Nairn. “It has been one of the best organizations in the NWSL since day one. In my first year, I made such great relationships with everyone involved, so it makes it a very easy decision to return.”