Racing Louisville FC sends Emily Fox to North Carolina Courage in 3-player trade

Defender Emily Fox will go to the North Carolina Courage as part of a trade with Racing Louisville FC, in exchange for defenders Abby Erceg and Carson Pickett, the clubs announced Monday. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Fox, the first pick of the 2021 draft, has been with Racing Louisville since their first match as an expansion team. While she primarily plays as a left back, she can shift to center or play on the right.
  • The Braves will add Fox to their backline, a like-for-like replacement for Carson Pickett. But the Mutt is in the middle of a rebuild, and Erseg’s departure, along with the recent trade with Angel City FC for the team’s right back Merritt Mathias, means a new defense for the Mutt in 2023.

Racing Louisville’s offseason moves

Louisville announced a couple of key contract extensions this offseason, most notably those of defensive midfielder Jaelin Howell and goalkeeper Katie Lund. They also picked up forward Paige Monaghan as part of a trade with Gotham FC.

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During the NWSL Draft, they largely strengthened their attacking options, selecting Kayla Fischer (F, Ohio State) in Kane. 16th overall, Brianna Martinez (D, Notre Dame) in no. 17, Jadyn Edwards (F, New Mexico) in no. 29 and Riley Parker (F, Alabama) in no. 31 with their four selections.

Erseg’s move to Louisville will help add some more veteran presence to the team, as well as reunite her (and Pickett) with former Courage teammate Jessica McDonald.

North Carolina’s offseason is moving

The Braves have also had a busy offseason. The team had to cope with Debinha electing to explore free agency (eventually heading to Kansas City), but also traded their star rookie Diana Ordóñez to the Houston Dash in exchange for draft picks. In last week’s trade for Merritt Mathias, they picked up forward Tyler Lussi from Angel City.

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North Carolina has also locked up several key players: midfielder Brianna Pinto just signed a three-year deal, as well as goalkeeper Casey Murphy and defender Ryan Williams. The club also signed 23-year-old striker Mille Gejl Jensen, who has professional experience with BK Häcken and Brøndby IF.

The Courage ended up with four first-round draft picks, thanks in part to the trade with the Dash. They selected Olivia Wingate (F, Notre Dame) at No. 6, Sydney Collins (DM, Calif.) at No. 8, Clara Robbins (M, Florida State) at No. 9 and Haley Hopkins (F, Virginia) at No. 11. Notably, the last time a team had four first-round draft picks, the Western New York Flash selected Abby Dahlkemper, Lynn Williams, Sam Mewis and Jaelen Hinkle (Daniels) in the 2015 draft—a huge chunk of the team that would Go on to win multiple NWSL championships and shields.

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What they say

Erseg – once the captain of the Courage – said in a statement on social media she was “shocked and disappointed.”

“The intention to see my career with a club in which I have so many fantastic memories comes to an end, because the intention is unfortunately not a shared one,” Erseg wrote. “Now, I look forward to invest my efforts in a club with whom I already have a shared vision.”

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