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Spirit sends defender Dorian Bailey to Bay FC and two second round picks to Utah Royals FC in exchange for expansion draft protection from each club
Washington, D.C. (12/12/2023) – The Washington Spirit has agreed to trade terms with both Bay FC and Utah Royals FC ahead of Friday night’s 2024 NWSL Expansion Draft, the clubs announced today.
The Spirit will trade defender Dorian Bailey to Bay FC in exchange for expansion draft protection. Additionally, Washington will send its two second round picks (nos. 20 and 21 overall) in January’s 2024 NWSL Draft, presented by Ally to Utah Royals FC in exchange for expansion draft protection. Neither expansion club will be able to select any currently contracted Spirit players in this week’s draft.
“Dorian is a dynamic player and made a significant and lasting impact on the Spirit organization as a whole,” said President of Soccer Operations/General Manager Mark Krikorian. “She played an important role in the club’s success both on and off the pitch and we wish her the best as she continues her professional career with Bay FC.”
Originally from Mission, Kansas, Bailey was drafted by the Spirit out of the University of North Carolina with the eighth overall pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft. Across five years in DC, Bailey totaled 97 appearances and nearly 7,000 minutes of action across all competitions. Playing midfielder and defender throughout her tenure with the club, she also tallied one goal and three assists. Bailey played a key role on the 2021 Spirit team that won the club’s first NWSL Championship.
The Spirit originally acquired the 20th overall pick in next month’s draft in an April 2023 trade with Racing Louisville FC. The 21st overall pick is Washington’s 2024 natural second round pick.
About The Washington Spirit
The Washington Spirit is the professional women’s soccer team based at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. Launched in 2012, the Spirit plays in the National Women’s Soccer League, the premier women’s soccer competition in North America. For more information about the Spirit, visit WashingtonSpirit.com and follow the club on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.