The Washington Spirit acquired midfielder Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding) from the Seattle Reign on Wednesday in exchange for the discovery rights to forward Kim Little.
This trade is the final piece of a larger trade in which the Spirit acquired Nairn, forward Renae Cuellar and the discovery rights for forward Jodie Taylor. Seattle received the discovery rights to Kim Little, Nikki Marshall and Alina Garciamendez.
Nairn, 23, was selected by the Reign with the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NWSL college draft. She started all 22 games and played 1,926 minutes for Seattle. The Penn State alumna had three goals and led Seattle with five assists during her rookie season. An Annapolis resident, she played her youth club soccer with Freestate Soccer Alliance and has a long list of national-level accolades, including runner-up for the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy
"Christine is a very important addition to the team that we are building for the 2014 season," Spirit coach and general manager Mark Parsons said. "Christine brings great technical quality and creativity with tremendous amounts of fight and desire. She was one of the best young players in the league last season, and it's very exciting knowing she will be in a Spirit jersey next year."
Little, a Scotland international, was claimed by the Spirit as a discovery player during the offseason. The midfielder has spent the past six seasons with Arsenal LFC of the FA Women's Super League in England.
She has been a member of Scotland women's national team since 2007 and competed for Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.
Height: 5 feet 6