University of Virginia product heads to Houston for new opportunity
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Pride have traded the rights to defender Courtney Petersen and a 2024 natural third round pick to the Houston Dash, it was announced today. In exchange, the Pride will receive $65,000 in Allocation Money plus an additional $25,000, should conditions be met. Petersen was originally selected in the first round, No. 7 overall, of the 2020 NWSL College Draft by the Orlando Pride.
“We’re happy we were able to support Courtney’s transition to a club where she can continue her development as a player and where she’ll have the opportunity to immediately compete for playing time,” VP of Soccer Operations and General Manager Haley Carter said. “We worked hard to get this deal done early in the year in order to provide her the time to get situated before the season starts. From the time the Club drafted her back in 2020 through today, Courtney has been a true professional and wonderful teammate. We thank her for everything and wish her nothing but the best as she moves to Houston.”
In 2022, Petersen appeared in 19 games, made nine starts and provided two assists during the regular season. The University of Virginia product also played every minute of the 2022 Challenge Cup Series, leading the team with 540 minutes played.
Petersen was initially selected No. 7 overall in the 2020 NWSL College Draft by the Pride and scored her first NWSL goal on June 20, 2021, which served as a 90th-minute equalizer against NJ/NY Gotham FC. She has made 54 career appearances across all NWSL competitions, all coming as a member of the Pride.
TRANSACTION: Orlando Pride trade rights to defender Courtney Petersen and a 2024 natural 3rd round pick to Houston Dash in exchange for $65,000 allocation money plus an additional $25,000 should conditions be met.