January 7, 2010

Abily to Gold Pride, DiMartino to Los Angeles

The deal sending Camille Abily to FC Gold Pride is, in fact, a reality. Los Angeles has traded Camille Abily and their 2nd round draft choice (20th overall pick) in the 2010 draft to FC Gold Pride for Christina DiMartino, FC Gold Pride's 2nd round draft choice (14th overall pick) in the 2010 draft, and the rights to one of Gold Pride's 2009 International Discovery Players.

Abily, a member of the French National Team, was the Sol's 2nd leading scorer last season with 8 goals and 1 assist. The talented midfielder was a major factor in LA's regular season title, but she was unable to participate in the championship game due to her national team duties. Additionally, she was selected to the WPS All-Star team, but was playing for France in the 2009 Euros.

DiMartino was FC Gold Pride's 1st round selection (3rd overall) in the 2009 WPS draft. She also has 5 caps for the US National Team and scored her first international goal against Denmark in the 2009 Algarve Cup. For Gold Pride, DiMartino assisted on one goal while starting 18 games. She returns to Los Angeles where she played her college soccer for UCLA.