Thorns FC acquires defender Tegan McGrady from San Diego Wave FC versus defender Madison Pogarch

Portland, raw. Portland Thorns FC has acquired San Diego Wave FC defender Tegan McGrady for Madison Pogarch, it was announced today.

Thorns FC general manager Karina LeBlanc said: “It’s so heartwarming to watch Po go, she was so professional, a leader in the community, the locker room and on the field, we will miss her.” Speaking with Po, she was grateful for her time with Thorns and the role the club had in helping her start her career. It is something she has never taken for granted. Early in the season, Po reached out to us and said that if the right opportunity presented itself for a new club, it would be Open to this discussion, and Bo and we felt this was the right situation. We wish her all the best as she heads to San Diego.”

McGrady won the NWSL Championship with Washington before playing for San Diego

McGrady, 24, was the seventh overall pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft by Stanford’s Washington Spirit. In 2021, McGrady helped channel the spirit into the 2021 NWSL Championship, appearing in 16 games (11 starts). Across three seasons with Washington from 2019-21, McGrady played in 34 games in all competitions, including the Challenge Cup and the Playoffs. Prior to the 2022 campaign, McGrady was traded to San Diego and this season appeared with Wave FC in 10 games, making nine games on the NWSL expansion side.

“Tegan is a strong opponent, enjoys the ball and loves to be involved in attacks,” said Thorns FC coach Ryan Wilkinson. “She reads the game well and has a great timing to join in and contribute to the attacks. We look forward to Teijan becoming our newest addition to Thorns, and we know she will bring so much to the team and the organization as a whole through her play and because of her outstanding personality.”

McGrady’s career spanned as the Cardinal, from 2015 to 18 where she helped Stanford win the NCAA Championship in 2017. During her four seasons, McGrady appeared in 72 games (61 starts), scoring four goals and 13 assists. She was an All-American in 2018 and an All-Pac 12 pick three times, including first-team honors in 2018, while also earning first all-district honors in 2017 and 2018.

McGrady earned her international debut for the US women’s national team on April 8, 2018, against Mexico. She also competed with the United States at the U-17, U-20, and U-23 levels, where she competed with U-17s at the 2013 Concacaf Championships.

Wilkinson on Pogarch: ‘Great player and teammate’

Pogarch was discharged from Rutgers University and signed with Thorns FC on May 8, 2019. Over the course of four seasons in Portland, Pogarch appeared in 45 games in all competitions, scoring three assists. In the NWSL regular season move, she played in 28 games (7 starts), and scored 2 passes. She made her professional debut as a Thorns FC on May 25, 2019, in a road match against Sky Blue FC.

“Madison has been a fantastic player and teammate here in Portland. She always brings great energy, she can be counted on to be the first to celebrate and amplify his teammates,” Wilkinson said. “We have seen her impact in the last few games, her intensity on and off the ball, as well as Its remarkable ability to cross. She is popular among her team and fans, and will be missed often. We would like to wish Po all the best and thank her for her service to Thorns.”

Thorns FC returns to play after a league-wide break, as it travels for a road match against Racing Louisville FC on Friday, July 29; Kick-off is set to 5 PM (Pacific) on Paramount+.

Crown McGrady
Position: Defender
Height: 5-6
Born: October 11, 1997
Hometown: San Jose, California.
Previous club: San Diego Wave FC
College: Stanford

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