Orlando Pride sign 2023 draft pick Summer Yates
The Orlando Pride signed 2023 draft pick Summer Yates the club announced Tuesday. Yates signed a two-year contract with an option year for 2025. The forward was the No. 39 pick in the most recent National Women's Soccer League draft.
"Summer is a versatile, quality player who provides us the ability to play her in a few different positions," Orlando Pride general manager Haley Carter said in the club's release. "We are excited to continue her development and for her to start her professional journey here in Orlando.”
Yates scored 27 goals and provided 23 assists during her five-year career with the Washington Huskies. She was a four-time All-Pac12 performer and earned second-team all-american honors once.
“Playing professional soccer has always been a dream of mine and I am so grateful to be able to live out that dream here in Orlando,” Yates said in the release. "I am honored to wear purple and I am ready to give it my all for this Club and our fans!”
Yates has represented the United States at the under-20 and under-23 level. She helped the US U-20's win the Concacaf Championship in 2020.
The former Husky was part of the Pride's 2023 draft class. Center back Emily Madril signed a contract with the league before the draft and is one of the best young defensive prospects in the league.
The club also signed forward Messiah Bright. The former Texas Christian star signed a three-year contract with the Pride after Orlando selected her with the 21st overall pick.