Sol Trade French Striker Abily, WPS Second-Leading Scorer

i-56835baf825b6608c7395b5b7380529a-abily.jpgCamille Abily will shine for the Sol no more.

Camille Abily and the 20th overall draft pick was traded to FC Gold Pride today in exchange for the Pride’s top draft pick of 2009, Tina DiMartino (third overall), the 14th overall selection in the 2010 draft and the rights to one of the Pride’s 2009 International Discovery Players.

On the face of it, the move appears to be a curious one for the Sol.

Abily, a French international, scored eight goals in 18 games, tying her with goal-machine Abby Wambach for second in the league, and was named to the WPS All-Star team. She was widely considered an integral part of the league’s best attacking team.

“She has tremendous instinct on the field, her vision and decision making skills are right on point,” said FC Gold Pride Head Coach Albertin Montoya. “Based on her performance in 2009, I’m sure everyone is aware of what she can do on the field. Abily is a very dynamic player.”

UCLA product Martino, 23, is an attacking midfielder and accomplished U.S. youth international who made her full national team debut in January 2008.

I’m trying to get a comment from Sol GM Charlie Naimo. Stay tuned.

Updated 11:50 p.m. Thursday:
Naimo is apparently too busy tweeting to return my calls.

But he is responding to fans questioning the trade:

*”we’ll have an exciting team with a lot of depth. Marta, Aya, Boxxy, Karina plus 3 new world class european players.”

*”have faith, we have 3 new European players to play with Aya and Marta PLUS Dimartin and 4 of the 1st 14 picks. alot of depth 2010.”

*”I know its a big move.”

More brewing at the Sol. Stay tuned.

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  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Nick, how much did Abily make? I keep thinking this is a salary-cap move.