Renae Cuellar's stay in Kansas City was a brief one.
By SAM McDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
FC Kansas City made the first trade in franchise history Monday, a deal that sends Cuellar, the team's second-leading scorer, to Seattle in exchange for two players and a draft pick.
The full details: FC Kansas City will receive Mexican national player Teresa Noyola, the negotiating rights to Nikki Krzysik and a second-round pick in next year's National Women's Soccer League draft. In return, Seattle gets Cuellar and a third-round pick next spring.
After scoring five goals in her first eight starts of the Blues' inaugural season, Cuellar had fallen out of favor with the FC Kansas City coaching staff in recent weeks. She was replaced by striker Melissa Henderson in the starting lineup in each of the past three matches. The Blues were 2-0-1 in those matches — scoring two goals in each match — after a victory Sunday against Portland FC.
Still, Cuellar, a member of the Mexican national team, departs FC Kansas City as its second-leading scorer behind Lauren Cheney, who leads the NWSL with eight goals.
Noyola, a midfielder, has started eight games for Seattle this season, totaling one goal and one assist. She is expected to join the Blues for their home game Sunday against Western New York.
Krzysik, a defender, was chosen as the second overall pick in the supplemental draft but opted not to join Seattle this season. FC Kansas City will have exclusive negotiating rights with Krzysik for the 2014 season.
FC Kansas City will look to extend its unbeaten streak to four games when it travels to face the Washington Spirit on Wednesday