Having scored the second fewest goals in the league and going scoreless in six of the 12 matches played this season, Wilmington Hammerheads FC made a midseason trade this week, sending defender Ashani Fairclough to Seattle Sounders 2 in exchange for forward Qudus Lawal.
Lawal, 19, scored two goals and assisted another in 11 appearances for S2 across all competitions. He netted a brace in his first professional start, a 4-3 loss on the road against Tulsa Roughnecks FC on April 16.
Fairclough, a 22-year-old Jamaican defender, was named to the USL PRO First Team of the Year in 2014, making 27 appearances and scoring two goals for the Hammerheads. Fairclough was signed by Seattle Sounders FC ahead of the 2013 season, where he logged 214 minutes in four appearances in the MLS Reserve League.
With seven points through 12 games, the Hammerheads sit towards the bottom of the USL Eastern Conference heading into a road match this weekend against of the top teams in the league at Richmond. Wilmlington’s last result came on April 12 in a 3-0 win over New York Red Bulls 2. Since then, the Hammerheads have gone 0-6-2, with a 9-20 goal differential this season.