NWSL Player Allocation

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The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Player Allocation distributed the national team players that would be paid for by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), and the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) to the eight founding teams of the NWSL. The initial allocation list was announced on January 9, 2013, [1] with the results for the 55 national team players announced two days later. [2] From tweets concerning the first trade in the league between Seattle and Chicago, the allocations looked to be effective for at least the first two NWSL seasons, [3] though this was later shown to be not true as Keelin Winters, who was involved in said trade, was signed as a free agent in the 2013-14 offseason. The 2014 Allocation was reduced to 50 players, Mexico dropping eight slots and the United States adding three. Since 2016, Mexico has not allocated players to the NWSL.

United States Soccer Federation official governing body of soccer in the United States

The United States Soccer Federation (USSF), commonly referred to as U.S. Soccer, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States. With headquarters in Chicago, the FIFA member governs U.S. amateur and professional soccer, including the men's, women's, youth, beach soccer, futsal, and Paralympic national teams. U.S. Soccer sanctions referees and soccer tournaments for most soccer leagues in the United States. The U.S. Soccer Federation also administers and operates the U.S. Open Cup, which was first held in 1914.

Canadian Soccer Association association football national governing body

The Canadian Soccer Association is the governing body of soccer in Canada. It is a national organization that oversees the Canadian men's and women's national teams for international play, as well as the respective junior sides. Within Canada, it oversees national professional and amateur club championships.

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2013

Allocation process

For the initial allocation, each of the eight teams submitted which players they desired, ranking all players in each national team pool, and all the eligible players submitted which four teams they wanted to play for, as well as one team they didn't. The results were then matched by a third party. [4]

The initial player allocation was held on January 9, 2013, with each team's allocation announced on January 11. The USSF initially chose to fund 23 player salaries, while CSA and FMF both funded 16 players. Each team, except for the Western New York Flash, received three U.S., two Canadian, and two Mexican internationals; the Flash received two U.S. internationals. [2]

Allocation results

Boston Breakers Chicago Red Stars FC Kansas City Portland Thorns Seattle Reign FC Sky Blue FC Washington Spirit Western New York Flash
Flag of the United States.svg Sydney Leroux Shannon Boxx Nicole Barnhart Rachel Buehler Megan Rapinoe Jillian Loyden Ashlyn Harris Carli Lloyd
Heather Mitts Amy LePeilbet Lauren Cheney Tobin Heath Amy Rodriguez Kelley O'Hara Ali Krieger Abby Wambach
Heather O'Reilly Keelin Winters* Becky Sauerbrunn Alex Morgan Hope Solo Christie Rampone Lori Lindsey
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Adriana Leon* Erin McLeod Desiree Scott Karina LeBlanc Kaylyn Kyle Sophie Schmidt Robyn Gayle Bryanna McCarthy
Rhian Wilkinson Carmelina Moscato* Lauren Sesselmann Christine Sinclair Emily Zurrer Melanie Booth Diana Matheson Jodi-Ann Robinson
Flag of Mexico.svg Anisa Guajardo Maribel Dominguez Renae Cuellar* Luz Saucedo Jenny Ruiz Monica Ocampo Alina Garciamendez Veronica Perez
Cecilia Santiago Dinora Garza Marylin Diaz Rubi Sandoval Teresa Noyola* Lydia Rangel Teresa Worbis Pamela Tajonar

Italic designates players who did not participate in the season
* designates player who was traded during the season

Post allocation changes

Player withdrawals

Heather Mitts retired before the season started, Amy LePeilbet was out with injury all summer, and Amy Rodriguez took the season off due to pregnancy.

In the month leading up to opening day, the FMF withdrew funding for several of its players, removing them from the NWSL:

  • Marylin Diaz and Luz Saucedo - failed fitness tests
  • Rubi Sandoval - reportedly injured [5]
  • Alina Garciamendez - had existing contract with FFC Frankfurt

Other changes

On March 1, Chicago sent Winters and a fourth-round 2014 draft pick to Seattle in exchange for a first-round 2014 draft pick and a return of one of Seattle's allocated players to Chicago after the season was complete. [3] [6] It was later revealed that Seattle would not send an allocated player to Chicago, with Winters losing her allocation status and Chicago getting a new allocated player. [7]

On July 1, Kansas City traded Renae Cuellar and their third-round pick to Seattle in exchange for Teresa Noyola, right to Nikki Krzysik, and a second-round draft pick. [8] Cuellar had been a league-leading scorer until she had an injury and was unable to return to KC's starting lineup even after fully recovering. [9]

Teresa Noyola association football player

Teresa Noyola Bayardo is a Mexican footballer who plays for Icelandic club Valur and for the Mexico national team. She previously played for the Houston Dash, FC Kansas City, and Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League. She also holds American citizenship. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Hermann Trophy award.

On July 30, Chicago and Boston swapped Adriana Leon and Carmelina Moscato. [10]

Kristie Mewis of FC Kansas City gained allocated status during the 2013 season. [11]

Offseason changes

All three federations re-evaluated their allocations during the 2013-2014 offseason. Teams made trades with their allocated players often before the allocations were announced, though. There were four offseason trades before new allocations were officially announced, all involving the Seattle Reign. On September 10, Carmelina Moscato was sent from Boston to Seattle in exchange for Kaylyn Kyle. [12] On October 25, Washington gave the rights to Alina Garciamendez (and to Nikki Marshall) to Seattle in exchange for Renae Cuellar (and rights to Jodie Taylor). Third-round 2014 draft picks were also traded. [13] Third, Seattle sent Amy Rodriguez to FCKC in exchange for Kristie Mewis. [14] Finally, on November 18, Seattle gave away Mewis, Michelle Betos, and their first two 2015 draft picks to the Boston Breakers in exchange for Sydney Leroux. [15]

2014

The new allocation list was revealed on January 3. [16] [17] [18] Despite the addition of the expansion side Houston Dash, Canada did not increase their allocation to 18 players; Mexico decreased their allocation from 16 (effectively 12) to 8, similarly not accounting for the ninth team, and unlike Canada or the United States did not as a rule keep returning allocated players on their existing teams. The United States increased their allocation from 23 to 26 players. The Houston Dash were only allocated one US player but was allowed to take two more in the 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft.

Allocation results

Boston Breakers Chicago Red Stars FC Kansas City Houston Dash Portland Thorns Seattle Reign FC Sky Blue FC Washington Spirit WNY Flash
Flag of the United States.svg Heather O'Reilly Shannon Boxx Nicole Barnhart Whitney Engen Rachel Buehler Megan Rapinoe Jillian Loyden Ashlyn Harris Carli Lloyd
Meghan Klingenberg* † Amy LePeilbet* Lauren Holiday Tobin Heath Hope Solo Kelley O'Hara Ali Krieger Abby Wambach
Kristie Mewis Christen Press Becky Sauerbrunn Alex Morgan Stephanie Cox Christie Rampone Yael Averbuch
Amy Rodriguez Sydney Leroux
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Kaylyn Kyle Erin McLeod* Desiree Scott Melissa Tancredi* † Karina LeBlanc* Carmelina Moscato Sophie Schmidt Robyn Gayle Selenia Iacchelli
Chelsea Stewart Adriana Leon Lauren Sesselmann* Christine Sinclair Jonelle Filigno Diana Matheson
Rachel Quon
Flag of Mexico.svg Dinora Garza Cecilia Santiago Teresa Noyola Jackie Acevedo Arianna Romero* † Monica Ocampo Renae Cuellar Veronica Perez*

Highlight designates difference from previous allocation
† designates newly allocated player for 2014
Italic designates a player that did not participate in the season
* designates player who was traded during the season OR selected in the expansion draft

Post-allocation changes

The Houston Dash were very quick to get into the trading arena, sending Melissa Tancredi to Chicago in exchange for Erin McLeod on January 7. [19] They then selected Meghan Klingenberg, Lauren Sesselmann, & Arianna Romero in the expansion draft. [20]

After the expansion draft, the trade limitation of allocated-for-same-country-allocated was lifted. [21] Players that were 'unevenly' traded once this restriction was lifted include Amy LePeilbet (to Kansas City), Karina LeBlanc (to Chicago), and Veronica Perez (to Washington).

When rosters were revealed on April 7, Crystal Dunn and Alyssa Naeher had received allocation status.

Offseason changes

Some allocated players were traded between teams before the new 2015 allocations were announced. The Western New York Flash dealt Carli Lloyd to the Houston Dash in exchange for Whitney Engen (and Becky Edwards). [22] The Boston Breakers also traded Heather O'Reilly to FC Kansas City in exchange for unallocated rookies Morgan Marlborough and Kassey Kallman. [23] Sophie Schmidt announced in January she would not play for Sky Blue FC nor the NWSL in order to focus on the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. [24]

2015

Official allocation results for all three federations were announced on January 14, 2015, reducing the total number of allocated players to 42 (down from 50 in 2014 and 55 in 2013). [25] Allocated players will play the first 3-4 NWSL games of the 2015 season before missing 7-8 games due to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. [26]

Allocation results

Boston Breakers Chicago Red Stars FC Kansas City Houston Dash Portland Thorns Seattle Reign FC Sky Blue FC Washington Spirit WNY Flash
Flag of the United States.svg Kristie Mewis Shannon Boxx Nicole Barnhart Meghan Klingenberg Rachel Buehler Sydney Leroux* Kelley O'Hara Ashlyn Harris Abby Wambach *
Alyssa Naeher Christen Press Lauren Holiday Carli Lloyd Tobin Heath Megan Rapinoe Christie Rampone Ali Krieger Whitney Engen
Julie Johnston Amy Rodriguez Alex Morgan Hope Solo Crystal Dunn
Becky Sauerbrunn
Heather O'Reilly
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Nkem Ezurike Adriana Leon Erin McLeod Christine Sinclair Jonelle Filigno Diana Matheson
Rachel Quon Lauren Sesselmann Kaylyn Kyle
Karina LeBlanc Allysha Chapman Rhian Wilkinson
Melissa Tancredi
Flag of Mexico.svg Bianca Sierra Monica Ocampo Veronica Perez
Arianna Romero

Highlight designates difference from previous allocation
† designates newly allocated player for 2015
Italic designates a player that did not participate in the season
* designates player who was traded during the season

Post-allocation changes

Abby Wambach announced on March 18 she would not play for Western New York nor the NWSL in order to focus on the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. [27] On March 30 Western New York traded Wambach, Amber Brooks, and their 2016 first round draft pick to Seattle for Sydney Leroux and Amanda Frisbie. [28]

Offseason changes

After the Women's World Cup, many allocated players announced or discussed their plans to retire from national and club football. Shannon Boxx did not finished the season NWSL season with her club; Lauren Holiday and Karina LeBlanc did. [29] [30] Abby Wambach, who passed on the entire 2015 season, officially announced her retirement the day the USWNT visited the White House as part of their 2015 World Cup victory celebrations.

During the offseason, several trades took place to move allocated players, with Chicago and WNY swapping Whitney Engen and Adriana Leon for Chicago to further trade with Boston, swapping Engen for Alyssa Naeher. WNY also sent Sydney Leroux to Kansas City after it was announced that Amy Rodriguez would miss the 2016 season to have her second child.

Finally, several allocated players swapped teams as part of the expansion of the Orlando Pride into the league. Portland sent Alex Morgan and Kaylyn Kyle to Orlando as part of a trade that included them receiving Meghan Klingenberg from Orlando after Orlando selected Klingenberg (and Orlando native Ashlyn Harris) in the 2015 NWSL Expansion Draft.

2016

Primary allocation results for United States players were announced on January 13, 2016 with 24 allocated players. [31] Two days later, during the 2016 NWSL College Draft, NWSL also announced a new allocation process. [32] Canada's allocation list was released with 11 players on February 8, 2016, all of whom were allocated under the old process. [33]

Primary allocation results

Boston Breakers Chicago Red Stars FC Kansas City Houston Dash Orlando Pride Portland Thorns Seattle Reign FC Sky Blue FC Washington Spirit WNY Flash
Flag of the United States.svg Whitney Engen Alyssa Naeher Sydney Leroux Morgan Brian Ashlyn Harris Meghan Klingenberg Hope Solo Kelley O'Hara Crystal Dunn Jaelene Hinkle
Christen Press Heather O'Reilly Carli Lloyd Alex Morgan Tobin Heath Megan Rapinoe Christie Rampone Ali Krieger Samantha Mewis
Julie Johnston Amy Rodriguez Lindsey Horan
Becky Sauerbrunn
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Desiree Scott Janine Beckie Josée Belanger Christine Sinclair Diana Matheson Adriana Leon
Allysha Chapman Kaylyn Kyle Stephanie Labbé Sabrina D'Angelo
Shelina Zadorsky

Highlight designates difference from previous allocation
† designates newly allocated player for 2016
Italic designates a player that did not participate in the season
* designates player who was traded during the season

(†)Emily Sonnett was also declared as an allocated player but would be subject to the 2016 NWSL College Draft, where she was selected by Portland Thorns FC with the first overall pick.

Unattached allocation order & results

Full details for the new process, officially termed Player Distribution, were revealed in late March a day before nine previously allocated players were to have their rights dispersed to other teams. [34] [35] This new process, while first implemented for the 2016 Dispersal Draft, was rumored to have been finalized in time for Mallory Pugh to potential turn professional for the Portland Thorns. [36] [37]

In an effort to create a "equitable mechanism" of distributing players, federations can declare player(s) currently unattached to NWSL clubs to be allocation-eligible, at which point the NWSL have the opportunity to roster said player(s) on a rolling basis. Players that have lost their allocation and are not picked up by their previous team are also eligible for distribution. The distribution ranking order is determined by the previous season's finishing order (including playoffs) with expansion teams being granted the final spots in the order (i.e. after the defending champions). This order can only be changed by trades or when a team decides to accept a new player.

For the 2016 season, the new distribution process proceeded as follows:

Final
Ranking
Used
Ranking
Previous
Ranking
Original
Ranking
ClubDate Allocation UsedPlayerPrevious ClubRef
-1-1 Boston Breakers 15 January 2016trade
1-4- Portland Thorns
2--2 Sky Blue FC
3--3 Western New York Flash
-4-4 Portland Thorns 15 January 2016trade
4-1- Boston Breakers
5--5 Houston Dash
6--6 Washington Spirit
7--7 Chicago Red Stars
-8-8 Seattle Reign 31 March 2016 Arianna Romero Washington Spirit
ÍBV
[38]
8--9 FC Kansas City
9--10 Orlando Pride
-108- Seattle Reign 31 March 2016 Veronica Perez Washington Spirit
Canberra United
KIF Örebro DFF
[38]
10-10- Seattle Reign

Offseason changes

2017

NWSL switched from referring to "allocated players" to referring to "subsidized players" this season, as a result of the new subsidization process and evidenced when Canada announced its list of subsidized players on January 25, 2017. [42] Allocation for United States players was announced on April 6, 2017 with 22 allocated players, [43] the day after a new USWNT CBA was announced.

Previously-attached subsidized players

Boston Breakers Chicago Red Stars FC Kansas City Houston Dash NC Courage Orlando Pride Portland Thorns Seattle Reign FC Sky Blue FC Washington Spirit
Flag of the United States.svg Rose Lavelle Alyssa Naeher Sydney Leroux Morgan Brian Lynn Williams Ashlyn Harris Meghan Klingenberg Megan Rapinoe Kelley O'Hara Mallory Pugh ‡ *
Christen Press Becky Sauerbrunn Carli Lloyd Samantha Mewis Alex Morgan Tobin Heath
Julie Ertz Amy Rodriguez Ali Krieger Lindsey Horan
Casey Short Emily Sonnett
Allie Long
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Allysha Chapman Desiree Scott Janine Beckie Sabrina D'Angelo Christine Sinclair Diana Matheson Kailen Sheridan Shelina Zadorsky
Nichelle Prince Stephanie Labbé

Highlight designates difference from previous allocation
† designates newly allocated player whose rights were already held or acquired through the 2017 NWSL College Draft (i.e. avoiding the newly-subsidized player distribution process)
‡ designates player new to NWSL added through unattached distribution order process
Italic designates a player that did not participate in the season
* designates player who was traded or changed status during the season

Unattached distribution order & results

For the 2017 season, the new distribution process proceeded as follows:

Current
Ranking
Used/Traded
Ranking
Previous
Ranking
Original
Ranking
ClubDate Selection UsedPlayerPrevious ClubRef
-1-1 Boston Breakers 17 November 2016trade to Spirit [44]
-12- Washington Spirit 13 May 2017 Mallory Pugh UCLA [45]
-2-2 Orlando Pride 1 November 2016trade to Spirit [40] [46]
-29- Washington Spirit 17 November 2016trade to Breakers [44]
1-1- Boston Breakers
2--3 Houston Dash
3--4 Sky Blue FC
4--5 FC Kansas City
5--6 Seattle Reign FC
6--7 Chicago Red Stars
7--8 Portland Thorns FC
-9-9 Washington Spirit 1 November 2016trade to Pride [40] [46]
8-2- Orlando Pride
9--10 North Carolina Courage
1012- Washington Spirit


2018

Allocated players

Allocated players for the 2018 NWSL season were announced on February 15, 2018. [47] There are 34 players from the United States and Canada total, including six new players, on the allocation list.

Chicago Red Stars Houston Dash North Carolina Courage Orlando Pride Portland Thorns FC Seattle Reign FC Sky Blue FC Utah Royals FC Washington Spirit
Flag of the United States.svg Julie Ertz Jane Campbell Abby Dahlkemper Ashlyn Harris Tobin Heath Allie Long Carli Lloyd Kelley O'Hara Rose Lavelle
Alyssa Naeher Christen Press * Crystal Dunn Alex Morgan Lindsey Horan Megan Rapinoe Amy Rodriguez Mallory Pugh
Casey Short Samantha Mewis Emily Sonnett Becky Sauerbrunn Taylor Smith
Lynn Williams
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Nichelle Prince Allysha Chapman Shelina Zadorsky Christine Sinclair Janine Beckie Diana Matheson Rebecca Quinn
Sabrina D'Angelo Adriana Leon* † Desiree Scott
Kailen Sheridan

Highlight designates difference from previous allocation
† designates newly allocated player whose rights were already held or acquired (i.e. avoiding the newly-subsidized player distribution process)
‡ designates player new to NWSL added through unattached distribution order process
Italic designates a player that did not participate in the season
* designates player who was traded or changed status during the season

Post-allocation changes

Christen Press was traded from the Chicago Red Stars to the Houston Dash during the 2018 NWSL College Draft and was subsequently allocated to the Dash, but did not report to the team. She instead signed a short-term contract with Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC and played part of the 2018 Damallsvenskan season in Sweden.

On June 18, the Utah Royals acquired Press's rights from Houston in a three-team trade, and she joined the team later that month, before the scheduled end of her contract with Göteborg. [48]

On May 9, the Houston Dash acquired Allysha Chapman from the North Carolina Courage. [49]

On June 12, Adriana Leon was traded from Sky Blue FC (who had acquired her in the 2018 NWSL Dispersal Draft) to Seattle Reign FC. [50]

On August 9, Janine Beckie signed a one-year deal with Manchester City of the FA Women's Super League. [51]

Offseason changes

Four American players — Jane Campbell, Amy Rodriguez, Taylor Smith, and Lynn Williams — were de-allocated after the 2018 NWSL season. [52]

Several Canadian players left the NWSL during the offseason. Sabrina D'Angelo signed for Swedish club Vittsjö GIK, Adriana Leon for English club West Ham United, and Rebecca Quinn for French club Paris FC.

2019

Allocated players

The 22 United States allocated players for the 2019 NWSL season were announced on March 4, 2019. [52]

Chicago Red Stars Houston Dash North Carolina Courage Orlando Pride Portland Thorns FC Reign FC Sky Blue FC Utah Royals FC Washington Spirit
Flag of the United States.svg Morgan Brian Abby Dahlkemper Ashlyn Harris Adrianna Franch Allie Long Carli Lloyd Kelley O'Hara Rose Lavelle
Julie Ertz Crystal Dunn Alex Morgan Tobin Heath Megan Rapinoe Christen Press Mallory Pugh
Alyssa Naeher Samantha Mewis Lindsey Horan Becky Sauerbrunn
Casey Short McCall Zerboni Emily Sonnett
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg

Highlight designates difference from previous allocation
† designates newly allocated player whose rights were already held or acquired (i.e. avoiding the newly-subsidized player distribution process)
‡ designates player new to NWSL added through unattached distribution order process
Italic designates a player that did not participate in the season
* designates player who was traded or changed status during the season

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