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National Women’s Soccer League announces protected and unprotected players ahead of 2014 expansion draft

Posted on 8 January 2014 in Around the Soccer World

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The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced the official list of protected and unprotected players ahead of the 2014 Expansion Draft on Friday 10 January. The Houston Dash will become the ninth club to join the NWSL when they begin play this season. They will be able to select up to 10 players in the Expansion Draft, though no club can lose more than two players. The results of the Expansion Draft will be announced starting at 11.00 ET / 8.00 PT on Friday.

Each current NWSL club has had the opportunity to protect nine (playoff teams) or ten (non-playoff teams) players from their 2014 roster. Any club with more than two USA allocated players must leave at least one unprotected. The Dash will be allowed to select no more than two American allocated players, one Canadian allocated player and one Mexican allocated player.

Only two players will be exempt from the Expansion Draft, the Boston Breakers’ Kyah Simon (ACL surgery) and Western New York Flash’s Alex Sahlen (pregnancy) as they will be unavailable for the entire 2014 season. In addition, clubs have until 10 March to sign any player whose rights are a hold-over from 2013 season.

A complete list of the Expansion Draft rules can be found on NWSLsoccer.com.

LIST OF PROTECTED AND UNPROTECTED PLAYERS FOR 2014 EXPANSION DRAFT

Bostons Breakers

Protected
Courtney Jones
Julie King
Kaylyn Kyle (CAN)
Joanna Lohman
Kia McNeill
Kristie Mewis (USA)
Alyssa Naeher
Heather O'Reilly (USA)
Lianne Sanderson
Catherine Whitehill
 

Unprotected
Jazmyne Avant
Michelle Betos
Bianca D'Agostino
Maddy Evans
Dinora Garza (MEX)
Meghan Klingenberg (USA)
Jessica Luscinski (2013 Hold-over Rights)
Melissa Ortiz
Kathryn Schoepfer
Chelsea Stewart (CAN)
 

Chicago Red Stars

Protected
Zakiya Bywaters
Lori Chalupny
Taryn Hemmings
Jennifer Hoy
Adriana Leon (CAN)
Leslie Osborne
Christen Press (USA)
Rachel Quon (CAN)
Casey Short (2013 Hold-over Rights)
Taylor Vancil
 

Unprotected
Shannon Boxx (USA)
Amy LePeilbet (USA)
Ella Masar
Alyssa Mautz
Jacqueline Santacaterina
Julianne Sitch
Melissa Tancredi (CAN)
Lindsay Tarpley (2013 Hold-over Rights)
Lydia Vandenbergh
Michelle Wenino
 

FC Kansas City

Protected
Jen Buczkowski
Melissa Henderson
Lauren Holiday (USA)
Nikki Krzysik
Merritt Mathias
Leigh Ann Robinson
Amy Rodriguez (USA)
Becky Sauerbrunn (USA)
Erika Tymrak
 

Unprotected
Nicole Barnhart (USA)
Elizabeth Bogus
Sinead Farrelly
Jamie French
Bianca Henninger
Katie Kelly
Casey Loyd
Cecilia Santiago (MEX)
Desiree Scott (CAN)
Lauren Sesselmann (CAN)

Nia Williams
Discovery Player #1
Discovery Player #2
Discovery Player #3
Discovery Player #4
Discovery Player #5
Discovery Player #6
 

Portland Thorns FC

Protected
Jackie Acevedo (MEX)
Amber Brooks
Tobin Heath (USA)
Allie Long
Nikki Marshall
Alex Morgan (USA)
Rebecca Moros
Christine Sinclair (CAN)
Kat Williamson
 

Unprotected
Rachel Buehler (USA)
Becky Edwards
Tina Ellertson
Angie Kerr
Karina LeBlanc (CAN)
Jessica McDonald
Emilee O'Neil
Casey Ramirez
Meleana Shim
Nikki Washington
Tiffany Weimer
Michele Weissenhofer (2013 Hold-over Rights)
Courtney Wetzel
Discovery Player #1
Discovery Player #2
Discovery Player #3
Discovery Player #4
 

Seattle Reign FC

Protected
Lauren Barnes
Jessica Fishlock
Danielle Foxhoven
Beverly Goebel-Yanez
Sydney Leroux (USA)
Kim Little
Megan Rapinoe (USA)
Elli Reed
Hope Solo (USA)
Keelin Winters
 

Unprotected
Stephanie Cox (USA)
Kiersten Dallstream
Kate Deines
Kaley Fountain (2013 Hold-over Rights)
Alina Garciamendez (2013 Hold-over Rights)
Carmelina Moscato (CAN)
Mariah Nogueira
Arianna Romero (MEX)
Discovery Player #1
Discovery Player #2
Discovery Player #3
Discovery Player #4
Discovery Player #5
Discovery Player #6
 

Sky Blue FC

Protected
Lisa De Vanna
Caitlin Foord
Katy Freels
Courtney Goodson
Lindsi Cutshall
Monica Ocampo (MEX)
Christie Rampone (USA)
Sophie Schmidt (CAN)
Discovery Player #1
 

Unprotected
Danesha Adams
Brittany Bock
Brittany Cameron
Alison Falk (2013 Hold-over Rights)
Jonelle Filigno (CAN)
Kendall Johnson
Meghan Lenczyk (2013 Hold-over Rights)
Jillian Loyden (USA)
Taylor Lytle
Ashley Nick
Kelley O'Hara (USA)
Madeleine Thompson
Kandace Wilson (2013 Hold-over Rights)
Discovery Player #2
 

Washington Spirit

Protected
Yael Averbuch (USA)
Renae Cuellar (MEX)
Robyn Gayle (CAN)
Victoria Huster
Ali Krieger (USA)
Diana Matheson (CAN)
Christine Nairn
Stephanie Ochs
Toni Pressley
Jodie Taylor
 

Unprotected
Marisa Abegg
Jordan Angeli (2013 Hold-over Rights)
Candace Chapman
Ashlyn Harris (USA)
Chantel Jones
Natasha Kai (2013 Hold-over Rights)
Lori Lindsey
Tiffany McCarty
Caroline Miller
Julia Roberts
Jasmyne Spencer
Kika Toulouse
Colleen Williams
Discovery Player #1
Discovery Player #2
 

Western New York Flash

Protected
Adrianna Franch
Samantha Kerr
Carli Lloyd (USA)
Adriana Martin
Katherine Reynolds
Brittany Taylor
Abby Wambach (USA)
McCall Zerboni
Discovery Player #1
 

Unprotected
Amy Barczuk
Vicki DiMartino
Val Henderson (2013 Hold-over Rights)
Sarah Huffman
Selenia Iacchelli (CAN)
Estelle Johnson
Veronica Perez (MEX)
Angela Salem
 

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is a nine-team Division-I women’s professional soccer league featuring national team players from Canada, Mexico and the USA. The nine clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, the Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash. Based in Chicago, the NWSL is supported by the Canadian Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and the United States Soccer Federation. For more information about the NWSL, log on to the league’s official website at NWSLsoccer.com.
 

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