National Women's Soccer League

NWSL Weekly Round-Up 1/26/13

NWSL Weekly Round-Up (1/20/13-1/26/13)

Free Agency:  On Friday, NWSL announced the free agency rules which will be as follows:

  • Each team can sign 4 players, with Western New York being allotted one extra true free agent as compensation for only receiving 6 players in the allocation process.  Free agents are players whose rights are not currently held by a team (i.e. any players who weren’t drafted in the college draft or weren’t a part of the allocation process).
  • The true free agency will only last until January 31.  Several teams have mentioned that they have agreed to terms with several players and those announcements should begin coming in early next week.
  • Each team will submit approximately 10 players to the supplemental draft pool for a total of 80 players to be selected in early February (the date we’ve been hearing is February 6)

Speaking of Free Agency:

A few unofficial free agent signings that have been floating around (note:  all signings are unofficial pending league approval):

As reported prior to the NWSL draft Allie Long is set to go to Portland and Leslie Osborne will be suiting up for the Chicago Red Stars.

On draft day, both Sinead Farrelly (the number 2 overall pick in 2011) and Melissa Henderson (the number 2 overall pick in 2012) mentioned that they would be suiting up for FC Kansas City.  On Friday, midfielder Jen Buczkowski hinted that she’d also be suiting up for Kansas City.  Defender Leigh Ann Robinson was reportedly in talks with the Blues pre-draft.

Players will be able to reveal where they are playing in the upcoming days.

Tobin Heath to Play for PSG

In what was the most interesting roster move this week, Tobin Heath announced that she will be playing for PSG in France for the first half of the season.  She will join Megan Rapinoe (Lyon) in the Division 1 Féminine where both United States national team midfielders will play until June.  It is unknown whether or not it was known going into the allocation process that she would be gone for the first part of the season.

Tom Sermanni announced training camp roster for US Women’s National Team Camp Ahead of Scotland Matches:

United States head coach Tom Sermanni named the 29 players who will come into training camp ahead of the two matches versus Scotland on February 9 in Jacksonville, and February 13 in Nashville.

GOALKEEPERS (5): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire South), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Liverpool FC), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Heather Mitts (Boston Breakers), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Yael Averbuch (Göteborg FC), Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City), Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain), Lori Lindsey (Washington Spirit), Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Lyon), Keelin Winters (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (5):
 Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö FF), Amy Rodriguez (Seattle Reign FC), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

Notes: 

Amy LePeilbet and Meghan Klingenberg are the only two members of the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal winning squad and alternates who are not in this camp.  LePeilbet has a lingering knee injury according to the US Soccer release and Klingenberg is recovering from shoulder surgery.

Harris, Heath, Rapinoe and Press will not be at the camp for its entirety due to their club commitments overseas.

Mewis is the only member of the 2013 draft class that was invited to camp

Johnston and Dunn were both members of last summer’s US U-20 World Champion squad.  Campbell is the youngest player in camp at the age of 17 and is the only high school aged player in camp.  She was the starting goalkeeper for the 2012 US U-17 World Cup squad.

There are seven uncapped players at the senior level:  Jane Campbell, Crystal Dunn, Ashlyn Harris, Kristie Mewis, Christen Press and Keelin Winters.

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