Eighty-six days have passed since the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) officially ended and in that time, many teams have begun preparations for next season with some exciting trades.
Seattle Reign FC head coach and GM Laura Harvey has been the most active during the offseason, swapping for players both within the NWSL as well as in foreign leagues.
With the Reign failing to post a win until the team’s 12th game of the 2013 season—in a 2-1 victory over the Boston Breakers at Dilboy Stadium—Harvey has acted quick to prepare for a more successful second season.
Defender Carmelina Moscato has made her third move since the league’s inception, joining the Reign in exchange for fellow Canadian international Kaylyn Kyle.
Kyle, who appeared in 21 matches for the Reign and scored three goals, will be headed east to join the Boston Breakers next season.
Former Breakers Sydney Leroux and Mariah Nogueira will also be swapping teams this season. Both will be joining Harvey’s team in Seattle.
Nogueira, a former standout at Stanford, started 16 of the 20 matches she played for the Breakers and scored three goals throughout the course of the season. She was sent to Seattle in exchange for third round draft picks in 2014 and 2015 for Boston.
Fellow rookie Leroux, who scored an impressive 11 goals in 19 matches—and was the first player in NWSL history to score a hat trick—will be at the forefront of Seattle’s new attack.
American international Amy Rodriguez has also been on the move recently. Despite not playing a single match for the Reign (where she was allocated prior to announcing her pregnancy), Harvey has discharged the forward and she was picked up by FC Kansas City.
Rodriguez will be joining a star-studded team (that swept the 2013 regular season awards), including Lauren Holiday (Golden Boot, league MVP), Erika Tymrak (Rookie of the Year), Nicole Barnhart (Goalkeeper of the Year), and Becky Sauerbrunn (Defender of the Year).
Making room for Rodriguez, Kansas City has offloaded rookie Kristie Mewis, who is set to move close to her hometown of Hanson, Mass., by joining the Breakers.
Mewis’ former Kansas City teammate Courtney Jones will also be joining her in Boston. Jones clocked in a total of 670 minutes over the course of 22 games and with this trade, the Breakers also get the seventh pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft in exchange for the fourth pick.
Another one of Harvey’s offseason moves has sent Christine Nairn from Seattle to the Washington Spirit. Nairn, who was picked seventh overall in the 2013 NWSL College Draft, is also moving closer to home with the move.
Perhaps one of the most impressive moves this offseason has been Harvey acquiring Scottish international Kim Little.
After spending a few years with Arsenal Ladies, Little will be joining Harvey (who coached the successful English women’s team from 2008-2012) in Seattle.
While news has been quiet from a handful of other teams, just a few weeks remain until the 2014 NWSL College Draft (scheduled sometime in January), when teams will really get to revamp their squads.