FC Kansas City narrowly missed making it to the NWSL championship last season and flew under the radar in last year’s allocation. Their allocation picture looks very much the same as a year ago.
Kansas City will return all three of its original U.S. allocations in midfielder Lauren Holiday, goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart and defender Becky Sauerbrunn. All three earned individual accolades with Barnhart earning Goalkeeper of the Year, Sauerbrunn earning Defender of the Year and Holiday earning MVP honors.
Barnhart led the league in shutouts with ten on the season with a 0.950 goals against average. Sauerbrunn and Barnhart helped the defense to the second-fewest goals allowed on the year with 22.
Holiday had a break out year and led the league in scoring with 12 goals, earning Golden Boot honors in addition to her MVP honors.
In addition, the Blues also received forward Amy Rodriguez in a trade with the Seattle Reign that sent Kristie Mewis to the West Coast. Rodriguez missed the 2013 season after giving birth to her first child in August.
There were few surprises amongst the Blues allocations. The biggest question comes in the status of both of their Canadians.
The FA Women’s Super League’s Notts County announced on Thursday that they had signed midfielder Desiree Scott for the 2014 season. Her agent Chuck Vine confirmed the news on Twitter:
Scott’s name still appeared on the allocation list for Kansas City which begs the question of whether she will appear in NWSL at all in 2014. FC Kansas City has not yet commented on the situation.
Lauren Sesselmann’s has been rumored to be on the move to Notts County as well but that move has not yet confirmed either way. Both Scott and Sesselmann were integral parts of Vlako Andonvoski’s roster. Scott paired with Jen Buczkowski to form a cohesive partnership in the center of the midfield. Sesselmann started 19 matches, logging 1,633 minutes on the backline.
With Teresa Noyola (acquired via a trade with the Seattle Reign) reallocated to Houston, the Blues received goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago as the club’s lone Mexican allocation. Santiago spent time in 2013 with the Boston Breakers where she made three appearances for a 2-1-0 record. It’s an interesting twist, given that the club already has a proven goalkeeper in Barnhart.
An expansion draft will take place next week, reportedly on Jan. 10. Each club will be allowed to protect two of three U.S. allocations, with the third going into the Expansion draft where the Dash will select their remaining two U.S. allocations.
Expansion draft: Few details have been released about how the process will work, but it’s to be expected that a minimum of two U.S. players would be protected. Holiday and Sauerbrunn were huge for the Blues in 2013 which leaves Rodriguez and Barnhart as the two players who would be vying for that third slot. Or, if the club is only able to protect two players, both would go to the Expansion pool.