NWSL trade window winners and losers: Red Stars have a lot of work to do, Wave FC gets off to a quick start

The National Women’s Football League transfer window has closed and several teams have engaged in exchanges ahead of the 2022 expansion draft and the 2022 NWSL draft. The league will expand to 12 clubs in 2022 as San Diego Wave FC and Los Angeles Angel City FC enter the fold. The two teams will continue to build their rosters on December 16 in the expansion draft, which airs on CBS Sports Network and streams live on Paramount +.

The NWSL Draft takes place on December 18 and airs on Paramount + and CBS Sports HQ. Fans can also watch both events on CBS Sports HQ’s Twitch channel and on CBS Sports HQ and NWSL’s YouTube channels. Both drafts will be broadcast internationally outside the United States on the NWSL’s Twitch channel.

The double-extended draft event allows multiple teams to engage during the transfer window, with full roster protection and partial roster protection as a valuable asset. Between the big negotiations, player options and contract extensions were also turned down. The following window opens after the expansion project, but let’s take a look at some of the biggest moves in the recent trade window.


Chicago Red Stars

Lost: Sarah Gorden (Angel City), Julie Ertz (Angel City), Nikki Stanton (OL Reign), Makenzy Doniak (San Diego), Katie Johnson (San Diego) and Kelsey Turnbow (San Diego).

Won: Line-up protection in expansion draft (Angel City and San Diego) and $ 25,000 third-round pick in 2022 NWSL Draft.

Silver lining: Contract extensions to USWNT players Tierna Davidson, Mallory Pugh, Casey Krueger and Alyssa Naeher until 2023 with an option for 2024.

Chicago’s offseason began with a loss in the 2021 NWSL Championship Finals followed by a franchise crunch when Rory Dames resigned his coaching position. The announcement of the 10-year former Red Stars coach’s resignation came in a press release in the middle of the night, and the next day a report detailing allegations of verbal abuse and harassment put the club in disarray.

By trade exit, several of the Red Stars’ trades were made in response to player demands, resulting in the loss of hometown talent Gorden and longtime Red Star Julie Ertz, who had been with the club since. his 2014 draft. Johnson and Doniak were two essential players in Chicago’s playoff race.

Perhaps the most glaring question mark is the addition of Turnbow as a package for San Diego. Turnbow was drafted by Chicago in 2021 and never played a game for the club, choosing to end her season with 2020 NCAA champion Santa Clara, where she had back-to-back breakout seasons.

The $ 25,000 return and full list protection is a questionable return on assets at best when you move a large portion of that list in the first place. Chicago’s silver lining may be their recent announcement that four USWNT players have signed multi-year contracts with the Red Stars, securing Davidson, Pugh, Krueger and Naeher for a short window, and capitalizing on the lure of a potential future coach to manage the four along with a midfielder anchored by Morgan Gautrat.

Orlando Pride

Lost: Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger (NJ / NY Gotham FC), Jodi Taylor (San Diego), Alex Morgan (rumored in San Diego).

Won: First-round pick in NWSL 2022 Draft, natural third-round pick in NWSL 2023 Draft and $ 50,000 in allocation money from NJ / NY Gotham FC, natural second-round pick in NWSL 2023 Draft , natural choice of third round or allowance money, pending conditions met from San Diego.

Silver lining: New owner and new trainer Amanda Cromwell.

Orlando Pride was one of the many teams that needed to fill their coaching position during the offseason. The recent acquisition of the club by the Wilf family has already begun its organizational restructuring, parting ways with former executive vice president Amanda Duffy and turning to 2022. The token window has officially closed for a group of veteran players as the pride built years ago. with Krieger and Harris’ recent trade in Gotham, and now Morgan is on the move. Recent reports indicate Morgan’s move to San Diego will take place in the next transfer window on December 17.

Additional questions regarding Brazil international Marta and his place at the club also remain, despite the forward signing a contract in 2021 to extend his time with the club until 2022, and forward Sydney Leroux is signed with the club until 2023.

Organizational restructuring, combined with the departure of veterans from the club and the collection of draft picks, signals a definitive rebuild – and Amanda Cromwell’s recent announcement as coach could symbolize a new era for the club .

Louisville Race

Lost: Nothing.

Won: Nothing.

Silver lining: To be determined.

The club were largely inactive during the transfer window, not making any trades or believed to be involved in any major moves, and are still looking for a new coach. The team made a roster protection trade with Angel City during the 2021 season, which also included $ 75,000 in allowance money, but have yet to be involved in the current move of the. off-season.

The team closed their 2021 in ninth place and struggled defensively despite an exceptional performance from rookie full-back Emily Fox, but have yet to build on their roster from last year or fill their coaching position. before the 2022 season.


San Diego Wave FC

Lost: Money allocation, draft pick, roster selection in Chicago Red Stars, Washington Spirit and Gotham FC expansion draft.

Won: Kalien Sheridan (Gotham FC), Tegan McGrady (Washington Spirit), Katie Johnson, Makenzy Doniak and Kelsey Turnbow (Chicago Red Stars).

Next step: Expansion project, Alex Morgan (rumored Orlando Pride).

The club got off to a quick start with building their squad during the transfer window. San Diego previously announced the signing of its first player with USWNT defenseman Abby Dahlkemper, and quickly added to the mix during the trade window with McGrady, Johnson, Doniak, Turnbow and Sheridan. The addition of 2020 Olympic gold medalist Sheridan to the goalkeeper almost bolsters the defense behind Dalhkemper and McGrady. If the club add Morgan to the roster, his offense will have seen star power and budding prospect, as Turnbow is considered the best emerging talent in college play.

Angel city fc

Lost: Full roster selection with Racing Louisville, Chicago Red Stars, allocation roster selection with Washington Spirit, partial roster protection with OL Reign (no attacker can be selected), $ 55,000 in allowance money.

Won: Sarah Gorden, Julie Ertz, Mary Alice Vignola, 36th pick in the 2022 NWSL Draft.

Next step: Extension project.

The Hollywood franchise has dazzled since its introduction to the league and announced the signing of its first midseason player with Christen Press, who hails from California. Ahead of the expansion draft, the club acquired Sarah Gorden and Julie Ertz via Chicago, adding their first defenseman and midfielder to the list. The club followed that up with the signing of MA Vignola, the former University of Tennessee alumnus who spent time in Iceland, where she scored eight goals in 30 games as a defender.

Kansas City Current

Lost: Kiki Pickett, first-round pick in 2022 NWSL Draft.

Won: Samantha Mewis.

Next step: The club are not at risk of losing players in the next expansion and can focus on the NWSL draft.

The club ended their inaugural season in 10th place and quickly began to look to the 2022 season, initiating their rebranding and unveiling their new team crest. The team transferred Huw Williams to a technical staff role to focus on scouting and identifying talent. The club opened their commercial window with a big acquisition, for USWNT midfielder Sam Mewis, establishing several star players in three game stages. Midseason trades in the 2021 season have brought Kristen Hamilton and USWNT goaltender Adrianna Franch into the fold, and the addition of Mewis immediately gives the young franchise a boost in the field.

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