The NWSL offseason hasn’t slowed down for teams, leagues, and the players. With the expansion draft on the horizon, clubs are finalizing a flurry of trades to protect themselves from losing players for nothing in return. We’ve got a lot to update you on. (Note: As of Friday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. ET, the trade and waiver window was officially closed.)
Here are the 5 biggest moves of the NWSL offseason.
The Red Stars made seismic shifts in their roster following the 2021 season featuring a Finals appearance. Expect a new-look Chicago squad with a new leader at the forefront.
Angel City is stocking up with five-star players to make a splash in their inaugural year in Hollywood. Los Angeles is a tough sports market to compete in, but with a star-studded cast of leadership, we have no doubt they will exceed expectations.
Chicago wasn’t the only club making major moves in the offseason, as Gotham FC decided to shake things up as well. With all the recent departures, leadership and experience will be key for this squad.
The Pride seem to be preparing for a major reset for the 2022 season after trading away significant contributors to their roster. It looks as though they have their sights set on the future, building a younger team with a bevy of draft picks they’ve received.
The Courage are repurposing their roster that’s already loaded with world-class talent. After a heartbreaking loss in the opening round of the playoffs, North Carolina will have high hopes for next season.
The Spirit traded
Tegan McGrady, a 2022 first-round college draft pick, and an international roster spot for roster protection in the expansion draft to keep their championship winning roster intact.
The Red Stars traded Katie Johnson, Makenzy Doniak, and the player draft rights to Santa Clara’s Kelsey Turnbow to San Diego for roster protection and $25,000 in allocation money
The Pride traded Jodie Taylor to San Diego Wave FC for 2023 NWSL Draft second-round pick, third-round pick or Allocation Money, pending conditions
The Courage traded Abby Dahlkemper to San Diego for a first-round draft selection in the 2023 NWSL Draft and $190,000 in allocation money
The Red Stars traded Nikki Stanton to OL Reign for a third-round pick
Gotham FC traded midfielder Brianna Pinto to the Courage for $125,000
Gotham traded Kailen Sheridan’s rights to the San Diego Wave in exchange for expansion draft immunity and $130,000 in allocation money
Portland Thorns +300 ($100 → $300)OL Reign +300Washington Spirit +500NC Courage +700Houston Dash +1000NJ/NY Gotham +2000Chicago Red Stars +2500Racing Louisville +3000Orlando Pride +3500KC Current +5000Angel City FC & Wave FC +6000
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