NWSL releases list of 55 players to be allocated

Jeff Kassouf January 9, 2013 15

The National Women’s Soccer League on Wednesday released the list of 55 players to be allocated to the eight inaugural teams. Of the 55 players, 23 are U.S. national team players, 16 are Canadian internationals and 16 are Mexican internationals. Which teams each player gets assigned to will be announced on Friday.

All 18 players from the U.S. 2012 Olympic gold medal winning roster are part of the group being allocated. The U.S. was slated to schedule up to 24 players and may still fulfill that maximum number, but 23 is the current number after midfielder Meghan Klingenberg reportedly decided to stay in Sweden to play.

One team will only be allocated two U.S. players, while the other seven teams will get three each. Every team will have two Canadian and two Mexican players.

Canada’s notable omission is forward Meslissa Tancredi, who is taking a year to finish her schooling but is still part of the national team program.

Here is the full list, broken down by country:

USA PLAYERS
Pos., Player Name
GK, Nicole Barnhart
M, Shannon Boxx
D, Rachel Buehler
M, Lauren Cheney
GK, Ashlyn Harris
M, Tobin Heath
D, Ali Krieger
D, Amy LePeilbet
F, Sydney Leroux
M, Lori Lindsey
M, Carli Lloyd
GK, Jill Loyden
D, Heather Mitts
F, Alex Morgan
D, Kelley O’Hara
M, Heather O’Reilly
D, Christie Rampone
M, Megan Rapinoe
F, Amy Rodriguez
D, Becky Sauerbrunn
GK, Hope Solo
F, Abby Wambach
M, Keelin Winters

MEXICO PLAYERS
Pos., Player Name

D, Alina Lisi Garciamendez Rowold
M, Veronica Raquel Perez Murillo
M, Teresa Noyola Bayardo
F, Maribel Dominguez Castelan
F, Monica Ocampo Medina
GK, Aurora Cecilia Santiago Cisneros
M, Lydia Nayeli Rangel Hernandez
F, Renae Nicole Cuellar Cuellar
M, Teresa Guadalupe Worbis Aguilar
F, Anisa Raquel Guajardo Braff
M, Dinora Lizeth Garza Rodriguez
D, Jennifer Marie Ruiz Brown
D, Luz del Rosario Saucedo Soto
D, Rubi Marlene Sandoval Nungaray
GK, Pamela Tajonar Alonso
D, Marylin Viridiana Diaz Ramirez

CANADA PLAYERS
Pos., Player Name
D, Melanie Booth
D, Robyn Gayle
M, Kaylyn Kyle
GK, Karina LeBlanc
M/F, Adriana Leon
M, Diana Matheson
D/M, Bryana McCarthy
GK, Erin McLeod
D, Carmelina Moscato
M/F, Jodi-Ann Robinson
M, Sophie Schmidt
M, Desiree Scott
D, Lauren Sesselmann
F, Christine Sinclair
D, Rhian Wilkinson
D, Emily Zurrer

  • Gerson22

    So this would be, what, just over a third of the league? If you presume 20-player rosters x 8 clubs = 160, these 55 make up 34% of the players.

    • http://twitter.com/itsmeglinehan meg linehan

      Yep. Well, one team will have 2 US + 2 Can + 2 Mexico. Then every team gets 4 college draft picks, and 2 internationals. Not a lot of room left on these rosters for free agents.

      • randomhookup

        Of course, no guarantee the college draft picks make the squad.

      • Wear Nikes Drink Gatorade

        Are they required to sign and keep all draft picks, or can they waive a drafted player if she is not deemed good enough for the team she was selected by?

      • randomhookup

        And it’s possible the draft pick is also an international.

  • mal11

    Jeff, do you happen to know why the change from 24 to 23 US players like they had originally stated?

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  • Megan

    Does this mean that GK Ashlyn Harris is leaving Duisburg, her club in Germany after the season is over? Otherwise, why would she be one of the 23 players that’s being allocated?

  • LetsGetReal

    Rather surprised, by some of the Mexican Allocations like Maribel Dominguez. She didn’t play in WPS. Alina would probably be a top 5 college draft. Anisa & Renae probably wouldn’t make a NWSL without this allocation. Same with Noyola being just too tiny and SLOW.

    I think this will help Worbis, Rangel, Garza and Santiago THE MOST as they have been Mexican WNT Staples over the past few years and have a lot to learn still and i don’t think they have ever played on a USL/WPSL/American club team before.

    Almost half the Mexicans are US Youth Stars.
    D, Alina Garciamendez Rowold (Stanford/Dallas Texans)
    M, Veronica Perez (Washington/Pleasanton Rage)
    M, Teresa Noyola (Stanford/MVLA)
    F, Renae Cuellar (Oklahoma/CRSC Infinity)
    F, Anisa Guajardo (Pepperdine/East Fresno United)
    D, Jennifer Ruiz (UNLV/So Cal Blues)
    D, Rubi Marlene Sandoval (CS Fullerton/SASC Strikers)
    F, Maribel Dominguez (Atlanta Beat)
    M, Guadalupe Worbis
    F, Monica Ocampo (Atlanta Beat)
    GK, Cecilia Santiago
    M, Nayeli Rangel
    GK, Pamela Tajonar (Arizona Heatwave W-League)
    M, Dinora Garza
    D, Luz del Rosario Saucedo Soto (Arizona Heatwave W-League)
    D, Marylin Viridiana Diaz Ramirez

    If this league lasts, will Sofia Huerta not be included in a college draft?

    • randomhookup

      No way of knowing about Sofia for now — lots could change. If the feds continue to provide support, then likely she would be allocated as a first option. If the fed decides not to support her, then she would be eligible to draft.

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