Exclusive: Nine US players available to Houston

The Equalizer Staff January 8, 2014 386

Kelley O'Hara has been left unprotected by Sky Blue FC and available for selection by the Houston Dash in the NWSL Expansion Draft. (Photo copyright Meg Linehan for The Equalizer)

The Equalizer has obtained the list of protected and unprotected players for the 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft, and there are plenty of players from which the Houston Dash can choose to build their inaugural roster.

Houston can only add up to 10 total players, and they can’t select more than two players from any of the other eight teams. If the Dash choose a U.S. allocated player from a team, they may not select another player from that team. Houston cannot take more than two U.S. allocated players, one Canada player and one Mexico player on the draft. They already have American Whitney Engen, Mexico midfielder Teresa Noyola and Canada goalkeeper Erin McLeod after Wednesday’s trade.

If Houston selects a player from a team, that team can protect one additional player.

There are nine U.S. allocated players available for selection for the Dash, including Rachel Buehler and Kelley O’Hara.

What is unclear is the listing of “discovery players” by many teams. It seems the Dash will know who the discovery players are during the process, but the public will not know (unless Houston chooses and signs the player). It’s also unclear if German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer is one of these players, but she recently said she had not yet officially signed with her mystery NWSL club – perhaps by design.

The lists:

Boston Breakers

Protected Unprotected
Courtney Jones Jazmyne Avant
Julie King Michelle Betos
Kaylyn Kyle (CAN) Bianca D’Agostino
Joanna Lohman Maddy Evans
Kia McNeill Dinora Garza (MEX)
Kristie Mewis (USA) Meghan Klingenberg (USA)
Alyssa Naeher Jessica Luscinski (2013 rights)
Heather O’Reilly (USA) Melissa Ortiz
Lianne Sanderson Kathryn Schoepfer
Catherine Whitehill Chelsea Stewart (CAN)

Chicago Red Stars

Protected Unprotected
Zakiya Bywaters Shannon Boxx (USA)
Lori Chalupny Amy LePeilbet (USA)
Taryn Hemmings Ella Masar
Jennifer Hoy Alyssa Mautz
Adriana Leon (CAN) Jacqueline Santacaterina
Leslie Osborne Julianne Sitch
Christen Press (USA) Melissa Tancredi (CAN)
Rachel Quon (CAN) Lindsay Tarpley (2013 rights)
Casey Short (2013 rights) Lydia Vandenbergh
Taylor Vancil Michelle Wenino

FC Kansas City

Protected Unprotected
Jen Buczkowski Nicole Barnhart (USA)
Melissa Henderson Elizabeth Bogus
Lauren Holiday (USA) Sinead Farrelly
Nikki Krzysik Jamie French
Merritt Mathias Bianca Henninger
Leigh Ann Robinson Katie Kelly
Amy Rodriguez (USA) Casey Loyd
Becky Sauerbrunn (USA) Cecilia Santiago (MEX)
Erika Tymrak Desiree Scott (CAN)
Lauren Sesselmann (CAN)
Nia Williams
Discovery Player #1
Discovery Player #2
Discovery Player #3
Discovery Player #4
Discovery Player #5
Discovery Player #6

Portland Thorns FC

Protected Unprotected
Jackie Acevedo (MEX) Rachel Buehler (USA)
Amber Brooks Becky Edwards
Tobin Heath (USA) Tina Ellertson
Allie Long Angie Kerr
Nikki Marshall Karina LeBlanc (CAN)
Alex Morgan (USA) Jessica McDonald
Rebecca Moros Emilee O’Neil
Christine Sinclair (CAN) Casey Ramirez
Kat Williamson Meleana Shim
Nikki Washington
Tiffany Weimer
Michele Weissenhofer (2013 rights)
Courtney Wetzel
Discovery Player #1
Discovery Player #2
Discovery Player #3
Discovery Player #4

Seattle Reign FC

Protected Unprotected
Lauren Barnes Stephanie Cox (USA)
Jessica Fishlock Kiersten Dallstream
Danielle Foxhoven Kate Deines
Beverly Goebel-Yanez Kaley Fountain (2013 rights)
Sydney Leroux (USA) Alina Garciamendez (2013 rights)
Kim Little Carmelina Moscato (CAN)
Megan Rapinoe (USA) Mariah Nogueira
Elli Reed Arianna Romero (MEX)
Hope Solo (USA) Discovery Player #1
Keelin Winters Discovery Player #2
Discovery Player #3
Discovery Player #4
Discovery Player #5
Discovery Player #6

Sky Blue FC

Protected Unprotected
Lisa De Vanna Danesha Adams
Caitlin Foord Brittany Bock
Katy Freels Brittany Cameron
Courtney Goodson Alison Falk (2013 rights)
Lindsi Cutshall Jonelle Filigno (CAN)
Monica Ocampo (MEX) Kendall Johnson
Christie Rampone (USA) Meghan Lenczyk (2013 rights)
Sophie Schmidt (CAN) Jillian Loyden (USA)
Discovery Player #1 Taylor Lytle
Ashley Nick
Kelley O’Hara (USA)
Madeleine Thompson
Kandace Wilson (2013 rights)
Discovery Player #1

Washington Spirit

Protected Unprotected
Yael Averbuch (USA) Marisa Abegg
Renae Cuellar (MEX) Jordan Angeli (2013 rights)
Robyn Gayle (CAN) Candace Chapman
Victoria Huster Ashlyn Harris (USA)
Ali Krieger (USA) Chantel Jones
Diana Matheson (CAN) Natasha Kai (2013 rights)
Christine Nairn Lori Lindsey
Stephanie Ochs Tiffany McCarty
Toni Pressley Caroline Miller
Jodie Taylor Julia Roberts
Jasmyne Spencer
Kika Toulouse
Colleen Williams
Discovery Player #1
Discovery Player #2

Western New York Flash

Protected Unprotected
Adrianna Franch Amy Barczuk
Samantha Kerr Vicki DiMartino
Carli Lloyd (USA) Val Henderson (2013 rights)
Adriana Martin Sarah Huffman
Katherine Reynolds Selenia Iacchelli (CAN)
Brittany Taylor Estelle Johnson
Abby Wambach (USA) Veronica Perez (MEX)
McCall Zerboni Angela Salem
Discovery Player #1
  • brad

    Wow Dash should have waited until after draft to get McLeod, Barnhart is one of the world’s bests in my opinion.

    • brad

      Also Harris and Loyden. In my opinion they’re all more talented than McLeod

      • Steglitz49

        Ms Harris is having an operation on her knee.

        • brad

          She already had it early December. 4-6 weeks recovery time she should be back very soon

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you for keeping me right. Too much Christmas cheer and all that.

        • Amy Brookheimer

          She had it a month ago and, by all accounts, is fit enough to be attending NT camp this week.

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you for the update and it is good to learn that all is going well.

          • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

            Let’s not get into that bag of hurt. The NT doctors are anything but trustworthy at this poing.

          • Amy Brookheimer

            She posted some rehab and training videos and appears surprisingly fit. She’s been working with a Redskins’ strength and conditioning guy.

      • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

        Harris seems to have dropped off.

        Is public opinion that Loyden deserves to even start for a NWSL team? People seem to hate her with a passion.

        • STT

          I don’t think people hate her – Athletica fans certainly don’t – but people hate how apparent favoritism keeps her above others in the NT pecking order.

          • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

            I keep seeing Athletica, but I have no idea what it means.

          • STT

            The St. Louis Athletica was a WPS team with a small but dedicated fan following, myself included.

          • Steglitz49

            It never ceases to amuse and amaze me. It is Atletico Madrid and Atletico Bilbao but it has to be St Louis Athletica. It is Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool Ladies FC, but some US teams must put the FC in front to ape the Spanish and Germans for whom English is not their language, as well as insisting on calling ladies women. Why, oh why?

          • Lorehead

            Well, the Spanish-style names are probably to appeal to the Spanish-speaking fans. Real Salt Lake is even a bilingual pun. (Maybe Mark Twain did say that Utah was the only absolute monarchy in the United States, but that was a hundred fifty years ago.)

            Athletica was perfectly good Latin, and as for the connotations of ladies and women, well, leave those to the native speakers.

        • Steglitz49

          As I typed elsewhere, I would pick Barnie but not Ms Harris.

      • ForeverLOST108

        Waldrum specifically stated in an interview last night that he believes McLeod is a top 4 GK in the world. He may prefer her over anyone else he thought he could get.

        • Lorehead

          Or he could be talking his book.

        • Sydonia

          OK lets make this list:

          McLeod
          Solo
          Angerer
          Barnhart

          Something wrong here? Oh yeah, it seems to be missing Franch, Harris, Loyden, Leblanc, and many others.

          • newsouth

            I’d put Andreia over Barnhart

          • STT

            Franch, maybe. I’d put McLeod at or above the other three you listed, though.
            At the same time, you’ve missed Kaihori

            and other excellent international GKs.

          • Steglitz49

            When Seattle sign Kaihori as one of their foreign players, we know that the NWSL has gone nuts.

        • Steglitz49

          Some people believe in Santa Clause as well.

    • Guest

      They had room for a Canadian, of which there are only a few even interesting available, so it makes sense to get her for that job straight away. Tanc is coming in mid-June and who knows what shape after school. I’d rather use all of my USWNT spots on field players if i were doing it. They seemed to agree.

    • Lorehead

      I see a lot of unprotected goalies in those lists, but not Adrianna Franch. And I guess Lisa De Vanna is coming back.

      Now I wonder who the unnamed protected players for Western New York and Sky Blue are.

      • D23

        There is more incentive for WNY and Boston to protect Franch and Naeher. If Houston takes either of them, they still have two slots for available for US allocated players. They could weaken both clubs significantly and not damage themselves too much in the process. And Franch and Naeher also don’t, if taken, subsequently block the roster. Each club would still be vulnerable to losing another player unlike Wash, FCKC and SBFC (re Loyden) if their keepers are taken.

        • Lorehead

          Actually, wait, didn’t the teams have to protect all their non-allocated internationals? That would explain De Vanna and Franch.

          • D23

            Yes they did. But it would explain De Vanna and Foord. Typo there I think.

          • Lorehead

            Does Franch qualify as an international? She was on the USWNT roster in October.

          • D23

            No, she doesn’t take up an international slot. I am pretty sure ‘international’ means players who either not American or not a Canadian or Mexican allocation.

          • Lorehead

            Also, now that I look it up, she was only called up, not capped. Does international in this context mean non-North-American, or capped for her national team?

          • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

            Non North American for pretty much all intents and purposes.

          • Steglitz49

            I thought that the Australians would be occupied with qualifying for WC-15 and not likely to be playing in the NWSL.

    • Lorehead

      She is, and none of those great goalies would have been available if Houston hadn’t made the deal, reassuring everyone that it wouldn’t select another goalie.

      • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

        WNY clearly wasn’t convinced.

        • Lorehead

          The cynic in me wonders, based on no evidence whatsoever, if the other teams were so annoyed by WNY not having to expose any of its good players in the draft that they didn’t tell it?

          • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

            That be a pretty big hat to pull over their eyes.

    • Pollster Polestar

      This thread is almost to 400 comments!

  • Sam

    so many GKs left unprotected! this should be interesting.

    • jon

      Actually that’s probably a smart move by the other teams since the Dash likely just got their starting gk in McLeod.

      • D23

        Yes. I think it demonstrates that all the teams new about the Houston/Chicago trade. The only allocated GK at risk of being taken if you already have McLeod, in my opinion, is Solo and she’s protected. There is some interesting stuff on here. Was a little surprised to see so O’Hara unprotected.

        • Brad

          Barnhart I think could be taken too. I don’t see any big players in their unprotected list. I’d take her then trade McLeod or Barnhart for A-Rod

          • D23

            McLeod can’t be traded for A-rod can she? I thought only US allocated players can be traded for each other. And I can’t see FCKC agreeing to a Barnie for A-Rod trade. They would end up in the same situation as if they had just listed A-Rod now which they could have done but didn’t.

          • Steglitz49

            Maybe KC do not mind losing Barnhart, though if that was the case one would have expected to have traded her.

          • clioamare007

            I seriously can’t see two allocated GKs on the roster. I do see an allocated GK and a non-allocated GK.

          • D23

            Me too and it’s probably Jones or Henniger because taking O’Hara (can’t believe you wouldn’t) removes Cameron. It has always been a little suspicious that FCKC got allocated an extra keeper in the first place so maybe it’s Henniger

          • clioamare007

            I thought it would be Henninger, but really, she has not been playing very much. She has suffered from injury for awhile. I also can’t remember if she suit up for FC KC… maybe someone can remind me.

          • http://www.twitter.com/originalslicey Slicey

            She suited up for KC every time Barnie was on national team duty.

          • Steglitz49

            I would be vary of taking any player with a recent injury that required surgery. I might trade for her because I could cut a good deal, but not waste a free pick.

          • Lorehead

            If the reason they don’t mind losing Barnhart is that they think they’ll have Angerer, but she hasn’t actually signed, they might rather put off trading her until the deal is final. But my guess is that that’s why Chicago traded its goalie.

          • Steglitz49

            Hear hear! They should take Barnhart. They need two goalies so might as well have two decent ones.

          • D23

            Why guarantee that you will be sitting one of your allocated players every game? Especially when you have an entire roster to fill and there are NT calibre field players available. There are a number of quality reserve keepers listed there to pick from – Henniger, Cameron and Jones are all available.

          • Steglitz49

            Of the unprotected KC players, Barnhart is the obvious pick. Take the obvious one.

          • Guest

            Houston doesn’t have to take somebody from every team. And they can only take two allocated U.S. players. You must not understand the rules.

          • Steglitz49

            Taking Barnhart would weaken KC, unless you consider Ms Santiago to be as good (which she may well be). Many a team would want a top notch goalie, so Houston could trade Barnie. They may simply prefer to have her as their starting goalie.

            I am into conspiracy theories and devious dealings today. I like the idea of hamstrining KC. Otherwise your point is well taken, that in all other senses it is a waste of a pick.

          • Lorehead

            Hell, grab Barnie, then grab Franch and Huffman, and then call Alex Sahlen up to discuss their next trade.

          • Steglitz49

            Indeed. I would something like that. It is not as if there is a lot on offer. Might as well be devious.

          • Lorehead

            But then, of course, you would actually have to deal with the Sahlens and FCKC later.

          • Lorehead

            Although, sorry, the Flash and the Reign are the teams they could not do that to, because the Flash protected A.D. Franch. They could really make problems for the Thorns if they did grab LeBlanc, unless they’re the team that’s about to sign Angerer. But they couldn’t actually make the Thorns trade back for a goalie, because the only player we could then trade for a Canadian AP is Sinc, and we wouldn’t trade Sinc.

          • Ben

            What will you do with TWO Canadian GKs? What happens when Canada have a game. Of all the goalies listed, LeBlanc is now the least likely to be drafted by Houston.
            The top two rumored destinations for Angerer are Chicago and Portland. Going to Chicago now makes sense since they have a logical spot open. Going to Portland is tricky because you have LeBlanc who quite frankly it will be incredibly uncomfortable to have on the bench when she was their best player last year and fan favorite.
            Therefore for Portland to make the Angerer move work, they can swap LeBlanc to Chicago, who lets face it have a surplus of Canadians and need a starting GK.

          • Lorehead

            Trade them for other Canadian players. But the scheme would only work if you could both grab another team’s keepers and then extort them in exchange for a goalie, and as I mentioned, there’s nobody you could get from Portland for either of your Canadian goalies.

          • Ben

            Not gonna happen and it can easily backfire on Houston and they will be left with egg on their face. For this to even remotely work, teams have to be desperate and in order for that to happen, Houston will need to basically draft all the starting goalies available. Ergo, not gonna happen

          • Lorehead

            Oh, of course it’s not going to happen.

          • Lorehead

            If Angerer is not signing with Chicago, someone’s going to trade their starting goalie to a team that’s in the market for one, namely Chicago. However, that’s not going to be a team with an allocated U.S. goalie, because Chicago’s not trading Christen Press for one. They can’t even trade for a Mexican allocated player if they want to. It might be the Flash, since they could get a few non-allocated players for Franch, or even keep her as their backup. It might be Boston, but then Chicago is going to need to find a goalie somewhere else, and I don’t think they’d have made this move without a backroom deal. It’s not Houston with their Canadian goalie because the Houston Dash did not exist when the deal happened, and besides, Chicago just traded her to Houston.

            So, if it’s not Chicago, it might be Western NY, but it’s probably the remaining team with an allocated Canadian goalie, Portland.

          • Lorehead

            Since Barnhart is allocated, they could possibly trade her to a team that needs a goalie for another USWNT player. Likewise McLeod for a Canadian, but they just traded another Canadian to get McLeod.

          • Guest

            Take NT field players and then pick a regular backup keeper for Erin. Americans have great keepers, even backup ones. You don’t need to waste an allocation spot on a keeper and turn down KO and Kling for example.

          • Steglitz49

            Ms Klingenberg may not be available till June so she is not a priority to pick. KO was a great player but you would be taking a small risk picking her. I suppose they could pick Cox and Buehler but they might well lose their allocated status and they would anyway have little trade value.

            In short, Barnie is an investment. Like Portland who picked Amber Brooks in the draft although she already had signed a contract with Bayern Munich. Clever Portland. They are laughing all the way to the bank.

          • Boston Red

            Cox & Buehler would still have trade value if they lost allocated status. They are certainly good NWSL players, so there’s always value, even if someone has to pick up a max salary.

          • http://www.twitter.com/originalslicey Slicey

            If they don’t take Buehler, then they could take Shim from Portland. They could take LePeilbet or Cox instead.

  • Davis

    Wow. Take O’Hara, Houston. That’s a gift.

    • Steglitz49

      How is her rehabilitation going?

      • Guest

        She has been called into camp, back with her trainers in California, and just ran a camp with Morgan. 5 months into a 6ish month recovery. So good.

        • Steglitz49

          Excellent news. But, would you pick her? I probably would not but might allow myself to be persuaded.

    • Elaine

      I would take Huffman too. And Edwards if healthy.

      • newsouth

        Chicago needs some speed up top. If they are parting with Masar, I wonder if they are looking at Hayes.

      • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

        This is the type of thing I keep talking about. Huffman may not be “protected”, but I straight up dare Houston to try and take her. I don’t think that would work out for them.

        She is effectively double protected. Once by Sahlen, and about 50 times by Wambach.

        • newsouth

          Tina Ellertson without the sign on her forehead that says, I’m not going anywhere,

        • Elaine

          Play hardball. Take Huffman now and trade for Zerboni.

          • Curly1128

            Nah. You run the risk of Huffman deciding not to play or only playing a season. She is a very good player, but she has little to no incentive to play away from Abby.

          • Lorehead

            Plus, the state of Texas doesn’t even recognize her marriage at the moment. (A federal judge recently did rule that Ohio had to recognize a marriage solemnized in Maryland, but it’ll take years for that to be settled nationally.)

          • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

            Years? We will be lucky for it to be settled nationally in the next decade. It will potentially take longer if a Republican is elected President. (Coming from a Republican)

          • Lorehead

            I don’t mean to start a political argument here, but by “settled,” I just mean that, since the district court has already made its ruling, the Supreme Court will hear the case and resolve it in the next term or two.

          • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

            If the Supreme Court decides to exercise the full authority they have. Often times however the Supreme Court shys away from landmark decisions, and instead tries to provide guidance. Especially with an issue so many states want authority over.

          • tplant36

            Who cares about Huffman or Zerboni when WNY left Salem and Johnson unprotected. Both better plays in my opinion.

          • Kayla

            I figured Huffy would be unprotected – IMO, with Abby’s power within the league, I think Huffy will be safe. I suspected that Johnson would, unfortunately, be unprotected – Gotta protect Taylor over Johnson. I have no idea about Salem – makes me wonder if she asked to be put on the list? Or this is some crazy strategy Flash has planned.

            But when one is picked, we get to take one back. So we shall see.

          • tplant36

            Houston appears to have a lot of good D options…so my guess is they would take Salem. Then hopefully the Flash takes Johnson back just to be sure. But, seriously I need to know who that discovery player is if it meant leaving Salem unprotected!

  • SoccerBuff

    #1 Rachel Buehler
    #2 Brittany Bock (yes over O’Hara, I think Randy will get his UND girl back)
    #3 Lori Lindsey
    #5 Stephanie Cox (yet I doubt he will take her) or Kligenberg
    #6 Melissa Tancredi (getting his girl back)
    #7 Estelle Johnson or Angela Salem
    #8 Veronica Perez (beside Ocampo only MX player worth having)
    #9 Danesha Adams

    The Sky Blue unprotected is definitely the best to take from and you can avoid taking their allocated players.

    The most interesting part is that the strikers unprotected are overall VERY hard to pick from since overall they are all sub worthy forwards, and Danesha Adams might be the best one.

    Houston must sign an international forward….Sweden anyone?

    • Guest

      Why would you take Buehler when you have Engen? And Buehler keeps talking about going back to school. Adams is terrible. Terrible. That would be doing them a favor. Salem is going no where. I know it’s late, but think people.

      • Guest

        Also, why take Beuhler when you could have Edwards and Shim? Were you doing a list of who not to take?

      • SoccerBuff

        Engen and Buehler anchored the WNY Flash defense when they won the title, right…that’s why? There’s no AMAZING US WNT Forward or really midfielder that can be a back bone to a team for Houston, but Buehler could be. Lori Lindsey would be the best central midfielder non-US allocated

        Besides Adam…….who are the top 3 strikers on this list? Its hard to come by.

        Also Paul Riley…………WTF why do you PROTECT Jackie Acevedo????/ That’s stupid giving up Edwards or Shim over Jackie….stupid.

        • D23

          I am pretty sure Buehler never played for the Flash. Their centre backs were Engen and Chapman

          • SoccerBuff

            Good correction…had a feeling she did. She was on Boston. Still…Engen Buehler would be the best center back pairing in the league.

        • Guest

          They are trying to shed salary probably. They keep complaining about their roster costs (Marshall) despite all the fed money they get compared to other teams. They have Angerer to sign so they need to lose some players before then. People who have a chunk of salary so good people.

          • Lorehead

            The explanation for their waiving Nikki Marshall and then trading to get her back was that they wanted to cut her pay and have more room under the salary cap. Therefore, they’ve actually said so. The money they get from the federations (they got none from Mexico last year) does not count against the salary cap, so that doesn’t matter. They can definitely afford to pay their players more; the salary cap is just stopping them from doing it.

    • D23

      I would give serious thought to taking Kling also, even though she is only coming in June. Especially because I don’t really want anyone else from Boston.

      • Guest

        They don’t have to take a player from every team. Kling is coming late. Houston can’t have everyone coming in late. There are others who will be doing full seasons.

        • D23

          I totally get your reasoning. That’s part of why I said ‘serious consideration’ rather than ‘would’ take her. I just think she is real quality and someone I might consider taking a gamble on.

    • Taylor

      I’ll disagree that SBFC has the best depth of quality in the unprotected list. I think that distinction goes to the Thorns. But that also means you’ll bypass the opportunity to take Buehler (also more veteran player) then you have a pool of capable ready starters in: Edwards, Shim, Washington (who’s played better in previous leagues), etc…

      • SoccerBuff

        OKay Portland was a close second, but please don’t list Washington as doing better in any league. Seriously.

        SBFC just has 7 regular starters on their unprotected list that played most of their games

        • Taylor

          Actually like Long, Washington played better in WPS than she did in the first year of the NWSL. Yes, it seems surprising. But then again, I think w/ the exception of LeBlanc all of the Thorns had played better professional previously including Sinclair and Morgan. Plus Washington is a Texas native.. so that might entice the HOU org. And the Dash new coach has demonstrated that he can be impartial by trading his former ND player for McLeod. So Bock isn’t set in stone.
          Dash also doesn’t need to fill out the entire roster by the expansion draft.. it’s just a tool. They can fill in the rest of the needs through college draft and discovery players. I’m pretty sure that most ppl aren’t high on Adams as Adams is on herself (kudos to her confidence).

    • D23

      What happened to #4?

    • AP

      Danesha Adams? And Bock over O’Hara? Lori Lindsey? This is craziness.

      • SoccerBuff

        Danesha really is the only decent forward listed unprotected that did ANYTHING last year

        Bock is more versatile and more of a leader than O’Hara. Again you do know Randy loves Bock? He coached her for 4 years.

        Yes Lori Lindsey….who the hell would you take from the Spirit…everyone else is garbage.

        • Stay Pressed

          Abegg > Lindsey.

          Not even commenting on your Adams pick, cause, jfc.

        • AP

          You don’t have to pick from each team, and like someone said earlier Waldrum isn’t really playing ND favorites since he traded away Tancredi. Houston would be crazy not to pick up O’Hara who is easily the best of the available US allocations. Surgery or not, she’s young and versatlie and probably looking to make an impact and prove herself after a rough season with Sky Blue.

          • Ben

            This, also by not taking O’Hara, you are limiting yourself to how much you can take from other teams that quite frankly have better offerings than SB

    • Steglitz49

      International forwards abound. There is Alexias Putellas in Barcelona, Ada Hegerberg in Potsdam, while in Sweden you have Elin Rubensson and Malin Diaz Pettersson (though she is on the short side), but why not botanize among the African teams or Asian teams?

      • Tom F

        Euro’s are in the ‘total football’ concept right now and unfortunately leaves them with a few natural forwards. Shelin was the top scorer at Euro 2013. but then in 2nd was a cb, Fisher.
        Asian forwards are a bit too slow for the NSWL. Why would a non NT player like Goebel would be far the leading scorer in the Nadeshiko League.
        I was thinking more of getting one of those Brazilians? like Debra, Raquel of Fabiana.
        I got the feeling NZ Hanna Wilkenson will be a top world class forward, but she still has one more year to go at Tennessee

        • newsouth

          Brasiians won’t touch the league. Faby left Boston because of pay reductions in the WPS. Remember Erika, Adaiana and Maurine were stuck on the bench. Debra or Raquel wouldn’t start. It would be for them like the Mexican players. They’ll stay in their newly formed league thanks to Dilma

        • Steglitz49

          As for leading goal-scorer, the year 2009 was the last season that a Swede was it in the Swedish league. In 2010 & 11 it was Maron Melis (NL), 2012 Anja Mittag (Ger) and 2013 Christen Press (USA).

          If going after Brazilians, why not Marta?

          • newsouth

            marta has to be sponsored outside the cap. i can only see sahlen meat packing pulling that off.

          • Steglitz49

            Then, more power to their elbow.

        • Steglitz49

          You mentioned Asian players. Apparently, Yukari Kinga is joining Arsenal Ladies and Shinobu Ohno (the lady whom Lyon signed but hardly ever played) are joining Arsenal. With Yuki Ogimi and Ji So-yun at Chelsea Ladies, it seems all the rage to have at least one and preferably two Asian ladies in the top English league.

      • Silver Frost

        Putellas is at university and has made it clear to Harjeet on EQ during Euro 2013 that she does not want to play abroad.

        • Steglitz49

          Thank you. It makes sense. Also, if your mother-ship is Barcelona, why bother to move unless you get lots of pesos.

      • Lorehead

        Hmmm. We haven’t talked much about African women, although Jeff Kassouf has brought up how they’re flying under the radar, but Genoveva Añonma plays for Turbine Potsdam and won the DFB golden boot in 2012.

        • Steglitz49

          She messed up big against Lyon. Had Potsdam lost in that round, I think Potsdam would have benched her permanently. I expect Asano Nagasato (Yuki Ogimi’s kid sister) to play a bigger role now together with Ada Hegerberg up font.

          I was thinking of Nigerian and South-African players.

          • Lorehead

            If that were true, all the more reason for her to sign with someone else? Which Nigerian and South African players were you thinking of?

          • Steglitz49

            Those that can walk and chew gum at the same time?

    • LCLondoner

      I’ll play the game. Dash will take:
      Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue);
      Meghan Klingenberg (Boston);
      then
      Bianca Henninger (Kansas City);
      Estelle Johnson (WNY);
      Angela Salem (WNY);
      Becky Edwards (Portland);
      Tiffany Weimer (Portland);
      Kate Deines (Seattle);
      Caroline Miller (D.C.); and
      Ella Masar (Chicago).
      That gives Houston:
      (GK) McLeod; Henninger
      (D) Engen; Klingenberg; Johnson; Deines
      (M) Noyola; Edwards; Salem; O’Hara (or at forward)
      (F) Masar; Weimer; Miller
      They then pick up one of this year’s top college forwards, and another decent winger – Ohai would seem to fit perfectly. Obviously, this is one of a thousand possible permutations – but that looks like a pretty good team to me.

    • SBFan

      Please take Adams, Please!!

      • rufan

        I would agree, she is slow.

  • Guest

    Would like to see an exhibition match between Portland’s unprotected list and whatever Houston manages to put together.

    • Lorehead

      We don’t know who four of those players are, but Portland’s red-headed stepchildren have a better goalie, probably better defense, and at least Weimer, Weissenhofer and Shim for an offense.

  • gerd karl

    stupid system, lori lindsey going to housten, 1 month later, lori lindsey go to seattle, 1 month later, lori lindsey go to portland.
    the american women football system is stupid, oh sorry, the system of the nwsl is super stupid.
    no club loyality, no fan base.
    the players should stay at least two years in their clubs.

    and not every 3 months the club change.

    • Guest

      Lori hasn’t moved at all. Try again. Or don’t?

      • gerd karl

        that was an example with lori

    • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

      Why would you be loyal to a club you played one season with? There very much is already club loyalty, but it’s going to take years to build it up with some players, which shouldn’t be shocking.

      • StarCityFan

        Lori may have only played one season with the Spirit, but she’s played for the top Washington women’s soccer team for most of the years since 2003. She has a strong local following.

  • Steglitz49

    DC have left both of their GKs unprotected. Either they do not expect to lose neither or they have a card up their sleeve.

    • D23

      So have Sky Blue and FCKC have left all three unprotected.

    • Guest

      Only three keepers in the entire league were protected. You must have missed the other article that was posted tonight.

    • Boston Red

      Even if the McLeod deal didn’t go down, they either protect everyone else if Houston picks Harris or they protect Harris when the Dash takes Jones. It’s part of the game.

      • Steglitz49

        I doubt if Ms Harris would be picked. I would be vary of picking anyone with recent surgery, even KO though her rehab seems to be going well.

        • Boston Red

          My post was more about what the advantage of doing that is rather than if Harris is worth being selected. The Spirit can’t lose both GK because of the way the rules are written.

  • SoccerBuff

    EVERYONE STOP TALKING ABOUT GOALKEEPERS!!!! Houston at best would take a GK at the #10 spot and probably not, even a sucky college draft pic or a try out player would be fine.

  • clioamare007

    Here’s my list:
    #1 Kelley O’Hara (NJ)*
    #2 Meghan Klingenberg (BOS)*
    #3 Chantel Jones (WAS)
    #4 Johnson, Estelle or Salem, Angela (WNY)
    #5 Barzuck, Amy (WNY)
    #6 Shim, Mana (POR)
    #7 Edwards, Becky (POR)
    #8 Deines, Kate (SEA)
    #9 Garciamendez, Alina (SEA)** or Romero, Ari (SEA)
    #10 Masar, Ella (CHI)
    * Allocated player
    ** Rights

    I am not discounting the $ aspect since the federation pays salary. I can see FC Kansas City not losing any players.

    I put Alina Garciamendez’s name in because she’s a Texas native. She would be a wonderful addition to the backline should she decide to come back to the US. Similiarly, Ari Romero would be great. She would be immediately available for the full season. Does this mean that the Dash can have two Mexican players on their team?

    Anyway, as a Reign fan, selfishly, I would hope the Dash consider taking Cox so we can protect other players. I think the Dash will want some of the Reign players.

    • gerd karl

      alina garciamendez plays for the 1 ffc frankfurt

      • clioamare007

        I know. Please note I wrote “should she decide to come back to the US.” If I am Waldrum, I would take a chance and get her rights.

        • gerd karl

          their contract, alina garziamendez, goes up to 06.2015

          • clioamare007

            It’s a risk I’d take. Waldrum and team can consider asking for a player loan. Otherwise it’s a right that the Dash can use in future trades if needed.

          • Guest

            She only plays on their second team. She might get tired of that. If she got regular minutes on their D1 team I’d think different. They don’t seem to be providing her with much advancement opportunities.

          • gerd karl

            she has great competition in frankfurt,
            babet peter, defender, world champion 2007 and european champion 2009
            bianca schmidt, defender european champion 2009 and 2013

            saskia bartusiak,defender, world champion 2007, european champion 2009 and 2013
            asuna tanaka, defender, world champion 2011

            they must fight.

          • Tom F

            and gets no playing time!

    • Guest

      Likely problem with #6 and 7. My guess is once Mana Shim gets picked, Becky Edwards gets added to the protected list.

      • clioamare007

        True. I didn’t consider this. Back to the drawing board!

        “For every player Houston selects from a team, that team may then add an additional player to its protected list.”

        So I suppose this is true for WNY defenders.

      • clioamare007

        In this case, I think Dash should pick Becky Edwards. She’s a great defensive midfielder and can come back in time for this season. Instead of Shim, then I suppose I can put in Tiffany Weimer. *shrug*

        • Guest

          Just as long as they take two…

        • LCLondoner

          That’s my thinking too. Either Dash take Buehler; or they take Becky Edwards and Weimer. As a Thorns fan, I’d honestly prefer the former option. I think Edwards is due a big comeback year.

          • Lorehead

            Who those four discovery players are matters, too. But I disagree: the constraints on the Thorns’ ability to field the best possible team are the salary cap, the fact that it can only sign one other foreigner in addition to Sinclair (LeBlanc and Acevedo both have U.S. passports), and the limit on the number of allocated U.S., Canadian and Mexican allocated players it can have. Buehler is a great player who doesn’t count against the salary cap and if the Thorns lose her in the draft, they cannot sign another: they just lose one of their U.S. allocation slots without compensation.

            If the Thorns were to lose two role players, though, they could replace them in the draft or with discovery players with U.S. passports. (If Ali Riley hadn’t signed a new contract with Malmö—but maybe they’d loan her?)

          • LCLondoner

            It seems the Buehler part of this convo is moot; Paulson has tweeted that she’s not leaving.

          • Lorehead

            Or at least that he bets she’s not leaving. This whole situation with the Chicago trade, which they wouldn’t have made unless they had another goalie lined up, and the unprotected goalies, and Portland exposing Shim, Edwards and Weimer sure smells like a backroom deal. Portland signs Angerer and gets a good trade for KK, Chicago swaps one Canadian goalie for another, the other teams get more of their field players protected, but Houston gets a few good picks that it wouldn’t otherwise have, and Portland maximizes its cap space by keeping all its allocation slots and unloading a few of its costliest non-allocated players.

          • LCLondoner

            You’re keeping your eyes on the moving parts. Me, I don’t have the energy for speculation. Just gimme the facts, and then I’ll try to work out the best available XI. :-)

          • Lorehead

            Yeah, it’s pointless when we’ll all know in a few days, but it’s fun. Don’t take any of my guesses too seriously.

          • clioamare007

            I definitely understand. It looks like Paulson sort of tipped his hand. He basically said he’s not counting on Buehler going anywhere.

            @Jamiebgoldberg ->My guess is that Houston drafts Buehler #BAON

            Merritt Paulson ‏@MerrittPaulson51m ->@Jamiebgoldberg I will take you up on that bet. she isn’t going anywhere.

            I am not liking backroom discussion, but it happens in sport world all the time. So I think if MP’s tweet is any indication, Buehler is safe. Plus, can you see her being happy in Texas? She’s totally content in Portland.

          • Elaine

            Yes Bue even hinted that her husband and her are both looking for a permanent place to live in Portland.

          • clioamare007

            Yep! Here’s my second mock draft, hehe.

            #1 O’Hara, Kelley (NJ)*
            #2 Jones, Chantel (WAS)
            #3 Johnson, Estelle/Salem, Angela/ or Barzuck, Amy (WNY)
            #4 Perez, Veronica (WNY)
            #5 Shim, Mana (POR) or Weimer, Tiffany (POR)
            #6 Edwards, Becky (POR) or Weimer, Tiffany (POR)
            #7 Cox, Stephanie (SEA)
            #8 Masar, Ella (CHI)
            #9 Farrelly, Sinead (FC KC)
            #10 Barnhart, Nicole & DISCOVERY PLAYER (either from FC KC or WAS)

            Regarding defense, Merrit Paulson pretty much say Rachel Buehler won’t be going anywhere and that is just fine. Buehler is too slow for Waldrum’s system with defenders getting involved from the back, anyway. BUT..you can count on Stephanie Cox to be a solid defender and good leader in the backline though. She does get involved in the back.

            Regarding Mexican players, I can see the Dash picking Veronica Perez for marketing purposes and also for minutes. Perez didn’t play a whole lot for Western New York Flash.

            I was thinking for my 10th player that it could be a player from Kansas City or Washington OR even just a discovery player from Kansas City and Washington.

            So I hope Scenario 2 will be play out or something close to it.

          • Elaine

            I don’t know. You can’t pick 3 USNT. You either go with KO and Cox or KO and Barnie (trade away McLeod or use Barnie to trade KC for Arod).

          • clioamare007

            Sorry, I put Barnhart off. Tried to edit to make it so. In any case, I don’t see the Dash pick Barnhart anyway. My two players in Scenario two would be KO and Cox.

          • KT5000

            I think Paulson is being hopeful. It’s sort of his way to state things like that even if he doesn’t have any power to keep Buehler in Portland. He’s an over-confident-sounding tweeter.

          • Lorehead

            The Timbers put up a blog post last month about how very happy she and her husband are in Portland and how much they want to finish her career here.

          • http://www.twitter.com/originalslicey Slicey

            It makes sense. If Buehler is safe, then Houston would surely take Smim, Weimer, and/or Edwards. Then they could use a US allocation taking Cox, LePeilbet, or Klingenberg.

          • Guest

            Houston will take LeBlanc and use her to get Tancredi back. This is the
            only way Chicago would let them have both McLeod and LePeilbet. Houston
            won’t even waste a pick on LePeilbet in the draft, they’ll trade for her
            (maybe Engen?) afterward–gentlemen’s agreement.

    • Boston Red

      Alina isn’t allocated so, yes, they can have 2 Mexicans on the team.

      The big question is if there are other ways to acquire her rights that aren’t as costly as using an expansion draft pick. Considering she isn’t signed right now, there might be.

    • Lorehead

      Teresa Noyola does not count as a foreign player, as she is a Mexican-American dual citizen.

      • clioamare007

        But she is considered a Mexican allocated player. And Boston, Red, thanks for reminding me. Alina isn’t allocated. She’s also an American born.

        • Lorehead

          I don’t recall a rule that said only two Mexican APs per team. There is a rule about foreign players, but women with U.S. passports are Americans for that purpose.

          • clioamare007

            You’re right. I can’t recall specific rule on this. All I know is that the NWSL would allocate one Mexican allocated player per team. So the Dash could select another allocated Mexican player from the expansion draft to their own roster, right?

            It is interesting that we don’t know the names of discovery players.. only Houston and teams do. Chess moves.

          • Lorehead

            The 2013 roster rules stated that an international player was one who isn’t a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, permanent resident or holder of special immigration status such as a refugee, and that teams are “allotted” two. It also says that teams may only trade a U.S., Canadian or Mexican allocated player for another allocated player of the same nationality. Last year, there were supposed to be two Mexican APs per team, but then the FMF withdrew many of them.

            I would not count on those rules staying the same this year. The NWSL really has established a pattern of making up new rules at the last minute. However, if they do, I don’t know McLeod’s exact immigration status, but any U.S. citizens would not count as international players, and the Dash would be limited to two Mexican APs because they only were allocated one and are only allowed to draft one.

            No other team can have more than one, because they were only allocated one and could only obtain another in a one-for-one trade.

    • guest

      The team has to chose a player from every team before they can choose another player from the same team and any time your team loses a player than gain a protection for another player they’ve placed on the unprotected list. So your scenario is implausible

      • DNF

        Huh? that wasn’t in any of the rules I’ve seen.

      • clioamare007

        That’s why I listed “or”. Which selected player might you view not possible? I am curious to know.

  • Elaine

    The other teams are sure not giving Houston an offensive US allocated player to choose from. It is either a GK or a defender on the backline. The only mid to choose from is Boxx, who’s pregnant. So if Houston want 2 US nationals, they are going to have to go with a GK and a defender. Or will they load up on the backline and have 3 US defenders??

    • D23

      The only caveat I would place on that is O’Hara. It is theoretically possible she will not play in the back line.

      • Elaine

        That will be not too good for KO. She probably wants to stay at left back seeing how she wasn’t too comfortable playing forward at SB. Plus she’s competing to get her spot back on the NT so she will want to hone her skills at leftback.

        • D23

          I agree with you. In fact, I suspect it may be a part of why she is on that list. But it is possible.

        • Steglitz49

          I would not pick players with a history of recent injuries severe enough to require surgery. I would want healthy players. I might pick a player as an investment.

          There is the college draft to come too.

    • Simon

      They won’t pick an allocated GK. Can we drop that discussion now? Some people seriously lack the ability to think logically. Three teams left their GK (two teams even both GK’s) for a reason. They have their starting GK. They’ll pick a decent second one through Jones or Cameron probably.

      • Elaine

        Yes, no GK pick since they have McLeod. But what if they do pick Barnie as a bargaining chip. Trade her for Arod, perhaps? That is a gamble for Houston and they would have to gauge how important Barnie is to KC. If Houston don’t want to play this kind of game, then their back line will be tops in the league.

        • Steglitz49

          They would be daft not to pick Barnie.

          • Guest

            Why waste an allocation spot on another keeper when America is full of good regular keepers? NT field players are harder to get.

          • Guest

            That guy’s been saying “pick Barnie!” for the past twelve hours. He doesn’t understand the rules, and he doesn’t seem to grasp that there is some wheeling and dealing going on involving three keepers, none of whom is Barnie.

  • Stay Pressed

    O’Hara, Cox, Edwards, Shim, Perez, Farrelly, Abegg and Jones or Henninger.
    That’s who I’d start with.

    • Silver Frost

      Riley’s unprotected list at Thorns is huge, like he wants to clean house and start over. Who is Acevedo anyway?

      • Lorehead

        Jackie Acevedo was the new Mexican-American player allocated to Portland. She played last year for the Houston Aces in the WPSL.

        • Silver Frost

          Thanks. And she’s better than Shim and Weimer, who proved themselves clutch players on a championship team?

          • Lorehead

            Probably not, although we won’t know until she plays in Division I. But she’s allocated, so her salary doesn’t count against the cap. As I mentioned elsewhere, waiving and then trading for Nikki Marshall turned out to be about the salary cap, too, and that was before Riley arrived.

            They were under the cap last year with the current roster, and as mentioned Acevedo doesn’t count against it, so I think the reasons they’re getting rid of so many good players aren’t a high-stakes bluff, but Amber Brooks and Discovery Players #1–4. Shim is a fan favorite, but if they don’t have to pay her because Houston nabbed her, that’s not their fault.

          • Ben

            I also think leaving all those good players like Shim/Edwards/Weimer unprotected is a way of ensuring that Buehler is not drafted. They are banking on the fact that Houston would be too tempted not to take two good offensive players versus one defensive player, who lets be frank in this league does not make much of a difference. I think it is a brilliant strategy.

          • Lorehead

            That really fits my theory, so I like your explanation. If they’re stretching to get their new signings under the salary cap, they do not want to lose any of the players they don’t have to pay for.

      • rufan

        He protected the max number of 9. He has alot of discovery and other rights from the previous coach

  • newsouth

    help me with this. what was the point of the mcleod and tanc trade if houston can pick tanc back up? chicago gets press, #3 and #5 for tanc, mcleod, #2 (ohai). it’s like tanc and mcleod are just on the back end of the deal because it couldn’t be done up front. i don’t get this. scam written all over this.

    • D23

      I don’t get it either really. Other than there being some kind of gentleman’s agreement that they don’t. That works in CRS’ favour as it allows them to protect an extra player, which could be compensation for getting a player that is only available for half the season in their half of the trade.

      • newsouth

        this is some kind of celebrity package to me. it’s like brooklyn adding jay z to the package but the dash get brian cushing as a visual owner (not on paper of course). houston couldn’t draft ohai from the #5 because she would have been gone. And press is worth more than a straight pick if you thought sports in general. it’s like tanc and meleod are part of the deal.

    • Reality

      It makes no sense unless Houston agreed to leave Tancredi alone in return for McLeod. The fact that Rames went public in saying, ““She and Christen [Press] will complement each other very well. When you add in the young pieces we already have we believe this group will be very dangerous going forward.” indicates that he anticipates her staying in Chicago.

      It also makes me wonder whether Chicago is getting Angerer so that they wouldn’t need McLeod.

      What I’m wondering about is Rames’s strategy at forward combining Tancredi and Press. Chicago was known for their “gritty” play last year. I’m curious as to how he will meld this grittiness with Press’s finesse.

      • newsouth

        If Tanc is staying, Lori and Tanc are bruisers alone with Boxx. They will occupy a lot of defensive bodies and Press is a slasher, who needs about a yard or 2 to get her shot off in an 1v1. She should have poaching field day with Tanc and Lori fighting over balls in the box. I guess it could be productive. So Tanc is stayings and Houston won’t touch her. Gotta love these close door deals with the league.

        • Reality

          That is probably Rames’s strategy. Since Chicago doesn’t have any real speed merchants, I imagine that much of their offensive game will be up the middle. Rames had indicated at the beginning of last season that “…our wanting to play and connect and play little passes and move and combine…” was not working too well and he switched the team to a more direct play. Perhaps with these roster changes, he’ll go back to that original style.

    • Boston Red

      Evil me says that the Dash will trade McLeod back to Chicago and they used the “trade” to expose all the GKs to the draft. They can take Cameron and not shut off SBFC for another grab or they can get an allocated GK. Or hold a team hostage by taking a GK and then demanding a trade from the protected list.

      Doubt it’s really what happened, but it would be a genius way to get a GK.

      • Lorehead

        Wouldn’t that make everyone so happy that they blew up WPS to get rid of Dan Borislow and then invited this new owner into the league.

        • Boston Red

          There are a lot of ways to approach an expansion draft. One is the old “That’s a nice team you got there. Be a shame if something were to happen to it” approach. :)

          • Boston Red

            Beau Dure has put up a column that talks about the “game of chicken” that might be going on and the possibility that teams take a player that the losing team didn’t expect to lose and then charge extra to get the player back.

          • Steglitz49

            “There are a lot of ways” forsooth. There is a right way, a wrong way and there is the Army way. I don’t know how the Navy does it, though Churchill had an explanation (though at risk of brining down AnnaY’s wrath i won’t recount it here).

          • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

            The Navy way is the right way :)

          • Steglitz49

            Verily. The Senior Service.

      • Steglitz49

        Hear hear!

      • guest

        The hostage situation is a huge huge huge risk with low likelihood of pay off… say they grab Barnie or Harris, two excellent GKs that their respective teams need, and then try to take FCKC/Wash over the fence by demanding another protected US allocated player back in exchange (+ a pick or something)… what makes you think either team will go for it? They would still have a deecnt backup GK and good GKs are in surplus and get to keep their protected allocations. Now Houston is stuck with two allocated GKs that have poor trade value and lost their pick of any other allocations available out there like Buehler or OHara or Cox…. very high risk, low rewards.

        • Lorehead

          It won’t happen because that kind of first impression would really poison the well.

          • guest1

            Agree. Waldrum and DiCicco are classier than that. And why would you do that to players who are making next to nothing?

          • Steglitz49

            I would grab Barnie. What these two gentlemen prefer is their choices. They are the coach and his side-kick; I am just the monkey.

        • Boston Red

          Every situation is different. Part of gaming out the draft is figuring out which ones might work and which ones won’t.

          • guest

            It would be safer to do with an already established team, but when you already don’t have a foundation set except for one CB and one GK, gambling away your future before you even started is not good business sense.

          • Boston Red

            Notice that I didn’t say it was a likely (or even smart way) to do it, but teams have to consider the possibility on either side of the equation.

          • Steglitz49

            High stakes, high return; safe stakes, no return.

          • guest

            Actually, I believe in this case it is high stakes, high possible return, but also high possible loss. Safe stakes, decent return.

    • Steglitz49

      why would they pick Tanc? Seems daft. They should pick Barnie. That would stir the pot, celebrity pot or not.

  • Gerry Marrone

    AWESOME job by Equalizer to get the lists!! One question – Discovery Player #1 is on both lists for Sky Blue FC?

    • rufan

      So Gerry, who is the discovery player that Sky Blue want to protect, and I have to think, thinks it can or will sign?

    • STT

      I think the numbering is just used to differentiate players on either side of the divide, i.e. they start numbering at 1 for both the ‘protected’ and ‘unprotected’ lists.

  • Gerry Marrone

    Not too surprised about O’Hara being left unprotected – she didn’t appear to be very happy in NJ last year and by exposing her (perhaps because she requested it) it allows them to essentially protect everyone else since once she is taken they are safe.

    • rufan

      You may closer to the inside and have better feeling than most fans would about that. Maybe she did not like the upfront experiment vs. her playing on back line for national team.

      • Dorv

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s play on the back line that was a (successful) experiment. She was historically a forward, no?

        • Elaine

          Yes but her future on the NT is at left back.

          • Dorv

            That wasn’t my point. It sounds like the person I’m responding to didn’t recognize that back isn’t her natural position :)

          • Elaine

            Oh, ok.

          • rufan

            SB moved her up front vs her national team position, and it did not work out well, seemed she forgot how to play forward. I know her history.

  • Gerry Marrone

    Are the Dash “allowed” to take Huffman from WNY? Hmmmmmm……

    • nwslfan

      Dash can draft, they still have to sign the player, I think. this makes players like Ellertson or even Cox less likely. Can Dash reach out to players to make sure they will re-locate? I hope so.

      • Gerry Marrone

        DOn’t know what the rules are this time around – but if they draft someone and then won’t move the drafting team holds their rights and can prevent them from playing – same thing with contracts.

        • nwslfan

          agree, those are probably the rules.

        • Lorehead

          If there’s a no-move clause in the contract, the player must be protected. So apparently, Ellertson did not negotiate one? But maybe the idea is that Houston would never take her because, if they told her to move, she’d probably re-retire.

        • guest1

          But it would make no sense for Houston to draft someone that doesn’t want to be there, regardless of whether they can keep that player from playing. I’ll use Sarah Huffman and Lori Lindsey as examples. They are fixtures on their teams. They are not allocated players. They are not making the big $$. There is no incentive to move from home. DiCicco (Houston’s consultant) would know that. Houston needs players, not rights for players. My guess is that their respective teams know that and that is why they can afford to not protect them.

      • Boston Red

        They don’t have to “sign” the players as they are under contract (other than “2013 rights” & discovery players). No idea if the rules allow them to contact the players — some leagues do, some don’t as it is considered interference.

    • guest

      Fools rush in…

    • kaiser

      Interesting question.There are rumors that Huffman is untouchable even though unprotected.

      • Lorehead

        You don’t want to make Abby Wambach angry. She’ll smash down your door with her head, kick your desk to splinters, and you’ll get the yellow card.

      • newsouth

        do you think ellertson would be touchable if she was unprotected?

        • Lorehead

          Ellertson is unprotected. She already retired once, before Cindy Parlow Cone talked her back into playing for her hometown team. Houston wouldn’t pay her enough to move more than two thousand miles away. (Or so everyone assumes.)

          • Ben

            Will it be legal for her if she were drafted to retire, wait a couple of months, unretire and than resign with Portland?

          • Lorehead

            I believe she would have to wait more than a few months for Houston’s rights to expire. My guess would be that, if she goes a full year without playing, that’s probably it. But I don’t know her personally.

  • rufan

    What the the “2013 rights” to players? I think they were all supplemental players drafted and never signed. We had wondered if the rights continued pass 2013.

    • Boston Red

      By saying “2013 rights,” they are just saying that the team has NWSL rights, but not a signed contract. They may expire in the future, but we don’t know that.

  • nwslfan

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’d take Buehler. O’Hara only if very close to being fully healthy. Estelle Johnson. Before the draft, try to trade Engen for Kling.

    • Stay Pressed

      ENGEN for Kling? Come on now. No.

  • nwslfan

    scary how much FCSB is relying on awesome Aussie talent, if Matildas are called away for NT duties.

    • STT

      Non-allocated internationals are required to be protected by draft rules, so SB was kinda stuck in that sense.

  • Laurence M. Redican

    I’m totally confused by Sky Blue. Why protect Lisa DeVanna? I thought she wasn’t coming back?! Why would you protect a discovery player??? Both goalies unprotected? Ugh. Monica Ocampo was a super sub last year but Adams was better…and I can’t even begin to understand Ocampo over O’Hara.

    • martiunka

      Maybe they know something we don’t because WNY protected their Aussie as well.

      • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

        Samantha Kerr is one of our best players, and she only is going to get better.

    • D23

      Non-allocated internationals must be protected. It’s a condition of the draft’s operation. It’s why all the clubs are doing it.

    • Guest

      She isn’t available until June. So maybe they want to keep her or at least her rights. Lots of players came in late last year. If it is a good player go for it I guess. She isn’t coming back early though.

  • NYRick

    O’Hara has to want out at SB. She will so obviously be Houston’s first pick with this. Unless of course they think she’ll always be hobbled from here on. Speed, fitness and running the pitch for 90 is her game so it will be interesting to see.

    Sad to see her go from SB, but she is gone. Just further illustrates how bad a situation it is at SB. I’m pretty sure if the RB deal went down, KO stays and gives it a chance. Also, for Houston picking KO is a complete no-brainer. You get a former and if healthy starter from the NT and a very popular one at that to put into your franchise for promotions and appearances.

    • Gerry Marrone

      I agree NYRick – and I think she does want out – wasn’t happy on several fronts last year.

      • NYRick

        If she didn’t go to them and want out, I would have protected her over every player they protected on their list, including Rampone. She’s still just 25 with an upside, but the caveat is that foot injuries of any kind, especially those involving surgery can also be tricky for elite athletes playing a physical demanding sport.

        • nwslfan

          NT camp starts today, usually with fitness. Dash can go to camp and scout her.

    • newsouth

      if i remember ohara posted some photos. i think her foot is coming along well. she wanted out of SB. she’s still doing PT but is moving around with shoes. SB goes from Reb Bull, Press (no why the Houston deal takes place if Red Bull as one the board this season) and Ohara to what? what do they have left outside of Rampone?

      • NYRick

        As a fan of SB, I’m totally disgusted. That failed RB deal is having a bad ripple effect now. They probably would have had Press, KO, Foord as a nice talent base, along with Rampone for another year or two. It’s a massive screw up on their part, regardless of whatever offer RB was making to them, and I’m sure it wasn’t too bad. It was best for them, and more importantly, best for the league.

        • Lorehead

          I definitely agree, but it looks like they decided what was best for them was keeping control.

          • NYRick

            SB will be an 9th place team with the worst attendance once again.

      • Silver Frost

        One month ago KO’s right calf was half the size of her left calf due to injury atrophy. It will take months to regain that muscle. Does Houston want to wait?

        • Zero

          That was way longer than a month ago. Saw her at the Alex Morgan Camp, if you didn’t know about the ankle you’d think she was game ready. She’s in great shape.

          • Silver Frost

            Great news for Houston, and soccer fandom!

        • Guest

          That was about four months ago, not one. She’s training, surfing, leading camps, and coming into NT camp now.

    • clioamare007

      I think almost everyone I talked to think O’Hara is gone from Sky Blue. I hope Houston does pick her.

    • Elaine

      KO should really push Houston, if she is picked, to play left back. Forget the forward position. KO needs to come back to the NT at left back. That’s that.

      • Steglitz49

        KO, one of Pia’s finds, at least four of them. But, does KO fit into TS’s game-plan?

        • Elaine

          A healthy KO, definitely! Better than Mewis, better than Kling, and better than Cox, in my opinion.

          • NYRick

            She’ll be back on the NT soon. Work ethic second to none, the ultimate over achiever. But I think it’s for the best to leave SB because the coach has her all messed up too. She is a left back now. Leave her there.

          • Guest

            Gabarra really did a number on her confidence, and that training staff didn’t do anything for that ankle. She needs out of Jersey asap.

          • Steglitz49

            Kling has been pretty impressive for Tyresö so far. I hope that Cox does well. Bui, to return to my question, how does TS view KOH?

          • Elaine

            Well before her injury, she played full games against Sweden and Germany at the Algarve. Only other player to play full 90m against these two teams….Alex Morgan.

          • Steglitz49

            Both injured — both ankle injuries though Alex had problem with her knee too. Hmm.

          • AP

            You are constantly bringing up injuries, and they’re a part of the game. Period. One injury doesn’t ruin a career. These are young, fit world class athletes. Quit trying to toss them in the clearance bin.

      • NYRick

        Sorry to see her leave SB, but the obvious choice for Houston is her as their top choice. Second for me would be Kling. Those are two excellent players to get in an expansion draft.

        Thing with KO is that after Algarve last year, her game was soaring and trending way upward. I thought no doubt she would be the next captain for the NT after Rampone. SB messed her up so badly with the move to forward. So stupid and counterproductive to her development as a player.

        And then of course the ankle injury, which SB totally botched as well. If she makes a complete recovery from that ankle surgery with no lingering effects it is an absolute steal for Houston to get her. In realistic terms, despite her rocky season with SB last year, she is easily the most talented and marketable player on the roster based on age, performance and upside, not even taking into account popularity. They would never in a million years leave her unprotected if she didn’t probably beg them to do so. SB is the most poorly run operation in the whole NWSL and she quickly figured that out after one year…and wants out with a fresh start. Like you said, as a left back for Houston.

  • guest

    Spirit starting line up minus keeper just released.

    • D23

      Can you explain further

      • guest

        Half in jest. The protected list fits the 4-4-2 they played last season w/ mostly the same roles. Of course, if Dunn is drafted and doesn’t choose to finish school it will be different.

        • Boston Red

          Dunn has pretty much said she isn’t going to school this semester. She was going to need more than a semester to graduate, so there isn’t any hurry.

          • guest

            I figured she was coming, but at least 8 of those10 are starters don’t you think.

  • guest

    Wasn’t there a comment a few posts ago about there being friction between Tancredi and Waldrum. If so probably not going to be picked. It would seem that very few players have no trade clauses as the lists look to be generated on soccer terms (whether we agree or not).

    • JAMES 18

      Dash just dealt TANC to CRS so its highly unlikely that she would be picked.

  • Silver Frost

    Scott and Sesselmann left unprotected at KC. LOL. Payback’s a b***h.

    • Boston Red

      And Houston’s going, “Nah, I don’t think I’ll bother… You can keep that hassle, KC.”

    • Ben

      So you think Scott, who has already signed with Notts is going to be fretting that she was unprotected in FCKC??? I think I’ve heard it all now

  • STT

    Woooow…. I’m shocked at how many CAN and MEX players are unprotected.

    • newsouth

      the mexican federation should be shocked because their players won’t be starting again.

      • Steglitz49

        Your point is well taken but there could have been a smoke-filled back-room deal. Time will tell.

    • Guest

      Some of them have a natural immunity to selection. It is smarter to protect a player that might actually be picked.

  • Boston Red

    I’m convinced they should go for Discovery Player #3. She’ll be easy to sign and make all the difference in the world.

    • guest

      thanks for the morning chuckle to go with my coffee :)

  • STT

    A note on the “Angerer” issue:
    As a non-allocated international, I would expect she would have to be protected, per draft rules. Only two teams have a discovery player protected, one of which left both of its current ‘keepers unprotected.

    • Ben

      Well if it’s SB, that just throws an wrench in all our speculations doesn’t?

      • Lorehead

        It would be odd, then, for them to keep their allocated goalie when they could have traded her for another U.S. player, and they were giving up O’Hara anyway.

      • STT

        Yeah it does. But I don’t see how it could be any other team, based on this list, unless for some weird reason Angerer was exempt from the expansion draft completely.

        • Ben

          Well, that might be the case if she does not qualify as a discovery player and haven’t sign a contract yet.

        • Lorehead

          The Flash also protected a discovery player, but they protected Franch too.

          • STT

            Yeah, that’s what I was saying with the top comment of this chain.

          • Lorehead

            Ah, okay. So, the clues so far are:

            Chicago: Just traded their goalie, as you’d expect the team that just signed a new goalie to do. However, there are other reasons they might have made such a gentlemen’s agreement.

            Sky Blue: Have unprotected goalies and a protected mystery player, who, if Angerer is secretly in the draft somewhere, is likely her. On the other hand, Angerer might not be in the draft, or might be unprotected because Houston already has a goalie and couldn’t close the deal with her.

            Portland: Also got rid of their backup goalie, left their starter unprotected, and is sure acting as if they have to make cap room for another big signing after Amber Brooks.

          • STT

            A good summary except that, IF Angerer is in the draft at all, she’s required to be protected because she’s a non-allocated international.

          • Lorehead

            However, even in that scenario, it’s still possible that she’s WNY’s mystery player and not Sky Blue’s.

            Edit: Oh, I see my mistake now. Thanks for pointing that out; edited.

          • Ben

            Yes that is entirely possible. Franch, while great year, will benefit greatly from been an under study to one of the greatest of all time. WNY will have a reliable backup when Angerer is away on NT duty. Last and more importantly, WNY is one team that should have the cap space to afford Angerer given that they have only 2 US players.

          • Lorehead

            Allocated players don’t count against the cap.

          • Ben

            Yes, and they are getting extra cap space for the missing US players so can have the luxury of being able to splurge on Angerer if they so desire

          • Lorehead

            No, that isn’t how it works. If I understand correctly, the salary cap does not go up if they lose Buehler. They just would have to get a replacement defender whose salary does count against the cap. Therefore, if they want to maximize their cap room, they would rather lose two non-allocated players they can replace by signing someone else.

          • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

            I don’t see WNY going after a top tier GK with Franch. I just don’t see Franch sitting for just about anyone. The exception being maybe Solo, but I really don’t see that either because Lines seems to be very loyal to his players.

            No way WNY signed Angerer.

          • Lorehead

            It’s very unlikely, I agree. And I don’t see why he would have protected Franch if it were the case.

          • Lorehead

            You know, the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. I don’t think it’s the most-likely possibility, but there is a mystery player on their protected list who could be Angerer, and the otherwise-bizarre decision to protect Franch could be because they already promised to trade her to Chicago.

          • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

            I’d be very ticked off if we lost Franch. I wouldn’t take anyone over her. Not even Solo.

            Even if Franch never passes Solo in skill she already has a lot, and a massive soccer life left so long as injuries don’t interfere.

            Of course I’ve always been a young roster kind of guy.

          • Boston Red

            However, she isn’t signed so she could be unprotected. Unsigned international discovery players were not required to be protected.

          • STT

            Where did you hear that? The official release only said “non-allocated internationals” had to be protected, it didn’t say anything about whether they were signed or not.

          • Lorehead

            Right; either she’s not a discovery player at all yet, or she’s a non-allocated international, unless the real rules are different than announced.

          • Boston Red

            I’m making an assumption… but it would be silly to require you to protect rights to a player that you grabbed as speculation. Not that the NWSL is above silliness.

  • tplant36

    A few players I would want if I was Houston: Masar, Salem (as a WNY fan that is hard to write, but she is a great option), Veronica Perez (liked her in WNY, but she could use more playing time and would fit in to the Houston demo well), Shim, Bock…as far as which 2 US allocated players they might take…Buehler and KO jump out.

    It’s crazy how easy KC continues to have it…the only big loss on their unprotected list would be Barnie and I’d be shocked if Houston takes her after trading for McLeod. Dying to know who the discovery players are that SB and WNY protected. Assuming they are both internationals, if non-allocated internationals must be protected. I can’t imagine otherwise how a discovery player gets protected over Salem or Johnson on WNY.

    • Ben

      I don’t think possibly loosing Sesselman and Scott qualifies as easy. You’d be hardpressed to find a better duo that is free in this league

      • tplant36

        Scott signed in England and Sesselman is unclear right now as far as I know, but possibly not playing in the NWSL this year. I wouldn’t waste a pick on them if I’m Houston.

        One or both of them would have made the protected list if they were likely to play this year.

        • Ben

          You may have misread my post. My reply was basically countering the fact that FCKC is loosing more because they no longer have those players. One does not need to lose US players only to feel the pain.

          • tplant36

            Ah, I see your point and don’t disagree. Both are very good players. KC has a lot to fall back on though, but losing those two will be a tough pill to swallow I’m sure.

          • Guest

            Those two would be off the books. KC has to PAY two more players now. That will be hard for them.

          • http://www.twitter.com/originalslicey Slicey

            I don’t know what KC’s going to do. I can’t imagine replacing both of them. They were integral to KC’s success. Without that strong defense in the middle of the field, there would have been more scoring against KC, for sure. Scott was really able to hold up the ball and keep possession for KC’s offense.

          • Steglitz49

            Remind me please, who are KC’s foreign (as in non-US, -Mex, -Can) players? Can they get a couple of imports that would spice up the fare?

          • http://www.twitter.com/originalslicey Slicey

            They don’t have any foreign players. They may have to go that route to replace Scott and Sesselmann, but that would be a blow to the wallet.

            Losing two, paid-for, National Team starters will be difficult to replace.

        • Steglitz49

          Why is Sesselman unclear?

  • Bluenun

    Sky Blue leaving O”hare unprotected, If she goes who will come see them at RUTGERS! lol no one

    • john

      SB’s problem is no one comes to watch for many seasons now. The owners don’t seem to terribly worried about it. Different stadium, red bull affiliation, etc the answer is no thanks. Gabbara has ins all over the place the discovery player is a real mystery.

  • Boston Red

    A great exercise for those with a game theory background. What is the best strategy for the draft considering there are myriad possibilities for how to handle the two drafts, free agents and trades?

    • Ben

      Houston should really have some rules before beginning. For example..

      1. In other to maximize cap space, make sure you draft your 4 allocated players (2 US, 1 CAN, 1 MEX).

      2. Do not draft a GK now that you have McLeod. You can get a decent backup from the college draft.

      3. Do not take risks on players that may not want to play in Houston. This will exclude players that are older and likely to retire if the situation is not ideal (Lindsey, Ellertson, Cox, Boxx), or players that just won’t move for personal reasons (Huffman, Lloyden, Harris).

      • Boston Red

        Beau Dure suggested calling the bluff on some of those “risky” players to get a bigger payoff or even access to one of the players on the protected list. That’s what happened to Brian Ching in the MLS dispersal draft and Montreal got an extra draft pick in trade when he didn’t want to move.

        • Ben

          To me I think the only real bluff here is Buehler. And quite frankly, I do not think Portland loses a lot when she is drafted. Likewise, that pick does not do much for Houston when they could have gotten 2 of Shim/Weimer/Edwards.

          I do not think O’Hara is a bluff though

          • Boston Red

            I think Merritt Paulson just said Buehler isn’t going to Houston. He may get proven wrong…

      • Boston Red

        You also need to consider which teams you take an allocated US player from. That means no other choices from there, so the choice needs to be the best possible from that team.

        And the order of selection for other players matters because you have to figure out who would then be protected next.

        A whole lot of moving pieces to consider.

        • Ben

          Yes, that’s why I have O’Hara and Klingenberg being selected. It would have been Cox but I think Houston can get two good young players from Chicago including Moscato and Romero who could be their CAN and MEX allocations.
          I have Houston picking Moscato and Deines/Dallstream/Noquiera from Seattle and Perez from WNY

      • STT

        I could actually see them going for Lindsey/Huffman/Harris and then try to extort other teams for players they had initially protected. It actually happened to the Dynamo when the Impact drafted Ching a couple years ago (though the Dynamo ultimately got Ching back for a song).

        • Ben

          Possible but do they really want to go there? Why burn bridges when there’s no need to?

        • guest1

          Not going to happen. I said earlier, Waldrum and DiCicco are classier than that.

          • STT

            Right, I mean I don’t think the WILL, but they COULD.

          • Steglitz49

            What has class to do with it? I thought the US was a classless society. Anyway, Norio Sasaki has shown the world how to play the margins and percentage game.

            Go for it, W & DiC! Be devils. Pick the ones that are bargaining chips!

  • tplant36

    Merritt Paulson tweets today are making it sound like Buehler won’t be taken and they are going to lose a popular player but have a “top class replacement” coming.

    That sounds a bit to me like Houston might take KK and Portland is signing Angerer.

    Completely ridiculous that something like that is sorted out ahead of time. Is this an actual expansion draft or just for show?

    • DNF

      Why *wouldn’t* all sides start the dealing as soon as possible?

    • Lorehead

      Thanks for bringing that up. The tweet was: “when its all said/done (not just exp draft) will likely lose a popular player…but also have top class replacement incoming” Also said that Buehler is “not going anywhere.”

      I don’t think Chicago drafts KK. As Ben points out, what would they do with two Canadian goalies? But that sure sounds as if Paulson is going to lose two non-allocated players, then trade KK to Chicago and sign Angerer.

      • Ben

        To complete that theory, the Chicago GM also hinted yesterday at another trade coming up

        • Lorehead

          Actually, this site reported in 2011 that Christine Sinclair was getting a green card. If she did, Portland could sign any other Canadian, plus Angerer.

          • Boston Red

            Allocated players aren’t counted against the international limit, so it doesn’t really matter.

          • Lorehead

            Hmmm. “Each team is allotted TWO (2) in addition to the Mexican (2) and Canadian (2) National Team allotted players.” So you’re probably right.

          • Boston Red

            Though I don’t think the way Canadians/Mexicans don’t take up an international spot would pass muster with the legal folks (much like MLS treats Canadians). I’d rather them set aside 5 total international slots and if your allocated player is US citizen/Green Card holder — you have another slot you can use.

          • Guest

            Reign used to have two allocated Canadians and a free agent Canadian. So it is possible.

          • Lorehead

            Were any of them also U.S. citizens or green-card holders, though?

          • Guest

            Looks fully Canadian to me. They had to move her to sign another international too. So no green card. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiffany_Cameron

          • Lorehead

            Jess Fishlock?

          • Guest

            Nope. Tiff and Jess were their original international players. They let Tiff off on waivers and signed and international reserve player who was on a short contract until they got their Australian player for the rest of the season. Point being she counted as an international as a Canadian and they had three Canadians at one time total.

      • tplant36

        A trade with Chicago makes more sense than KK going to Houston. More than the KK/Angerer thing though the Buehler comment sort of grates at me. Why wouldn’t Houston take her? Some kind of backroom deal here?

        Sometimes it’s hard to consider this league “professional”, and has anyone seen the tweets of Sesselman and Scott’s agent? Bizarre.

        • Ben

          There’s is absolutely nothing wrong with that tweet and is par for the course for Paulson. Have you seen his tweets about Morgan?

          • tplant36

            I have…he strikes me as unprofessional at times, especially regarding Morgan. He actually tweeted me back though that his tweet wasn’t about a deal. So, interesting. Guess we’ll know in a few days.

        • Lorehead

          Because he offered them enough good players that they’d rather take two?

          And you mean Chuck Vine? Yes, he’s really unloading on the NWSL.

          • Elaine

            Sounds like a fight with the CSA.

          • Lorehead

            He’s not doing his clients any favors with this outburst, but he does have a point. The Canadian players have no bargaining power and are getting a terrible deal.

          • Guest

            They should with the WC at home. The problem is that Sinclair is the only one with any sway and she has stayed quiet as a mouse. If the players aren’t united a couple risking everything won’t change anything.

          • Elaine

            Their bargaining power as a unit increases as the WC gets closer. Now is as good a time as any to get a contract if you are a Canadian. Can you imagine if they boycott the tournament on homesoil? CSA should do the right thing and support their women players.

          • Ben

            Well it is indeed risky for both players and the Federation because as you said, the world cup is coming up but if the players bomb out early, they can kiss all hope increased support goodbye

          • Elaine

            Yeah, I don’t see how the Canadian players can get CSA to offer a better contract by just boycotting the NWSL, and yet commit fully to the national team. The CSA probably just yawns and say, ok, less players that I have to pay for the league. But if they were to skip out on NT play, then there’s your bargaining power.

          • Lorehead

            There’s this tweet, too, but I don’t think I believe him. Surely such a decision has not yet been made and neither U.S. Soccer or the owners are broke.

          • Ben

            Oh it is entirely possible CSA might pull out in 2015 and I would like to think that the NWSL being broke is not in the sense that they are about to fold but rather owners can’t afford to spend like the bigger European clubs that have the backing of their male teams.

          • Steglitz49

            Big European clubs are unlikely to waste money on players eligible or likely to be called up for the USNT camps. They have had their fingers burnt and their hair singed. The US talent pool is so deep and wide that there are a lot of fish to fry from it.

          • Lorehead

            Anything is possible. Sahlen can afford to spend, and Portland and Houston do have the backing of their brother teams. (Also, the Thorns are successful on their own.)

            But there’s no way the CSA has already made that decision before the World Cup.

          • Ben

            Oh definitely. But until the salary cap is lifted, their hands are tied.

          • Lorehead

            Yeah, but if the problem is that three or four owners would really like to spend more but can’t, that just makes it even more absurd to say the league is broke.

          • Steglitz49

            Christine quiet!?! She learnt something from Old Trafford, obviously. Excellent.

          • Ben

            Definitely sounds like it. And as someone suggested, things will not change for them unless they get all players aligned. Given that Sinclair appears pretty comfortable in Portland, that might be difficult. Also, excluding Sinclair, I’ve yet to see the recognizable star in the current group of Canadians that could potential lead this protest and cause a stare.

          • Steglitz49

            Verily and forsooth. Canada is more concerned right now that their Junior Hockey team came back from the WC without a medal. Questions might be asked in Parliament about that. Women’s soccer? Who gives a monkey’s in Canada?

      • Elaine

        I don’ know Lorehead. The Thorns would be nuts to trade away KK who is the “heart” of their defensive unit and has saved their bacon many times. Plus we don’t know which Angerer would show up, club Angerer or NT Angerer. Perhaps Paulson is referring to a popular midfielder like Shim. I’m hoping the top class replacement for her is Miyama.

        • Steglitz49

          Aya Miyama — vow! The penalties would go in, the freekicks would be lethal and she is not averse to the odd yellow or even red card.

          • Elaine

            She’s definitely “top class”.

        • Lorehead

          Interesting scenario. There are those four mystery players on the roster, but none of them could be international players, or they would have had to have been protected. And would a top-class American replacement not be allocated? So if top-class means playing in the Olympics or World Cup, there’s got to be some signing that Paulson’s delaying until after the expansion draft.

    • Steglitz49

      Pray, who is “KK”? I am missing something, obviously.

      • Ben

        Karina LeBlanc

        • Steglitz49

          Thank you. MD = Man Utd ? & CA or CC = Chelsea?

          • Ben

            I’m not getting into this with you again.

  • RZY3

    There must be a reason Kelley O’Hara has been left unprotected. There’s definitely a story there, however I doubt we’ll hear the real reason for it. She was a serious contender for player of tournament at the Algarve Cup in 2013 – still not sure why she or Ali Krieger didn’t get it. She also played every minute of the Olympics in 2012 – something only Hope Solo and Christie Rampone can also say, Solo and Rampone being two players who without a doubt would never be left unprotected. Also, being a lot younger than those two and keeping both her college career and rookie professional season in mind, I am certain that the 2010 MAC Hermann Trophy winner still has bags of talent waiting to be developed.

    As a Sky Blue fan, it will be a shame to see her go – the Dash would have to have very good reasons for not picking her. If Gabarra does not intend to play her as a full back then I think she does need to look for a trade regardless with the World Cup and Olympics in mind – I believe she had practically cemented a starting spot in the LB position on the USWNT before her injury and with the right training, match experience and coaching could become world class at this position.

    • Guest

      They kept shuffling her in the lineup and then terribly mismanaged her health. They had her and LDV playing visibly limping and injured more than once. She was one of the players trying to go to Sweden last fall before her ankle turned out to be too hurt and the team wanted a longer commitment than a loan from her. So she is trying to better herself. I’m betting Houston could get way more out of her with their coach and staff. She’s a great young player. She should either get a fresh start or her current team needs to have a better plan for her.

      • Steglitz49

        Young is a relative term.

        • Guest

          Everything is relative to you Steg. Depending on the hour it seems. The age range of US players tends older and defenders only get wiser with age for us. If you think KO is too old you must think Broon is a blue haired. We invest a lot in our players. No need to have four year turnovers just when the player is reaching their true mental and physical prime.

          Speaking of age, any thoughts of the slew of Japanese players who retire in their mid-20? Often when they get married? It is an epidemic this year.

          • Steglitz49

            I am not an expert on the Japanese ladies soccer scene but it seems to me that few of them earn any real money and have to work at jobs to make ends meet. Also, hardly any of them are married while they play and having children is even rarer, if at all. Thus, I assume there comes a time in a young lady’s life, when playing soccer no longer is of primary interest.

            It is worth noting how many women in sports retire quite early. Some make a comeback but the majority stay away.

  • FawcettFan14

    O’Hara needs to find a club that will play her consistently as a left back. The odds were in her favor in 2012 on the USWNT, with Krieger getting injured, Cox out of favor, and no other outside back options. The competition is heating up now, with Krieger back, Klingenberg, Mewis, Dunn, etc. 2013 was basically a lost year for O’Hara, playing a few games at left back, then forced to play forward due to SBFC’s offensive needs, floundering there (0 goals), then getting injured and being out for months. To work her way back into Sermanni’s picture, she needs lots of games at her best USWNT position. Houston might be a good match. As one of the fittest players, the summer Texas heat probably wouldn’t phase her.

    Also, that KO photo has been used in *so* many stories now, it’s getting funny.

  • dt

    Why are some teams protecting nine players instead of ten?

    • Dan

      Teams that made the playoffs could only protect nine, the non-playoff teams protected 10.

  • tplant36

    Am I crazy or has Paulson retracted his tweets?

  • VaFan51

    I see that my (former?) favorite player, Lindsay Tarpley, is still mentioned, listed as “unprotected” by Chicago. Does anyone know if she is planning a post-knee, post-baby return? I really miss seeing her out there.

  • Tazz Wildcat

    question kelly is now a defender, but still would be top 10 forward in world so would be she be a forward for texas or back