Washington Spirit add Nikki Marshall in Waiver Draft

The Equalizer Staff September 9, 2013 24

The Washington Spirit added Nikki Marshall after she was waived by Portland on Friday. (Photo Copyright Meg Linehan for The Equalizer)

Nikki Marshall is now a member of the Washington Spirit after being the only player selected in Monday’s National Women’s Soccer League Waiver Draft.

Marshall, 25, started all 24 games (including playoffs) for the NWSL Championship-winning Thorns. She was waived by Portland on Friday.

Washington had first dibs on requesting any of the 11 players available on waivers and thus claimed Marshall. Why Portland giving up such a key piece of their title-winning defense remains a mystery. Presumably, she’ll be in a Spirit jersey come kickoff in April.

Marshall played at the Maryland SoccerPlex for the Washington Freedom in 2010 after being drafted No. 7 overall in the draft that year.

By selecting her off waivers, the Spirit inherit Marshall’s old contract that she had with Portland. Players waived but not picked up in the draft are free to sign with any NWSL team.

Players not selected were (with previous team in parentheses): Ashley Phillips (Boston Breakers), Jo Dragotta (Boston Breakers); Sonja Fuss (Chicago Red Stars), Inka Grings (Chicago Red Stars); Tiffany Cameron (FC Kansas City); Kristina Larsen (Seattle Reign FC), Kristen Meier (Seattle Reign FC); Holly King (Washington Spirit), Lindsay Taylor (Washington Spirit); Ingrid Wells (Western New York Flash.

  • Steglitz49

    Well done, DC!

    Now go after Yuki Ogimi!

    • kernel_thai

      Didnt u say the NWSL wasnt on the Japanese preferred list? She would be an excellent pick-up.

      • Steglitz49

        As I understand it, the JFA arranges subsidies in Japan for players who play in their preferred leagues. Thus they cost the foreign club less than they otherwise would. The NWSL ought to lobby to be on that list.

        • xanthophobe

          They should, but until they can offer something like the Champions League/a longer season, it’s a tough sell.

          • Steglitz49

            The quality of play is excellent. The JFA and player must be confident that she will actually get to play. Furthermore, the subsidy in Japan is more like 25% of the salary, not 75%. IOW the foreign club might pay her $120k instead of $150k.

          • xanthophobe

            Quality of play isn’t really what I meant–I meant something that is more structured and set in place. The NWSL is still figuring out its systems and I don’t really blame other FAs for being cautious.

            I cited the Champions League because it’s a way for players to get more competitive experience on top of league games. The NWSL could use some kind of competition like that…I’m just not sure what, to be honest.

          • Steglitz49

            Your point is well taken. It is not a walk in the park to develop a competition format that satisfies the needs of such a large and populous country with so many girls playing soccer to such a high standard. After all, if it were easy the optimal structure would already be in place.

            At the same time, it is probably not a good idea to be too bound by American sports tradition but rather to look further afield and weigh each option on a gold balance.

            In the final analysis, there must be money, not hot air, to support the venture. I worry that so much emphasis is placed on the USWNT winning the next WC.

          • kernel_thai

            The streaming prolly helps NWSL as Japan would want there fans to be able to follow the players. The competition is already as good or better than CL. The problem is length of season I would think and maybe Yen : )

          • Steglitz49

            Glamour, Kernel, glamour! And number of bites at the cherries, mon cherie.

  • kernel_thai

    Washington needs help at Forward, Center Back, and in the midfield but Marshall is still an upgrade. Maybe Pressley fills another spot.

    • Terry Lash

      She might be more versatile than just playing left full back. Also, at this point there is no guarantee that Ali Krieger will return to the Spirit either for the full season or the second half..

  • Terry Lash

    This is an excellent move by the Spirit. Marshall was an important part of the former Washington Freedom team that played at the Maryland SoccerPlex. I hope she returns.

  • luke

    After Avant you may pick up everyone CPC waives with your eyes closed… 😉

    • romel dias

      hahahahaaaa… Go CPC!!

  • Wear Nikes Drink Gatorade

    Why are they calling the waiver wire a “draft”?
    The Spirit were quick to give up on Taylor after trading this year’s ninth overall pick for her two months ago.

  • TN

    First: Had no idea that Ingrid Wells was waived, I wonder if she will go back to Europe now that no one wants her. And Washington really did give up on Taylor very quickly.

    2nd: I’m a little confused, Fuss and Grings (who is signed with some German team now) were considered to be waived? If that is so, I just don’t see who would not want Fuss, I’m a big fan after seeing her with Chicago, she single handed saved their defense.

    • Steglitz49

      Going back to Europe may not be so easy. Not many teams have the budget for foreign players and those that do can pick and chose.

      The model that we are seeing with Ms Tymrak may be the future. the USSF lending players to top clubs for part of the season. If everyone is satisfied, the club may well make an offer to have the player fulltime.

    • It’s not that no one wants Wells. She’s got a good situation in Europe. If she wants to come back next summer, she’ll have opportunities.

      • Steglitz49

        What has she got in Europe? I have not seen anything. Please enlighten us.

        She left her last European club to return to USA but that does not mean that they are in a position to have her back — or even want her.

    • Boston Red

      I believe the Fuss and Grings set up was only for one year.

  • Rufan

    I have just read today’s Soccer wire story on Marshall. According to that she is undecided on playing next year. She had another job (permanent?) during the past season. Was she commuting
    to Portland? Was it less salary issue than Portland unhappy with the
    arrangement? I thought when a team takes a player off waivers, it
    assumes the contract. So how are “contract terms are now in
    negotiations”? according to the piece. Again, is it less $ issue than allowing her to be able
    to work for Avnet?