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Exclusive: Nine US players available to Houston

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

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