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NWSL expansion draft, pre-game notes

Friday morning broke full of anticipation for NWSL fans who anxiously await the 10 picks by the Houston Dash in the expansion draft.  The fun begins at 11 a.m. EST, but there is plenty to stoke discussion even before that:

-Indications are that the Dash will use one of their two U.S. allocation slots on Meghan Klingenberg who recently joined NWSL as a Boston Breaker.  Klingenberg, who played for the Breakers in WPS, has yet to play in NWSL.  If the Dash do take her it will mean the rest of the Breakers’ exposed players are safe since a team losing a U.S. allocation cannot lose any other players.  The Dash are permitted to take up to two U.S. players.  They have nine to choose from including two each from the Red Stars and Sky Blue FC.

-The Flash did not have to expose a U.S. allocation since they only have two of them, but they did decide to leave Angela Salem and Estelle Johnson on the table plus Sarah Huffman and Vicki DiMartino.  It makes sense then, that The Equalizer got wind of Flash coach Aaran Lines working the phones early Friday looking for a trade.

-Two intriguing players not expected to be taken are Canadian allocations Desiree Scott and Lauren Sesselmann, both of FC Kansas City.  That’s because both are on their way to England – maybe.  Scott has a contract with Notts County but NWSL continues to recognize her as a contracted player and she was included in Canada’s allocation list.

While Scott’s case gets debated there is even less certainty about Sesselmann.  Reached by The Equalizer early Friday, Vine said, “Sess is a free agent, period.  We’ve notified the NWSL and proven her extension was not executed and the method of delivery is being reviewed by both sporting and civil authorities.”

NWSL has not commented on the situation.


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