Heading into a World Cup year, the National Women’s Soccer League has expanded the number of international spots on each team to four, The Equalizer confirmed.
The number is an increase from three in 2014, which went up from two spots in the league’s inaugural season in 2013.
As I wrote yesterday, Seattle Reign FC could stand to have the best setup with internationals, as unfortunate as it is for the individual players. Reigning league MVP Kim Little and midfield partner in crime Jess Fishlock will both be with Seattle the entire season after Scotland and Wales, respectively, failed to qualify for the World Cup.
Players bound for the World Cup in Canada, which starts June 6, stand to miss significant time. U.S. players are expected to miss about eight games.
Houston Dash coach Randy Waldrum tells the Orange in the Oven blog that the slot is only for the 2015 season, in order for teams to cope with the World Cup.