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NWSL rules prevent Dagny Brynjarsdóttir move

Icelandic forward Dagny Brynjarsdottir couldn't join NWSL on a free transfer or discovery process due to league rules. (Photo Copyright Steve Bruno for The Equalizer)

Icelandic forward Dagny Brynjarsdottir couldn’t join NWSL on a free transfer or discovery process due to league rules. (Photo Copyright Steve Bruno for The Equalizer)

Former Florida State standout Dagny Brynjarsdóttir is back in Iceland after an attempted move from Bayern Munich to the National Women’s Soccer League fell through.

Last week a Swedish website reported that Dagny was intent on a move back stateside, but that league complications prevented her from doing that, so she returned to Iceland to play for Selfoss after leaving Bayern Munich. A source close to the situation confirmed as much to The Equalizer.

Dagny wanted to sign with the Western New York Flash, but since she did not enter the 2015 NWSL Draft, she is not allowed to play in the league in 2015, according to NWSL rules. There was, however, a potential workaround. There were no discovery rights placed on her, per league rules, and it became a decision among owners that Dagny would have to enter into a lottery, where she could end up with any of the nine NWSL teams, according to a source. The inability to freely pick a team prevented the move from happening. Dagny told an Icelandic news site that she wanted to know which team she was joining if she were to move to the NWSL, so a lottery ruled out the move.

Per NWSL rules:

All Players who have exhausted their college eligibility or who will graduate in the 2014-15 year are eligible for the College Draft. Players must be registered by Jan. 16, 2015 to be part of the College Draft. If a Player is eligible and does not register, that Player will not be able to be on the Roster of a NWSL Team until Oct. 1, 2015 – at which point that Player will become eligible as a Discovery Player.”

Dagny just helped Bayern Munich win the Frauen-Bundesliga title in a dramatic three-team race that came down to the final day. She signed with Bayern earlier this year. Per the Swedish report, she is back in Iceland, figuring out what is next after the often complicated NWSL rules discouraged a move back stateside.

She was a finalist this past season for the MAC Hermann Trophy, given annually to college soccer’s best player. U.S. national team midfielder Morgan Brian won the award for the second straight season. Brian now plays professionally for the Houston Dash and she is part of the United States’ 23-player World Cup roster.

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