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Eight players available on NWSL waiver wire

Brittany Bock was waived by the Houston Dash. (Photo Copyright Patti Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Brittany Bock was waived by the Houston Dash. (Photo Copyright Patti Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Eight players are available on the National Women’s Soccer League waiver wire after parting ways with their NWSL teams.

Brittany Bock and Ella Masar — previously of the Houston Dash — are the two biggest names on the list, with Equatorial Guinea forward Genoveva Anonma being the biggest international name available. Houston and the Boston Breakers led the way in number of players waived with three each. The full list of players available via the waiver wire is as follows:

Name Previous Club
Rafaela Travalao Boston Breakers
Suzanne Pires Boston Breakers
Bia Boston Breakers
Brittany Bock Houston Dash
Jordan Jackson Houston Dash
Ella Masar Houston Dash
Genoveva Anonma Portland Thorns FC
Ajara Nchout Njoya Western New York Flash

The waiver process began on Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET and claims must be submitted by 1 p.m. ET Thursday.

Expansion team Orlando Pride, which on Tuesday was announced as a new franchise starting play in the 2016 season, could acquire its first player via the waiver wire process. The deadline to submit wire claims is 1 p.m. ET Thursday. Orlando owns the tiebreaker over all nine other NWSL teams as the league’s newest franchise.

The 2016 NWSL waiver tie-breaker order then follows a reverse chronological order of 2015 regular-season finish, as follows:

Orlando Pride
Boston Breakers
Sky Blue FC
Western New York Flash
Portland Thorns FC
Washington Spirit
FC Kansas City
Chicago Red Stars
Seattle Reign FC

Per the NWSL, the following players have indicated after the season that they are retiring and will not be included in the waiver wire: Nadine Angerer (Portland Thorns FC), Mariah Bullock (Seattle Reign FC), Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Melissa Henderson (Houston Dash), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Karina LeBlanc (Chicago Red Stars) and Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC).

If a player decides to come out of retirement and return to the League, their rights are maintained by their most recent club.

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