After years of fits and starts with regard to National Women’s Soccer League expansion, we have finally arrived at an expansion draft. On Thursday, the clubs announced the list of players who will be available for Racing Louisville FC to select November 12 in the expansion draft.
Christy Holly, James O’Connor and Louisville have to wait a week to make their selections. But we don’t. So, here comes a very early look at what I might do if I were Louisville.
But first, a refresher on the rules. Each team was allowed to protect 11 players, only two of which were able to be U.S. federation players. Louisville may select either two non-federation players or one U.S. federation player off each of the other rosters but no more than two total federation players. A trade executed with the Chicago Red Stars landed the expansion side Savannah McCaskill and Yuki Nagasato but also granted the Red Stars full roster protection for the remainder of their team. So no Red Stars will be selected.
Finally, there is $150,000 in allocation money to be handed out after the expansion draft. Any team that loses a U.S. federation player will get $75,000, while Louisville will get the same for each of the two available U.S. federation player spots they don’t use. So, keep that in mind as you read on. And while I’m sure everyone will agree with all of my picks (cue sarcasm meter), feel free to tweet me any thoughts or disagreements @thedanlauletta.
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