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Racing Louisville acquires rights to Tobin Heath, Christen Press in NWSL Expansion Draft

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The National Women’s Soccer League rights to Tobin Heath and Christen Press are now with Racing Louisville FC.

In Thursday evening’s NWSL Expansion Draft, Louisville decided to take Portland and Utah up on their offers and select the rights to the two U.S. national team stars. Heath and Press, whose rights were left unprotected by the Thorns and Royals, respectively, are currently over in England, playing for Manchester United in the FAWSL.

Racing Louisville made two other surprising picks, taking the rights to Australians Alanna Kennedy and Caitlin Foord. Both are currently playing in the FAWSL: Kennedy for Tottenham (on loan from Orlando), and Foord for Arsenal.

In total, Louisville made 14 picks, including two goalkeepers, five defenders, four midfielders, and three forwards. The Chicago Red Stars were exempt from the draft after trading Savannah McCaskill, Yuki Nagasato, a first-round pick in 2021 and an international slot in 2021 and 2022 to Louisville in exchange for immunity.

Full list of Expansion Draft picks:

Name/ Position/ Team acquired from:

Addisyn Merrick / Defender / North Carolina Courage

Julia Ashley / Defender / OL Reign

Jennifer Cudjoe / Midfielder / Sky Blue FC

Cece Kizer / Forward / Houston Dash

Katie Lund / Goalkeeper / Washington Spirit

Alanna Kennedy / Defender / Orlando Pride

Lauren Milliet / Midfielder / North Carolina Courage

Kaleigh Riehl / Defender / Sky Blue FC

Caitlin Foord / Midfielder / Orlando Pride

Katie McClure / Forward / Washington Spirit

Erin Simon / Defender / Houston Dash

Michelle Betos / Goalkeeper / OL Reign

Tobin Heath / Midfielder / Portland Thorns

Christen Press / Forward / Utah Royals


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