Looking for National Women’s Soccer League news on who signed where or who got traded this summer? Check back for updates here on all the transactions. Trades and major signings are on top but scroll down past the break for a team-by-team rundown of comings and goings. For our 2022 offseason tracker, please see here!
The summer transfer window remains open through August 23.
Angel City FC moves
Angel City receives international roster spot from OL Reign (June 9, 2022): Angel City FC will have another international roster spot for the 2022 season, after sending $40,000 to OL Reign. Currently, Angel City currently has four international players signed: Jun Endo from Japan, Vanessa Gillies from Canada, Stefany Ferrer Van Ginkel from Brazil and Miri Taylor from England.
Angel City FC acquires forward Sydney Leroux (June 29, 2022): Angel City FC has acquired Sydney Leroux in a trade with the Orlando Pride. The Pride will receive $75,000 in allocation money and Angel City’s natural first-round pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft. Meanwhile, the Pride will also receive an “additional $10,000 in allocation money in 2022 and another $10,000 in 2023 if Leroux meets certain performance-based criteria.”
Angel City FC signs 2022 NWSL Expansion Draft pick Claire Emslie (July 7, 2022): Angel City signed the Scottish forward through the 2022 season. “She is a player who has good experience in the NWSL and superior versatility as a forward in our strategy,” Eni Aluko, Angel City sporting director, said. “Claire has scored some notable goals for Everton and Scotland this season and we hope she continues this trend with us. We welcome yet another true professional and great person to our positive player culture.”
Angel City FC loans goalkeeper Maia Pérez to Grand Paris Seine Ouest 92 Issy in France (July 28, 2022): The loan lasts for “one calendar year” and stated that Pérez will be the team’s “starting goalkeeper” for Issy when their season kicks off in August.
Chicago Red Stars moves
Chicago Red Stars make transaction with Gotham (May 19, 2022): The Chicago Red Stars received a 2022 international roster spot in a trade with NJ/NY Gotham FC. Meanwhile, Gotham received a 2023 international roster spot and $20,000 in Allocation Money.
Sarah Luebbert returns from loan (May 29, 2022): The Chicago Red Stars announced that Sarah Luebbert has returned from her one-year loan with Liga MX Femenil side Club América. Luebbert’s eligibility began on June 1, the start of the transfer window.
Kelsey Dossey signed as a replacement player for the Chicago Red Stars (July 30, 2022): Move comes after an injury to goalkeeper Emily Boyd.
Houston Dash moves
Ebony Salmon acquired via trade with Racing Louisville (June 27, 2022): Salmon has signed through the 2023 season with Houston. Meanwhile, Racing Louisville will receive $150,000 in Allocation Money in 2022, along with $25,000 in 2023. Meanwhile, Racing will also receive $15,000 in performance-based incentives in 2022.
Houston Dash sign four NT replacement players (June 28, 2022): The Houston Dash have added midfielders Meagan Rosa, Kayla Hamric and Haley Berg, and also defender Machaela George as national team replacement players. Rosa was previously with the Dash in 2020, on the Challenge Cup-winning team.
Rachel Daly transferred to Aston Villa (August 9, 2022): Daly has joined FA WSL side Aston Villa, with the two sides coming to terms on an “undisclosed fee” transfer. Daly recently won the UEFA Women’s EURO with England and initiated the move to be closer to her family.
Dash re-sign defender Katie Naughton to three-year deal (August 11, 2022).
The Houston Dash have acquired $75,000 in allocation money and a natural second round pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft from the Orlando Pride (August 18, 2022): Orlando receives midfielder Haley Hanson in the trade.
The Dash acquired Caprice Dydasco from Gotham (August 19, 2022): They sent $120,000 in allocation money to Gotham and will send an additional $10,000 for each playoff match that Dydasco plays in 2022.
Valérie Gauvin acquired via trade with North Carolina Courage (August 23, 2022): The Courage receives $25,000 in allocation money and a conditional 2024 second-round draft pick.
Houston Dash sign defender Tiernny Wiltshire through the 2022 season (August 25, 2022).
Kansas City Current moves
Kansas City acquires Cece Kizer and Addisyn Merrick (June 9): Racing Louisville has completed a trade with Racing Louisville, acquiring forward Cece Kizer and defender Addisyn Merrick. Kansas City has sent $150,000 in Allocation Money — and will send an extra $25,000 in Allocation Money should Kizer “meet certain performance-based criteria” — and an international roster spot for both 2022 and 2023.
Kansas City signs Claire Lavogez (July 20, 2022): Former Lyon and French women’s national team player Claire Lavogez signed through the 2023 season, with a club option for 2024, after spending the entirety of her career in France.
Samantha Mewis placed on season-ending injury list for the 2022 NWSL season (August 5, 2022).
The Current have acquired $200,000 in allocation money and a 2023 first-round draft pick from Gotham FC (August 22, 2022): The New Jersey/New York club received Canadian international Victoria Pickett.
NJ/NY Gotham FC moves
Gotham trades with Chicago Red Stars: Gotham FC has acquired a 2023 international roster spot and $20,000 in Allocation Money from the Chicago Red Stars. Meanwhile, the Red Stars received a 2022 international roster spot.
Gotham signs Taylor Smith (June 24, 2022): Gotham has claimed Taylor Smith, defender, off waivers. Gotham did not announce how long Smith has signed with the team for. “Taylor is going to add another veteran presence to our team,” Gotham FC General Manager Yael Averbuch West said in a press release. “She’s accomplished and versatile and has championship experience, which will go a long way as we continue to shape our culture.”
Gotham signs Jenna Bike to full NWSL contract (August 5, 2022): Bike was originally signed to a national team replacement player contract, but signed through the 2022 season with a club option for 2023.
Gotham gets $120,000 in allocation money plus $10,000 for each playoff game Dydasco plays in for the Dash in 2022 (August 19, 2022): Houston receives 2021 NWSL Defender of the Year Caprice Dydasco.
Gotham acquires Canadian international Victoria Pickett from Kansas City (August 22, 2022): The Current received $200,000 in allocation money and a 2023 first-round draft pick.
Gotham signs Brazilian international and defender Bruninha through the 2023 NWSL season (August 23, 2022).
North Carolina Courage moves
Taylor Smith and Courage agree to mutually part ways (June 21, 2022): According to the club, the split between Smith and the Courage was mutual. “We wish Taylor all the best and thank her for all she has done for the Courage on and off the field,” Chief Soccer Officer Curt Johnson said in a press release.
NC Courage sign Fuka Nagano (July 12, 2022): The club signed the 23-year-old Japanese midfielder through the 2022 season with an option for 2023.
North Carolina re-signs captain Abby Erceg through 2023 (August 3, 2022): Erceg’s deal is through the 2023 season, with a club option for 2024. In a press release, North Carolina head coach Sean Nahas said that Erceg is a “staple for us and someone who has always held the standards of what it takes to be a Courage player. As a club we wanted to make sure we were able to have her here long-term to continue to build on the foundation she has already helped to create.”
North Carolina waives forward Jorian Baucom (August 3, 2022): North Carolina stated the waiving came for Baucom to “pursue a playing opportunity overseas.”
Courage waive midfielder Haleigh Stackpole (August 10, 2022).
Merritt Mathias resigns with the Courage on an extension through 2023 with an option for 2024 (August 19, 2022).
English forward Millie Farrow signs with the Courage through 2023 (August 21, 2022): Farrow joins the NWSL boasting six seasons of experience in the FA Women’s Soccer League as well as having represented England at the U-19 and U-23 levels.
Courage acquires $25,000 in allocation money and conditionally a 2024 second-round pick from Kansas City (August 22, 2022): The Current receives Valérie Gauvin.
Courage sign Danish international Rikke Madsen through the 2023 NWSL season (August 27, 2022).
OL Reign moves
OL Reign acquires allocation money from Angel City (June 9, 2022): OL Reign has received $40,000 in Allocation Money, sending one international spot for 2022 down to Angel City FC. In addition, OL Reign will receive $25,000 of that money in 2022 and $15,000 in 2023.
OL Reign acquires Tobin Heath in trade with Racing (June 16, 2022): Tobin Heath has officially joined OL Reign, as first reported by The Equalizer and made official on Thursday, June 16. Racing Louisville traded her rights to OL Reign, receiving $50,000 in Allocation Money, a second-round pick and a fourth-round pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft.
Zsani Kaján loaned to ACF Fiorentina (July 27, 2022): Loan involves an “agreed upon transfer.”
Phallon Tullis-Joyce re-signs with OL Reign (July 6, 2022): The goalkeeper has signed through the 2024 season on a contract extension.
OL Reign signs Ryanne Brown to a long-term contract through the 2023 season (July 29, 2022): Brown is being loaned to FC Nordsjælland in Denmark to “further her opportunity to develop,” the Reign announced. Also, Alyssa Malonson has been loaned to the same club.
OL Reign acquires $30,000 in allocation money and acquires Racing Louisville’s fourth-round pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft (August 1, 2022): In exchange, OL Reign sends the playing rights of Wang Shuang to Racing Louisville.
OL Reign acquires $125,000 in allocation money in a trade with the Orlando Pride (August 15, 2022): OL Reign sends forward Ally Watt to Orlando.
OL Reign signs forward Jodi Ulkekul through the 2022 NWSL season (August 17, 2022).
Orlando Pride moves
Orlando Pride signs midfielder Thais Reiss (June 13, 2022): Pride sign Reiss through the 2022 season. She began the season as a training player. Reiss is from Brazil and plays as a midfielder.
Orlando Pride trades Sydney Leroux to Angel City (June 29, 2022): Angel City FC acquired Sydney Leroux, forward, in exchange for Angel City’s first-round pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft. Also, “Orlando will receive ACFC’s natural first-round pick in 2024, $75,000 in allocation money, plus the potential for an additional $10,000 allocation money in 2022 and another $10,000 in 2023 if Leroux meets certain performance-based criteria.”
Orlando signs forward Haley Bugeja (July 1, 2022): Haley Bugeja, from Malta, signed with the Orlando Pride through the 2023 season. The 18-year-old arrives from US Sassuolo in the Italian Serie A.
Orlando Pride and Angharad James agree to mutually terminate contract (July 28, 2022): The Irish midfielder joined the Pride ahead of the 2022 season via a trade. “We’d like to thank Haz for all of her contributions to the Pride this season,” Ian Fleming, Pride general manager, said. “We are happy we are able to accommodate her personal desire to return to Europe and wish her the best of luck in the next step of her career.”
Orlando Pride acquires forward Ally Watt in trade with OL Reign (August 15, 2022): Orlando sends $125,000 in allocation money to OL Reign.
Orlando Pride acquires midfielder Haley Hanson in trade with Houston Dash (August 18, 2022): In return, the Dash receive Orlando’s second round pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft, and $75,000 in allocation money.
Abi Kim waived by the Orlando Pride (August 24, 2022).
Orlando Pride midfielder Viviana Villacorta placed on season-ending injury list following ankle surgery (September 8, 2022).
Portland Thorns FC moves
Portland signs three NT replacement players (June 28, 2022): The Portland Thorns have added midfielder Katy Byrne, forward Jada Talley and Cheyenne Shorts as national team replacement players. Talley previously was rostered with the Kansas City Current, while Byrne was in Hungary with DVTK and Shorts featured for Celtic FC Women in Scotland.
Portland Thorns trade for defender Tegan McGrady, sending defender Madison Pogarch to San Diego (July 25, 2022).
Portland Thorns re-sign Kelli Hubly and Emily Menges to new contracts (July 26, 2022): Both players have signed through the 2024 season, with a club option for 2025. Menges has been with Portland since being drafted in 2014, while Hubly has been with the club since 2017.
Portland Thorns extend Michele Vasconcelos’ contract through the 2022 NWSL season (July 29, 2022).
Racing Louisville FC moves
Racing signs Satara Murray (May 16, 2022): Jamaican international Satara Murray has signed with Racing Louisville on a two-year contract with a club option for 2024. Murray was born in Brooklyn, New York, which means she will not need an international roster spot. Murray joins from Bristol City FC in England, where she made 22 appearances in the 2021-22 FA WSL season. Murray made her Jamaica debut in October 2021 and is on the preliminary roster for the Concacaf W Championship in July.
Cece Kizer and Addisyn Merrick traded to Kansas City (June 9, 2022): The two Racing Louisville players are heading home. Cece Kizer and Addisyn Merrick, both originally from the Kansas City area, requested traded, according to head coach Kim Björkegren. In return, Racing Louisville will receive $150,000 in Allocation Money, an international slot for 2022 and 2023 and an extra $25,000 in Allocation Money, should Kizer “meet certain performance-based criteria” with Kansas City.
Racing Louisville waives Erin Simon: The defender is “making plans to continue her playing career elsewhere,” according to the club.
Racing Louisville trades the playing rights to Tobin Heath to OL Reign (June 16, 2022): Racing Louisville will receive two picks in the 2023 NWSL Draft: a second-round and fourth-round pick, respectively. Also, Racing Louisville has acquired $50,000 in Allocation Money.
Racing Louisville acquires Allocation Money in trade with Houston (June 27, 2022): The Houston Dash have received forward Ebony Salmon. Racing Louisville has obtained $150,000 in Allocation Money in 2022, with an additional $25,000 in 2023. Also, Racing will receive $15,000 if performance based incentives are met in 2022.
Thembi Kgatlana transfers from Atletico Madrid (July 6, 2022): The South African international has signed off a transfer with Atletico Madrid to Racing Louisville through the 2023 season, with a club option for 2024.
Racing Louisville signs Zaneta Wyne through the 2023 season (July 27, 2022): In addition, Racing Louisville FC has announced that Sh’Nia Gordon and Taylor Otto have left the club to pursue playing opportunities in Europe. Also, national team replacement players Hannah Adler, Isabella Beletic and Allison Whitfield have departed.
Racing Louisville FC acquires the playing rights to Wang Shuang (August 1, 2022): In exchange, Louisville sent $30,000 in allocation money and their fourth-round pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft to OL Reign.
Racing Louisville FC signs Wang Shuang (August 10, 2022): The Chinese international signed a contract through the 2023 NWSL season. “We expect that Wang will help us with assists and goals, of course, but at the end of the day we also believe she will help us achieve better results. She fits into this group as a team-first player. We can’t wait to see what she can do in our shirt,” Racing head coach Kim Björkegren said in a press release.
Racing Louisville signs goalkeeper Kelsey Daugherty off a free transfer (August 15, 2022): Daugherty joins from Djurgårdens IF in Sweden, signing a deal with Racing through the 2023 season.
Swedish midfielder Freja Olofsson signs with Real Madrid from Racing Louisville FC (September 7, 2022): Sources tell The Equalizer’s Jeff Kassouf that Real Madrid paid a six-figure transfer fee for Olofsson, who has been with Racing since 2021.
San Diego Wave FC moves
San Diego Wave acquires defender Madison Pogarch in trade with Portland, sending defender Tegan McGrady to the Thorns (July 25, 2022).
San Diego Wave sign forward Jackie Altschuld through the 2022 season (August 25, 2022).
Washington Spirit moves
Morgan Goff announces retirement (June 23, 2022): Washington Spirit defender/midfielder Morgan Goff announced her retirement at the age of 24. Goff was with the team for 2021 and 2022, winning the NWSL Championship last season. “My decision to retire early was long and deliberated. I knew it was time for soccer to take a back seat and move forward with the next dream,” Goff said, via a Washington press release.
Washington Spirit announces that Emily Sonnett has been placed on the season-ending injury list (August 25, 2022).
Washington Spirit announces the signings of Marissa Sheva, midfielder, and Audrey Harding, forward, through the 2022 NWSL season (August 25, 2022).
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