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NWSL 2022 Summer Transfer Tracker

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 Mexico 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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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 of the Women’s Serie A, which involves an “agreed upon transfer.” (June 27, 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.”

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.

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.

San Diego Wave FC moves

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.

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