Looking for National Women’s Soccer League news on who signed where or who got traded this offseason? 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.
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Angel City FC ● Chicago Red Stars ● Houson Dash ● Kansas City Current ● NJ/NY Gotham FC ● North Carolina Courage ● OL Reign ● Orlando Pride ● Portland Thorns FC ● Racing Louisville FC ● San Diego Wave FC ● Washington Spirit
Angel City FC moves
Angel City announces end-of-season roster moves (Nov. 15, 2022): The contracts for rookies Hope Breslin, Miri Taylor, and Katie Cousins, as well as international recruits Almuth Schult and Steffany Ferrer Van Ginkel, have not been renewed. In addition, Goalkeeper Maia Pérez has opted to retire from soccer and will not return to the club next season.
Free Agent Jasmyne Spencer re-signs with Angel City (Dec. 5, 2022): The LA fan favorite and ten-year NWSL veteran signed a new two-year deal, with an option for a third year.
Defender Megan Reid signs one-year contract with Angel City (Dec. 7, 2022): After playing every single minute of the 2022 NWSL season Reid became Angel City’s first ever iron woman and is expected to once again play an important role on the backline.
Veteran defender Paige Nielsen signs two-year contract extension (Dec. 15, 2022): Angel City selected Nielsen in the fourth round of the 2022 NWSL Expansion Draft, and she started 14 of 20 matches in 2022, missing several matches due to injury. Prior to her time in LA Nielsen played a crucial role in helping the Washington Spirit to their first ever NWSL Championship in 2021.
Merritt Mathias joins Angel City via trade with North Carolina Courage (Jan. 20, 2023): Angel City executed a player-for-player trade with North Carolina, sending forward Tyler Lussi, who played fullback last season, to the Courage in exchange for veteran fullback Merritt Mathias.
Angel City trades midfielder Cari Roccaro to Chicago and receives $65,000 in allocation money in return (Jan. 25, 2023).
Midfielder/forward Katie Johnson signs two-year contract with Angel City (Jan. 26, 2023): After playing the 2022 season with her new team’s California rivals, San Diego Wave, Johnson was a free agent. The former Mexican women’s national team player chose to spend her upcoming sixth season with Angel City, signing a two-year deal with no additional option.
Angel City signs goalkeeper Angelina Anderson to one-year contract (Jan. 27, 2023): Anderson was selected 27th overall in the 2023 NWSL Draft out of University of California, Berkeley.
Angel City loans defender Allyson Swaby to Paris Saint-Germain (Jan. 30, 2023): The Jamaican international defender has joined the French club on loan for six months, according to Angel City. “Allyson will always be part of Angel City history as a member of our inaugural squad,” ACFC General Manager Angela Hucles Mangano said. “We are continuously looking for ways to develop our players and provide them with opportunities here and abroad, including this one with a storied club like PSG. We know she will make an impact there, and we look forward to her return in the summer.”
Angel City signs midfielder Mackenzie Pluck to a one-year deal (March 1, 2023): Mackenzie Pluck, an alum of Duke University in the ACC, has signed a one-year deal with Angel City FC. “Playing professionally has been a dream of mine for a long time,” Pluck said, via a press release. “I’m beyond grateful for this opportunity with Angel City, and I’m honored to play for a club with such ambition and excellence both on and off the field. I’m excited to compete at the highest level and cannot wait for the journey ahead.”
Chicago Red Stars moves
Red Stars send Chelsia Dawber and Sarah Griffith on loan to Australian A-League Women’s teams (Oct. 31, 2022): Chelsie Dawber, will return to play with Adelaide United FC until May 4, 2023, while midfielder Sarah Griffith will join Newcastle Jets FC until April 6, 2023.
Chicago re-signs Yuki Nagasato through 2023 (Nov. 11, 2022): The Chicago Red Stars have re-signed midfield stalwart Yuki Nagasato through the 2023 season, with a club option for 2024. Nagasato, the Japanese international, featured for Chicago from 2017-2022, spent one season in Louisville and then returned to Chicago. “Yuki Nagasato is an experienced player in this league and she exudes professionalism in every aspect of the game, on and off the field,” Michelle Lomnicki, Red Stars associate general manager, said. “She is an essential part of this team and we are excited to bring her back to Chicago.”
Arin Wright re-signs with the Chicago Red Stars (Nov. 15, 2022): Arin Wright, who has played her entire career with the Chicago Red Stars, has re-signed with the club on a two-year deal, through the 2024 season. Wright was drafted with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2015 NWSL Draft. “She has every quality you want around the team and the club: Passionate, hardworking, quality leadership, community driven and a force on the field. Arin’s leadership and voice will be important for the club as we rebuild the team culture to guide us into the future,” Michelle Lomnicki, Red Stars associate general manager, said.
Chicago announces offseason departures (Dec. 1, 2022): Directly from the Chicago Red Stars — “Midfielders Danielle Colaprico and Morgan Gautrat, and forward Rachel Hill have informed the Chicago Red Stars that they do not plan to re-sign with the club. The three became free agents following the 2022 NWSL season and will pursue playing options elsewhere.”
Chicago announces departure of captain Vanessa DiBernardo (Dec. 6, 2022): Vanessa DiBernardo, a player who has spent has her entire career in the United States with the Chicago Red Stars, announced she will not return to the club for the 2023 season. DiBernardo joined the Red Stars in 2011, during the team’s days in the WPSL. “I’m thankful to many people who have supported me on my journey, but I especially want to thank my teammates for making my time in Chicago so special,” DiBernardo said, via a press release. “I’m also grateful for the staff who pushed me to be the best player I could be. And finally, I want to thank the fans. You’ve been through a lot with us over the years, and if it wasn’t for your constant support, we wouldn’t be where we are today. I have faith this club is headed in the right direction, and I will be cheering it on from afar.”
Veteran midfielder Sarah Woldmoe announces retirement (Dec. 6, 2022): Sarah Woldmoe missed the 2022 season on maternity leave and gave birth to her son on Aug. 6. She was set to become a free agent this offseason but announced via the Sun-Times that she is retiring from professional soccer.
Tatumn Milazzo extends contract with Chicago through 2024 (Dec. 12, 2022): Tatumn Milazzo, a candidate for NWSL Defender of the Year, has re-signed with the Chicago Red Stars, extending her previous contract. Milazzo signed a two-year deal with a club option for 2025. “This past season Tatumn showed that she has the ability to be one of the premier defenders in our league,” Associate General Manager Michelle Lomnicki said. “She did the work to develop her game and as we move forward, I’m confident she will continue to grow as a player and as a leader for this team.”
Sarah Luebbert transferred to Club América Femenil (Dec. 14, 2022): Late on Tuesday night and into the early hours of Wednesday morning, Sarah Luebbert was announced to be transferred to Club América Femenil. This is Luebbert’s second stint in México, joining Club América on loan from the Red Stars for the 2021-2022 seasons. She scored nine goals in 27 appearances. According to the Red Stars, Luebbert’s return to Club América Femenil is on an “agreed upon transfer fee.”
Zoe Morse departs Chicago, signs with Brighton and Hove Albion (Jan. 8, 2023): On Sunday, the Red Stars announced that defender Zoe Morse – whose contract ended in 2022 – will not return to Chicago. Instead, Morse will join 11th place Brighton in the FA Women’s Super League on an 18-month contract. The 24-year-old was drafted by the Red Stars in 2020 and was a mainstay on the Red Stars back line in 2022, as she started 22 regular-season games.
Addie McCann signs with Chicago on a two-year deal (Jan. 10, 2023): Addie McCann, who spent time in the Midwest with the Kansas City Current, has joined the Chicago Red Stars through the 2024 NWSL season. The deal also includes an option for 2025. She was picked up by Chicago on the league’s waiver wire. “Addie is a young and talented player. She has the ability to both score and create goals. We’re looking forward to her joining our team,” head coach Chris Petrucelli said.
Chicago signs Jenna Bike to two-year contract (Jan. 11, 2023): Jenna Bike, who spent the 2021 season with Gotham FC after signing as a national team replacement player, has signed a two-year deal with the Chicago Red Stars, with an option for a third year. “Jenna is a player who brings a strong work ethic to go with her outstanding athletic ability. She can be effective at multiple spots on the field. We look forward to watching her develop,” head coach Chris Petrucelli said.
Chicago signs Brazilian midfielder Julia Bianchi through the 2024 NWSL season (Jan. 25, 2023): Julia Bianchi, who formerly played for Palmeiras in Brazil, has signed with Chicago on a two-year deal. She is waiting on her visa to be approved before joining the Red Stars for preseason camp. Bianchi has made 11 appearances for Brazil’s senior women’s national team.
“It’s a new challenge in my career, I always wanted to play overseas again,” Bianchi said. “I received this proposal from Chicago, I’m very happy, I think this will be very important in my career. It’s a very traditional club in the United States, they had a great season last year, so I’m very happy to be joining the group.”
Chicago acquires midfielder Cari Roccaro in trade with Angel City FC (Jan. 25, 2023): In exchange, Angel City FC received $65,000 in allocation money. “Cari is a fantastic addition for us. She’s a proven winner in this league,” head coach Chris Petrucelli said. “She’ll bring championship experience to our young group. She’s a force physically while being talented technically. We’re looking forward to working with her.”
Chicago signs all three 2023 draft picks (March 20, 2023): The Chicago Red Stars today announced the signing of all three of the team’s draft picks from the 2023 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Draft. Penelope Hocking (Penn State, 7th overall) and Ally Schlegel (Penn State, 23rd overall) were both signed to three-year contracts with a fourth-year option and Sophie Jones (Duke, 43rd overall) was signed to a two-year contract.
Houston Dash moves
Houston Dash announce the re-signing of Sophie Schmidt and Allysha Chapman (Oct. 20, 2022): Sophie Schmidt has re-signed through the 2024 season, on a two-year contract. Meanwhile, her Canadian national team teammate Allysha Chapman re-signed a one-year contract through the 2023 season.
The Dash announce 2022 roster decisions (Nov. 15, 2022): The Dash exercised the contract options for Ella Dederick and Marisa Viggiano. The Dash exercised the option to purchase the contract and make forward Paulina Gramaglia’s transfer permanent, who was on loan from Argentinian club UAI Urquiza. The contract option for Valerie Gauvin was not exercised. Elizabeth Eddy and Cali Farquharson are free agents. Lindsey Harris, Tierrny Wiltshire, and Bri Visalli are out of contract and will not return in 2023. Michelle Alozie, Michaela Abam, Makamae Gomera-Stevens, Kelcie Hedge, Emily Ogle, Ally Prisock, Annika Schmidt and Natalie Jacobs are out of contract and the team is currently in talks with select players about returning for the 2023 season.
Houston Dash re-sign forward Michelle Alozie through 2024 (Dec. 9, 2022): Michelle Alozie, who made 10 appearances during the NWSL regular season, has re-signed with Houston on a two-year deal. “Michelle grew tremendously in her role for us in 2022. She stepped up in high pressure circumstances and proved to us she was up for the task in each situation,” Dash general manager Alex Singer said. “The energy she brings when she steps on the field is electrifying. Her speed and ability to threaten on the attack in addition to the defensive work she commits to through her relentless pressure on the opposition are what makes her important. It is exciting as we know the potential that she has, and I look forward to seeing her development and impact over the next two years.”
Natalie Jacobs re-signs through 2024 with the Houston Dash (Dec. 13, 2022): Natalie Jacobs, a defender, has re-signed with the Houston Dash on a two-year contract. “Natalie brings professionalism and experience to our backline. She can play multiple roles for us and adds versatility, along with tools to join the attack frequently as a defender,” Dash general manager Alex Singer said.
Ally Prisock signs with Houston through the 2024 NWSL season (Dec. 19, 2022): Ally Prisock, a defender, has signed a two-year deal with the Houston Dash organization. Prisock has been with the Dash since 2019, when she was drafted with the No. 12 overall pick in the NWSL Draft. “Ally made strides this year, continues to develop as a player and held down our back line with consistently solid performances,” Dash general manager Alex Singer said. “She played a big role in the team’s success and bringing her back was a priority. I’m so glad she’ll be with us for the future.”
Houston hires former OL Reign assistant Sam Laity as head coach (Dec. 21, 2022). “As we went through the interview process, Sam stood out as the ideal candidate to lead the team. He is a players’ coach with the respect and trust of players, staff, and stakeholders across our league and sport. He has seen the ups and downs through the evolution of the NWSL and knows what it takes to be successful. His deep knowledge of this league is an invaluable asset but most importantly, his values align with the culture we want to build and the competitive product we want to see on the field,” Dash general manager Alex Singer said.
Houston Dash sign goalkeeper Devon Kerr to a one-year deal (Jan. 6, 2023): Devon Kerr, former goalkeeper for the Washington Spirit for three seasons, has joined the Houston Dash through the 2023 NWSL season. This is Kerr’s second stint with the Houston Dash. “It was always my dream to play soccer at the professional level,” Kerr said. “Having the opportunity to re-sign with the club in the city I started this professional journey is another dream come true. It is incredibly special to me.”
Emily Curran (neé Ogle) re-signs with the Dash through 2023 (Jan. 9, 2023): Emily Curran, formerly Ogle, has re-signed with the Houston Dash on a one-year deal with a club option for 2024.
Houston signs former North Carolina midfielder Havana Solaun to a two-year deal (Jan. 11, 2023): The Jamaican international Havana Solaun has signed through the 2024 NWSL season with the Houston Dash. Solaun featured for North Carolina from 2020-22. “She is a dynamic midfielder who can operate box to box, is creative in small spaces, and breaks lines to create opportunities. Even more important, she is a true professional and her character will be an advantage to our group. We look forward to seeing what she does on both sides of the ball and having her join the group,” Dash general manager Alex Singer said.
Houston Dash acquire Diana Ordoñez from North Carolina Courage in a pre-draft trade (Jan. 12, 2023): The Mexican international who had an outstanding rookie season with the Courage requested the trade to be closer to her family. Ordoñez is currently only under contract through the 2023 season. Houston exchanged the eighth overall pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft, their 2024 natural first round pick, a 2023 international spot and $100,000 in allocation money to acquire Ordoñez.
Ryan Gareis re-signs through the 2025 NWSL season with Houston (Jan. 20, 2023): Ryan Gareis, the Houston Dash’s lone selection in the 2022 NWSL Draft, has re-signed with the club on a three-year deal, through the 2025 season. “We are investing in Ryan’s development for the next several years and we are happy she chose to stay in Houston long term,” Dash general manager Alex Singer said. “Her potential is through the roof. The versatility she displayed in her rookie season was important for us, she stepped out of her comfort zone and played both as an outside back and a winger. Her attacking abilities and willingness to learn are qualities we look forward to seeing more of. She is a tremendous teammate with a very bright future.”
Houston acquires defender Courtney Petersen from Orlando (Feb. 1, 2023): In addition, Houston also acquired Orland’s natural third round pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft. Orlando VP of Soccer Operations and General Manager Haley Carter said, ““We’re happy we were able to support Courtney’s transition to a club where she can continue her development as a player and where she’ll have the opportunity to immediately compete for playing time. We worked hard to get this deal done early in the year in order to provide her the time to get situated before the season starts. From the time the Club drafted her back in 2020 through today, Courtney has been a true professional and wonderful teammate. We thank her for everything and wish her nothing but the best as she moves to Houston.”
Houston signs Liga MX Femenil midfielder Bárbara Olivieri to one-year deal (Feb. 7, 2023): Bárbara Olivieri, a midfielder who spent the last season with C.F. Monterrey of Liga MX Femenil, has signed a one-year deal with an option for 2024. A native of Katy, Texas, Olivieri represents the Venezuela women’s national team and featured collegiately at Texas A&M University from 2020-21.
Last year, Olivieri made 19 appearances for Rayadas through all competitions, scoring three goals.
“Bárbara is an exciting young player who brings creativity on the ball as an attacking midfielder and a range to score goals from all over the pitch,” Dash general manager, Alex Singer said. “She can break lines, find space to create and combine with teammates, or create chances for herself. We’re thrilled to bring her back to her hometown and see her development with the club.”
Paulina Gramaglia loaned to Red Bull Bragantino through the remainder of the year (Feb. 10, 2023): The Argentinian international joined Houston permanently at the end of the 2022 NWSL season. She recently signed a one-year deal with an option for 2024. “At 19, Paulina has a big opportunity to earn a spot with Argentina’s squad at the FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer,” Dash general manager Alex Singer said. “Getting her in an environment to play consistent game minutes to prepare her was something we discussed and prioritized as part of our planning to make sure she’s maximizing match play and furthering the opportunity for her development.”
Diana Ordóñez signs three-year deal with Houston Dash (Feb. 17, 2023): Diana Ordóñez, who was traded to the Houston Dash from the North Carolina Courage during the 2023 NWSL Draft, has inked a three-year deal with the Dash through the 2025 season. Ordóñez requested the trade to be closer to her family. Read more about the trade by clicking here. “Diana is a key piece in our style of play and adds another dimension to our attack,” Dash general manager Alex Singer said. “She has all the tools to be one of the best strikers in the world and is dedicated to honing her craft. We’ve been impressed with her desire to improve, commitment to the club, and we look forward to building with her. The organization is thrilled she’s here long term.”
Kansas City Current moves
Kansas City Current announce that Cece Kizer has signed a new contract keeping her at the club through 2024 (Nov. 15, 2022).
The Current announce 2023 roster updates (Nov. 15, 2022): Kansas City exercised the 2023 contract options for Addisyn Merrick, Izzy Rodriguez, Jenna Winebrenner. Addie McCain and Kate Del Fava are out of contract but have received new offers from the club. Taylor Leach is also out of contract. Kristen Edmonds and Desiree Scott are Free Agents and the team hopes to bring both players back to Kansas City for 2023. Jaycie Johnson and Sydney Schneider have been waived and are free to sign with another team. The Current now have 18 players under contract heading into the 2023 season.
Taylor Leech announces her retirement from professional soccer (Nov. 29, 2022): Taylor Leech has announced her retirement. The defender finishes her career with 34 appearances and one goal with Kansas City.
Kansas City signs former Chicago midfielders Morgan Gautrat and Vanessa DiBernardo (Dec. 7, 2022): The dispersal of Chicago Red Stars players continues as Morgan Gautrat and Vanessa DiBernardo have signed with the Kansas City Current. Both players signed a two-year contract. “Morgan and Vanessa are two of the world’s best soccer players and we couldn’t be happier they chose the Kansas City Current,” general manager Camille Levin Ashton said. “They will have an immediate impact on this team and certainly their immense talent, experience and leadership skills fit perfectly with our mission to be the best women’s football club in the world.”
Kansas City extends Hailie Mace through the 2025 NWSL season (Dec. 19, 2022): Hailie Mace, a defender, has signed a three-year contract extension with the Kansas City Courage. “After this last season in Kansas City, it was a no brainer to want to sign on for three more,” Mace said. “This organization is setting the standard for what professional athletes deserve in order to be their best and that is something I want to be a part of! I have grown immensely as a player and person since being here and I only want to continue to do that, as well as bring home a championship.”
Kansas City re-signs defender Kate Del Fava through the 2024 NWSL season (Dec. 20, 2022): Kate Del Fava, a defender, has re-signed with the Kansas City Current on a two-year deal. Del Fava began her NWSL career with the Utah Royals in 2020 and joined the Current in 2021. “What we’ve accomplished over the past two seasons is something I’m incredibly proud to be a part of.” Del Fava said. “I’ve grown so much here in Kansas City as a player and a person. Coming off of an NWSL Championship appearance, I’m so excited to be back with this group and can’t wait to see what the future holds!”
Kansas City signs forward Mimmi Larsson through the 2024 NWSL season (Dec. 22, 2022): Mimmi Larsson, a Swedish international and forward, has signed with the Kansas City Current on a two-year deal. Larsson has spent the last three seasons in her native Sweden with FC Rosengård in the Swedish Damallsvenskan, winning the league in 2020 and 2021. “Mimmi is yet another example of world class players who want to make Kansas City their home. Her experience on the club and international level will make her a great addition to this team. We can’t wait to see her contributions on and off the pitch,” KC general manager Camille Levin Ashton said.
Addie McCain waived by Kansas City Current (Dec. 23, 2022): After one year with the Kansas City Current, Addie McCain and the Current have agreed to mutually part ways. “With her contract set to expire at the end of the year, McCain’s rights were distributed through Tuesday’s waiver wire,” the Current stated in a press release.
Defender Alex Loera signs contract keeping her in Kansas City through 2025 (Jan. 5, 2023): After helping Kansas City to the NWSL Championship in her rookie season Loera earned herself a new three-year contract with the Current.
Debinha signs multi-year deal with Kansas City Current (Jan. 9, 2023): The Kansas City Current have made a splash signing, bringing in Brazilian international Debinha on a two-year contract, with a third-year option. “As a professional athlete, I always want to get better and to be on a competitive team that fights for titles, with excellent professionals,” Debinha said. “I’m sure it will help me in that goal and Kansas City showed that last season. The plan that the club has shown me left me really motivated, because of the entire training facility and the construction of a stadium for a women’s team. All of this made me want to be part of it and made me think about being here today. I’m happy for this new journey that is just beginning.”
Kansas City trades forward Elyse Bennett to OL Reign (Jan. 11, 2023): The Kansas City Current have acquired $150,000 in allocation money from OL Reign. The Current also sent, along with Bennett, the No. 23 overall pick in Thursday’s NWSL Draft.
Current acquire second overall pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft, sending Lynn Williams to Gotham (Jan. 12, 2023): Kansas City used the second overall pick to select one of the brightest young attackers in the game right now, Michelle Cooper, the Duke player who chose to forgo the remainder of her NCAA eligbility to declare for the draft after her sophomore year.
Desiree Scott returns for 2023 NWSL season (Jan. 24, 2023): Desiree Scott was a free agent heading into the 2023 NWSL season, but she has elected to sign a one-year deal with Kansas City. “Desi is an extremely important part of this club, and we are so happy to have her return for the 2023 season,” General Manager Camille Levin Ashton said. “Her leadership and infectious positivity lift up this team, both on the field and off.”
Sam Mewis announces a second surgery to injured knee, is expected to miss 2023 NWSL season and 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup (Jan. 30, 2023): Click on the link to Jeff Kassouf’s article with more information, including Mewis’ full statement.
Current sign rookie forward Michelle Cooper (Feb. 1, 2023): Cooper was the second overall pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft out of Duke University.
Kansas City signs former Bayern Munich and Swedish defender Hanna Glas through 2024 (Feb. 7, 2023): In addition, the Current and Glas have agreed to a mutual option for the 2025 season. “Hanna is a world class defender that has proven herself at both the club and international level,” general manager Camille Levin Ashton said. “She is consistently talked about as one of the best in the world at her position. Her qualities on both sides of the ball, winning mentality, and ambitions aligned with ours and we are thrilled to welcome her to Kansas City.”
NJ/NY Gotham FC moves
Gotham FC loans goalkeeper Hensley Hancuff to Brisbane Roar in Australia (Oct. 11, 2022): Hancuff will compete in the 2022-23 Liberty A-League season. She will join the Australian side in November and return ahead of the 2023 NWSL season, according to Gotham.
Gotham FC announces four players who will not return for 2023 (Oct. 14, 2022): The club announces that Domi Richardson, Nicole Baxter, Jennifer Cudjoe, and Kumi Yokoyama will not re-sign for the 2023 season.
Gotham FC re-signs defender Taylor Smith to a three-year contract (Oct. 17, 2022): Smith, who joined Gotham in June, signed through the 2025 NWSL season. She started 15 of her 18 appearances for Gotham in the second-half of the season.
Gotham FC re-signs Ifeoma Onumonu to a three-year contract (Oct. 25, 2022): Onumonu re-signed through the 2025 season. “It’s been a journey already with this club and I’m looking forward to many more years competing to be the best team in the NWSL,” Onumonu said. “The club and community around me has truly made me feel valued as a player. Although this past year has been a difficult one, the fans never left our side. I’m happy to be fighting for this club and excited about what we’ll be able to accomplish together.”
Gotham FC names Juan Carlos Amorós as the club’s next head coach, signing him to a three-year contract (Nov. 1, 2022).
Gotham re-signs defender Mandy Freeman to a two-year contract (Nov. 3, 2022): Freeman, who has been with Gotham since 2017, has re-signed through the 2024 season. “In my six seasons with this club, I have seen the growth and believe in the potential for us to be great. We have the best fans who show up for us every day, and we get to represent the amazing and diverse people of New York and New Jersey,” she said.
Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris announces her retirement from professional soccer (Nov. 14, 2022): Ashlyn Harris, a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup winner and the NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year in 2016, has announced her retirement from professional soccer. Harris made the announcement at an event in New York City.
Gotham announce batch of offseason moves (Nov. 15, 2022): New contracts were offered to Sabrina Flores, Paige Monaghan, Delanie Sheehan. The club exercised 2023 contract options for Taryn Torres, Ellie Jean, Kelly Ann Livingstone, and Hensley Hancuff. McCall Zerboni and Estelle Johnson are currently out of contract with the club and are free agents.
Gotham signs goalkeeper Abby Smith to a three-year contract (Nov. 28, 2022): Abby Smith, who recently won the 2022 NWSL Championship with the Portland Thorns, has signed a three-year contract, through the 2025 NWSL season, with Gotham FC. Gotham recently announced the retirement of goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. Also on roster is veteran Michelle Betos and Hensley Hancuff. Smith signed as a free agent, saying: “I couldn’t be more excited about my decision to join Gotham FC. This experience has been educational and empowering. I feel so fortunate to be amongst the first class of athletes in the NWSL to benefit from the new CBA’s free agency policy. Gotham FC made their feelings known immediately and I was so impressed by their support and professionalism throughout the entire process. This organization values its players and its community, and those two qualities are most important to me. I can’t wait to come to New Jersey and get to work on the field and in my new community.”
Kristen Edmonds signs a two-year deal with Gotham FC (Dec. 1, 2022): Kristen Edmonds, longtime NWSL defender, has signed with her hometown club, NJ/NY Gotham FC. Edmonds hails from Metuchen, New Jersey. “I’ve worked really hard for a long time and I’ve fought for this dream with a lot of passion all over the world and this country. It all started in New Jersey, and to come full circle with my family in the stands for all of our home games is something super special to me,” Edmonds said.
Gotham signs defender Nealy Martin to one-year contract (Dec. 8, 2022): Nealy Martin, a defender, is heading north. Martin has signed a one-year contract, with a club option for 2024, with Gotham FC. Martin was picked up on the end-of-the-season waiver wire.
Victoria Pickett re-signs with Gotham FC on three-year deal (Dec. 22, 2022): Gotham FC locked down Canadian midfielder Victoria Pickett, signing her to a three-year deal through the 2025 NWSL season, with a mutual option for a fourth season in 2026. For more, read Jenna Tonelli’s full story on the signing.
In a pair of major trades Gotham acquires midfielder Yazmeen Ryan and the second overall pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft (Jan. 5, 2023): In a three team trade with the Portland Thorns and Angel City, Gotham ended up with NWSL Champion midfielder Yazmeen Ryan and $250,000 in allocation money, sending the number one overall pick to Angel City. In a separate trade, Gotham acquired the second overall pick from the Orlando Pride in exchange for $350,000 in allocation money and Gotham’s natural fourth round pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft.
Mandy (McGlynn) Haught re-signs with Gotham through the 2024 NWSL season (Jan. 6, 2022): To see further details about the signing, check out Jenna Tonnelli’s full story.
Gotham acquire fourth overall pick in 2023 NWSL Draft in exchange for Paige Monoghan and more (Jan. 12, 2023): Paige Monoghan requested a trade so honoring that Gotham sent the attacker along with $150,000 in allocation money and one 2023 international slot to Racing Louisville, to recieve the fourth overall pick. The pick was then used to select Florida State attacker and MAC Hermann award finalist Jenna Nighswonger. Afterward GM Yael Averbuch West said “we acquired the fourth pick specifically with the aim of adding Jenna to our team. She is a player who we feel will adapt quickly to NWSL, has enormous potential, and fits well into what we are building.”
Gotham acquire forward Lynn Williams in draft day trade with Kansas City Current (Jan. 12, 2023): In order to acquire the very accomplished, multiple time NWSL Champion, and USWNT member, Gotham sent the second overall pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft to the Current.
Veteran midfielder McCall Zerboni to return to Gotham for 2023 season (Jan. 13, 2023): On her new contract Zerboni said “I am very motivated to help make Gotham FC a highly competitive fútbol club for this upcoming 2023 season… I believe in this squad so much and want to serve the fans and my teammates with a year they will never forget.”
Gotham re-signs midfielder Delanie Sheehan to a two-year contract (Jan. 13, 2023): Sheehan joined Gotham after being picked No. 33 overall in the 2021 NWSL Draft. The former UCLA standout recently completed a loan to Paris FC and re-signed with Gotham through the 2024 NWSL season.
Gotham waives forward Cameron Tucker (Jan. 18, 2023).
Gotham officially signs Kelley O’Hara to a two-year deal (Jan. 25, 2023): For all information regarding this signing, check out Jenna Tonelli’s story.
Gotham signs Icelandic international Svava Rós Guðmundsdóttir through 2024 NWSL season (Jan. 27, 2023): Guðmundsdóttir signed a two-year contract with Gotham FC. She spent the 2022 season with SK Brann, scoring six goals in 22 matches.
“Svava is a versatile forward with the ability to score and create goals,” Gotham head coach Juan Carlos Amorós said. “She occupies the back line and constantly applies pressure. She has the knowledge to understand different moments of the game and the physical ability to get behind the opposition back line and be effective in the box. Svava also has a lot of valuable experience in international competitions. She is a team player and I’m confident she will help us in our growth as a team at Gotham FC.”
Gotham signs Yazmeen Ryan to a three-year contract with a one-year option (Feb. 21, 2023): Yazmeen Ryan, who was traded to Gotham earlier in the offseason after spending time in Portland, has signed a three-year deal, with an option for 2026. I believe I fit perfectly with our club because I perform my best when my back is against the wall. I’m excited to be here as the vision for Gotham FC comes to life. It also means a lot that the club has shown their belief in me and wanted me in New York-New Jersey for many years to come. It’s extremely motivating and I’m really excited to go on this journey with Gotham FC,” Ryan said.
Gotham signs Margaret “Midge” Purce to a multi-year contract (March 6, 2023): Midge Purce signed a new contract through 2024 with a mutual option for the 2025 NWSL season. For more information about this signing, check out Jenna Tonelli’s story.
North Carolina Courage moves
North Carolina Courage declines the 2023 season option on defender Jaelene Daniels (Oct. 17, 2022): North Carolina announces that Daniels is an “unrestricted free agent.”
Katie Bowen granted “early” release from contract (Nov. 3, 2022): The Courage announce that Bowen, a native of New Zealand, has been released to sign with Melbourne City in the Australian A-League Women.
Tess Boade goes on loan in Australia (Nov. 14, 2022): Tess Boade, a midfielder and forward, joined Western Sydney Wanderers on loan through February 2023.
Courage announce initital offseason roster moves (Nov. 15, 2022): The team options for the 2023 season were picked up for seven players so Courage fans will see the return of Marissa Bova, Kaleigh Kurtz, Tess Boade, Emily Gray, Fuka Nagano, Frankie Tagliaferri, and Diana Ordoñez. They chose not to exercise the option on Jaelene Daniels while agreeing to mutual contract terminations with Rylee Baisden and Katie Bowen. Casey Murphy, Katelyn Rowland, Ryan Williams, Debinha, Brianna Pinto and Meredith Speck and Brittany Ratcliffe are currently out of contract with the club, but negotiations are ongoing. The Courage currently retain the NWSL rights to Murphy, Pinto and Williams while Debinha, Ratcliffe, Rowland and Speck are NWSL free agents.
Kaleigh Kurtz re-signs through 2025 season (Nov. 28, 2022): Kaleigh Kurtz has re-signed with the North Carolina Courage on a three-year deal. According to the Courage, Kurtz “had a club option for 2023, which was exercised, but the two sides have agreed to a long-term deal.”
Estelle Johnson signs with North Carolina (Dec. 2, 2022): Estelle Johnson, a defender, has signed a two-year deal through the 2024 NWSL season with the North Carolina Courage. Johnson has been with Gotham FC (formerly Sky Blue FC) since 2019, formerly featuring for the Western New York Flash (2013) and Washington Spirit (2015-18). “It’s great to be able to add Estelle through free agency. What an impressive career she has had thus far. She is an important addition to our talented pool of defenders and will bring valuable NWSL and international experience, both on the field and in the locker room,” Chief Soccer Officer Curt Johnson said.
Meredith Speck re-signs with North Carolina (Dec. 6, 2022): Meredith Speck, a free agent who has spent her entire career with the Courage organization, beginning with the WNY Flash, has signed a new two-year deal keeping her in North Carolina through 2024. Head coach Sean Nahas said “she is someone who embodies what it means to be a Courage player: tireless work rate, positive attitude, growth mindset, and always willing to do whatever the team needs. She had one of her best years as a pro last season, stepping up in critical moments for our team, and will continue to develop. We are excited to have her back.”
Debinha officially informs North Carolina she will not return in 2023 (Dec. 22, 2022): Debinha, after six seasons with the Courage, has elected not to sign with the club as a free agent. For more, read Rachael Kriger’s full story on the decision.
North Carolina re-signs goalkeeper Casey Murphy to three-year contract (Jan. 3, 2023): Casey Murphy isn’t going anywhere. The North Carolina Courage and U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper has re-signed with the Courage through the 2025 season on a guaranteed contract.
Midfielder Brianna Pinto signs new three-year deal with Courage (Jan. 5, 2023): The local Cary product is set to stay home through 2025 after signing a new contract. “I am beyond excited to return to my hometown club and grow with the NC Courage over the next three years. This world-class environment has an incredible staff that pushes each player to their potential. I love North Carolina because it has developed me into the person and player I have become today,” Pinto said.
Courage receives first-round picks and allocation money in trade with Houston Dash (Jan. 12, 2023): In honoring a request from standout rookie Diana Ordóñez the Courage sent her and the 30th overall pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft to the Houston Dash in exchange for the 2023 eighth overall pick, Houston’s 2024 natural first round pick, a 2023 international spot and $100,000 in allocation money. North Carolina subsequently used the eighth pick to select defensive midfielder and Cal Bear Sydney Collins.
Defender Ryan Williams signs new three-year contract with the Courage (Jan. 19, 2023): The outside back was picked 40th overall by North Carolina in the 2018 NWSL Draft and has spent her entire career since with the Courage. After a breakout 2022 season Williams earned herself a spot with the team through 2025. In 2022 she set career-highs for games played (18), games started (10), minutes played (988) and assists (3), also playing an important role in the team’s Challenge Cup title run.
Tyler Lussi joins Courage via trade with Angel City FC (Jan. 20, 2023): North Carolina executed a player-for-player trade with Angel City FC, sending fullback Merritt Mathias to the Los Angeles side in exchange for forward Tyler Lussi, who played fullback last season.
Courage sign Mille Gejl Jensen through the 2024 NWSL season (Jan. 20, 2023): North Carolina’s newest signing is from Denmark and signed a two-year contract with the two-time NWSL champions. I have heard really great things about the club, the staff, the supporters, and the talented group of players in the team. It sounds like a strong, professional environment with the best opportunities to develop and I’m really looking forward to meeting up with the team and getting to play in front of all the fantastic supporters,” Gejl said.
Brittany Ratcliffe re-signs with North Carolina through the 2023 NWSL season (Jan. 23, 2023): Brittany Ratcliffe, who began her career with the Boston Breakers in 2016 and made her way to North Carolina in 2021, has re-signed with the Courage through the 2023 NWSL season, with a mutual option for 2024.
“Britt is the ultimate pro. Day in and day out she is someone who puts in the work for both herself and the team. Her tireless work rate and commitment is what we need on our roster. In 2022 she gave us quality minutes when called upon and we are very happy to have a quality player and person back with us for the 2023 season,” head coach Sean Nahas said.
North Carolina acquires Emily Fox in trade with Racing Louisville (Jan. 23, 2023): The North Carolina Courage picked up former UNC defender Emily Fox. In exchange, the Courage sent defender and captain Abby Erceg and defender Carson Pickett to Racing Louisville.
“We are thrilled to add Emily to our club. She is one of the bright young players in the game who will come in and have an immediate impact. She plays multiple positions, maintains wonderful technical quality, and has an attacking mind frame. I know she is excited to be here and can’t wait for everyone to welcome her. We look forward to having Emily back in North Carolina where she played her collegiate career not too long ago,” head coach Sean Nahas said.
Katelyn Rowland re-signs with North Carolina through the 2025 NWSL season (Jan. 24, 2023): Katelyn Rowland, a two-time NWSL Championship winner, has re-signed with North Carolina on a three-year deal. “When we brought Katelyn back it was not only because we think so highly of her as a player, but also as a person. She was an integral part of us winning the challenge cup in 2022 and is someone who we knew we wanted back. We look forward to seeing Katelyn’s continued growth under Nathan and someone who day in and day out will challenge our players to be the best version of themselves,” head coach Sean Nahas said.
Courage sign Japanese midfielder Narumi Miura through the 2024 season (Feb. 7, 2023): North Carolina announced the signing of Narumi Miura to a two year contract. Miura, who has 23 appearances for Japan’s senior national team, was “acquired for an agreed upon transfer fee” from Japanese club Tokyo Verdy Beleza.
Courage sign all four first-round picks from 2023 draft (March 13, 2023): All four players lock in three-year deals. Olivia Wingate (Round 1, Pick 6), Sydney Collins (Round 1, Pick 8), Clara Robbins (Round 1, Pick 9) and Haley Hopkins (Round 1, Pick 11) have all signed three-year contracts with the club through the 2025 season.
OL Reign moves
Quinn re-signs through the 2024 season with OL Reign (Oct. 28, 2022): Quinn has re-signed with OL Reign on a two-year contract. “We have a really good culture and team environment here at this club, so I’m excited to keep it going,” Quinn said. “I think we are more than capable of continuing to find success on the field with the roster we have. I also think the players, staff, and fans here genuinely care about you, which is another reason why I look forward to staying.”
OL Reign announces the re-signing of Sam Hiatt (Nov. 8, 2022): Sam Hiatt, a defender, has re-signed with OL Reign through the 2024 season, on a two-year contract. “Winning the Shield at Lumen was a dream come true, but I know we have bigger goals in mind, so I can’t wait to return next season and contribute to our success. It’s always an honor and a privilege to play for the Reign,” Hiatt said.
OL Reign announces batch of offseason roster moves (Nov. 15, 2022): The club has exercised its options for the 2023 season on Olivia Athens, Claudia Dickey, Laurel Ivory, and Olivia Van der Jagt. They are also having Ryanne Brown and Alyssa Malonson’s rights retained for 2023, who are both currently on loan in Denmark with FC Nordsjælland. OL Reign’s contractual talks are ongoing with midfielder Marley Canales. Sinclaire Miramontez and Jodi Ulkekel will not return next season as their rights have been waived.
OL Reign signs Marley Canales to a one-year deal (Dec. 1, 2022): Marley Canales, a midfielder, has signed through the 2023 NWSL season with OL Reign. Canales made four appearances for the Reign last season, including one start.
OL Reign re-signs Nikki Stanton through the 2023 NWSL season (Jan. 6, 2023): Nikki Stanton is re-joining OL Reign, signing a one-year contract early into the new year. “I’m grateful to be back for another season in the Pacific Northwest,” Stanton said. “It makes me so happy to be able to play within this incredible team culture and in front of my family and friends. The entire team heard how loud Lumen can get, and we’re ready to keep that energy going into 2023.”
OL Reign re-signs Lauren Barnes through the 2024 NWSL season (Jan. 10, 2023): Captain and Reign Original Lauren Barnes is set to re-join the club she has spent her entire NWSL career with as she signed a new two-year deal. Barnes was a free agent this off season but evidently chose to return to Seattle for another crack at a Championship.
OL Reign re-signs forward Megan Rapinoe through the 2023 NWSL season (Jan. 11, 2023): Rapinoe, who has played in Seattle/Tacoma since 2013, has re-signed on a one-year deal with OL Reign.
OL Reign acquires forward Elyse Bennett from the Kansas City Current, along with the No. 23 overall pick in the NWSL Draft (Jan. 11, 2023).
OL Reign acquires USWNT defender Emily Sonnett from Washington Spirit (Jan. 12, 2023): Washington got the 32nd overall draft pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft and OL Reign’s natural first round pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft in the trade.
OL Reign signs Brazilian midfielder Luany through the 2025 NWSL season (Feb. 22, 2023): Luany, a 20-year-old Brazilian, has signed a three-year deal after spending time with Grêmio FBPA of Série A1. According to the Reign, Luany was acquired through an “agreed upon transfer fee, which included allocation money.”
“Luany is a young player who has experienced success within early stages of her career,” head coach Laura Harvey said. “She is quick on the ball, has high energy and a competitive spirit, so we can’t wait to have her with us and watch her develop with our squad.”
Orlando Pride moves
Pride re-signs midfielder Haley Hanson through the 2024 season (Oct. 26, 2022): Hanson, who was traded to Orlando in the summer last season, signs a two-year contract. “Haley has embedded herself quickly and seamlessly into a new group of teammates and tactical system of play, and did so while exhibiting a work ethic and professional attitude that we want to be the standard at our Club. We are all looking forward to seeing much more of her as we move into 2023 and beyond,” Ian Fleming, Pride general manager, said.
Seb Hines named permanent head coach (Nov. 11, 2022): Seb Hines’ interim tag has been removed by the Orlando Pride. The club announced on Friday, Nov. 11, that Hines was named the club’s next head coach after becoming interim coach in June 2022. Hines led the Pride to a strong playoff push before bowing out at the very end. He signed a “multi-year” deal, according to the club.
General manager Ian Fleming and Orlando Pride part ways (Nov. 11, 2022).
Ally Watt re-signs with the Orlando Pride (Nov. 15, 2022): Ally Watt has re-signed with the Orlando Pride through the 2024 season, on a two-year contract. Watt became a member of the Pride in August 2022, after being traded from OL Reign. “Ally is an exciting young player and we’re happy to have her continue with us after acquiring her earlier this year,” Seb Hines, Orlando head coach, said. “She’s a player that is well-traveled and we’re happy that Orlando is a place she’ll be for the foreseeable future. We think she is someone who fits very well in what we’re trying to build here at the Pride and we look forward to having her back with us in 2023.”
Orlando announces initial bag of offseason roster moves (Nov. 15, 2022): The contract options of Julie Doyle, Gunny Jónsdóttir and Kylie Strom have been exercised, bringing them back for 2023. New contract offers have been extended to Jordyn Listro, Viviana Villacorta, Celia, Carrie Lawrence, and Courtney Peterson. Thais Reiss, Parker Roberts, and Chelsee Washington all will enter the waiver wire. Four players are eligible for free agency in Meggie Dougherty-Howard, Toni Pressley, Erika Tymrak, and Marta but the Pride remain in discussions with all four regarding a potential return in 2023.
Carrie Lawrence re-signs with Orlando Pride (Dec. 5, 2022): Carrie Lawrence, a midfielder, re-signs through the 2024 season on a two-year deal with the Orlando Pride. Lawrence has been with the Pride since her training player days in 2019. “She has been with us since she came out of college and has worked her way up to being a vital member of our team. Her dependability, versatility and tenacity are exactly what we want from our players, so we are delighted to keep her here in the city beautiful,” Pride head coach Seb Hines said.
Viviana Villacorta re-signs with Orlando through 2024 (Dec. 7, 2022): Viviana Villacorta’s rookie season was cut short with an injury, but the former UCLA midfielder will get the chance to wear purple again for the next two years. The Pride and Villacorta agreed on a two-year deal, through the 2024 NWSL season. “Viv has the potential to be one of the best players in our league and she showed that promise during her time on the field last year, so we are excited to keep her with the Pride for the next two seasons,” Seb Hines said. “She made an essential impact when she was on the pitch and continued to improve as the season went on. Her injury was an unfortunate end to a strong rookie season, but she has been working as hard as she can to be able to be ready for 2023.”
Orlando Pride and Erika Tymrak agree to two-year contract (Dec. 9, 2022): Erika Tymrak is returning to the Orlando Pride. A free agent this offseason, Tymrak and the Pride agreed to a contract extension through the 2024 NWSL season. “Not only is Erika a strong, technical player that can contribute on the field, but she brings valuable veteran presence to our locker room. Having senior leaders to guide our younger players is very important for our team goals, and Erika is someone who we know understands and appreciates that responsibility,” head coach Seb Hines said.
Marta re-signs with Orlando Pride on two-year contract (Dec. 21, 2022): Marta, the Brazilian legend, has re-signed with the Orlando Pride on a two-year contract, through the 2024 NWSL season. Marta has been with Orlando since 2017, joining from FC Rosengård. According to the Pride, allocation money was used to re-sign Marta.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Marta back with the Pride. As we looked at building our roster, there was never any question that we wanted to have her continue as part of our project, not only for her abilities on the pitch, but her mentality, values and leadership embody the culture we want in our locker room,” Head Coach Seb Hines said. “We know last season’s injury was a difficult one, but she has been working extremely hard toward her recovery and we know she will have a point to prove when she returns in 2023. We can’t wait for her to add to her historic career here, in Orlando, as a member of the Pride.”
Darian Jenkins announces her retirement from professional soccer (Jan. 18, 2023): Darian Jenkins, who played in the NWSL for six seasons, has announced her retirement. Jenkins began her career with the North Carolina Courage before being traded in 2019 to OL Reign. She spent two seasons before joining the Kansas City Current in 2021, and then joined the Orlando Pride in 2022.
Jenkins, 28, said, “After 21 years of playing, I have decided that it’s time for me to hang up my boots and step away from the beautiful game. My body and mind are ready for the next chapter. This isn’t an easy decision, but being able to retire on my own terms has given me peace. I know I’ve given everything I can to the game on and off the field, and feel proud of myself with how much I overcame in each phase of my career. Thank you to the amazing people I have had the pleasure to work with during my career – my coaches, teammates, my agency and most importantly, the fans. You have helped make me into the confident and determined woman I am today. And a special thank you to my Pride girlies, I’m happy to have ended it in purple with you all and everything we overcame. It’s been such an amazing experience and one I’ll miss immensely.”
Brazilian international Adriana (Leal de Silva) signs a three-year contract with Orlando Pride (Jan. 19, 2023): Allocation money was used in both the transfer from Brazilian side Corinthians and the signing, which is pending receipt of a P-1 visa and ITC. “Adriana is an exciting, dynamic and entertaining player with an eye for the goal. She possesses great technical ability and an incredible work rate… She’s a player that thrives in one-on-one situations and one that will bring new attacking power to our front line,” Orlando Pride Head Coach Seb Hines said. Nicknamed “the Wizard”, Adriana has spent the previous five seasons with Corinthians, during which she made 143 appearances, 120 of them starts, scoring 72 goals.
Orland announces that Gunny Jónsdóttir and Erin McLeod are heading to Iceland (Jan. 24, 2023): Gunny Jónsdóttir and Erin McLeod, who were married early in January, are moving to Iceland. They began playing for the Pride in 2020 and 2021, respectively. “Both Gunny and Erin have been incredibly important members of, not only the Pride, but of the NWSL as a whole. Their impact, skill and professionalism will be missed both within our locker room and in our community, but this next step of their lives is an exciting one that we are also celebrating,” Orlando Pride Head Coach Seb Hines said. “On behalf of the entire organization, we thank both Erin and Gunny for everything they have given to the club and wish them all the best in this next chapter together.”
Orlando Pride signs goalkeeper Carly Nelson through 2024, with option for 2025 (Jan. 29, 2023): Nelson, 24, spent the last two seasons at FC Nordsjælland of the Danish top-flight. Since heading overseas in 2021, originally on loan from the Kansas City Current, Nelson has appeared 32 times in all competitions, posting nine clean sheets in that span.
Orlando trades rights to Courtney Petersen to the Houston Dash (Feb. 1, 2023): Orlando also sent their natural third round pick to Houston. In return, the Pride received $65,000 in allocation money, plus “an additional $25,000, should conditions be met.”
Orlando signs 2023 NWSL Draft pick Messiah Bright to a three-year contract (March 1, 2023): Messiah Bright, Orlando’s second-round pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft, has signed through the 2025 season, the team announced. “I am beyond excited to be able to stay in purple and call Orlando home for the next few years. It’s always been a dream of mine to play professional soccer, and I finally get to do that with such an amazing team,” Bright said. “The experience thus far is something I have been truly grateful for. The team as well as the coaching staff have welcomed me with open arms, and they drive me to be the best person I can be on and off the pitch. I can’t wait to see my development and give it my all for the club and our fans!”
Orlando signs 2023 NWSL Draft pick Summer Yates to a two-year deal (March 7, 2023): Summer Yates, Orlando’s No. 39 overall pick in the NWSL Draft, has signed a two-year deal, with a club option for 2025. “Playing professional soccer has always been a dream of mine and I am so grateful to be able to live out that dream here in Orlando,” Yates said. “This team and coaching staff is amazing, the amount of talent and experience they have has already allowed me to learn and grow so much on and off the field. I am honored to wear purple and I am ready to give it my all for this Club and our fans!”
Pride sign Mikayla Cluff to a three-year deal (March 14, 2023): Mikayla Cluff, a midfielder, has signed on through the 2025 NWSL season with the Orlando Pride. Cluff has been with Orlando since 2021, when she was selected by the Pride in the NWSL Draft. “Kayla had a strong rookie season for us last year and we are so excited to be able to keep her here with the Pride for the foreseeable future,” VP of Soccer Operations and General Manager Haley Carter said. “She is a versatile attacker with an eye for goal, she’s not afraid to take on defenders directly, and she can use her vision to create plays from midfield. We are thrilled for her as she plays a vital role in our organization and we look forward to her continued development as a player and person here in Orlando.”
Portland Thorns FC moves
Becky Sauerbrunn re-signs with the Portland Thorns through 2023 (Sept. 30, 2022): According to Thorns general manager Karina LeBlanc, Sauerbrunn “had the option to pursue free agency and we are grateful she made a commitment to this club. We wanted to make sure that we continued this relationship and I believe we both win in the end by having Becky back with our club in 2023.”
Christine Sinclair will return for an 11th season in Portland (Nov. 1, 2022): Sinc remains a Thorn in 2023, not that there was ever much doubt. She was eligible for the NWSL’s first free-agency period. Portland announced the move as exercising Sinclair’s option, which would have had to have happened before August 25 to technically be true (as opposed to re-signing her) based on the recent arbitration ruling. Either way, she’ll be back. She broke the news as the Thorns’ championship rally: “I’ll be back next year… to win a fourth one of those… And f*ck Seattle.”
Portland announces the re-signing of Raquel Rodríguez (Nov. 8, 2022): Rodríguez re-signed with Portland through the 2025 season, on a three-year contract. Rodríguez, the Costa Rican international, will be entering her fourth season with the Thorns. “Rocky epitomizes the joy we speak about as a team, and you can see this through how she plays and what she tries to do on the field. She had a great season with us and I’m so glad she will be in Portland longer,” Rhian Wilkinson, Thorns head coach, said.
Portland announces the re-signing of Sam Coffey (Nov. 10, 2022): Sam Coffey, Portland’s rookie sensation, has re-signed with the Thorns through the 2025 season, on a three-year contract. “Our team’s mentality is to always exceed expectations, and Sam does that daily. She played a key role in our championship run this season and will continue to be a part of our long-term plans to secure another title,” Thorns general manager Karina LeBlanc said.
Morgan Weaver re-signs with the Portland Thorns FC (Nov. 15, 2022): Morgan Weaver, who was drafted by the Thorns with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NWSL Draft, has been re-signed by the Thorns on a two-year contract, through the 2024 season. The contract also includes a club option for the 2025 season. “Weaver is a big part of our future plans, and we all believe this is an environment she can continue to grow and develop in to reach her goals,” Karina LeBlanc, Thorns general manager, said. “Weaver is an electrifying player that always gives everything for this club. She has captured the hearts and minds of the fans with her performance on the field, but also because of who she is away from it, and we are elated she has made a long-term commitment to this club.”
Portland announce roster status ahead of 2023 season (Nov. 15, 2022): The players whose options were exercised for the 2023 season are Natalie Beckman, Taylor Porter, and Gabby Provenzano. Portland declined the 2023 contract option on Marissa Everett. Hannah Betfort, Shelby Hogan, Tegan McGrady and Meaghan Nally are all out of contract and contract negotiations are ongoing with these players. Abby Smith and Michele Vasconcelos are free agents. The club is currently discussing contract options with Vasconcelos.
Rhian Wilkinson steps down as Portland Thorns FC head coach (Dec. 2, 2022). Read more here.
Mike Norris named Portland Thorns FC head coach, with the club only committing to Norris for the 2023 NWSL season (Jan. 9, 2023): “We are excited to have Mike move into our head coach position,” general manager Karina LeBlanc said. “During his time with the club, he has exhibited an ability to connect with the players by not only helping them develop as athletes, but also grow as people. Mike is an asset to the Thorns, and we look forward to him leading us in this new direction. We believe he is the right person to help us continue to improve and capitalize on our previous success.”
Portland announces five player re-signings ahead of the NWSL season (Jan. 27, 2023): To start, Tegan McGrady and Michele Vasconcelos signed through the current 2023 season, with an option for 2024.
Hannah Belfort and Meaghan Nally have signed with Portland through the 2024 NWSL season, with an option for 2025. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Shelby Hogan has re-signed through the 2025 NWSL season with an option for 2026.
“An important part of this offseason was to secure commitments from players to keep what I believe is a very deep and talented roster intact for 2023 and beyond,” Thorns FC general manager Karina LeBlanc said. “All five of these players were important to our success in 2022 and we are thrilled to have re-signed them ahead of the new season.”
Portland Thorns announce two NWSL Draft pick signings (March 15, 2023): Izzy D’Aquila and Lauren Kozal have inked contracts with the Portland Thorns, after being selected by the club in the 2023 NWSL Draft. “We were very happy with how our 2023 NWSL Draft played out, and we are thrilled to sign Izzy and Lauren ahead of this upcoming season,” Thorns FC general manager Karina LeBlanc said. “We have a deep and talented team, and the addition of these two players strengthens this group heading into a World Cup year, while also helping to build toward the future.”
D’Aquila, a forward, signed a three-year contract, with a club option for 2026, while the goalkeeper Kozal signed a one-year contract, with a club option for 2024.
Racing Louisville FC moves
Jessica McDonald on loan with Western United FC (Oct. 18, 2022): McDonald will spend “a portion” of the 2022-23 Australian A-League Women with Western United. It’s the second time that McDonald has played in Australia. According to Racing Louisville, McDonald is “expected to arrive in Australia in the coming days ahead of the Nov. 19 season opener” and will “return to Louisville at the end of January in time for Racing’s 2023 preseason camp.”
Alex Chidiac goes on loan with Melbourne City (Oct. 20, 2022): Chidiac will return in mid-February for the Racing Louisville FC training camp.
Emina Ekic joins Melbourne City FC on loan (Nov. 7, 2022): Ekic, a Racing Louisville forward, will head to Australia for the A-League Women season. Louisville stated Ekic will return in mid-February for Racing Louisville preseason training camp.
Racing Louisville announces a slew of offseason moves (Nov. 15, 2022): Racing Louisville has announced the following roster moves. Racing is retaining Hillary Beall, Jordyn Bloomer, Alex Chidiac, Taylor Malham, Emina Ekic and Parker Goins. Furthermore Racing Louisville and Gemma Bonner have agreed to “mutually… decline the team option in Bonner’s contract so she can play closer to her home and family.” In the last pair of moves, Nealy Martin is out of contract and will not return, while Cheyna Matthews is a free agent.
Racing Louisville signs Finnish defender Elli Pikkujämsä through 2024 (Dec. 9, 2022): Racing Louisville FC has agreed to a two-year contract, with a mutual option for a third season, with 23-year-old Finnish defender Elli Pikkujämsä. Racing head coach Kim Björkegren said, “She played in the Finnish league when she was 15 and has played three good years in Sweden. She is good under pressure, can dribble if necessary and play both the short and long pass. I know that Elli had many options, so I’m really happy she took the decision to move to Louisville and play with us.”
Racing Louisville re-signs Jaelin Howell through the 2025 NWSL season (Jan. 10, 2023): Jaelin Howell has inked a long-term deal with Racing Louisville, the club that drafted her in the NWSL. Her contract extension is a three-year deal, through the 2025 season. “I think this team and club have a lot of potential to do great things, and I can’t wait to be a part of that,” Howell said. “I’m going to give everything I have to help the team succeed and hopefully turn Racing into a championship organization. I’m also super thankful for my teammates and coaching staff helping me in my rookie season.”
Racing Louisville re-signs goalkeeper Katie Lund through the 2025 NWSL season (Jan. 20, 2023): Katie Lund, Racing’s number one goalkeeper, has inked a three-year extension with the club. “I said a year ago that Katie will be in the national team in two or three years if she works hard, has an open mind and challenges herself,” Racing coach Kim Björkegren said. “There is no reason to change my words. She already showed last year that she is a great goalkeeper, and I think we will see an even better Katie this year. The fact that she has also grown as a leader will help both her and our team take the next step.”
Racing Louisville acquires Abby Erceg and Carson Pickett in trade with North Carolina (Jan. 23, 2023): In exchange, Racing Louisville sent defender Emily Fox to North Carolina. “This is a big move for us,” Racing head coach Kim Björkegren said. “Obviously Emily is a player of high quality. This trade, however, returns a great player at the left-back position in Carson and gives us a veteran central defender in Abby. Both players have great experience and talent and can help lead this team.”
Racing Louisville signs rookie forward Riley Parker (Feb. 1, 2023): Parker and Louisville agreed to a one-year deal with an option for the 2024 season. The 22-year-old was Racing’s fourth-round pick in last month’s NWSL Draft.
Racing Louisville signs Paige Monaghan to a three-year contract (Feb. 6, 2023): Monaghan, who was traded to Louisville in January, agreed to a three-year deal that keeps her with the club through the 2025 season.
Racing signs defender Carson Pickett to a three-year deal (March 13, 2023): Pickett, who was traded to Racing from North Carolina back in January (along with Abby Erceg), has signed through the 2025 NWSL season with Racing Louisville. “We are so excited to extend Carson’s contract and have her here with us for years to come,” Racing coach Kim Björkegren said. “She has already made a huge impact on our team, and we know she is one of the best players in this league. What’s even better for us is she’s a great personality in the team and her teammates love her. I worked with her for a short time in Cyprus and she made an impression on me then, but now I’m really looking forward to work with her longer.”
San Diego Wave FC moves
San Diego Wave announces initital roster decisions going into 2023 season (Nov. 15, 2022): New contract offers have been extended to Kaleigh Riehl and Madison Pogarch. 2023 contract options will be exercised for Amirah Ali, Belle Briede, and Mia Gyau. The club is mutually exercising a contract option with forward Makenzy Doniak, who is a free agent. Jodie Taylor is also a free agent who San Diego may try to bring back. Jackie Altschuld, Taylor Hansen, Katie Johnson, Melissa Lowder, Sydney Pulver, Kayla Bruster, and Marleen Schimmer will not be returning in 2023. Katie Johnson is a free agent, the rest will enter the waiver wire.
San Diego defender Kaleigh Riehl has re-signed on a two-year deal (Nov. 17, 2022): Kaleigh Riehl — a two-time NWSL Championship winner — has returned to the San Diego Wave, signing a two-year contract through the 2024 NWSL season. “Kaleigh Riehl has been an outstanding player for us this year, stepped in in incredible circumstances and performed really well and is very, very worthy of a new contract. I’m so glad that we got her signature and that she’s going to stay as a San Diego Wave player for the future,” head coach Casey Stoney said.
Mackenzy Doniak returns to San Diego after 2023 option is picked up (Nov. 18, 2022): Mackenzy Doniak is staying in San Diego. Both Doniak and the San Diego Wave have picked up the forward’s 2023 club option. “I’m really glad Makenzy has dedicated her future here at the Wave. She had an incredible season for us, making a huge difference when she started and also when she was a game-changer. She changed many-a-game, and we’re really glad she has dedicated her future here,” head coach Casey Stoney said.
San Diego signs forward Rachel Hill through the 2024 NWSL season (Dec. 2, 2022): Rachel Hill, a former member of the Chicago Red Stars, has used free agency to sign with the San Diego Wave. She will bring experience and great attacking qualities to our team and hugely add off the field to our culture and environment,” head coach Casey Stoney said.
San Diego signs Danielle Colaprico to a two-year contract (Dec. 5, 2022): Danielle Colaprico, the longtime Chicago Red Stars midfielder, has signed a two-year contract through the 2024 NWSL season with San Diego Wave FC. “Seeing the growth the team made in just one year is inspirational. I can’t wait to play in front of an incredible fan base and further develop as a player with my new teammates, under Coach Casey Stoney,” Colaprico said.
San Diego re-signs Madison Pogarch to a one-year deal (Jan. 10, 2023): Madison Pogarch is returning to the San Diego Wave, signing through the 2023 NWSL season with a club option for 2024.
The Wave sign free agent Meggie Dougherty Howard to a two-year deal (Jan. 12, 2023): The 2017 draftee has over 100 appearances in the NWSL in her four seasons with Washington Spirit and two with Orlando Pride. The midfielder promises to greatly add to what was a shallow Wave midfield in 2022. Casey Stoned said in the team’s press release “I am so pleased to bring Meggie to the club. She was a player who caused us huge problems when she played against us last year and is a great addition. She is a player with great game understanding who can exploit space and create and score chances.”
San Diego sign Sierra Enge for the 2023 season with a mutual option for 2024 (March 9, 2023): The midfielder was picked 13th overall in the 2023 NWSL Draft.
San Diego signs goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy to a two-year contract (March 14, 2023): The California native inked a contract through the 2024 NWSL season. “Lauren has shown at training this preseason that she is ready to take this next step in her career,” head coach Casey Stoney said. “We’ve been impressed with her ability to learn and adapt, and we believe she will continue to gain valuable experience in our competitive environment.”
San Diego Wave FC signs youngest NWSL player, Melanie Barcenas, to a three-year deal (March 21, 2023): At 15 years and 138 days, Melanie Barcenas is the youngest player to ever sign an NWSL contract. Barcenas was signed through the 2025 NWSL season.
“We are very happy that Melanie and her family have decided to entrust her hometown club as the place for her to begin her professional career,” Casey Stoney said in a statement. “The coaches at San Diego Surf have been instrumental in helping her develop as a person and as a player for her entire youth career. We’re excited to maximize her potential through the coming years, while being patient and deliberate in advancing her development while ensuring she retains some routine and normalcy of being a teenager.”
Washington Spirit moves
Washington Spirit announces a slew of offseason roster moves (Nov. 15, 2022): The Washington Spirit have exercised 2023 contract options on Sam Staab, Jordan Baggett, Dorian Bailey, Bayley Feist, Anna Heilferty, Maddie Elwell, and Tara McKeown. New contract offers have been extended to Camryn Biegalski, Julia Roddar, and Marissa Sheva. Washington have four free agents in Nicole Barnhart, Kelley O’Hara, Amber Brooks, and Tori Huster who have yet to sign any contracts. Seven players will not return for the 2023 season. Those players not returning are Taylor Aylmer, Averie Collins, Devon Kerr, Karina Rodriguez, Audrey Harding, Alia Martin, and Gaby Vincent. This brings the Spirit to 13 total players under contract for 2023.
Mark Parsons joins the Washington Spirit as head coach (Nov. 21, 2022).
Washington re-signs Marissa Sheva on a one-year deal (Nov. 30, 2022): Marissa Sheva, the 25-year-old from Pennsylvania, “totaled 302 minutes of action in eight appearances for the Spirit last season, including two huge full-90 outings during July’s international window,” according to the Spirit.
Washington signs Canadian defender Gabrielle Carle through 2024 (Dec. 12, 2022): Gabrielle Carle, a Canadian defender, has signed with the Washington Spirit through the 2024 season, on a two-year deal with a club option for 2025. Carle recently finished her first season in Sweden with Kristianstads DF, scoring two goals in 22 appearances. “The Washington Spirit is a club that really resonates with my values. It kind of feels like I’m coming home even though it’s a new challenge,” Carle said, via a press release. “I’ve heard great things about Washington, D.C. It has a great culture and is a great sports city and I’m looking forward to getting started.”
Washington re-signs Camryn Biegalski to a one-year contract (Dec. 13, 2022): Camryn Biegalski is returning to the Washington Spirit, signing through the 2023 NWSL season. There is no club option included on the deal. “Camryn has a bright future ahead and I am excited she will be back in DC to continue her development and help us reach our goals in 2023,” head coach Mark Parsons said.
Amber Brooks signs with Washington on a one-year deal (Dec. 19, 2022): Amber Brooks has re-signed with the Washington Spirit through the 2023 NWSL season. “Amber is a very driven and hardworking player who is hungry to keep improving and help this team move forward,” head coach Mark Parsons said. “In a short space of time Amber has been an influential person in this group and I am looking forward to working with her.”
Nicole Barnhart re-signs with Washington for one season (Dec. 22, 2022): Nicole Barnhart, veteran NWSL goalkeeper, has re-signed with the Washington Spirit on a one-year contract. Barnhart spent nine seasons with FC Kanas City, the Utah Royals and then the Kansas City Current before joining Washington in 2022. “Barnie is a very experienced goalkeeper and an effective leader on any team,” head coach Mark Parsons said. “She is more determined than ever to perform and help support this team. I have great admiration for the success Barnie has had in her career and believe this quality can help our team going forward.”
Washington re-signs Anna Heilferty through 2024 NWSL season (Jan. 17, 2023): Anna Heilferty, who played collegiately for Boston University, has re-signed with the Washington Spirit on a two-year deal, with a club option for 2025. Anna Heilferty played in 29 of 30 games for Washington in 2022. “Anna is someone I already know well from preparing for the 2021 college draft and it has been great to see her progress over the last two years,” head coach Mark Parsons said. “I believe she has the ability to play in different positions for us and I’m looking forward to seeing her take more important steps in 2023.”
Jordan Baggett (neé DiBiasi) re-signs with Washington on a two-year deal (Jan. 18, 2023): The Washington Spirit are bringing back midfielder Jordan Baggett through the 2024 NWSL season. Baggett joined Washington after being drafted No. 3 overall in the 2019 NWSL Draft. “Jordan has worked very hard on getting back to full fitness and we are all excited to see a fresh start from her in 2023,” head coach Mark Parsons said. “She has the ability to cause damage to opponents in many ways from the midfield and we can’t wait to see her bring her qualities.”
Washington signs Tara McKeown to a new three-year contract with a team option for 2026 (Jan. 19, 2023): After missing the first half of 2022 to injury, she returned in strong form, appearing in all 12 remaining regular season matches, during which time she was the team’s leading shot-taker and second-leading scorer with three goals. McKeown also played a crucial role in winning the Spirit’s first ever NWSL Championship in 2021, her rookie season.
Washington re-signs goalkeeper Aubrey Kingsbury to three-year contract (Jan. 30, 2023): Aubrey Kingsbury (neé Bledsoe), Washington starting goalkeeper and captain, has signed through the 2025 NWSL season with a club option for 2026. According to Washington, “the new contract will take effect immediately, replacing Kingsbury’s current contract which was set to expire after the 2023 season.”
“Aubrey has consistently been one of the best performers in this league across all areas of goalkeeping,” head coach Mark Parsons said. “She has been an integral player and person for this team and I am looking forward to our staff supporting her to take the next steps in her development.”
Washington signs Inès Jaurena to one-year deal (Feb. 7, 2023): The Washington Spirit signed former Lyon midfielder Inès Jaurena through the 2023 NWSL season. The 31-year-old attended Florida State University from 2009-12 and then played professionally in France for 10 years with Issy, Paris FC and Bordeaux before signing with Lyon in 2022.
“I have followed the club since my former Florida State teammate Tori Huster joined the team,” Jaurena said via a press release. “It makes sense for me to come back to America and join such an impressive professional league. I was delighted when the Spirit reached out to me and I cannot wait to see the magic of Audi Field.”
Washington signs 15-year-old midfielder Chloe Ricketts to three-year contract (March 3, 2023): The Spirit signed current high school sophomore Chloe Ricketts to a three-year deal with an option for the 2026 season, making her the youngest-ever player to be signed in the NWSL. (She was three days younger than Portland’s Olivia Moultrie was when she signed in 2021.) Ricketts was a non-roster invitee to the Spirit’s training camp and impressed enough to earn a contract.
“We remain very focused on building a roster that can help us succeed now while also investing in the future,” Parsons said in a press release. “Chloe has shown great quality with and without the ball and has an incredible intensity in everything she does. The vision and infrastructure of our club make this signing possible, and we are look[ing] forward to Chloe developing and becoming an important player and teammate for our team.”
Washington Spirit makes six roster moves (March 8, 2023): Washington has signed the following players to multi-year deals. Midfielder Nicole Douglas has signed a two-year contract; goalkeeper Lyza Bosselmann has signed a two-year deal with a club option for 2025, while midfielder Riley Tanner and forwards Civana Kuhlmann and Lena Silano signed the same type of deals. Finally, midfielder Paige Metayer has signed a three-year deal with an option for 2026.
“We are fortunate to have a dynamic mix of experienced players and young talent,” head coach Mark Parsons said. “These six signings bring quality and hunger in many key positions and add important depth to our group. Each player has demonstrated the attacking mindset fans can expect to see from the Spirit this season.”
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