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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 “really 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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