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NWSL Transaction Tracker

NWSL Transaction Tracker

The 2023-24 National Women’s Soccer League offseason is underway, full steam ahead. The league saw a one-week trade window, which lasted from Nov. 13 to Nov. 21.

This tracker is for all trades, transactions, and signings by the league’s 14 teams since Nov. 21.

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Angel City and Jun Endo exercise one-year option (Nov. 30, 2023): Jun Endo and Angel City FC have triggered the one-year option on her contract. She will remain with the club through the 2024 NWSL season. “The past two seasons with Angel City have changed my life,” Endo said, via a press release. “It has been an honor to represent this club. I love our amazing fans and the community of Los Angeles. I am excited about what’s ahead and hopefully we bring an NWSL championship here in 2024.”

Angel City FC signs Gisele Thompson to two-year deal (Dec. 7, 2023): Angel City FC is making their club a family affair. The Los Angeles-based team announced the signing of 18-year-old defender Gisele Thompson, the younger sister of forward Alyssa Thompson. According to Angel City, she was able to sign before the NWSL Draft due to the NWSL U-18 Entry Mechanism. The deal is through the 2025 NWSL season, with an option for 2026.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Angel City to take this next step in my soccer career,” Thompson said, via a press release.  “It’s such a great organization with an awesome fan base.  Being from Los Angeles, I’m really looking forward to trying to bring a championship to my hometown. Having been able to watch Alyssa’s pro transition this past year, I’ve been able to really see what it takes to succeed at that level. I’m confident I can come in and contribute, and am also excited for all the growth and learnings ahead.” 

Angel City trades for full Expansion Draft protection (Dec. 11, 2023): The LA club receives $50,000 in allocation money and draft protection from Bay FC in exchange for forward Scarlett Camberos. Utah Royals FC will receive a 2024 international spot and $100,000 in exchange for ACFC’s draft protection. 

Sarah Gorden signs new contract with Angel City (Dec. 20, 2023): Defender Sarah Gorden signed a new contract with her club, ACFC, that will extend her tenure with the team until 2026, with a mutual option for 2027. Gorden has been with the club since its inaugural 2021 season but was an unrestricted Free Agent this offseason.

Elizabeth Eddy signs through 2025 (Jan. 3, 2024): Angel City signed NWSL veteran defender Elizabeth Eddy to a new two-year contract, keeping her home through 2025. Eddy joined the club in 2023 after coming on as a National Team Replacement Player during the 2023 Women’s World Cup and was a Free Agent this offseason. “It is a dream come true to play for Coach Becki in my hometown for two more years … Being able to do what you love and be near family is rare, and I am just so grateful,” Eddy said of her new two-year contact.

Angel City re-signs defender Megan Reid through 2025 (Jan. 4, 2024): Reid originally signed with the club after impressing the coaches in camp ahead of their 2022 inaugural season and went on to play in every minute of every match of Angel City’s inaugural season, making history as ACFC’s first-ever Iron Woman. She played fewer minutes in 2023 as she struggled with injury but the club is excited to sign her to a new two-year contract. “We’re happy to have Megan back with us as another force to anchor our back line,” stated ACFC General Manager Angela Hucles Mangano. “She provides depth in addition to a level of experience after Angel City’s first season as an Iron Woman.”

Angel City re-signs midfielder Lily Nabet (Jan. 8, 2024): Nabet, who was selected by Angel City FC in the 2022 NWSL Draft, re-signed with the club through 2025. When speaking with Taylor Vincent of The Equalizer, Nabet said, “We all believe that we can make playoffs again and win a championship and the last time we were on the pitch together that was the last thing that was said.”

Angel City re-signs midfielder Madison Hammond through 2025 (Jan. 11, 2024): Angel City has re-signed Madison Hammond through 2025. She was originally acquired through a trade with the OL Reign and is the first and only Native American woman to play in the NWSL.

Angel City acquired midfielder Meggie Dougherty Howard from San Diego (Jan. 12, 2024): Ahead of the 2024 NWSL College Draft, Angel City acquired midfielder Meggie Dougherty Howard from the San Diego Wave in exchange for $40,000 in allocation money.

2024 NWSL Draft (Jan. 12, 2024): Angel City traded $15,000 to Utah for the second pick in the fourth round. With it, ACFC selected Jessica Garziano.

Angel City signs French midfielder Clarisse Le Bihan to a new contract (Jan. 17, 2024): ACFC signed Clarisse Le Bihan to a new contract that runs through 2024 with a mutual option in 2025.

Angel City signs U-18 forward Casey Phair (Jan. 18, 2024): Angel City signed South Korean Women’s National Team forward Casey Phair through 2026. She was signed through the NWSL’s U-18 Entry mechanism.

Angel City acquires midfielder Raquel Rodriguez from Portland (Jan. 23, 2024): Angel City FC acquired midfielder Raquel “Rocky” Rodriguez from Portland Thorns FC in exchange for $275,000 in allocation money and additional conditional funds to be paid against the transfer fee threshold.

Angel City acquires goalkeeper Hannah Stambaugh (Jan. 25, 2024): Angel City FC acquired Japanese goalkeeper Hannah Stambaugh from Omiya Ardija Ventus, a club in the WE League of Japan. She is signed through the 2024 season with an option for 2024. In exchange, Omiya Ardija Ventus received a $10,000 transfer fee.

Angel City trades for Messiah Bright (Jan. 26, 2024): Angel City has acquired Messiah Bright through a trade with the Orlando Pride. In exchange, the Pride will receive $130,000 in intra-league transfer funds. Bright was a finalist for 2023 NWSL Rookie of the Year.

ACFC signs U-17 midfielder Kennedy Fuller (March 6, 2024): Angel City signed midfielder Kennedy Fuller through 2026 with an option for 2027. Fuller, who turns 17 on March 9, was the 2023 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year and has served as captain of the U-17 U.S. women’s national team.

Angel City signs draft pick defender Madison Curry (March 12, 2024): Angel City signed 2024 NWSL Draft pick Madison Curry to a one-year contract. Curry joins ACFC out of Princeton.

Angel City trades defender Paige Nielsen for cash infusion (April 20, 2024): Angel City receives $50,000 in allocation money and $50,000 in intra-league transfer funds in the trade with the Houston Dash. Nielsen had been with ACFC since being selected in the 2022 Expansion Draft.

Angel City trades midfielder Amandine Henry for allocation money (April 20, 2024): Angel City receives $75,000 in allocation money in the trade with Utah Royals FC. Henry played in nine matches for Angel City across the 2023 and 2024 seasons.

Caprice Dydasco signs with Bay FC (Nov. 21, 2023): Dydasco, who won the NWSL Defender of the Year title in 2021, has signed with expansion side Bay FC as a free agent. The contract is through the 2026 NWSL season. She most recently featured for the Houston Dash in 2023, joining the side in late 2022 after a trade with Gotham.

“Bay FC is building something truly unique in the NWSL and the world of women’s sports and I’m so excited to be a part of this team’s legacy,” Dydasco said. “The club has already proven they are top notch and I can’t wait to take the pitch next year for our first season.”

Dorian Bailey acquired by Bay FC from Washington Spirit (Dec. 12, 2023): Dorian Bailey has joined Bay FC in a trade with the Washington Spirit. In return, Bay FC has agreed to not select any Spirit players in the upcoming Expansion Draft.

“Dorian is a highly technical player who suits our player profile in every way. Her versatility to play multiple positions in midfield and defense is a huge asset, but her biggest asset is her want to be on the ball and her ability to be a game change when she’s on it,” Bay FC General Manager Lucy Rushton said. “She is a problem solver on the field, who can use her dribbling and combination play to break pressure, break lines and instigate attacks.” 

Bay FC acquires Emily Menges in trade with Portland (Dec. 12, 2023): Emily Menges, a defender, has joined Bay FC as another piece for the expansion side. Menges comes from Portland, who acquired $75,000 in allocation money, along with protection in the Expansion Draft from Bay FC, in the trade.

“Emily is a smart and experienced center back in this league that will bring important leadership qualities and a winning mentality to our group,” Bay FC General Manager Lucy Rushton said. “She is an accomplished defender with great game understanding. Her capacity to read the game and play out from the back will be paramount in our style of play.”

Bay FC acquires Ellie Jean in three-team trade (Dec. 12, 2023): From the official Bay FC press release, “In a three-team trade with NJ/NY Gotham FC and Racing Louisville FC, Bay FC have acquired defender Ellie Jean from Gotham FC in exchange for protection in the 2024 NWSL Expansion Draft. Additionally, the club has received $130,000 in Allocation Money from Louisville.

Bay FC Acquires Mexican National Team Forward Scarlett Camberos from Angel City FC (Dec. 12, 2023): The expansion side has acquired forward Scarlett Camberos from Angel City FC in exchange for $50,000 in Allocation Money and protection in the 2024 NWSL Expansion Draft. 

Joelle Anderson joins Bay FC from Houston Dash via trade (Dec. 12, 2023): The San Jose, California native Joelle Anderson and $25,000 in Allocation Money are headng to the Bay from the Houston Dash in exchange for protection in the 2024 NWSL Expansion Draft.

Kayla Sharples joins Bay FC, signs two-year contract (Dec. 21, 2023): After playing the first five season of her NWSL career with the Chicago Red Stars, Sharples has joined expansion side Bay FC via Free Agency. The Naperville, Illinois native was an unrestricted Free Agent this offseason and signed a two-year contract.

“Kayla is another established central defender who understands the league and who we believe has skills to be an excellent fit in our team,” said Bay FC General Manager Lucy Rushton. “As a center back, she wants to be on the ball and has ability to play out and penetrate the attacking half with her range of passing. Defensively, she is a real competitor and warrior who epitomizes the spirit we want in the team. With her strong tackling and aerial ability, she impacts the game both on the ground and in the air.” 

Free agent Kiki Pickett signs a two-year contract with Bay FC (Jan. 21, 2024): Defender Kiki Pickett is headed back to the Bay! The Stanford standout – who played her last two NWSL seasons with the North Carolina Courage, after spending her rookie season with the Kansas City Current – “is a dynamic, explosive outside back that we believe is an excellent addition to our roster,” said Bay FC General Manager Lucy Rushton.

Bay FC signs goalkeeper Melissa Lowder (Jan. 29, 2024): Veteran goalkeeper Melissa Lowder signed a one-year deal with Bay FC, with a team option for 2025.

Bay FC signs Ghanaian international Princess Marfo (Jan. 30, 2024): Bay FC has acquired the rights to Ghanaian international Princess Marfo through a transfer with Danish club FC Nordsjælland. She is signed through 2025 with an option for 2026.

Bay FC signs Nigerian forward Asisat Oshoala (Feb. 1, 2024): Bay FC signed Nigerian forward Asisat Oshoala following the completion of a transfer from FC Barcelona. She is signed through the 2026 season with an option in 2024.

“I feel like personally, my game. I’ve tried to learn how to adjust to different styles of football,” Oshoala told The Equalizer about the move and her career.

Bay acquires Scottish defender Jen Beattie (Feb. 2, 2024): Bay FC acquired the rights to Scottish defender Jen Beattie through a transfer with Arsenal of the Women’s Super League in exchange for a transfer fee. Beattie, who will occupy an international roster spot, is signed through the 2025 season with an option for 2026.

Bay FC sign goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx (Feb. 8, 2024): After completing a transfer with Australian club Melbourne City FC, Bay FC have acquired the rights to Lysianne Proulx in exchange for a transfer fee. The team subsequently signed Proulx through 2025, and she will occupy an international roster spot.

Bay signs defender Maddie Moreau (March 15, 2024): Bay FC signed defender Maddie Moreau to a contract for the 2024 season with an option for 2025. Moreau was undrafted, but joined Bay FC for preseason training camp.

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Chicago re-signs defender Taylor Malham (Dec. 5, 2023): The Chicago Red Stars locked down defender Taylor Malham through the 2024 NWSL season, with a club option for 2024. Malham made her regular-season debut for Chicago — after featuring in Challenge Cup matches — in July 2023.

Free Agent Cari Rocarro signs new two-year contract (Dec. 8, 2023): The veteran midfielder has decided to stay in the Windy City through 2025 after initially joining the Red Stars on a one-year contract in 2023 through free agency. In 2023, Roccaro led the club in starts after playing and starting in 25 matches out of a possible 28 across all competitions, playing over 2,000 minutes.

Chicago signs Chardonnay Curran to a two-year contract (Jan. 4, 2024): The Red Stars signed midfielder Chardonnay Curran to a two-year contract. Curran spent the two previous seasons with the Kansas City Current.

Sam Staab joins Chicago Red Stars via trade with Washington Spirit (Jan. 12, 2024): The Red Stars sent the third overall pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft to the Washington Spirit in order to acquire standout defender Sam Staab who continues to hold the ongoing record for most consecutive NWSL starts.

Red Stars acquire No. 15 overall pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft & $125k in allocation money (Jan. 12, 2024): In this draft day trade with Racing Louisville, Chicago “honored a request from Kentucky native Arin Wright to return to her home state to be closer to family,” sending the defender to Louisville.

Chicago acquires No. 10 pick in 2024 NWSL Draft (Jan. 12, 2024): The Red Stars sent $175k in allocation money to the North Carolina Courage to acquire the pick.

Red Stars sign Mal Swanson to historic contract (Jan. 16, 2024): Chicago signed free agent forward Mal Swanson to a five-year contract, which is the league maximum. Our Taylor Vincent spoke exclusively with Swanson about her decision:

“Ultimately, I’ve learned throughout my career that there’s definitely a professional and outside of soccer balance. My family is the most important thing to me. So having him close to me and for us to be able to support each other in the same city is pretty rare … That did have some impact, but also the conversations that I’ve had with Laura [Ricketts] about the club and the changes in the future and everything. She seems super passionate about it and it’s exciting.”

Chicago signs veteran midfielder Shea Groom (Jan. 17, 2024): The Red Stars signed free agent Shea Groom to a two-year contract. Groom, who missed the majority of the 2023 season while recovering from a torn ACL, played the last three seasons in Houston.

Red Stars sign Finnish defender Natalia Kuikka (Jan. 18, 2024): Chicago signed defender Natalia Kuikka to a three-year contract. Kuikka played the last three seasons in Portland and won the NWSL title in 2022.

Chicago acquires defender Maximiliane Rall (Jan. 22, 2024): The Chicago Red Stars acquired defender Maximiliane Rall from FC Bayern München of the German Frauen-Bundesliga. She joins the squad on a one-year contract through 2024 with a mutual option for 2025.

Red Stars sign defender Camryn Biegalski (Jan. 22, 2024): The Chicago Red Stars signed defender Camryn Biegalski, a restricted free agent, through 2024 with a mutual option for 2025.

Chicago signs goalkeeper Sydney Schneider (Jan. 29, 2024): The Red Stars signed goalkeeper Sydney Schneider to a one-year deal with a one-year option. She joins from AC Sparta Praha of the Czech Women’s First League.

Red Stars sign Leilanni Nesbeth (March 6, 2024): The Chicago Red Stars signed draftee Meilanni Nesbeth to a three-year contract through the 2026 season. The midfielder won two NCAA national championships during her career at Florida State.

Chicago signs Portuguese international Nádia Gomes (March 7, 2024): The Chicago Red Stars signed forward Nádia Gomes to a one-year contract with a one-year option. Gomes, a Portuguese international, was tabbed as USL W League National Player of the Year in 2023 with San Francisco Glens SC.

Red Stars sign forward Jameese Joseph (March 8, 2024): The Chicago Red Stars signed 2024 NWSL Draft pick Jameese Joseph to a three-year contract through the 2026 season. Joseph joins Chicago out of NC State.

Chicago signs draft pick defender Hannah Anderson (March 12, 2024): The Red Stars signed 2024 NWSL Draft pick Hannah Anderson to a one-year contract with a one-year club option. Anderson previously played for Texas Tech.

Red Stars sign 2024 draft pick Bea Franklin (March 13, 2024): The Chicago Red Stars signed midfielder Bea Franklin to a one-year contract with a one-year club option. Franklin was selected in the 2024 NWSL Draft out of the University of Arkansas.

Sam Staab signs three-year extension with Chicago (March 22, 2024): Veteran defender and three-time NWSL Iron Woman Sam Staab signed a three-year extension with the Chicago Red Stars. The updated contract will keep her in the Windy City through 2026.

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Houston receives Expansion Draft protection from Bay FC (Dec. 12, 2023): The Dash sent Pepperdine midfielder and San Jose, California native Joelle Anderson and $25,000 in allocation funds in exchange for Bay FC not selecting any of their players in the Expansion Draft. “I am grateful for my time with the Dash over the past two seasons,” Anderson said. “I have grown tremendously on and off the field. This club and city will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you to the organization, all the staff and my amazing teammates for making Houston home for the last two years.”

Dash receives Expansion Draft protection from Utah Royals (Dec. 12, 2023): Houston acquired Expansion Draft protection from the Utah Royals in exchange for forward Cameron Tucker and $50,000 in allocation funds to Utah in exchange for expansion draft protection. The trade allows the BYU graduate to return to Utah for the first time since college. As a result, the Houston Dash are fully protected and will lose no players in the Expansion Draft.

Dash acquire midfielder Belle Briede through trade with San Diego (Dec. 17, 2023): Houston acquired midfielder Belle Briede, a third-round pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft and $60,000 in allocation funds through a trade with San Diego Wave. Houston sent Sierra Enge to San Diego.

María Sánchez signs three-year deal with Houston Dash (Dec. 18, 2023): For the full story, click here to read the report from Jeff Kassouf on how Sánchez is now the highest-paid player in the league.

Houston signs veteran forward Yuki Nagasato (Jan. 12, 2024): The Houston Dash have signed Yuki Nagasato to a two-year contract through 2025. The Japanese international spent the last season with the Chicago Red Stars.

2024 NWSL Draft (Jan. 12, 2024): Houston trades $120,000 to Utah for the seventh pick in the second round. With that, the Dash selected Kiki Van Zanten.

2024 NWSL Draft (Jan. 12, 2024): Houston traded $10,000 in allocation money and the 12th pick in the third round to North Carolina in exchange for the 10th pick in the third round. With it, the Dash selected Heather Hinz.

Dash acquire Cece Kizer and an international roster spot in trade with Kansas City (Jan. 17, 2024): The Houston Dash traded Nichelle Prince to Kansas City and acquired Cece Kizer as well as an international roster spot for 2024. Theo Lloyd-Hughes broke down the trade for The Equalizer.

Houston Dash and Cece Kizer agree to an extension (Feb. 23, 2024): Forward Cece Kizer will remain with Houston through the 2025 season.

Swedish national Elin Rubensson joins Houston Dash (March 13, 2024): Swedish national team member Elin Rubensson joined the Houston Dash from BK Hacken for a transfer fee. Her contract runs through the end of 2025.

Dash sign rookie midfielder Kiki Van Zanten (March 15, 2024): The Houston Dash signed rookie midfielder Kiki Van Zanten to a one-year contract with an option for 2025. The Jamaican international, who competed in the 2024 FIFA Women’s World Cup last summer, was selected by Houston in the 2024 NWSL Draft out of Notre Dame.

Houston signs Swiss international Ramona Bachmann (April 3, 2024): The Houston Dash completed the transfer of veteran forward Ramona Bachmann from Paris Saint-Germain. The Swiss international won a D1 Arkemaleague title during the 2020-21 season and Coupe de France féminine the following year. They have won 18 domestic titles and cups since debuting in 2007.

Houston acquires defender Paige Nielsen in trade with Angel City (April 20, 2024): The Dash get a veteran defender and NWSL champion in Nielsen. In exchange, Angel City receives $50,000 in allocation money and $50,000 in intra-league transfer funds.

Dash sign Brazilian defender Tarciane (April 23, 2024): Houston announced it had completed a transfer to bring defender Tarciane to the Dash from Corinthians through the 2026 season. The transfer was for an undisclosed fee. At 20 years old, Tarciane recently played for Brazil at the 2024 SheBelieves Cup, and scored three goals during the tournament.

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Kansas City acquires $75k in allocation money and Expansion Draft protection in trade with Utah Royals (Dec. 12, 2023): The Kansas City Current received Expansion Draft protection from the Royals and $75,000 in allocation funds in exchange for defender Kate Del Fava and Kansas City’s natural first round pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft, the fourth overall. Thanks to an earlier trade with Bay FC, the Current are now fully protected in the Expansion Draft and will lose no players.

Kansas City re-sign defender Izzy Rodriguez through 2025 (Dec. 13, 2023): The Kansas City Current have announced that defender Izzy Rodriguez signed a two-year deal with the club. She was drafted by Kansas City in the 2022 NWSL Draft.

“Izzy has the mindset and technical and physical abilities to excel in this league,” head coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “Her development from her rookie season to last year was tremendous and I’m excited for her to continue to grow into one of the NWSL’s top defenders.”

U.S. youth international Claire Hutton signs via U-18 entry mechanism (Dec. 14, 2023): The Kansas City Current have signed Claire Hutton to a three-year contract through the 2026 season. The midfielder turns 18 in January 2024. “I cannot imagine a better club and city to play for as a professional than the Kansas City Current. The facilities and environment that the club has created is world class and provides everything a player would need to succeed,” said Hutton. “I am humbled by this opportunity and look forward to playing for Vlatko and the other coaching staff and competing alongside my new teammates. I am excited to help the team in whatever way is needed to bring home some hardware to the fans of Kansas City.”

“The potential that Claire has is incredible,” said head coach Vlatko Andonovski. “She is an amazing talent with international experience and someone that can be a great asset to the future of this club.”

Current sign Malawi national team captain Temwa Chawinga (Jan. 3, 2024): Kansas City signed Malawian forward Temwa Chawinga to a two-year contract through 2025. Chawinga is captain of the Malawi national team and spent the last four seasons with Wuhan Jianhgan University F.C. of the Chinese Super League.

Kansas City acquires international roster spot, allocation funds (Jan. 11, 2024): The Kansas City Current traded Morgan Gautrat to Orlando in exchange for an international roster spot in 2024 and $50,000 in allocation funds.

Current acquire Nichelle Prince in trade with Houston (Jan. 17, 2024): The Kansas City Current traded CeCe Kizer and an international roster spot for Nichelle Prince.

Kansas City signs Brazilian forward Bia Zaneratto João (Jan. 22, 2024): The Kansas City Current signed Bia Zaneratto João through 2024 with a club option for 2025.

Current sign midfielder Bayley Feist (Jan. 22, 2024): The Kansas City Current signed midfielder Bayley Feist to a two-year contract. She was an unrestricted free agent.

Desiree Scott re-signs with Kansas City (Jan. 24, 2024): Canadian midfielder Desiree Scott signed a new one-year contract with the Kansas City Current.

Kansas City signs Mallory Weber on one-year contract (January 29, 2024): Defender Mallory Weber penned a one-year contract to stay with the Current through the 2024 NWSL season.

Current sign Sophie Braun and Regan Steigleder (Jan. 30, 2024): Sophie Braun joins from Club Léon from Liga MX Femenil and Regan Steigleder joins from Swedish team KIF Örebro Both players are signed through 2024 with an option for 2025.

Lo’eau LaBonta signs new contract with Kansas City (Jan. 31, 2024): Veteran midfielder Lo’eau LaBonta signed a new contract to keep her in Kansas City through 2025.

Current sign draft picks Ellie Wheeler and Hope Hisey (March 7, 2024): The Kansas City Current signed defender Ellie Wheeler and goalkeeper Hope Hisey to one-year contracts with options for the 2025 season. Wheeler and Hisey were selected by the Current in the 2024 NWSL Draft out of Penn State and Arizona, respectively.

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Gotham FC trades Mandy Haught to Utah Royals FC (Dec. 12, 2023): Mandy Haught has been traded to the Utah Royals from Gotham FC. In return, Gotham has received Expansion Draft protection from Utah, along with $150,000 in allocation money.

“It has been an honor and privilege to play for Gotham,” Haught said. “It has truly been an amazing atmosphere with the coaching staff, players, and fans. I gave it my all for this team and the fans these past three seasons. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Ellie Jean traded to Bay FC (Dec. 12, 2023): From the official Gotham FC release, “Gotham FC announced it has traded defender Ellie Jean to Bay FC in exchange for expansion protection. Additionally, Gotham FC has sent its natural second and third round 2024 NWSL Draft picks to Racing Louisville FC, which will send $130,000 in allocation money to Bay FC in return.

“I would like to thank Gotham FC for initially taking a chance on me in 2022,” Jean said. “I’ve really enjoyed my time growing as a player and as a person with this club. I’ve learned so much, but more importantly, I’ve gained a lot of great friends and experiences that I’m really going to miss. Thank you to the entire coaching staff and support staff for continually guiding me to reach my greatest potential as a player, and thank you to the fans for your unwavering support and belief in me.”

Kristie Mewis and Gotham FC mutually agree to part ways (Dec. 22, 2023): The NJ/NY club announced that the club and U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Kristie Mewis mutually agreed to part ways, as Mewis explores other opportunities. “I want to start by saying thank you. Thank you to the ownership and front office for your tireless hours behind the scenes, thank you to my teammates for teaching me what it’s like to believe again, thank you to the coaches for your contagious positivity, and thank you to our amazing fans who never gave up on us,” said Mewis. “Gotham has been the most rewarding community to be a part of for the last two years and will always hold a special place in my heart. I’m full of gratitude knowing the future is bright and I was able to be part of it. And most importantly, I’ll never forget our first championship, together.” Jenna Tonelli wrote about the motivation behind the move and Mewis’ signing with West Ham United that followed.

Gotham acquires $40k in allocation money from Utah Royals in trade (Dec. 30, 2023): NJ/NY Gotham FC announced that they traded forward Ify Onumonu to expansion team Utah Royals for $40,000 in allocation money. Onumonu’s contract runs through the 2025 season. Multiple teams were interested in Onumonu but they were determined that she be the primary decision-maker.

Gotham FC Signs World Cup Champion and NWSL Champion Crystal Dunn through 2026 (Dec. 31, 2023): The U.S. Women’s National Team player, World Cup Champion, two-time Olympian, three-time NWSL champion, three-time NWSL Shield winner, and NWSL MVP Crystal Dunn has signed a multi-year contract with the club through 2026. Returning to her home state of New York via free agency, Dunn spoke with Jenna Tonelli about signing with the reigning NWSL Champions.

World Cup Champion Tierna Davidson signs with Gotham through 2026 (Jan. 2, 2024): The reigning NWSL Champions signed Free Agent U.S. Women’s National Team defender Tierna Davidson to a multi-year contract through 2026. The first overall pick in the 2019 draft, Davidson has spent the entirety career to this point with the Chicago Red Stars, appearing in multiple NWSL playoff and championship matches. Davidson spoke with Jenna Tonelli about the difficult decision behind her big move.

Free agents Rose Lavelle and Emily Sonnett join Gotham, signing three-year contract (Jan. 4, 2014): The USWNT midfielders join the reigning NWSL Champions after going up against them in the Championship match for their, now former, side OL Reign. The Olympians and World Cup Champions signed with Gotham through 2026. “We are incredibly excited to have two exceptional talents like Rose and Emily join the club,” said Gotham FC General Manager and Head of Soccer Operations Yael Averbuch West. “Rose is a crafty and entertaining player, and our fans and club will be very excited to watch her at Red Bull Arena, and Sonnett is a true professional and competitor, who understands what success in the league looks like. The club and our fans are extremely excited to have players of their stature as we build upon the success of last season.”  Jenna Tonelli spoke with GM Yael Averbuch about how the NJ/NY club signed four major USWNT free agents and is defining NWSL free agency in the process.

Gotham signs forward Ella Stevens to multiyear contract (Jan. 22, 2024): Gotham FC signed forward Ella Stevens through 2025 with an option for 2026. Stevens was a restricted free agent who spent the last four years with the Chicago Red Stars. “I just felt like Gotham was the best place for me to learn and grow,” Stevens exclusively told Jenna Tonelli of The Equalizer. “From my first talks with the staff and Yael [Averbuch West], they showed a genuine interest in me, they had film and individual analysis at our meetings, and that went a long way.”

Gotham acquires goalkeeper Cassie Miller from the Kansas City Current (Jan. 23, 2024): In exchange, the club sent $70,000 in allocation money and a $30,000 intraleague transfer fee to the Current. Miller, who was an unrestricted free agent, signed a one-year deal to facilitate the trade.

Gotham acquires defender Sam Hiatt in three-team trade (Jan. 24, 2024): Gotham acquired defender Sam Hiatt through a three-team trade. The club sent $60,000 in allocation money to Racing Louisville.


Zerboni, Betos and Farrelly sign new contracts with Gotham (Jan. 31, 2024): McCall Zerboni, Michelle Betos, and Sinead Farrelly have all signed new contracts with the club through 2024. Zerboni and Betos have options for 2025.

Smith to Brighton & Hove Albion on Loan (Jan. 31, 2024): Gotham announced that forward Taylor Smith has been loaned, with the option for a permanent transfer, to Brighton & Hove Albion W.F.C in the Women’s Super League through August 1, 2024.

Ryan, Sheehan and Torres sign new contracts with Gotham (Feb. 2, 2024): Yazmeen Ryan, Delanie Sheehan and Taryn Torres agreed to new contracts to remain with the defending champions. Ryan and Torres are signed through 2026, with Ryan having an option through 2027. Sheehan signed on through 2024, with an option for 2025.

Gotham recalls Taylor Smith from loan due to injury (March 8, 2024): Gotham FC has recalled Taylor Smith from her loan to Brighton and Albion W.F.C. due to injury. She is currently undergoing evaluations. In a message to fans, Smith noted that she “will need surgical intervention” for an ongoing injury.

Gotham places Taylor Smith on SEI list, signs Erin McKinney (March 15, 2024): Gotham FC placed forward Taylor Smith on the season-ending injury list due to a thigh injury. Gotham signed goalkeeper Erin McKinney as a season-ending injury replacement player.

NJ/NY Gotham acquires Ann-Katrin Berger from Chelsea FC Women (April 19, 2024): Gotham FC acuired German international Ann-Katrin Berger from Chelsea FC Women for an undisclosed transfer fee. Berger signed a one-year contract through 2024 with an option for 2025. Gotham also parted ways with goalkeeper Erin Mckinney, who was a season-ending injury replacement player.

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North Carolina acquire Expansion Draft protection and $30k in allocation funds from Utah (Nov. 20, 2023): Utah Royals FC acquired midfielders Emily Gray and Francesca “Frankie” Tagliaferri from the North Carolina Courage in exchange for $30,000 in Allocation Money and protection in the Expansion Draft. Tagliaferri is a Penn State graduate who played with fellow Royals signee Kaleigh Riehl.

Courage sign forward Tess Boade through 2025 (Dec. 4, 2023): The North Carolina Courage signed forward Tess Boade to a two-year, guaranteed contract through the 2025 NWSL season. She joined the Courage as a trialist prior to the 2022 season and signed a contract at the start of the season. The Colorado native showed tremendous growth across the last two seasons, seeing increased playing time towards the tail-end of 2022. She was a mainstay in the lineup again in 2023 after missing the beginning of the year with a shoulder injury suffered while on loan in Australia. 

Goalkeeper Hensley Hancuff recalled from loan (Jan. 4, 2024): The North Carolina Courage announced the recall of goalkeeper Hensley Hancuff from loan to Växjö DFF of the Swedish Premier Division (OBOS Damallsvenskan), effective January 1.  Hancuff, who is signed with the Courage through the 2025 season (initially signed as a National Team Replacement Player in 2023 before signing a multi-year contract extension in August), went on loan in August and returns to the club to report to preseason camp later this month. She is recalled after Katelyn Rowland was selected by Bay FC in the 2024 NWSL Expansion Draft. She made five appearances while on loan with Växjö.

Courage sign Bianca St-Georges (Jan. 8, 2024): The North Carolina Courage signed Candian forward Bianca St-Georges to a two-year, guaranteed contract with a mutual option in 2026. St-Georges has played for the Chicago Red Stars since 2019 and is coming off her best statistical season, scoring four goals and adding and assist.

Courage acquire $175k in allocation money (Jan. 12, 2024): The Courage sent the No. 10 overall pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft to the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for the allocation funds.

2024 NWSL Draft (Jan. 12, 2024): Courage acquired Ashley Sanchez from the Washington Spirit in exchange for $250,000 in allocation money and the fifth pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft.

Courage sign free agent Dani Weatherholt (Jan. 16, 2024): The North Carolina Courage signed free agent midfielder Dani Weatherholt to a two-year contract. Our Arianna Cascone spoke exclusively with Weatherholt about her decision:

“I really wanted to be in an environment that was going to push me and challenge me and had a winning culture.” 

North Carolina signs German international Felicitas Rauch (Jan. 17, 2024): The Courage signed Felicitas “Feli” Rauch through 2025 via transfer from Vfl Wolfsburg.

Courage and Tyler Lussi agree to contract extension (Feb. 8, 2024): North Carolina and forward Tyler Lussi have agreed to a contract extension through the 2025 season, with a mutual option for 2026.

North Carolina extends Meredith Speck through 2025 (March 5, 2024): The North Carolina Courage and midfielder Meredith Speck agreed to a one-year guaranteed contract extension through the 2025 season. Speck has played all eight of her NWSL season with the franchise, originally drafted by the Western New York Flash.

North Carolina signs 2024 Draft class through 2026 (March 12, 2024): The Courage have signed their 2024 Draft class, defenders Talia Staude and Julia Dorsey, and midfielder Landy Mertz, to three-year contracts. “We drafted each of them because we felt that, in time, they will fit into our system perfectly and are players who want to be challenged day in and day out,” Courage head coach Sean Nahas said in a statement.

Emily Madril signs three-year extension with Orlando Pride (Dec. 5, 2023): Emily Madril is locked down and staying in Orlando. The defender signed a three-year contract extension, keeping her in Florida through the 2026 NWSL season. Madril was Orlando’s No. 3 overall pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft. She featured in 1,977 minutes, leading all rookies across the league, making 27 appearances.

“I had a great rookie year here and had so much fun and love everyone in the Orlando Pride organization,” Madril said, via a press release. “The chemistry that we have in the locker room between all the girls and the entire coaching staff is just amazing and played a big factor in me wanting to stay here in Orlando. I am so excited to be a part of the Pride for the future and continue to be a part of the special thing we are building here.” 

Kylie Strom signs new three-year contract with Orlando Pride (Dec. 7, 2023): Fresh off “the best season of her professional career” the Pride have convinced Free Agent Kylie Strom to re-sign with the Pride through 2026. In 2023 she led the NWSL in total tackles (80), tackles in the defensive third (50), and tackles plus interceptions (114).  “It means a lot to us that she has not only seen what we are building here, but she has completely bought into it and has chosen to stay in Orlando. She is a vital leader within the locker room and on the field, and we couldn’t be more excited to keep her onboard. Our goal is to build off last season’s success and ensuring her return was a key aspect of that,” General Manager Haley Carter said of the signing.

Orlando acquire 2024 international roster spot from Utah Royals (Dec. 12, 2023): The Orlando Pride have acquired an International Roster Spot for the 2024 season from Utah Royals FC in exchange for goalkeeper Carly Nelson and $65,000 in Allocation Money. Nelson, a Lindon, Utah native said of the trade “reflecting on my time at Orlando, it has been nothing short of growth! The women on this team are exceptional and I want to continue to extend heartfelt wishes for their continued success… I want to extend a thank you to the Club for assisting me to get back home.”

Angelina signs three-year deal with Pride (Dec. 13, 2023): Brazilian midfielder Angelina has signed with the Orlando Pride through the 2026 NWSL season. She is the first restricted free agent to sign with a new NWSL team. Angelina spent three seasons with OL Reign. She played in only four games in 2023 due to injury. Restricted free agency means that a previous team (OL Reign, in this case) has the opportunity to match any offer from other teams and still retain the player. Orlando made an offer that the Reign either couldn’t or wouldn’t match.

Luana Bertolucci Paixão signs, and signs two-year extension with Orlando Pride (Dec. 14, 2023): The Orlando Pride and Brazilian midfielder Luana have agreed to a contract through 2025, with a mutual option for 2026. Luana recently played for Brazil’s Série A1 club SC Corinthians Paulista, and is a member of the Brazilian National Team. She has made 30 appearances for her home country’s team.

Haley McCutcheon will stay with Orlando through 2026 (Dec. 20, 2023): The Orlando Pride and Haley McCutcheon agreed to a new contract that will keep the midfielder in Orlando until 2026. McCutcheon, who joined the Pride in 2022 from the Houston Dash, hit 100 career appearances this past season.

Orlando signs Swedish international Evelina Duljan through 2024 (Jan. 2, 2024): Duljan spent last season with Juventus of the Serie A league in Italy.

Orlando acquires two-time World Cup champion Morgan Gautrat from Kansas City (Jan. 11, 2024): Orlando sent an international roster spot and $50,000 in allocation funds to the Kansas City Current in exchange for veteran midfielder Morgan Gautrat. She is coming off an injury that limited her season to just seven matches in Kansas City.

Orlando and midfielder Erika Tymrak have agreed to mutually terminate the player’s contract (Jan. 16, 2024): Tymrak joined the league when it was founded in 2013 and has been with the Pride for the last three seasons.

Simone Charley agrees to two-year contract with Orlando (Jan. 24, 2024): The Orlando Pride and forward Simone Charley agreed to a contract that runs through the 2025 season.

Orlando Pride agree to a two-year contract with Ally Lemos (Jan. 25, 2024): The Orlando Price agreed to a two-year contract with midfielder Ally Lemos. She was selected ninth overall in the 2024 NWSL Draft.

Pride acquire Zambian International Barbra Banda (March 7, 2024): The Orlando Pride signed Zambian forward Barbra Banda on a four-year deal via transfer from Chinese Women’s Super League side Shanghai Shengli FC. Banda joined the Pride following a $740,000 transfer fee.

Orlando signs defender and 2024 NWSL Draft selection Cori Dyke (March 11, 2024): The Orlando Pride has signed defender Cori Dyke to a one-year contract. Dyke was selected in the second round of the 2024 NWSL Draft out of Penn State.

Pride sign 2024 NWSL Draft pick Alex Kerr (March 13, 2024): The Orlando Pride signed forward Alex Kerr through the 2024 season. She was selected in the 2024 NWSL Draft out of Texas Tech.

Orlando waves Tori Hansen and Kaylie Collins (April 16, 2024): The Orlando Pride have waived defender Tori Hansen and goalkeeper Kaylie Collins. Both signed with the Pride last season before being loaned out to Australian A-League sides Melbourne Victory FC and Western Sydney Wanderers FC, respectively.

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Portland trades defender Emily Menges to Bay FC (Dec. 12, 2023): The Portland Thorns have sent defender Emily Menges to expansion side Bay FC. In return, the Thorns receive $75,000 in allocation money, along with protection in the upcoming Expansion Draft.

“I want to thank Emily for everything she’s done for our club and community over her 10 seasons in Portland. She helped shape the Thorns into the team we are now, and we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors,”  Thorns FC General Manager and President of Soccer Operations Karina LeBlanc said. “Expansion drafts are always a difficult process, but it’s been a priority of ours to find a mutually beneficial situation for the player and the club. Emily expressed her desire for a change and together we felt that Bay FC was the right fit, which in turn helped us earn protection.”

Thorns acquires Expansion Draft protection and allocation money from Royals (Dec. 12, 2023): Portland receives NWSL Expansion Draft protection from the Utah Royals in exchange for forward Hannah Betfort, the 33rd overall pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft and $10,000 in allocation money.

Hina Sugita re-signs with Portland on a three-year deal (Dec. 13, 2023): Hina Sugita will remain in Portland for years to come. Sugita inked a three-year deal, keeping her in Portland through the 2026 NWSL season.

“We are thrilled Hina has chosen to sign a long-term contract in Portland. It demonstrates her commitment to the club and community and solidifies her as part of the Thorns family for years to come,” Thorns FC General Manager and President of Soccer Operations Karina LeBlanc said. “Hina’s obviously a special talent and adds a unique flare to our style of play. We are lucky to have a player of her caliber and character on the roster.”

Thorns acquire Danish centerback Isabella Obaze (Dec. 9, 2023): Portland acquired Obaze from FC Rosengård for an undisclosed amount. Obaze is signed through the 2026 season with a mutual option for 2027.

Thorns extend midfielder Gabby Provensano (Jan. 17, 2024): Portland signed midfielder Gabby Provenzano to a one-year contract extension through the 2024 season.

Thorns re-sign defender Meghan Klingenberg (Jan. 18, 2024): Portland re-signed Klingenberg, who was a free agent, to a one-year contract, marking Klingenberg’s ninth season with the Thorns. “Kling’s dedication to the team, as well as the city of Portland, has been an important asset for us and what makes her so special to this club,” Thorns FC General Manager Karina LeBlanc said.

Christine Sinclair returns for 2024 season (Jan. 22, 2024): The Portland Thorns signed Christine Sinclair to a new one-year contract.

Thorns re-sign defender Becky Sauerbrunn (Jan. 23, 2024): Portland re-signed Sauerbrunn, a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup winner, to a one-year contract. The 2024 season will be her fourth with the Thorns and her 11th in the NWSL.

Portland acquires Canadian midfielder Jessie Fleming (Jan. 31, 2024): Portland Thorns FC acquired Canadian midfielder Jessie Fleming via transfer from Chelsea FC. She is signed through the 2026 season.

Portland acquires German defender Marie Müller (Feb. 2, 2024): Portland Thorns FC acquired Marie Müller from SC Freiburg of the Frauen-Bundesliga. She is signed through the 2025 season with a mutual option in 2026. Müller will occupy an international roster spot.

Portland acquire defender Nicole Payne on a season-long loan (Feb. 18, 2024): Payne, who joined Paris Saint-Germain of the Division 1 Féminine in France last July, was signed by Portland on loan for the 2024 season. She has made seven appearances for Nigeria’s Women’s National Team.

Thorns sign goalkeeper Kat Asman (March 6, 2024): Portland Thorns FC signed 2024 NWSL Draft pick Kas Asman to a one-year contract with a mutual second-year option. The goalkeeper played college ball at Penn State.

Portland signs midfielder Marissa Sheva (March 15, 2024): Portland Thorns FC signed midfielder Marissa Sheva to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2025. Sheva most recently played with the Washington Spirit. Prior to the NWSL, Sheva competed in Liga F for Deportivo Alavés Gloriosas.

Thorns acquire Portuguese national Ana Dias (March 20): Portland Thorns FC acquired Portugal National Team forward Ana Dias for the 2024 season with a mutual option in 2025, pending the receipt of her P-1 visa and ITC.

Portland signs midfielder Mallie McKenzie (March 21): Portland Thorns FC signed midfielder Mallie McKenzie to a one-year contract with a mutual option in 2025. McKenzie spent the preseason with the Thorns after graduating as an SEC champion from the University of Georgia.

Sophia Smith agrees to multi-year extension through 2025 (March 27, 2024): Sophia Smith and the Portland Thorns agreed to a multi-year contract extension that runs through the 2025 season with a player option for 2026. This is the second extension for Smith, who was drafted first overall in 2020 by Portland.

Thorns acquire Emily Alvarado in trade with Houston Dash (April 20, 2024): The Mexico National Team goalkeeper joins the Portland side in exchange for $35,000 in allocation money, as well as up to $50,000 in intra-league transfer funds or allocation money if certain performance metrics are met.

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Racing Louisville acquires NWSL Draft picks (Dec. 12, 2023): From the official Racing Louisville press release, “Racing Louisville acquired two 2024 NWSL Draft picks in a three-team trade involving NJ/NY Gotham FC and expansion side Bay FC. In exchange for Gotham’s natural second- and third-round draft picks, Racing sent Bay FC $130,000 in funded allocation money while Gotham received 2023 NWSL Expansion Draft protection from Bay.”

Racing Louisville acquires Ellie Jean from Bay FC (Dec. 18, 2023): Racing Louisville acquired defender Ellie Jean from Bay FC as part of a three-team trade. Jean was originally traded from Gotham FC to Bay FC in exchange for expansion protection.

Thembi Kgatlana transferred to Club Tigres of Liga MX Femenil (Dec. 20, 2023): For the full story, click here to read reporting from Bekki Morgan.

Marisa Viggiano joins Racing Louisville via Free Agency (Dec. 21, 2023): The Michigan native spent the past two seasons with the Houston Dash before becoming an unrestricted free agent this offseason and signing a two-year contract with Racing. The recently announced contract keeps the veteran midfielder with five years of NWSL experience in Louisville through 2025. The 26-year-old is the first free agent signing for new head coach Bev Yanez as Louisville builds toward the 2024 campaign.

“I am thrilled to be joining Racing Louisville,” VIggiano said. “It’s clear that Louisville is a club with tremendous growth on and off the field. Their mission and vision for the direction of the club is exciting and aligns with what I have envisioned for my career. I am so excited to be a part of this talented roster and Louisville community and to play in front of this incredible fan base.”

Louisville signs Yuuka Kurosaki to two-year contract (Jan. 4, 2024): Racing Louisville added to its midfield corps with the signing of 26-year-old Japanese midfielder and former University of Kentucky standout Yuuka Kurosaki through 2025. Kurosaki joins Racing after spending the 2023 season with Kuopion Palloseura (KuPS) in Finland, where she led her team to its third consecutive Kansallinen Liga title, scoring three goals. The central midfielder also made two appearances in the opening qualification round of the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Louisville trades goalkeeper Hillary Beall to San Diego (Jan. 8, 2024): Racing Louisville traded goalkeeper Hillary Beall in exchange for a natural second-round pick in the 2025 NWSL Draft. Beall played the last two seasons as Katie Lund‘s backup in goal.

Louisville re-signs forward Parker Goins to one-year contract (Jan. 9, 2024): Racing Louisville agreed to a new one-year deal with forward Parker Goins, 25. The 21st pick in the 2021 NWSL Draft scored three goals in 15 appearances across all 2023 competitions.

Kirsten Wright signs multi-year contract with Racing Louisville (Jan. 9, 2023): Racing Louisville and Kirsten (Davis) Wright agreed to a new three-year contract that runs through the 2026 season. Wright was originally drafted by Louisville in 2021, but elected to compete at Texas Tech for a fifth year. The club exercised the 2024 option on her club to keep Wright with Racing.

Parker Goins re-signs with Louisville (Jan. 9, 2024): Racing Louisville forward Parker Goins signed a one-year deal that keeps her with the organization through 2024. Goins scored three goals in 15 appearances across all competitions for Louisville in 2023.

Arin Wright joins Racing Louisville via trade with Chicago Red Stars (Jan. 12, 2024): Louisville acquired the Kentucky native and veteran defender in exchange for the No. 15 pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft and $125k in allocation funds.

Racing Louisville signs South Africa’s Linda Motlhalo (Jan. 17, 2024): Racing Louisville FC signed Linda Motlhalo to a two-year contract with a third-year option.

Colombia’s Elexa Bahr joins Racing Louisville (Jan. 18, 2024): Colombian forward Elexa Bahr signed a two-year contract with Racing Louisville FC. The 25-year-old helped América de Cali win the first stage of league play in Liga Professional Femenina.

Racing Louisville trades for Taylor Flint (Jan. 22, 2024): Racing Louisville FC acquired Taylor Flint (nee Kornieck) from the San Diego Wave in exchange for $150,000 in allocation money. Under a restructured contract, Flint is signed through 2025. “I’m super excited to have a chance to represent this organization,” Kornieck said in a statement released by Racing. “New beginnings are usually tough, but if the amount of support I have already received says anything about the future, this is going to be a special place.”

Louisville signs 18-year-old forward Milly Clegg (Jan. 22, 2024): Racing Louisville signed Milly Clegg, an 18-year-old forward from New Zealand, to a three-year contract. She is one of two players who played in three world cups in one calendar year (Under-20, Under-17 and senior).

Racing Louisville acquires $60,000 in allocation money (Jan. 24, 2024): As part of a three-team trade Racing Louisville acquired $60,000 in allocation money from Gotham FC. They traded away defender Julie Lester.

Racing Louisville signs goalkeeper Olivia Sekany to new one-year deal (Feb. 2, 2024): Racing Louisville signed goalkeeper Olivia Sekany to a new contract that keeps her with the club through the 2024 season.

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San Diego re-signs Amirah Ali through 2024 (Dec. 7, 2023): Amirah Ali, a forward and midfielder for the San Diego Wave, as re-signed with the club through the 2024 NWSL season, with an option for 2025. “We’re thrilled to re-sign Amirah to the Wave ahead of the 2024 season,” San Diego Wave General Manager Molly Downtain said. “She is a very talented forward with a huge upside and we look forward to her continued contributions to our club.”

Elyse Bennett traded to San Diego (Dec. 17, 2023): Bennett – who spent last NWSL season with OL Reign – was selected by the Utah Royals in Friday’s NWSL Expansion Draft. In exchange for Bennett, the Royals receive $40,000 in allocation money.

Sierra Enge traded to San Diego (Dec. 17, 2023): San Diego acquired midfielder Sierra Enge from the Houston Dash in exchange for Belle Briede, a third-round pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft and $60,000 in allocation funds. Enge was selected by Bay FC in the 2024 NWSL Expansion Draft and traded to Houston for $50,000 in allocation funds.

Savannah McCaskill signs with the San Diego Wave (Dec. 20, 2023): For the full report, click on the link to read Jeff Kassouf’s report on San Diego’s latest signing, Savannah McCaskill.

Free Agent Makenzy Doniak signs new contract to remain in San Diego through 2025 (Dec. 21, 2023): The midfielder signed a new two-year contract with the Wave despite being an unrestricted Free Agent this offeseason. Doniak joined the Wave ahead of the club’s inaugural season via a trade with the Chicago Red Stars. In two seasons with San Diego, the California native has appeared in 40 regular season games, scoring six goals and adding four assists.

“Makenzy is a talented and hard-working midfielder with a wealth of experience in this league,” said San Diego Wave FC General Manager Molly Downtain. “She’s been a reliable veteran leader for the Wave and we are excited she will continue her career in San Diego.”

Defender Christen Westphal re-signs with San Diego FC (Dec. 28, 2023): The veteran defender is now under contract with San Diego Wave FC through the 2025 season. She has made 47 appearances and 45 starts in her first two seasons with the Wave.

San Diego Wave FC Transfers Goalkeeper Shae Yanez to Bristol City (Jan. 5, 2024): The San Diego side transferred goalkeeper Shae Yanez to Bristol City of the Women’s Super League (WSL) for an undisclosed transfer fee. The 26-year-old signed with the Wave from London City Lionesses on April 26, 2023, on a permanent transfer. The goalkeeper made nine appearances (eight starts) across all competitions for San Diego.

San Diego acquires goalkeeper Hillary Beall in trade with Louisville (Jan. 8, 2024): San Diego acquired goalkeeper Hillary Beall in exchange for a natural second-round pick in the 2025 NWSL Draft. Beall spent the last two years as Katie Lund‘s backup in Louisville. She is currently on loan with Western United where she was tabbed as Goalkeeper of the Year in Australia’s A-League.

San Diego re-signs Emily van Egmond through 2025 (Jan. 10, 2024): San Diego re-signed Emily van Edmond, who was an unrestricted free agent. The veteran midfielder has played in the NWSL since its debut in 2013 and joined the Wave before their inaugural season in 2022.

2024 NWSL Draft (Jan. 12, 2024): San Diego sent $40,000 in allocation money and the 12th pick in the fourth round to Louisville in exchange for the 14th pick in the third. With it, the Wave selected Mya Jones. She will occupy an international roster spot.

Midfielder Kelsey Turnbow retires after two years (Jan. 26, 2024): Wave FC midfielder Kelsey Turnbow has announced her retirement from professional soccer after two seasons with San Diego. “This game has given me more than I could have ever dreamed of and to be able to leave this beautiful sport on my terms is something I am forever grateful for,” she said in a statement. Turnbow played in 40 matches for San Diego, and was drafted 18th overall in 2021. She was previously signed through 2024.

San Diego acquires defender Hanna Lundkvist (Feb. 1, 2024): San Diego Wave FC has acquired defender Hanna Lundkvist from Atlético de Madrid of Liga F in exchange for an undisclosed fee. The Sweden international joins the Wave on a one-year contract with mutual option for the 2025 NWSL season.

Wave acquire defender Kaitlyn Torpey (Feb. 5, 2024): San Diego acquired Kaitlyn Torpey from Melbourne City FC in the A-league for an undisclosed fee. She is signed through the 2025 season.

San Diego signs third-round draft pick Mya Jones (Feb. 6, 2024): The Wave signed forward Mya Jones, who they selected 42nd in the 2024 NWSL Draft, to a two-year contract. In five years at the University of Memphis, Jones scored 26 goals over 93 appearances.

Wave sign first-round draft pick Kennedy Wesley to a two-year contract (Feb. 8, 2024): San Diego signed defender Kennedy Wesley, the 12th pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft, to a two-year contract. Wesley played a record 104 matches at Stanford and helped lead the team to the 2019 NCAA championship.

Mexican international María Sánchez joins from Houston Dash (April 20, 2024): San Diego have inherited Sánchez’s contract from the Dash that runs through 2026 with a mutual option for 2027. In exchange, the Wave are sending $300,000 in Intra-League Transfer Funds, $200,000 in Allocation Money and an international slot in 2024 and 2025 to the Dash. The move comes after ESPN reported that Sánchez had requested an immediate trade out of Houston.

“We are thrilled to bring María to San Diego and offer her a warm welcome to our club and community,” said San Diego Wave FC President Jill Ellis. “For club and country, María has been an integral part of every team she has been on and her talent will be a wonderful addition to the club.” 

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OL Reign exercises Shae Holmes‘ contract option for 2024 (Dec. 8, 2023): The local University of Washington draftee is staying in Seattle another year after impressing in her rookie 2023 season. Picked 19th overall in the 2023 NWSL Draft, Holmes made nine starts in 12 appearances across all NWSL competitions, logging 839 total minutes. The defender played a pivotal role in the club’s unbeaten Challenge Cup group stage that saw them concede no goals and was named to the All-Tournament team, one of just two rookies named. “She was able to navigate an entire professional season physically and mentally in a way that proves she’s ready for the next step in the club,” said general manager Lesle Gallimore. “She played a lot of quality minutes during the year, remained healthy, and was a positive teammate. It’s going to be fun watching Shae’s continued development and contribution.”

Defender Alyssa Malonson signs a one-year contract with OL Reign (Dec. 8, 2023): The second-year defender out of Auburn University has re-signed with the Reign, keeping her with the club through the 2024 season after nine appearances across all competitions in 2023 and recording her first career NWSL assist. “She’s a gifted player who has shown dramatic improvement since joining the league and we look forward to her continued development and impact,” general manager Lesle Gallimore said of the signing.

Ryanne Brown signs with OL Reign through 2024 (Dec. 12, 2023): Defender Ryanne Brown has signed with OL Reign through the 2024 NWSL season. She was selected by OL Reign in the 2022 NWSL Draft and has made 18 regular-season appearances.

“Ryanne was a significant and critical contributor in 2023 and proved she can be a top-level defender in the NWSL,” general manager Lesle Gallimore said. “We’re pleased to have her back to continue her upward trajectory as a professional.”

Olivia Athens signs through 2024 with OL Reign (Dec. 14, 2023): Olivia Athens will return to OL Reign for another season, the club announced. Athens has signed through the 2024 NWSL season. She has been with the Reign since 2022, making 22 regular-season appearances.

Olivia Athens is a player whose trajectory has continued to climb in her time at the club,” general manager Lesle Gallimore said. “She is elite with the ball and has an advanced knowledge of the game for a relatively young player. She is competitive and strives for excellence in every part of her life. Her ideas and problem-solving capabilities under pressure have made her a huge asset for us and we’re excited to have her back.”

OL Reign brings back goalkeeper Laurel Ivory through 2024 (Dec. 14, 2023): Laurel Ivory has inked a one-year deal with NWSL side OL Reign, the club announced on Thursday. Ivory featured for the Reign during the NWSL Challenge Cup four times.

“Laurel returning is great news for the club. She has proven in a short period of time that she has a bright future in the NWSL and as a professional,” general manager Lesle Gallimore said. “Her work ethic, soccer acumen, and presence on and away from the pitch are a vital part of the culture on our team. She is a talented goalkeeper whose stock will only continue to rise.”

OL Reign acquires the 43rd overall pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft (Dec. 20, 2023): The Seattle-based side acquired the 43rd overall pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft from expansion side Bay FC in exchange for $75,000 in Allocation Money and the 55th overall pick. With the exchange of natural fourth-round picks, OL Reign currently holds the 27th and 43rd overall selections in the 2024 NWSL Draft.

Bethany Balcer signs extension with Reign through 2025 (Jan. 11, 2024): Bethany Balcer, who signed with the Reign in 2019 as an undrafted free agent will stay with the club through 2025. She led the team last season with six goals in 22 regular-season matches.

2024 NWSL Draft (Jan. 12, 2024): Reign trades $125,000 to the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for the third pick of the second round. With it, they selected Sam Meza from UNC.

Reign re-sign forward Tziarra King (Jan. 17, 2024): Seattle has re-signed Tziarra King through the 2024 season. She was a restricted free agent. King has appeared in 44 matches in the last three seasons with the Reign.

Reign re-sign midfielder Nikki Stanton (Jan. 18, 2024): Seattle Reign FC has re-signed Nikki Stanton through the 2024 season. Stanton, who has spent the last two seasons with the Reign, was an unrestricted free agent.

Seattle acquires defender Julia Lester and $20,000 in allocation money through three-team trade (Jan. 24, 2024): Seattle Reign FC acquired defender Julia Lester from Racing Louisville and $20,000 in allocation money from Gotham FC as part of a three-team trade. Seattle loses defender Sam Hiatt.

Seattle signs South Korean midfielder Ji So-Yun through the 2025 season (Jan. 24, 2024): Seattle Reign FC announced the addition of So-Yun through 2025, for an agreed-upon transfer fee to Suwon FC. Ji will join the Reign following the receipt of her visa.

Reign sign Welsh midfielder Angharad James and defender Lily Woodham (Jan. 31, 2024): Seattle Reign FC signed Welsh midfielder Angharad James and Welsh defender Lily Woodham through the 2025 NWSL season. Woodham also has a one-year mutual option in 2026.

Seattle Reign FC signs McKenzie Weinert (Feb. 22, 2024): Seattle Reign FC signed forward McKenzie Wienert through the 2024 NWSL season. She was a non-roster invitee during the 2023 preseason and was also a national team replacement player. She most recently played with Melbourne Victory FC in the A-Leaue Women.

Reign sign midfielder Sam Meza (March 7, 2024): Seattle Reign FC signed midfielder Sam Meza through the 2024 NWSL season after acquiring her with the 17th overall pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft. Meza was most recently an All-ACC Second Team selection in 2023 while playing at UNC.

Reign extend Julia Lester through 2025 (March 27, 2024): Seattle Reign FC extended defender Julia Lester‘s contract through the 2025 season. Lester, who previously played for Racing Louisville, was acquired through a three-team trade on Jan. 24.

Seattle extends Sofia Huerta‘s contract through 2027 (April 11, 2024): Seattle Reign FC and Sofia Huerta agreed to an extension that keeps the NWSL veteran with the club through the 2027 season. Huerta signed a two-year contract and exercised a club option.

Goalkeeper Kaylie Collins signs as short-term replacement player (April 20, 2024): An injury to starting goalkeeper Claudia Dickey has resulted in the Reign signing Collins as a goalkeeper replacement player to maintain three available keepers. Collins will be available pending receipt of her International Transfer Certificate (ITC) as she joins the NWSL from Western Sydney Wanderers in Australia’s A-league.

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Michele Vasconcelos signs with Utah (Nov. 21, 2023): Vasconcelos, a native of Sandy, Utah, has signed as a free agent with the Royals. The deal is through the 2025 NWSL season. Vasconcelos was most recently with the Portland Thorns, and was with the Utah Royals team in 2020.

“As I come back to Utah, for sure excitement is my main feeling, but I’m also feeling a ton of relief – I was devastated when the team left three years ago, as I’d only been back here a month,” Vasconcelos said, via a press release. “I grew up in Sandy, in the shadow of the Royals / RSL stadium. Now coming back for the second time around, it really feels too good to be true, now I really have the chance to live out my dream.”

Imani Dorsey signs with Utah as a free agent (Nov. 29, 2023): Imani Dorsey has signed a two-year contract with the Utah Royals FC as a free agent. The defender joins from Gotham FC, where she has spent her entire career since being drafted in 2018. Dorsey has featured in 72 matches and was named the 2018 NWSL Rookie of the Year.

“When I heard about URFC return, I was intrigued about the possibility of playing here,” Dorsey said, via a press release. “I came into the league in 2018, so during those first few seasons, traveling to Salt Lake City, this was a place I was very excited to experience. From the outside looking in, the amenities this club built up for women’s soccer was to be admired — setting the league standard even then.”

Dorsey continued: “The vision for this club is so inspiring, the attention to detail shown by (head coach) Amy Rodriguez and (sporting directory) Kelly Cousins makes me so excited for the second Royals iteration to create one of the premier destinations for soccer in the entire world, and I’m grateful to be asked to be a part of this expansion side. I am very excited to help grow Utah’s soccer culture. That’s one of the joys of being a professional, to being a part of the energy and the emotion of the crowd, the community, inspiring the next generation. I cannot wait to dive head-first into the Utah experience.”

Madison Pogarch signs with the Utah Royals (Dec. 7, 2023): The Utah Royals have announced that defender Madison Pogarch has signed with the club through the 2025 NWSL season. Pogarch has been with the Portland Thorns and, most recently, the San Diego Wave FC.

“I’m very excited for this day to arrive, it’s been in the works for a bit and to have it finally come together is a nice early Christmas present,” Pogarch said, via a press release. “I was fairly new to the league when the Utah Royals were around before, but I remember playing against Amy [Rodriguez, Royals coach]; the passion she has for the game you can’t help but see it in how she played and now in everything she does. Amy’s prowess in this game is evident with her playing at a high level for as long as she has, and now bringing that experience to build this team. In talking to Amy, the conversations that we have had stem from her being super-competitive, obviously wanting to do whatever it takes to win from the get-go. Nothing about this setup feels like an expansion team to me, as everyone I’ve talked to around the team is ready to hit the ground running, and that’s exciting.”

Utah acquires the No. 20 and No. 21 overall picks in the 2024 NWSL Draft from the Washington Spirit (Dec. 12, 2023).

Utah Royals FC acquire Mandy Haught from Gotham FC (Dec. 12, 2023): Mandy Haught is joining the Utah Royals, via a trade from Gotham FC. In return, Gotham will receive Expansion Draft protection from Utah, along with $150,000 in allocation money.

Utah acquires No. 4 overall pick in NWSL Draft and defender Kate Del Fava from Kansas City (Dec. 12, 2023): Kate Del Fava, defender, has been traded to the Utah Royals FC from the Kansas City Current. Utah also acquired the No. 4 overall pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft. In return, Kansas City receives Expansion Draft protection from Utah, along with $75,000 in allocation money.

Hannah Betfort joins Utah Royals from Portland Thorns (Dec. 12, 2023): Utah Royals FC acquires forward Hannah Betfort, $10,000 in Allocation Money and the 33rd overall pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft from the Portland Thorns in exchange for expansion draft protection.

Utah acquires Carly Nelson and allocation money from the Orlando Pride (Dec. 12, 2023): The Royals sent a 2024 international spot to the Orlando Pride–who already have full Expansion Draft protection— in exchange for goalkeeper Carly Nelson and $65,000 in Allocation Money. This trade sends the Lindon, Utah native back home.

Angel City sends a 2024 international spot and $100k in allocation funds to Utah (Dec. 12, 2023): Utah acquires a 2024 international spot and $100,000 in Allocation Money in exchange for giving Expansion Draft protection to the LA-based side.

Utah acquires forward Cameron Tucker and allocation funds from Houston Dash (Dec. 12, 2023): The Royals agreed to give Houston Dash protection in the upcoming Expansion Draft in exchange for bringing home BYU graduate Cameron Tucker and $50,000 in allocation money.

Utah sends Elyse Bennett to San Diego, receives $40,000 in allocation money in return (Dec. 17, 2023): From the Royals release: “Utah Royals FC today finalized the destination of former OL Reign FW Elyse Bennett, sending Friday’s expansion selection to San Diego Wave FC in exchange for $40,000 in Allocation Money. During an early timeout in Friday’s NWSL Expansion Draft…Utah Royals FC discussed with both Bennett and San Diego a potential transaction for the 23-year-old striker entering her third NWSL campaign.”

Utah signs defender Addisyn Merrick (Dec. 18, 2023): The Royals signed defender Addisyn Merrick as a restricted free agent. Merrick, who is under contract through the 2025 season, most recently played with the Kansas City Current.

Utah acquires Ify Onumonu from Gotham FC (Dec. 30, 2023): The Royals acquired forward Ify Onumonu from NWSL champion Gotham FC in exchange for $40,000 in allocation money. Onumonu is signed through the 2024-25 season. She played the last three seasons with Gotham and represented Nigeria in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Utah signs Swedish midfielder Agnes Nyberg (Jan. 2, 2024): The Royals signed free agent Agnes Nyberg for the 2024-25 season. Nyberg previously played for IK Uppsala in Sweden and was a member of the Swedish U23 team.

Utah signs Dutch midfielder Dana Foederer (Jan. 5, 2024): The Royals signed midfielder Dana Foederer for the 2024-25 season from Netherands-based Fortuna Sittard.

Utah Royals FC signs Canadian international Zoe Burns (March 7, 2024): Utah Royals FC signed Canadian international Zoe Burns to a one-year contract. Burns was selected 19th overall in the 2024 NWSL Draft out of USC, where she played for current Utah head coach Amy Rodriguez who was an assistant for the Trojans.

Royals sign draft pick defender Lauren Flynn (March 12, 2024): Utah Royals FC signed 16th overall pick Lauren Flynn on a one-year contract with an option for 2025. Flynn comes to the Royals out of Florida State University.

Utah signs draft pick Olivia Griffitts (March 21, 2024): Utah Royals FC signed defender Olivia Griffitts through the 2024 season with an option for 2025. She was the 20th overall pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft out of BYU.

Royals place Imani Dorsey on Season-Ending Injury List (April 12, 2024): Utah Royals FC has placed defender Imani Dorsey on the season-ending injury list after a successful surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon. She sustained the injury on March 22 against the North Carolina Courage. Dorsey, who won an NWSL title with NJ/NY Gotham FC last season, started each of her first two matches with the Royals and logged 134 minutes. She will continue rehabilitation with the Utah staff.

Utah Royals FC sign New Zealand midfielder Macey Leigh Fraser (April 15, 2024): The Royals announced that they had acquired and signed midfielder Macey Leigh Fraser to a three-year contract from Wellington Phoenix (Australian A-League). The transaction fee was for an undisclosed amount, per Monday’s press release.

Royals acquire midfielder Amandine Henry in trade with Angel City (April 20, 2024): Henry, a veteran player from France, has won an NWSL title and seven UEFA Women’s Champions League titles in her career.

“Amandine brings a wealth of experience as a player with a champion’s mindset. Her professional accomplishments speak for themselves, but her personality and leadership qualities will be invaluable as we continue to shape our identity here,” Royals sporting director Kelly Cousins said in a press release.

In exchange, Utah sends Angel City $75,000 in allocation money.

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Washington trades Dorian Bailey to Bay FC (Dec. 12, 2023): Dorian Bailey is joining expansion side Bay FC from the Washington Spirit, after spending the last five seasons in the nation’s capital. In return, Bay FC has agreed to protection in the Expansion Draft for Washington.

“Dorian is a dynamic player and made a significant and lasting impact on the Spirit organization as a whole,” President of Soccer Operations/General Manager Mark Krikorian said. “She played an important role in the club’s success both on and off the pitch and we wish her the best as she continues her professional career with Bay FC.” 

Washington sends NWSL Draft picks to Utah for Expansion Draft Protection (Dec. 12, 2023): Washington has sent the following picks to Utah: the No. 20 and No. 21 overall picks in the 2024 NWSL Draft, which is slated for January 12, 2024.

Washington re-signs Lyza Bosselmann to a three-year contract (Dec. 20, 2023): The Washington Spirit are investing in goalkeeper Lyza Bosselmann, signing her to a contract through the 2026 NWSL season. She has yet to make her NWSL debut.

“Lyza showed tremendous growth and potential as an NWSL goalkeeper throughout her rookie season,” President of Soccer Operations/General Manager Mark Krikorian said. “It was important for us to extend her time with the Spirit as she continues to develop as a professional player.”

Washington re-signs Paige Metayer through the 2026 NWSL season (Dec. 20, 2023): Washington also locked down midfielder Paige Metayer on a three-year deal, with a club option for the 2027 season.

“Paige proved herself to be a immediate starter last season and is a vital part of this team’s midfield,” President of Soccer Operations/General Manager Mark Krikorian said. “Keeping her with the Spirit is important to the club’s success and we’re looking forward to her continued growth as a professional.”

Washington Spirit signs goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart to new one-year contract (Jan. 5, 2024): The Free Agent goalkeeper Nicole ‘Barnie’ Barnhart has re-signed with the team on a new one-year contract, after joining the Spirit prior to the 2022 season. “Barnie is an invaluable part of this club and we’re thrilled to bring her back for another season,” said President of Soccer Operations/General Manager Mark Krikorian. “The experience and expertise she is able to provide her teammates both on and off the pitch will continue to be a great resource for this club.”

Washington Spirit signs defender Casey Krueger (Jan. 10, 2024): The Washington Spirit agreed to a three-year contract with veteran defender Casey Krueger, who made her NWSL debut with the Chicago Red Stars in 2016. Krueger, a Naperville, Ill., native, played for Washington Spirit general manager Mark Krikorian at Florida State University.

Spirit sign free agent Brittany Ratcliffe (Jan. 11, 2024): The Washington Spirit signed free agent forward Brittany Ratcliffe to a three-year contract. Ratcliffe has played in the NWSL since 2016, most recently with the North Carolina Courage.

Washington Spirit acquires third overall pick in 2024 NWSL Draft (Jan. 12, 2024): In a trade with the Chicago Red Stars, the Spirit sent ironwoman defender Sam Staab to the Windy City in exchange for the third overall pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft.

2024 NWSL Draft (Jan. 12, 2024): Washington trades midfielder Ashley Sanchez to the North Carolina Courage in exchange for $250,000 in allocation money and the fifth pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft. They used the pick for Hal Hershfelt.

Spirit sign Ashley Hatch to new three-year contract (March 5, 2024): The Washington Spirit signed forward Ashley Hatch to a three-year contract with a 2027 option. Her previous contract was set to expire after the 2024 season.

Washington signs rookie class to professional contracts (March 11, 2024): The Washington Spirit signed five 2024 draft picks and one un-drafted signee for their first professional seasons. The draft picks are Croix Bethune, Courtney Brown, Hal Hershfelt, Makenna Morris, and Kate Wiesner. The un-drafted signee is Heather Stainbrook.

Spirit sign Colombian midfielder Leicy Santon (April 2, 2024): The Washington Spirit agreed to terms with Colombian midfielder Leicy Santos on a three-year contract. She will join the club after concluding the Liga F season in Spain with Atlético Madrid.

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