National Women's Soccer League Announces 2018 Allocated Players


The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the official list of allocated players for the 2018 NWSL season. A total of 34 players - 23 Americans and 11 Canadians - will be participating as Federation Players in the upcoming season.

In addition to the returning Federation Players, there are six newly assigned national team players set to participate in the upcoming season - including U.S. internationals Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) and Taylor Smith (Washington Spirit) as well as Canada internationals Adriana Leon (Sky Blue FC) and Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit).

Former allocated players Sydney Leroux (Orlando Pride), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride) and Meghan Klingenberg's (Portland Thorns FC) rights are with their current clubs, while the NWSL rights of Morgan Brian, who signed with French club Olympique Lyonnais, remain with the Chicago Red Stars.

All nine NWSL clubs have at least one allocated U.S. player - while five clubs have three or more on their team, with the North Carolina Courage leading the way with four allocated American players. Seven of the nine clubs in the league have a player allocated by Canada Soccer, with the three allocated Canadian players on Sky Blue FC the most of any team in the NWSL.

Below is the club-by-club list:

Chicago Red Stars
Julie Ertz (USA)
Alyssa Naeher (USA)
Casey Short (USA) 

Houston Dash
Jane Campbell (USA)*
Christen Press (USA)
Nichelle Prince (CAN)

North Carolina Courage
Allysha Chapman (CAN)
Sabrina D'Angelo (CAN)
Abby Dahlkemper (USA)*
Crystal Dunn (USA)*
Samantha Mewis (USA)
Lynn Williams (USA)

Orlando Pride
Ashlyn Harris (USA)
Alex Morgan (USA)
Shelina Zadorksy (CAN) 

Portland Thorns FC
Tobin Heath (USA)
Lindsey Horan (USA)
Christine Sinclair (CAN)
Emily Sonnett (USA) 

Seattle Reign FC
Allie Long (USA)
Megan Rapinoe (USA) 

Sky Blue FC
Janine Beckie (CAN)
Adriana Leon (CAN)*
Carli Lloyd (USA)
Kailen Sheridan (CAN) 

Utah Royals FC
Diana Matheson (CAN)
Kelley O'Hara (USA)
Amy Rodriguez (USA)
Becky Sauerbrunn (USA)
Desiree Scott (CAN)

Washington Spirit
Rose Lavelle (USA)
Mallory Pugh (USA)
Rebecca Quinn (CAN)*
Taylor Smith (USA)*

* = New Federation Player in 2018


2017 Allocations from U.S. Women's National Team Announced

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the official list of U.S. Women’s National Team allocated players for the 2017 season. The Orlando Pride will continue with its three allocated players: goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defender Ali Krieger and forward Alex Morgan.

Harris, 31, will be allocated for her second straight season with the Pride after becoming the 2016 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year last year. Harris posted a 1.33 goals-against average, 62 total saves and led the league with nine Save of the Week wins.

Krieger, 32, joined the Pride in a blockbuster offseason trade with the Washington Spirit, and is gearing up to compete in her first season on Orlando’s back line. Last year, Krieger led Washington to the 2016 NWSL Championship match – the team’s third straight postseason appearance.

Morgan, 27, is currently competing with French club Olympique Lyonnais and will rejoin the Pride following the conclusion of Lyon’s season. In 2016, Morgan finished second in scoring, with four goals on the year, and one assist. The Pride will retain Morgan’s NWSL rights while she competes in France.

In January, all three players were awarded CONCACAF end of the year awards, with Morgan winning Female Player of the Year; Harris winning Female Goalkeeper of the Year; and Krieger named to the Best XI squad.  Morgan and Krieger were also named the FIFPro Women’s World XI in March.

A total of 22 players will be participating as federation players in the upcoming NWSL season.

The following is a club-by-club list of U.S. federation players for the 2017 NWSL season:

Boston Breakers: Rose Lavelle*
Chicago Red Stars: Julie (Johnston) Ertz, Alyssa Naeher, Christen Press and Casey Short*
Houston Dash: Morgan Brian and Carli Lloyd
FC Kansas City: Sydney Leroux, Amy Rodriguez and Becky Sauerbrunn
North Carolina Courage: Samantha Mewis and Lynn Williams*
Orlando Pride: Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger and Alex Morgan
Portland Thorns FC: Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg, Allie Long and Emily Sonnett
Seattle Reign FC: Megan Rapinoe
Sky Blue FC: Kelley O’Hara
Washington Spirit: None

* = New federation player in 2017