U.S. stars allocated to new women's pro-league teams

Now we know where the stars of the U.S. women’s national team will be playing in America’s latest women’s pro-league - the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, January 15, 2013 Now we know where the stars of the U.S. women’s national team will be playing in America’s latest women’s pro-league.

Alex Morgan is going to Portland Thorns FC, Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd will be with the Western New York Flash and Megan Rapinoe is heading for the Seattle Reign FC. The U.S. team’s star goalie Hope Solo is also heading to join Seattle Reign FC. That’s just a few of the players that helped the U.S. team win the Olympic gold in London last summer and many of them considered the best players in the world.

The local based team Washington Spirit, were allocated Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger and
Lori Lindsey. Canadian star Christine Sinclair, who scored a hat-trick against the U.S. in the semifinal game at the Olympics, will play in Portland.

A Step Towards Building the League’s Foundation

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) allocated 55 national team players: 23 Americans, 16 Canadians and 16 Mexicans  to the eight clubs for the inaugural 2013 season. The allocation process was conducted with assistance from a panel of experts familiar with the player pools.

“This allocation process is obviously a big step in building the foundation for this league and each of the teams will benefit from a group of very talented players,” said NWSL executive director Cheryl Bailey. “This is always a difficult process, but we believe there was a fair distribution of talent across all eight teams and with the NWSL College Draft coming up in Indianapolis on Jan. 18, the rosters of the clubs will really start to take shape.”

With 23 U.S. team players available for the allocation, all but one of the eight teams received three U.S. players with the Western New York Flash just getting Lloyd and Wambach, who last Monday was named the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.

The following is the full team-by-team allocations:

Boston Breakers
Sydney Leroux (USA)
Heather Mitts (USA)
Heather O’Reilly (USA)
Adriana Leon (CAN)
Rhian Wilkinson (CAN)
Anisa Guajardo (MEX)
Cecilia Santiago (MEX)

Chicago Red Stars
Shannon Boxx (USA)
Amy LePeilbet (USA)
Keelin Winters (USA)
Erin McLeod (CAN)
Carmelina Moscato (CAN)
Maribel Dominguez (MEX)
Dinora Garza (MEX)

FC Kansas City
Nicole Barnhart (USA)
Lauren Cheney (USA)
Becky Sauerbrunn (USA)
Desiree Scott (CAN)
Lauren Sesselmann (CAN)
Renae Cuellar (MEX)
Marylin Diaz (MEX)

Portland Thorns FC
Rachel Buehler (USA)
Tobin Heath (USA)
Alex Morgan (USA)
Luz Saucedo (MEX)
Marlene Sandoval (MEX)
Karina LeBlanc (CAN)
Christine Sinclair (CAN)

Seattle Reign FC
Megan Rapinoe (USA)
Amy Rodriguez (USA)
Hope Solo (USA)
Kaylyn Kyle (CAN)
Emily Zurrer (CAN)
Jenny Ruiz (MEX)
Teresa Noyola (MEX)

Sky Blue FC
Jill Loyden (USA)
Kelley O’Hara (USA)
Christie Rampone (USA)
Sophie Schmidt (CAN)
Melanie Booth (CAN)
Monica Ocampo (MEX)
Lydia Rangel (MEX)

Washington Spirit
Ashlyn Harris (USA)
Ali Krieger (USA)
Lori Lindsey (USA)
Robin Gayle (CAN)
Diana Matheson (CAN)
Alina Garciamendez (MEX)
Teresa Worbis (MEX)

Western New York Flash
Carli Lloyd (USA)
Abby Wambach (USA)
Bryana McCarthy (CAN)
Jodi-Ann Robinson (CAN)
Veronica Perez (MEX)
Pamela Tajonar (MEX)

The NWSL is an eight-team league organized and administered by the U.S. Soccer Federation that will begin playing in the spring of 2013. The eight founding clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC (New York/New Jersey), the Washington Spirit, and the Western New York Flash.

John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.
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