This just in from the league:
The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) has announced the allocation of 55 National Team players to the eight clubs as 23 Americans, 16 Canadians and 16 Mexicans found out their teams for the inaugural 2013 season. The allocation process was conducted with assistance from a panel of experts familiar with the player pools, including individuals from the collegiate level, recent professional and semi-professional clubs, and the youth and senior national team level in North America. Along with the panel's collective input on the technical ability of the players, in preparation for the allocation, players selected their preferred destinations and the clubs also provided their preference with regard to specific players and qualities of players desired. Based on the input from the panel of experts and the teams, players were assigned numerical values on quality and desirability. "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." U.S. Soccer is subsidizing the salaries of the 23 American players, while the Canadian Soccer Association and the Federation of Mexican Football will each do the same for 16 players. With 23 U.S. players available for the allocation, all but one of the eight teams received three U.S. Women's National Team players with the Western New York Flash getting two Americans in Olympic heroes Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach, who last Monday was named the 2012 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year. Following are the 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)
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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 play 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.