NWSL has released a list of 19 players available on the re-entry wire. These are players whose contracts have expired or who have not had contract options exercised by their clubs, and whose rights are now available to other clubs. These rights must be claimed by Tuesday, November 5 at 1 PM ET, and any claims will be announced the same day at 3 PM.
April Bockin (Chicago Red Stars)
Grace Cutler (Houston Dash)
Clare Polkinghorne (Houston Dash)
Kyah Simon (Houston Dash)
Julia Spetsmark (NC Courage)
Kaycie Tillman (NC Courage)
Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (Portland Thorns)
Jaycie Johnson (Reign FC)
Amandine Pierre-Louis (Sky Blue FC)
Kyra Carusa (Sky Blue FC)
McKenzie Berryhill (Washington Spirit)
Megan Crosson (Washington Spirit)
Cali Farquharson (Washington Spirit)
Amy Harrison (Washington Spirit)
Elise Kellond-Knight (Washington Spirit)
Chloe Logarzo (Washington Spirit)
Arielle Ship (Washington Spirit)
Tiffany McCarty (Washington Spirit)
Shae Yanez (Washington Spirit)
Teams are also ranked in a tiebreaker order in case a player is claimed by more than one team. Once a team exercises their tiebreaker to claim a player, they move to the bottom of the list.
1. Orlando Pride
2. Sky Blue FC
3. Houston Dash
4. Utah Royals FC
5. Washington Spirit
6. Reign FC
7. Portland Thorns FC
8. Chicago Red Stars
9. North Carolina Courage
It’s clear from the players whose rights were waived that the Washington Spirit are looking to clean house in the offseason, as well as clear some space for international players. Combined with the new league financial rules surrounding allocation money, wherein each team can buy up to $300,000 to pay players beyond the salary cap, the Spirit could be eyeing big international talent, particularly as they ended the 2019 season tantalizingly out of reach of playoffs. Spirit ownership may see this is a good time to try and continue the momentum of 2019’s rebuild season by adding a ringer or two, or even to bring in four or five sturdy-but-not-red-hot talents who could make a huge difference over the course of a season.
On the flipside, we can see that both Utah and Orlando have opted not to place any players on the re-entry wire. Both Laura Harvey and Marc Skinner are perhaps determined, then, to try again next season with the roster they know.
Who do you want to see picked up from the list? Are there any good value players here you think teams could pick up? Let us know in the comments!