NWSL closed in 2020 and started a series of trades in 2021. After a year of 2020 in which the Challenge Cup and the fall series were introduced, the league is looking ahead with the draft for the College 2021.
A litany of transfer rumors surfaced in the off-season, including the announcement of Sam Mewis’ move from North Carolina Courage to Manchester City. It was a move that signaled some sort of trend for US national team players as some went overseas in an uncertain year. This list includes Rose Lavelle, Christen Press, and Tobin Heath, among others.
With the New Year in full swing, more trades have taken place ahead of the upcoming draft, players are due to report in February.
Let’s take a look at some of the professions and players who have chosen to play football elsewhere in 2020 and parts of 2021.
Chicago red stars
- Emily Boyd – HB Køge (loan) – Denmark
- Rachel Hill – Linköpings FC (loan) – Sweden
- Cassie Miller – Apollon Ladies FC (Loan) – Cyprus
- Makenzy Doniak – HB Køge (loan) – Denmark
- Kayla Sharples – Kudpion Palloseura (loan) – Iceland
- Yuki Nagasato – Hayabusa Eleven (Japanese Men’s Teams – Loan) – Traded after Lousiville
- Nikki Stanton – signed with Chicago for the 2021 season
- Exchange Michele Vasconcelos for Utah Allocation Money for Utah Royals FC
- Savannah McCaskill and Yuki Nagasato joined Racing Louisville FC as part of the 2020 draft expansion.
- Acquired Mallory Pugh and Sarah Woldmoe from Sky Blue FC in exchange for international slots in 2021 and 2022, # 4 and 8 in the NWSL draft 2021, and a conditional selection in the first round in the 2022 draft.
- Acquired Emily Ogle and Gabby Seiler of Portland Thorns in exchange for 7th and 37th selections in the 2021 NWSL College Draft
North Carolina Courage
- Sam Mewis – Manchester City (Transfer, NC retains the player’s NWSL rights) – England
- Hallie Mace – Kristianstads DFF (loan) – Sweden
- Lindsay Agnew – KIF Örebro (loan) – Sweden
- Denise O’Sullivan – Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) – England
- Abby Dahlkemper – Manchester City (multi-year contract signed) – England
- Diane Caldwell – Signed With Club – Ireland
- Engaged in three-way trading with OL Reign and Portland Thorns FC for Crystal Dunn. Acquisition of Casey Murphy and $ 140,000 in allotment funds.
- Acquisition of Taylor Smith player rights to Jodie Taylor in trade with OL Reign in exchange for Ally Watt
- Jaelene Daniels
- McKenzie Meehan
- Camila – Palmeiras (loan) – Brazil
- Erin McLeod – Starmennan Youth Club (loan) – Iceland
- Ali Riley – FC Rosengard (loan) – Sweden
- Phoebe McClearnon – Växjö DFF (loan) – Sweden
- Emily Sonentt – Kopparbergs / Göteborg FC – Sweden (US player, short-term loan)
- Jade Moore – Atlético Madrid – Spain (loan until 2021, Orlando retains player rights)
- Shelina Zadorsky – Tottenham (2020 with option) – England
- A. Kennedy – Tottenham (2020 with option) – England
- Carson Pickett – Apollon Ladies FC (Loan) – Cyprus
- Claire Emslie – Everton FC (Loan) – England
- Emily van Egmond – West Ham United FC Women (Loan) – England
- Taylor Kornieck – Club to be announced (loan) – Germany
- Emily Sonnett was traded in exchange for Meggie Doughtery-Howard, the No. 9 NWSL 2021 draft selection, a conditional selection for the first round in 2022 or 2023, and $ 140,000 in allotment funds to Washington Spirit.
- Lauren Barnes – Kristianstads DFF (loan) – Sweden
- Adrienne Jordan – UD Granadilla Tenerife (Player’s Transfer / Retains NWSL) – Spain
- Rebecca Quinn – Vittsjö GIK (signed extension before loan)
- Jodie Taylor – Olympique Lyonnais – France (transfer / retention of player NWSL rights)
- Yuka Momiki – Linköpings FC – Sweden (Loan)
- Jess Fishlock – Reading FC – England (Loan)
- Darian Jenkins – FC Girondins de Bordeaux (loan) – France
- Machaela George – Fortuna Hjørring A / S (loan) – Denmark
- Acquisition of Rose Lavelle from Washington Spirit in consideration for grant funds and OL Reign’s natural choice in first round for 2022; Lavelle will play overseas for Man City in 2020, with OL Reign retaining her NWSL player rights.
- The Brazilian youth international Angelina signs a three-year contract with the government, double national status.
Portland Thorns FC
- Acquired Crystal Dunn in three stores with NC Courage and OL Reign in exchange for first-round selection in 2022, an international slot for 2021, and $ 250,000 in allotment funds.
Racing Louisville FC
- Extension selection: Addisyn Merrick (D), Julia Ashley (D), Jennifer Cudjoe (M), CeCe Kizer (F), Katie Lund (GK), Alanna Kennedy (D / M), Lauren Milliet (F), Kaleigh Riehl (D ), Caitlin Foord (F; right), Katie McClure (F), Erin Simon (D), Michelle Betos (GK), Tobin Heath (F; right), Christen Press (F, right)
- Brooke Hendrix – Acquired on Disclaimers
- Freja Olofsson – signed with Louise until 2022 – Sweden
- Acquired Savannah McCaskill and Yuki Nagasato from the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for full protection of rosters in the 2020 draft expansion.
Sky Blue FC
- Naho Kawasumi – INAC Kobe (loan) – Japan
- Elizabeth Eddy – Vittsjö GIK (loan) – Sweden
- Evelyne Viens – Paris FC (loan) – France
- Kaleigh Riehl – FC Paris (loan) – France
- Sodam Lee – South Korean international – signed with Sky Blue until 2021
- He traded Mallory Pugh and Sarah Woldmoe for Chicago Sl Stars in exchange for international slots in 2021 and 2022, numbers 4 and 8 in the NWSL draft in 2021 and a conditional selection in the first round in the draft 2022.
KC WOSO (formerly Utah Royals FC)
- Acquired Michele Vasconcelos from the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for $ 55,000 in grant awards
- Acquired Kelley O’Hara from Utah Royals in consideration for $ 75,000 in grant monies plus additional consideration based on the number of NWSL regular season games O’Hara will play for the Spirit in 2021.
- Tziarra traded to OL Reign, Darian Jenkins acquired and rights to Meg Brandt
- Kaiya McCullough – waived – player to pursue overseas opportunity
- Brooke Hendrix – repealed – picked up from Louisville waivers
- Jaye Boissiere decided against it
- Jenna Hellstrom – waived
- Meg McCool – waived
- Jessie Scarpa – waived
- Crystal Thomas – waived
- Rose Lavelle to OL Reign in exchange for $ 100,000 in grant awards and her natural choice in the first round in 2022.
- Acquired Emily Sonnet of Orland Pride in exchange for Meggie Doughtery-Howard, the No. 9 NWSL Draft Selection in 2021, a conditional selection for the first round in 2022 or 2023, and $ 140,000 in allotment funds.
- Acquired Kelley O’Hara from Utah Royals in return for $ 75,000 in grant monies plus additional consideration based on the number of regular NWSL season games O’Hara will play for the Spirit in 2021.