The National Women’s Soccer League announced the full list of protected and unprotected players ahead of Dec. 16’s expansion draft, which will see Angel City FC and San Diego Wave FC fill out their rosters for the 2022 season.
Each NWSL team is permitted to protect nine total players, including one U.S. federation player. All other U.S. federation players must be left unprotected for the expansion clubs. Players on the discovery list are not eligible for selection during the draft.
In the nine-round draft, Angel City and San Diego will alternate picks and may select one player from each NWSL team, but only one U.S. allocated player.
Teams receiving protection from both clubs are Chicago Red Stars, Kansas City Current, NJ/NY Gotham FC and North Carolina Courage. Racing Louisville FC and Portland Thorns FC have received expansion protection from Angel City through separate transactions. OL Reign has protected its forwards from Angel City, while Washington Spirit have received protection of their U.S. allocated players from Angel City and full protection from San Diego.
The NWSL Expansion Draft will air on CBS Sports Network on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.
Jane Campbell (U.S. Federation Player), Rachel Daly (International – ENG), Makamae Gomera-Stevens, Shea Groom, Haley Hanson, Katie Naughton, Nichelle Prince (CAN Federation Player), Maria Sanchez, Gabby Seiler
Bethany Balcer, Alana Cook, Angelina, Jessica Fishlock, Sofia Huerta, Rose Lavelle (U.S. Federation Player), Quinn (CAN Federation Player), Phallon Tullis-Joyce, Ally Watt
Mikayla Colohan (College Protected Player), Taylor Kornieck, Sydney Leroux, Phoebe McClernon, Alex Morgan (U.S. Federation Player), Courtney Petersen, Amy Turner (International – ENG), Marta, Viviana Villacorta
Bella Bixby, Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan, Natalia Kuikka (International – FIN), Emily Menges, Olivia Moultrie, Raquel Rodriquez (International – CRC), Sophia Smith (U.S. Federation Player), Morgan Weaver
Gemma Bonner (International – ENG), Kristen Davis (College Protected Player), Emina Ekic, Emily Fox, Cece Kizer, Katie Lund, Nadia Nadim (International – DEN), Freja Olofsson (International – SWE), Ebony Salmon (International – ENG)
Dorian Bailey, Aubrey Bledsoe, Bayley Feist, Ashley Hatch, Tara McKeown, Julia Roddar (International – SWE), Trinity Rodman, Ashley Sanchez, Sam Staab