The Houston Dash have joined the NWSL as an expansion team ahead of the 2014 season, and that means it’s about time for an expansion draft to help the new club build a roster.
That draft will be 8 a.m. Friday on a leaguewide conference call.
Teams that didn’t make the playoffs last season (Reign FC, Boston, Chicago, Washington) can protect up to 10 players from selection. Teams that qualified for postseason (FC Kansas City, Portland, Sky Blue FC, Western New York) can protect nine.
Any team with more than two U.S. allocated players must leave at least one unprotected. Seattle, for example, has four in Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and Stephanie Cox.
Protected lists will be revealed Wednesday.
Houston can select up to 10 players total, no more than two from any team. The Dash can select a maximum of two U.S. allocated players, along with one apiece from Canada and Mexico.
If a team loses a U.S. allocated player to Houston in the draft, then that team cannot lose another player. If a team loses a non-U.S. allocated player in the draft, then that team can add another player to its protected list.
Teams are required to protect players who are on loan from another league, non-allocated internationals or if there is a stipulation in their contract limiting movement within the NWSL.
Players eligible for the draft, according to a league release, include:
— Any current NWSL players
— Any player listed as a discovery player
— Any player claimed via waivers but is unsigned
— Any player that has been loaned to a club outside of the NWSL
— Any players who has her rights to play in the NWSL controlled by a specific team.
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Got all that? Not sure I do either, to be honest…