Wednesday, January 08, 2014

FC Kansas City Released Protected List for NWSL Expansion Draft

The NWSL today announced the list of protected players for each of their eight existing clubs ahead of Friday's expansion draft for the Houston Dash. Being one of the four teams that made the playoffs last year, FC Kansas City was allowed to protect nine players currently on their roster.
With the news that Desiree Scott was leaving for Notts County and Lauren Sesselmann also now looking likely to leave, both of KC's allocated Canadians end up on the unprotected list. This allowed KC to protect a couple other players that they likely would have been unable to protect previously. Overall though I wasn't too far off on my guesses that I made the other night.
KC was able to protect three of their four US allocated players, and went with Lauren Holiday, Amy Rodriguez, and Becky Sauerbrunn. They also protected their two players that had recently been called up, in Leigh Ann Robinson and Erika Tymrak. With Scott gone I said they'd definitely protect Jen Buczkowski and that was true. The other three players were Melissa Henderson, Nikki Krzysik, and Merritt Mathias.
That goes leave US goalkeeper, Nicole Barnhart available, but the Dash did trade for Canadian goalkeeper, Erin McLeod yesterday so that could take them off the market of grabbing a starting caliber goalkeeper Friday. A back up like Bianca Henninger though wouldn't be out of the question. The Dash could also look to grab someone like Sinead Farrelly.
Here's the full list.
Jen Buczkowski    
Melissa Henderson             
Lauren Holiday (USA)
Nikki Krzysik         
Merritt Mathias   
Leigh Ann Robinson           
Amy Rodriguez (USA)
Becky Sauerbrunn (USA)
Erika Tymrak
Nicole Barnhart (USA)
Elizabeth Bogus   
Sinead Farrelly    
Jamie French       
Bianca Henninger               
Katie Kelly            
Casey Loyd           
Cecilia Santiago (MEX)
Desiree Scott (CAN)
Lauren Sesselmann (CAN)
Nia Williams
Discovery Player #1
Discovery Player #2
Discovery Player #3           
Discovery Player #4           
Discovery Player #5           
Discovery Player #6

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