Friday, January 10, 2014

FCKC Lose Sesselmann in Expansion Draft

The NWSL held their first expansion draft today for the Houston Dash. The 10 round draft saw Houston able to select 10 players from the existing eight teams.
In the third round of the draft, the Dash selected Canadian international, Lauren Sesselmann from Kansas City. The defender had formed a solid partnership with Becky Sauerbrunn last year as FCKC finished second in the overall standings.
On the other side of things though, the rumors are that Sesselmann will not be returning to the NWSL at all. That she will join former Blues' teammate, Desiree Scott in Europe with another team. I'm sure the Dash will make a play to keep Sesselmann here, but I don't see that as a likely outcome.
One of the surprises of the draft though was who the Blues protected when Sesselmann was selected. They protected the rights to one of their discovery players, Sarah Hagen. Hagen is a 24 year old forward that currently plays for Bayern Munich's women's team. She's scored 51 goals in 38 games for the German side. That's the same German team that two FCKC players, Erika Tymrak and Bianca Henninger, went on loan to this winter. It certainly seems like she could be a big help to FCKC's offense if they can get her to return to the US.  Hagen was also called up this past December to a two week camp with the US women's team.
For the expansion draft, here's the full list of players taken by Houston.
Brittany Bock (Sky Blue FC)
Tiffany McCarty (Washington)
Lauren Sesselmann (Kansas City)
Meleana Shim (Portland Thorns)
Ella Masar (Chicago)
Meghan Klingenberg (Boston)
Arianna Romero (Seattle Reign FC)
Becky Edwards (Portland Thorns)
Danesha Adams (Sky Blue FC)
Kika Toulouse (Washington)

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