NWSL free agency tracker: USWNT stars Crystal Dunn, Rose Lavelle, Becky Sauerbrunn all hit the market


The NWSL’s second-ever free agency period began in earnest on Tuesday as expansion sides Utah Royals and Bay FC became the first teams on the board to sign players.

The Royals inked Micele Vasconcelos after her mutual option for the 2024 season at the Portland Thorns was declined. The move marks a homecoming for the midfielder, who grew up in the club’s home of Sandy, Utah and played for the Royals during their previous stint in the NWSL. Bay FC chimed in later that day by signing Caprice Dydasco, the 2021 NWSL Defender of the Year who spent the last two seasons with the Houston Dash.

The free agency window opened on Monday and sets up for a busy offseason. More than 70 players with at least five years of experience in the NWSL can move around as free agents during this offseason, and the list includes some eye-popping names. U.S. women’s national team star Crystal Dunn is one of them and has already confirmed that she will leave the Portland Thorns after three seasons and one championship. Fellow Thorn and international teammate Becky Saurebrunn is also on the list, as are international teammates Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis are also whose contracts with OL Reign and the Kansas City Current, respectively, expired at the end of the season.

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Here’s an updating list of players who are on the move — and where they end up — as the NWSL’s second free agency period gets underway.

MID Angelina TBD OL Reign
MID Taylor Aylmer TBD Racing Louisville FC
GK Nicole Barnhart TBD Washington Spirit
GK Michelle Betos TBD NJ/NY Gotham FC
DEF Camryn Biegalski TBD Washington Spirit
GK Emily Boyd TBD Chicago Red Stars
DEF Amber Brooks TBD Washington Spirit
FWD Simone Charley TBD Angel City FC
DEF Allysha Chapman TBD Houston Dash
MID Emily Curran TBD Houston Dash
DEF Tierna Davidson TBD Chicago Red Stars
GK Ella Dederick TBD Houston Dash
FWD Makenzy Doniak TBD San Diego Wave FC
FWD Imani Dorsey TBD NJ/NY Gotham FC
FWD Crystal Dunn TBD Portland Thorns FC
DEF Caprice Dydasco Bay FC Houston Dash
MID Elizabeth Eddy TBD Angel City FC
FWD Emina Ekic Melbourne City Racing Louisville FC
MID Sinead Farrelly TBD NJ/NY Gotham FC
MID Bayley Feist TBD Washington Spirit
DEF Sabrina Flores TBD NJ/NY Gotham FC
DEF Emily Fox TBD North Carolina Courage
MID Makamae Gomera-Stevens TBD Houston Dash
DEF Sarah Gorden TBD Angel City FC
FWD Paulina Gramaglia TBD Houston Dash
FWD Shea Groom TBD Houston Dash
DEF Madison Hammond TBD Angel City FC
MID Tori Huster TBD Washington Spirit
GK Brittany Isenhour TBD Angel City FC
GK Devon Kerr TBD Houston Dash
FWD Tziarra King TBD OL Reign
DEF Meghan Klingenberg TBD Portland Thorns FC
DEF Ali Krieger Announced retirement NJ/NY Gotham FC
DEF Casey Krueger TBD Chicago Red Stars
DEF Natalia Kuikka TBD Portland Thorns FC
MID Rose Lavelle TBD OL Reign
MID Jordyn Listro TBD Orlando Pride
MID Allie Long TBD NJ/NY Gotham FC
FWD Cheyna Matthews Announced retirement Chicago Red Stars
DEF Merritt Mathias Angel City FC (one-year deal) Angel City FC
MID Savannah McCaskill TBD Angel City FC
FWD Jessica McDonald TBD Racing Louisville FC
DEF Tegan McGrady TBD Portland Thorns FC
DEF Addisyn Merrick TBD Kansas City Current
MID Sam Mewis TBD Kansas City Current
GK Cassie Miller TBD Kansas City Current
FWD Nadia Nadim TBD Racing Louisville FC
FWD Yuki Nagasato TBD Chicago Red Stars
DEF Kiki Pickett TBD North Carolina Courage
DEF Madison Pogarch TBD San Diego Wave FC
MID Taylor Porter TBD Portland Thorns FC
FWD Megan Rapinoe Announced retirement OL Reign
FWD Brittany Ratcliffe TBD North Carolina Courage
DEF Cari Roccaro TBD Chicago Red Stars
DEF Maria Sanchez TBD Houston Dash
DEF Becky Sauerbrunn TBD Portland Thorns FC
MID Desiree Scott TBD Kansas City Current
DEF Kayla Sharples TBD Chicago Red Stars
FWD Marissa Sheva TBD Washington Spirit
MID Mana Shim TBD NJ/NY Gotham FC
DEF Cheyenne Shorts TBD San Diego Wave FC
FWD Christine Sinclair TBD Portland Thorns FC
DEF Emily Sonnett TBD OL Reign
DEF Bianca St. Georges TBD Chicago Red Stars
MID Nikki Stanton TBD OL Reign
MID Ella Stevens TBD Chicago Red Stars
DEF Kylie Strom TBD Orlando Pride
FWD Mallory Swanson TBD Chicago Red Stars
MID Emily Van Egmond TBD San Diego Wave FC
FWD Michele Vasconcelos Utah Royals Portland Thorns FC
MID Marisa Viggiano TBD Houston Dash
MID Dani Weatherholt TBD Angel City FC
FWD Mallory Weber TBD Kansas City Current
DEF Christen Westphal TBD San Diego Wave FC
MID McCall Zerboni TBD NJ/NY Gotham FC





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