CHICAGO – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the official list of U.S. Women’s National Team allocated players for the 2017 season. A total of 22 players will be participating as federation players in the upcoming NWSL season.
In addition to returning federation players, there are four newly allocated U.S. Women’s National Team players that will be among the ten clubs, including Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars) and Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage).
The 2017 season will be the start of Chicago’s Julie Ertz and Christen Press’ fifth year with the WNT. Ertz will look to earn her 50th cap for the U.S., just three appearances away, while Press will look for her 50th international goal being only nine goals shy. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher will be entering her fourth year for the U.S. with 12 caps under her belt. This will be Short’s first allocated year with the National Team, but has already earned six caps for country during the NWSL offseason.
The following is a club-by-club list of U.S. federation players for the 2017 NWSL season:
Boston Breakers: Rose Lavelle*
Chicago Red Stars: Julie (Johnston) Ertz, Alyssa Naeher, Christen Press and Casey Short*
Houston Dash: Morgan Brian and Carli Lloyd
FC Kansas City: Sydney Leroux, Amy Rodriguez and Beck Sauerbrunn
North Carolina Courage: Samantha Mewis and Lynn Williams*
Orlando Pride: Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger and Alex Morgan
Portland Thorns FC: Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg, Allie Long* and Emily Sonnett
Seattle Reign FC: Megan Rapinoe
Sky Blue FC: Kelley O’Hara
Washington Spirit: None
* = New federation player in 2017