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NWSL: Teams make trades before preseason begins

The NFL isn’t the only market that has teams making deals left and right.

The NWSL is starting to call in players to report to preseason training. All 10 NWSL teams made various different roster moves over the summer, and one team even changed it’s location- and name. However, moves are still being made, and trades are being completed.

FC Kansas City was one of the teams involved in a trade. The club announced that they acquired Becca Moros in a trade with the Houston Dash.

Moros, 31, started her senior professional career in 2007, signing with the former Washington Freedom. She stayed with the Freedom until 2010, finishing with 68 appearances, scoring 11 goals.

The midfielder then moved on to former club magicJack for one season in 2011 where she made eight appearances. Her career then took her for one season with the former Western New York Flash, where she made nine appearances.

From 2012-14 her career took her abroad. Moros signed with INAC Kobe Leonessa in Japan where she made 10 appearances.

She returned to the NWSL in 2014 when she signed with the Portland Thorns. Her time in Portland was short-lived, and but she made 18 appearances. She then went to FC Kansas City, making 20 appearances before spending last season with the Houston Dash, where she made 15 appearances. She has yet to score an NWSL goal.

“The knowledge and experience that Becca brings will be vital for us in achieving our goals for next season,” said head coach Vlatko Andonovski. “She is a great player with great understanding of the game and can adjust to any style, system and philosophy very fast.”

As for the Dash, they will receive FC Kansas City’s highest third round 2018 NWSL College Draft pick.

Another NWSL trade occurred when the North Carolina Courage sent goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom to the Portland Thorns.

Eckerstrom, 23, has made three NWSL appearances for the Western New York Flash (the Flash moved to North Carolina to become the NC Courage this past offseason) in 2016. She totaled 16 saves in her 270 minutes on the pitch.

Eckerstrom is a graduate from Penn State University. She made 85 collegiate appearances for the Nittany Lions from 2011-15.

“We are excited to welcome Britt to Portland; she is a talented young goalkeeper with a tremendous work ethic and desire to be the best,” said Thorns head coach Mark Parsons. “Britt brings great athletic ability and quality distribution, and I look forward to seeing her develop and compete under the guidance of Thorns FC goalkeeper coach Nadine Angerer.”

Spirit make big signings, Sky Blue waives Stanley

The Washington Spirit aren’t letting any more players stray in the free agency.

The Spirit signed both of their NWSL College Draft picks and re-signed six players to new contracts.

The two draft picks are forward Lindsay Agnew and midfielder Meggie Dougherty Howard. The terms of their rookie contracts were not disclosed, per league rules.

“Lindsay has great talent and potential,” said general manager and head coach Jim Gabarra. “With her recent call ups to National Team camp and to the Algarve Cup, she has created good positive momentum with Canada heading into preseason, and we look forward to having her join us. Meggie gained tremendous experience with our club last summer. She fit in immediately, and we feel fortunate that we could draft and sign her.”

The Spirit also locked down Cali Farquharson, Cheyna Williams, Estelle Johnson, Alyssa Kleiner, Joanna Lohman and Kristie Mewis.

“We are very happy to have signed these quality players to new contracts,” said Gabarra. “We expect healthy competition at all positions, and we are excited to see all of our team here at the [Maryland] SoccerPlex.”

Terms of their contracts were not disclosed.

While the Spirit made signings, up north Sky Blue FC made the decision to waive goalkeeper Caroline Stanley.

Stanley, 23, started her career with the Seattle Reign, making two appearances, before heading to Sky Blue. Last season, she started 11 matches where she made 33 saves in 940 minutes of game action.

On Twitter, Sky Blue FC tweeted that they wanted to “thank Caroline Stanley for her year of service to our club.”

NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush steps down

Jeff Plush is no longer the NWSL commissioner.

Plush announced that he had stepped down from the position on March 2. The NWSL are immediately looking for Plush’s replacement.

“It has been a privilege to play a role in the growth and promise of the NWSL, and especially so when I think of the talented and committed individuals I’ve worked with who will continue to dedicate themselves to the women’s game and this truly amazing league,” said Plush.

“I thank Dan Flynn, Sunil Gulati, team owners and the players for their trust and belief in me as a steward of their league and our game,” Plush continued. “I now look forward to my next adventure with the comfort in knowing NWSL is in a great place today, with even better days ahead.”

“As commissioner over the past two seasons, Jeff Plush has been integral in the stability and rise of NWSL, and his body of work will provide his successor an excellent blue print to follow in the years ahead,” U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said. “We will immediately explore candidates to succeed Jeff, who will leave as a friend and with great respect from all of us at U.S. Soccer and the NWSL.”


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Rachael McKriger
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