Yesterday marked the first official day of the NWSL free agent signing period during which teams will be allowed to sign up to four players, except the Western New York Flash who will be allowed to sign up to five.
“The first part of this process will be this signing period for teams to add four, or in the case of Western New York five, additional players to the allocated players and the players taken in the college draft,” said NWSL Executive Director Cheryl Bailey. “The teams will have to have done their due diligence in scouting and evaluation and it will be exciting to see the rosters come together.”
Teams will have until January 31 to sign their free agents before the remaining free agents will be placed into the NWSL Supplemental Draft.
“When you are starting a league, you have to be creative and resourceful in determining the best way to stock the rosters and after discussions with all the clubs we think we’ve come up with a process that is equitable and logical,” Bailey said.
Although the NWSL has yet to release the date of the draft, the date that has been floated around is either February 5th or 6th. During today’s #WSoccerChat on Twitter, Chicago Red Stars General Manager Alyse LaHue gave us a little more insight into the free agent draft pool. LaHue mentioned that teams will be providing the league a list of approximately 10 players to be added to the draft pool. Teams will then be required to draft from the submitted players. Any players not revealed on their list can be added at a later date as a discovery player.
As far as why teams have not made any official free agent signing announcements, LaHue said the teams have not been given approval to do so yet, however it looks like players and agents were held to a different standard as both Allie Long and Leslie Osborne announced their signings via Twitter a little over a week ago.
So … have any guesses on who’s going where? Let us know in the comments below.