NWSL 2023-24 Free Agents List – Equalizer Soccer

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    The deadline has passed for team options and now NWSL free agents can officially start their negotiations ahead of the 2024 season.

    There are two distinct types of free agency coming into play, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted free agency is what we traditionally think of with free agency, the players have the right to choose the team they want to negotiate and sign with. There are 55 players who fall under this category for the upcoming season.

    This year, as per the CBA, players only need five NWSL service years in order to qualify. A service year means that a player is signed with a team at any time during the league season except for players on player-elected leave or players on leave for the entirety of that period. Free agents cannot actually sign with new clubs until the December 5th deadline given by the league.

    Last Name First Name Current Club Free Agent Status
    Barnhart Nicole Washington Spirit Unrestricted
    Betos Michelle NJ/NY Gotham FC Unrestricted
    Boyd Emily Chicago Red Stars Unrestricted
    Brooks Amber Washington Spirit Unrestricted
    Charley Simone Angel City FC Unrestricted
    Chapman* Allysha Houston Dash Unrestricted
    Curran** Emily Houston Dash Unrestricted
    Davidson Tierna Chicago Red Stars Unrestricted
    Doniak Makenzy San Diego Wave FC Unrestricted
    Dorsey Imani NJ/NY Gotham FC Unrestricted
    Dunn Crystal Portland Thorns FC Unrestricted
    Dydasco Caprice Houston Dash Unrestricted
    Eddy Elizabeth Angel City FC Unrestricted
    Farrelly* Sinead NJ/NY Gotham FC Unrestricted
    Feist Bayley Washington Spirit Unrestricted
    Flores** Sabrina NJ/NY Gotham FC Unrestricted
    Gorden Sarah Angel City FC Unrestricted
    Groom Shea Houston Dash Unrestricted
    Huster Tori Washington Spirit Unrestricted
    Kerr Devon Houston Dash Unrestricted
    Klingenberg** Meghan Portland Thorns FC Unrestricted
    Krieger*** Ali NJ/NY Gotham FC Unrestricted
    Krueger Casey Chicago Red Stars Unrestricted
    Lavelle Rose OL Reign Unrestricted
    Long Allie NJ/NY Gotham FC Unrestricted
    Matthews* Cheyna Chicago Red Stars Unrestricted
    Mathias** Merritt Angel City FC Unrestricted
    McCaskill Savannah Angel City FC Unrestricted
    McDonald Jessica Racing Louisville FC Unrestricted
    McGrady** Tegan Portland Thorns FC Unrestricted
    Mewis Sam Kansas City Current Unrestricted
    Nadim Nadia Racing Louisville FC Unrestricted
    Nagasato* Yuki Chicago Red Stars Unrestricted
    Pogarch* Madison San Diego Wave FC Unrestricted
    Rapinoe*** Megan OL Reign Unrestricted
    Ratcliffe* Brittany North Carolina Courage Unrestricted
    Roccaro Cari Chicago Red Stars Unrestricted
    Sauerbrunn Becky Portland Thorns FC Unrestricted
    Scott Desiree Kansas City Current Unrestricted
    Sharples Kayla Chicago Red Stars Unrestricted
    Shim Mana NJ/NY Gotham FC Unrestricted
    Shorts Cheyenne San Diego Wave FC Unrestricted
    Sinclair Christine Portland Thorns FC Unrestricted
    Sonnett Emily OL Reign Unrestricted
    St. Georges Bianca Chicago Red Stars Unrestricted
    Stanton Nicole OL Reign Unrestricted
    Strom Kylie Orlando Pride Unrestricted
    Swanson Mallory Chicago Red Stars Unrestricted
    Van Egmond Emily San Diego Wave FC Unrestricted
    Vasconcelos* Michele Portland Thorns FC Unrestricted
    Viggiano Marisa Houston Dash Unrestricted
    Weatherholt Danielle Angel City FC Unrestricted
    Weber Mallory Kansas City Current Unrestricted
    Westphal Christen San Diego Wave FC Unrestricted
    Zerboni McCall NJ/NY Gotham FC Unrestricted
    * = mutual options for 2024, ** = affected by arbitration, *** = announced retirement at the conclusion of this season

    Restricted free agents can negotiate with any team, but once they have an agreed-upon SPA, their current team gets seven days to match the qualified offer. If the originating team decides not to match, the player is free to join the new team.

    Last Name First Name Current Club Free Agent Status
    Angelina OL Reign Restricted
    Aylmer Taylor Racing Louisville FC Restricted
    Biegalski Camryn Washington Spirit Restricted
    Dederick Ella Houston Dash Restricted
    Ekic Emina Racing Louisville FC Restricted
    Fox Emily North Carolina Courage Restricted
    Gomera-Stevens Makamae Houston Dash Restricted
    Gramaglia** Paulina Houston Dash Restricted
    Hammond Madison Angel City FC Restricted
    Isenhour Brittany Angel City FC Restricted
    King Tziarra OL Reign Restricted
    Kuikka Natalia Portland Thorns FC Restricted
    Listro** Jordyn Orlando Pride Restricted
    Merrick Addisyn Kansas City Current Restricted
    Miller Cassie Kansas City Current Restricted
    Pickett Kiki North Carolina Courage Restricted
    Porter Taylor Portland Thorns FC Restricted
    Sánchez Maria Houston Dash Restricted
    Sheva Marissa Washington Spirit Restricted
    Stevens Ella Chicago Red Stars Restricted
    * = mutual options for 2024, ** = affected by arbitration, *** = announced retirement at the conclusion of this season

    Looking at the per-team breakdown, we can see that Chicago and Houston have the largest number of free agents overall with both with 10, while Orlando is on the other side of the spectrum with only 2 total. Gotham and the Reign have been the most active teams trying to lock down potential free agents with four apiece.

    On the left is the current free agents, on the right is the number signed to extensions or new contracts throughout the season

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