The 2021 NWSL allocated player lists were released today. OL Reign’s total number of federation subsidized players is unchanged (for now), but the names of those who are allocated has shifted. Megan Rapinoe remains allocated by the United States, as she has been for every year in the NWSL, while Allie Long is no longer on the list of federation subsidized players and signed a new contract with the club for 2021. Quinn has been added to the allocated player list for Canada, which means that in addition to having their contract paid by the Canadian Soccer Association, they no longer occupy an international slot.
“We are appreciative of the support from Canada Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Federation again this season,” said OL Reign CEO Bill Predmore in a team release. “Their decision provides us with expected (but necessary) roster and cap flexibility that is crucial for us to realize our plans for the construction of our squad for the upcoming season.”
Notably, Rose Lavelle is also listed as a potential allocated player for the Reign, should she opt to return to the NWSL for any part of the 2021 season. Lavelle and Samantha Mewis, whose NWSL playing rights are held by North Carolina, are the only two U.S. national team players under contract overseas who hold that designation. Lavelle is currently signed with Manchester City through the end of the 2020/21 FA WSL season, which concludes in May.
Overall, 32 players will be allocated for 2021 — 22 from the United States and 10 from Canada. Teams with an excess of allocations will have a smaller salary cap for their remaining players, while teams with fewer allocations will have their cap increased to compensate.
The complete list of 2021 NWSL allocated players by team:
Chicago Red Stars: Tierna Davidson (USA), Julie Ertz (USA), Casey Krueger (USA), Alyssa Naeher (USA), Mallory Pugh (USA), Bianca St. Georges (CAN)*
Houston Dash: Jane Campbell (USA)*, Allysha Chapman (CAN), Kristie Mewis (USA)*, Nichelle Prince (CAN), Sophie Schmidt (CAN)
Kansas City: Desiree Scott (CAN), Diana Matheson (CAN)
North Carolina Courage: Samantha Mewis (USA)**, Lynn Williams (USA)*
Orlando Pride: Ashlynn Harris (USA), Ali Krieger (USA), Erin McLeod (CAN)*, Alex Morgan (USA)
OL Reign: Rose Lavelle (USA)**, Quinn (CAN)*, Megan Rapinoe (USA)
Portland Thorns FC: Adrianna Franch (USA), Becky Sauerbrunn (USA), Christine Sinclair (CAN), Sophia Smith (USA)*
Racing Louisville FC: None
Sky Blue FC: Carli Lloyd (USA), Midge Purce (USA)*, Kailen Sheridan (CAN)
Washington Spirit: Kelley O’Hara (USA), Emily Sonnett (USA), Andi Sullivan (USA)*
* = New Allocated Player in 2021
** = Player who will receive an allocated salary from U.S. Soccer should they return to the NWSL for the 2021 Season