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NWSL Allocations: Reign Lose Moscato

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The 2015 NWSL player allocations leave the Reign mostly unchanged, but they lose a defender who was never able to have an impact on the field.

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The NWSL has announced the list of allocated players for the 2015 season. If you're not up on NWSL structure, that's the list of players whose salaries are paid for by the US, Mexican, and Canadian federations and who are assigned directly to teams in the league.

The bad news is that the CSA de-allocated Reign defender Carmelina Moscato. Faced with taking over the salary of a deallocated player -- as they did last year with Keelin Winters -- but of a player who might only be available a handful of games due to her national team commitments, the Reign have apparently declined and have announced that Moscato is looking for opportunities outside of NWSL.

The team acquired Moscato in the shakeup following the 2013 season, in the trade that sent Kaylyn Kyle to Boston. She spent most of the season injured and finished with just 12 minutes played, but she was a locker room favorite and will clearly be missed.

The good news is that there are Canadian and Mexican allocations. Mexico has reportedly long been unhappy with how little playing time their players are getting in the league. And Canada has similar complaints, plus suggestions by their national team coach John Herdman that he'd like to have their national team together for nearly the entire early NWSL season to prep for the 2015 World Cup that they'll be hosting.

Other than Moscato, the Reign are unaffected by the new allocation. As expected, they retain their three big USWNT stars: Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, and Sydney Leroux. And they continue to have no allocation from the Mexican WNT. Last season they lost their only Mexican allocated player where Arianna Romero was taken by the Houston Dash in their expansion draft.

Here's the full list of allocations by club (with the asterisks being newly allocated players):

Boston Breakers
Kristie Mewis (USA)
Alysa Naeher (USA)
Nkem Ezurike (CAN)*
Bianca Sierra (MEX)*

Chicago Red Stars
Shannon Boxx (USA)
Julie Johnston (USA)*
Christen Press (USA)
Karina LeBlanc (CAN)
Adriana Leon (CAN)
Melissa Tancredi (CAN)
Rachel Quon (CAN)

Houston Dash
Meghan Klingenberg (USA)
Carli Lloyd (USA)
Allysha Chapman (CAN)*
Erin McLeod (CAN)
Lauren Sesselmann (CAN)

FC Kansas City
Nicole Barnhart (USA)
Lauren Holiday (USA)
Heather O’Reilly (USA)
Becky Sauerbrunn (USA)
Amy Schilling (USA)

Portland Thorns FC
Tobin Heath (USA)
Alex Morgan (USA)
Rachel Van Hollebeke (USA)
Christine Sinclair (CAN)
Kaylyn Kyle (CAN)
Rhian Wilkinson (CAN)*

Seattle Reign FC
Sydney Leroux (USA)
Megan Rapinoe (USA)
Hope Solo (USA)

Sky Blue FC
Kelley O'Hara (USA)
Christie Rampone (USA)
Jonelle Filigno (CAN)
Monica Ocampo (MEX)

Washington Spirit
Crystal Dunn (USA)
Ashlyn Harris (USA)
Ali Krieger (USA)
Diana Matheson (CAN)
Veronica Perez (MEX)
Arianna Romero (MEX)

Western New York Flash
Whitney Engen (USA)
Abby Wambach (USA)