The first big roster movement of the NWSL offseason came today, as teams announced the players they’d make available for the Re-Entry Wire (a.k.a. waivers). The announcements also included full details of which players were still under contract, which had options exercised, which were allocated, and which were out of contract but offered new deals. So for the first time we have a detailed understanding of the contract status of the entire Reign roster.
The only Seattle player to be released to the Re-Entry Wire was defender Michelle Cruz, who made just a handful of appearances for the team over two seasons.
Eleven players had club options exercised on their existing contracts. That group includes Jess Fishlock, Nahomi Kawasumi, Manon Melis, Haley Kopmeyer, Lauren Barnes, Kendall Fletcher, Rumi Utsugi, Carson Pickett, Elli Reed, Lindsay Elston, and Andi Tostanoski.
Five players have completed their contract and been offered new ones. That group includes Bev Yanez, Merritt Mathias, Rachel Corsie, Kiersten Dallstream, and Havana Solaun.
Megan Rapinoe remains with the team as an allocated player, and the team still has Hope Solo’s rights, though her status is obviously very much in the air for next year after she was given a long suspension by US Soccer for post-game comments at the Olympics.
And wrapping up the known roster changes, team captain Keelin Winters has retired and Kim Little has been transferred to Arsenal.
Teams will be able to claim players off of the Re-Entry Wire tomorrow (October 20th), but given that these are players who are out of contract and weren’t offered a new one they’re mostly fringe talent.
The big moves will have to wait until later in the offseason when trades start happening, new internationals are announced, and the 2017 draft arrives in January.