January 15, 2013

USA: National Women’s Soccer League, the new 8-team league set for an April 2013 start: location-map with team info / Plus the 2013 NWSL Allocation Draft, with the 55 American, Canadian, and Mexican players listed by team.

National Women’s Soccer League, with players listed from the 2013 NWSL Allocation Draft [55 USSF/CSA/FMF players]

Official site of the National Women’s Soccer League,

    NWSL allocation draft on Jan. 19, 2013: 23 American, 16 Canadian, and 16 Mexican players allocated to the 8 new NWSL teams [55 players] -

Update, NWSL 2013 season, week 1 [April 13/14], from The Equalizer, by Jeff Kassouf, ‘NWSL attendance watch: Week 1‘ ( [ is now on the blogroll].

The newly-formed National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is a professional women’s league operated by the US Soccer Federation (USSF), in affiliation with the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) & the Mexican Fútbol Federation (FMF). The 8-team NWSL is set to start in April 2013. The allocation draft sent 7 or 6 players to the 8 teams. The NWSL College Draft is now set for Friday January 18h (see 3rd link below).

National Women’s Soccer League‘ (

NWSL at facebook,

From, ‘NWSL College Draft to Take Place on Friday, Jan. 18 at the NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis‘.

The National Women’s Soccer League will be the third attempt to establish a women’s pro soccer league in the United States. Both previous atempts lasted 3 seasons (the Women’s United Soccer Association lasted from 2001 to 2003; and Women’s Professional Soccer lasted from 2009 to 2011). One big difference this time is that the soccer federations of the USA and Canada (the USSF and the CSA), and the fútbol federation of Mexico (the FMF) wil be paying the salaries of the players they have placed in the allocation draft. There were 55 players placed in the allocation draft – 23 players who have played for the USA women’s soccer team; 16 players who have played for the Canada women’s soccer team; and 16 players who have played for the Mexico women’s fútbol team. The lower-left-hand corner of the map page shows the whole list of players grouped by their new pro teams. I have included 16 player-photos – 2 player photos per team for each of the 8 NWSL teams. In deciding on which 2 players per team I would showcase via the photos, I consulted a few articles on the NWSL allocation draft including the article linked to right below (by Richard Farley).

From, by Richard Farley, ‘Morgan to Portland, Solo to Seattle as Pacific Northwest dominates NWSL allocation‘.

From, ‘NWSL Announces Allocation of 55 National Team Players to Eight Clubs‘.

Here are 2 more articles on the 2013 NWSL Allocation Draft…

From the [Rochester] Democrat & Chronicle, from Jan.14, 2013, by Jeff DiVeronica, ‘Abby Wambach on playing for the WNY Flash: ‘A dream come true’.’ (

From Richard Farley, from Jan.12, 2013, ‘Thoughts as Seattle’s GM reacts to NWSL allocation, losing Alex Morgan‘ (

Below: The NWSL allocation draft on Jan. 19, 2013 featured 55 American, Canadian, and Mexican players allocated to the 8 new NWSL teams, including –
Alex Morgan to Portland Thorns; Abby Wambach to Western New York Flash; and Megan Rapinoe to Seattle Reign…
Photo credit above -

Photo and Image credits on map page-

Stadia photos and Players’ photos -
Boston Breakers:
FW- Sydney Leroux (USA),
GK- Cecilia Santiago (MEX),

Chicago Red Stars:
FW- Maribel Domínguez (MEX), photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images Europe via
MF- Keelin Winters (USA),

FC Kansas City:
MF/FW- Lauren Cheney (USA),
MF/DF- Desiree Scott (CAN), Canadian Olympic Committe via

Portland Thorns:
FW- Alex Morgan (USA), photo from
FW- Christine Sinclair (CAN),

Seattle Reign:
Stadium, Joe Mabel at
MF- Megan Rapinoe (USA),
GK- Hope Solo (USA), photo from

Sky Blue FC:
FW- Mónica Ocampo (MEX), photo by Ding Xu/Xinhua via
DF- Sophie Schmidt (CAN), photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images Europe via

Washington Spirit:
Stadium, Kevin Borland at
GK- Ashlyn Harris, photo from
DF- Alina Garcuamendez (MEX),

Western New York Flash:
Stadium, via Screenshot of video uploaded by strawberrycroc at, ‘7/20/11 CROWD OF OVER 15,000 DO WAVE AT SAHLEN’S STADIUM!!‘.
MF- Carli Lloyd, photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images Europe via
FW- Abby Wambach, photo by Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports/
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at, ‘National Women’s Soccer League‘.
Thanks to for the team lists (on the map page) from the 2013 NWSL Allocation Draft.
Thanks to FC Kansas City site for this article, ‘FC KANSAS CITY NAMES VENUE FOR 2013 SEASON‘ (

Thanks to for photos of the 2013 NWSL jerseys,

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