NWSL Player Allocation

“It’s been a pretty terrific week for U.S. Women’s soccer, starting on Monday in Zurich, where Abby Wambach won FIFA Women’s Player of the Year and Pia Sundhage won Coach of the Year. It was a great start. And today, from our perspective, it’s a great end to the week as we allocate 55 players, all of our gold medalists, 13 of Canada’s bronze medalists and 16 members of the Mexican national team. It’s really an exciting time. We’ve worked very hard with our two associations, Canada and Mexico, in this matter over the last several weeks and with our Women’s National Team. They’ve been extraordinarily positive in trying to move this along. We’re not done with all the t’s and i’s in our agreement with them, but they understand how important it is to keep the ball moving forward. We’re very pleased we can make this announcement with 55 players. It’s not been an easy process to go through this allocation, but we’ve taken a big step forward.”

On the allocation process, including Abby Wambach heading to the Western New York Flash in Rochester:
“The first criteria was the preference of the players, and Abby is very fond of her hometown. I don’t need to say much more than that. She loves where she grew up, loves playing there and is very much looking forward to going back there. The very strong preference from the team and the player, in this case, made that one easy.” more