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NWSL releases protected players list for 2020 Expansion Draft

The Thorns have 11 players protected and 24 unprotected.

Portland Thorns FC v OL Reign

The National Women’s Soccer League announced on Thursday the protected players list for the nine clubs, including Portland Thorns FC, for the upcoming 2020 NWSL Expansion Draft. Every team was allowed to protect up to 11 players/U.S. Allocated Players, with up to two U.S. Allocated Players from the 2020 NWSL season.

The Thorns have 11 players protected for the draft and 24 unprotected. The NWSL noted in their press release that retired players such as Katherine Reynolds, who retired just last week, have their playing rights with their most recent NWSL club. Here’s the full list of Thorns players:


Protected Players

Unprotected Players

  • Nadine Angerer (Playing Rights)
  • Bella Bixby
  • Celeste Boureille
  • Marian Dougherty
  • Brittany Eckerstrom
  • Marissa Everett
  • Adrianna Franch (US Allocated)
  • Tobin Heath (US Allocated, Playing Rights)
  • Tyler Lussi
  • Andressa Machry (Playing Rights)
  • Nikki Marshall (Playing Rights)
  • Meagan Morris (Playing Rights)
  • Meaghan Nally
  • Emily Ogle
  • Madison Pogarch
  • Hayley Raso (Playing Rights)
  • Katherine Reynolds (Playing Rights)
  • Angela Salem
  • Becky Sauerbrunn (US Allocated)
  • Gabby Seiler
  • Katrina Tarr (Playing Rights)
  • Rachel Van Hollebeke (Playing Rights)
  • Christen Westphal
  • Sandra Yu (Playing Rights)

The 2020 NWSL Expansion Draft will take place next Thursday on Nov. 12, streaming on the NWSL’s Twitch channel. For the full list of protected and unprotected players, click here. For all Expansion Draft rules and procedures, click here.