In return the Thorns get “$100,000 in Allocation Money, a 2022 NWSL Draft natural second round pick and roster immunity in the 2022 NWSL expansion draft from Angel City FC.”
With the logjam at forward this is hardly shocking. The only part that even surprises me is ACFC taking both forwards; given her 2021 I genuinely expected to see Lussi’s name on the waiver wire, but clearly this was the plan all along.
If the club has a similar deal with San Diego we should read about it later today or perhaps tomorrow, but the FO may be willing to accept the loss of a single player.
Update 12/10: Per Kassouf the club is, in fact, going to make that deal, sending Christen Westphal and the rights to Amirah Ali to San Diego in return for protection, the the club is now fully protected from the expansion draft.
I’ll miss Si-money, as a player, as a person, as an activist. She seemed like a wonderful prospect when she walked on several years ago, and I was chuffed when she signed after persisting in following her dream here. I wish her all the best…except when she plays PTFC.
Tyler Lussi? Well…she was a good troop, did what she was asked, worked her hardest, and no player can be asked more than that. Good luck in the future…with the same caveat.
In other news today the club exercised their options on six players: Hannah Betfort, Shelby Hogan, Meaghan Nally, Madison Pogarch, Abby Smith, and Morgan Weaver.
Players safely signed include Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan, Emily Menges, Olivia Moultrie, Natalia Kuikka, Raquel Rodriguez, and Yazmeen Ryan.
Keep in mind that “safely signed” is only effective in the NWSL. If Horan is, in fact, eyeing a move to Europe? This means nothing unless the team is willing to refuse to terminate her contract. That won’t happen; as we saw with Carpenter and Raso, the club will let the player depart amicably rather than burn that bridge.
The news release also noted that offers have been made to Bella Bixby, Celeste Boureille, Marissa Everett, Kelli Hubly, and Meghan Klingenberg.
And – in what given the rumors is interesting – both Angela Salem and Christen Westphal. Hopefully that is good fan-news that both players are at least potentially going to return next year.
Taylor Porter – who I honestly forgot even existed, I’m sorry, Porter! – was waived (sorta – she was a replacement this summer for the OG) and I assume that means that Raisa Strom-Okimoto has also been let go.
Now we’ll have to wait for Friday and the protected list.