2014 NWSL Expansion Draft

The 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft was a special draft held on January 10 by the National Women's Soccer League to allow the expansion side Houston Dash to select players. The Dash were allowed to select ten players from the existing eight NWSL teams.


  • 2013 playoff teams may protect up to 9 players, and 2013 non-playoff teams up to 10.
  • Clubs with more than two US allocated players must leave at least one unprotected.
  • The Dash are allowed to pick up to two players from any existing team, though choosing a US allocated player is considered as using both picks.
  • The Dash are allowed to pick no more than two US allocated players, one Canadian allocated player, and one Mexican allocated player.
  • When an existing club loses a player, they may protect one of their remaining unprotected players.
  • Existing clubs are required to protect players that are...
    • On loan from another league
    • A non-allocated international player
    • Contractually limited against potential movement between teams

Expansion draft results

# Team Player Previous Team
1 Houston Dash Brittany Bock Sky Blue FC
2 Houston Dash Tiffany McCarty Washington Spirit
3 Houston Dash Lauren Sesselmann FC Kansas City
4 Houston Dash Meleana Shim1 Portland Thorns FC
5 Houston Dash Ella Masar Chicago Red Stars
6 Houston Dash Meghan Klingenberg Boston Breakers
7 Houston Dash Arianna Romero Seattle Reign FC
8 Houston Dash Becky Edwards Portland Thorns FC
9 Houston Dash Danesha Adams Sky Blue FC
10 Houston Dash Kika Toulouse Washington Spirit

1On January 10, 2014, it was announced that Shim was drafted by the Houston Dash with the fourth pick in the 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft.[1] She was traded back to the Thorns one week later during the NWSL College Draft.[2]

Team-by-team breakdown

  • Bold indicates a player was selected in the expansion draft
  • Italic indicates a player whose rights are owned but is not under contract
  • Blue, green, and red highlights indicate US, Mexican, and Canadian allocated players
  • Yellow highlight indicates non-allocated international players or players on loan from another league
  • ^Indicates a player that was protected after a teammate had been drafted


  1. "Houston Dash select 10 players in 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft". Houston Dash Communications. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  2. Goldberg, Jamie (17 January 2014). "Portland Thorns reacquire Meleana Shim and shake up roster at NWSL College Draft". The Oregonian. Retrieved 5 February 2014.

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