NWSL Announces Players Selected in the 2020 NWSL Expansion Draft
Racing Louisville FC Adds 14 Players to Their Inaugural Roster Including USWNT Forwards Tobin Heath and Christen Press

CHICAGO (November 13, 2020) – The National Women’s Soccer League today announced the list of players selected by Racing Louisville FC in the 2020 NWSL Expansion Draft. Louisville was permitted to select up to two players, or one U.S. Allocated Player, from each NWSL team, and a total of two U.S. Allocated Players in total from all teams. The Chicago Red Stars sent forwards Yuki Nagasato and Savannah McCaskill to Louisville in exchange for full roster protection in the expansion draft, therefore did not have any additional players selected on Thursday night. For the full 2020 Expansion Draft process and procedures, click here.

With their first pick, Racing Louisville FC selected rookie defender Addisyn Merrick from the North Carolina Courage. Merrick was drafted 28th overall in the 2020 NWSL College Draft and started eight of North Carolina’s nine matches this season. The University of Kansas alum led all Courage rookie players in minutes played in 2020. Louisville also selected midfielder Lauren Milliet from North Carolina who made her first pro start at the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup. She started in all four NWSL Fall Series matches for the Courage earning her first career assist against Orlando on October 17.

Other notable additions to Racing’s inaugural roster are 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup Champions Erin Simon and Cece Kizer from the Houston Dash, and Australian international forwards Caitlin Foord and Alanna Kennedy from the Orlando Pride. Louisville strengthened their defense by selecting goalkeepers Katie Lund from the Washington Spirit and Michelle Betos from OL Reign who was named the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year in 2015. Rounding out the night, Racing bolstered their roster by obtaining the playing rights to U.S. Women’s National Team forwards Tobin Heath from Portland Thorns FC and Christen Press from Utah Royals FC. Both Heath and Press are currently playing for Manchester United Women of the FA Women’s Super League through the 2020-2021 season. With these final two selections of U.S. Allocated Players, both Utah and Portland will each receive $75,000 in allocation money. See below for the full list of drafted players. 

The NWSL Trade Window opens Friday, November 13, 2020 at 9am ET.

2020 NWSL Expansion Draft Picks (in the order of selection)

ADDISYN MERRICK

Position: Defender

Acquired from: North Carolina Courage

College: University of Kansas

Nationality: USA

Draft: 2020; Rd. 4, Pick 1

 

JULIA ASHLEY

Position: Defender

Acquired from: OL Reign

College: University of North Carolina

Nationality: USA

Draft: 2019; Rd. 1, Pick 6

 

JENNIFER CUDJOE

Position: Midfielder

Acquired from: Sky Blue FC

College: N/A

Nationality: GHA

Draft: Undrafted

 

CECE KIZER

Position: Forward

Acquired from: Houston Dash

College: University of Mississippi

Nationality: USA

Draft: 2019; Rd. 2, Pick 4

 

KATIE LUND

Position: Goalkeeper

Acquired from: Washington Spirit

College: University of Arkansas

Nationality: USA

Draft: Undrafted

 

ALANNA KENNEDY

Position: Defender

Acquired from: Orlando Pride

College: N/A

Nationality: AUS

Draft: Undrafted

 

LAUREN MILLIET

Position: Midfielder

Acquired from: North Carolina Courage

College: Colorado College

Nationality: USA

Draft: 2019; Rd. 2, Pick 5

 

KALEIGH RIEHL

Position: Defender

Acquired from: Sky Blue FC

College: Penn State University

Nationality: USA

Draft: 2020; Rd. 2, Pick 2

 

CAITLIN FOORD

Position: Forward

Acquired from: Orlando Pride

College: N/A

Nationality: AUS

Draft: Undrafted

 

KATIE MCCLURE

Position: Forward

Acquired from: Washington Spirit

College: University of Kansas

Nationality: USA

Draft: 2020; Rd. 3, Pick 5

 

ERIN SIMON

Position: Defender

Acquired from: Houston Dash

College: Syracuse University

Nationality: USA

Draft: Undrafted

 

TOBIN HEATH

Position: Forward

Acquired from: Portland Thorns FC

College: University of North Carolina

Nationality: USA

Draft: Undrafted

 

CHRISTEN PRESS

Position: Forward

Acquired from: Utah Royals FC

College: Stanford University

Nationality: USA

Draft: Undrafted

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