The NWSL offseason has been one of the busiest yet, with a high-profile right-back moving abroad and defending champions Gotham FC loading up on USWNT talent.
Here, we will break down the biggest transfers of USWNT players.
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Emily Fox, the 25-year-old starting right-back on the USWNT's 2023 World Cup team, signed for Arsenal on January 11. Arsenal is third in the FA Women's Super League table, three points back from league leaders Chelsea. Fox is an accurate and progressive passer who covers lots of ground and is calm in possession.
Arsenal are +300 to win the FAWSL, second in the odds behind Chelsea, who are -150.
Gotham FC beat OL Reign in the NWSL Championship, but clearly the team was not satisfied. This year is the first iteration of NWSL free agency thanks to the latest collective bargaining agreement, and Gotham is taking full advantage.
They have signed midfielder Rose Lavelle (92 USWNT caps, 24 goals), midfielder/fullback Crystal Dunn (140 caps, 24 goals), center back Tierna Davidson (51 caps), and midfielder/defender Emily Sonnett (83 caps).
Gotham already had its fair share of stars: 2023 NWSL Championship MVP Midge Purce, prolific goalscorer Lynn Williams, USWNT defender Kelley O'Hara, former USWNT midfielder Allie Long, and 2023 NWSL Rookie of the Year Jenna Nighswonger.
Davidson and Sonnett will likely form a center back partnership with Ali Krieger retiring. Dunn will probably play at one fullback spot with O'Hara at the other, although Dunn could form a dominant midfield with Lavelle, Long, and Nighswonger. Purce and Williams should fill two of the three forward/wing spots if 2023 NWSL Coach of the Year Juan Carlos Amoros sticks with his favored 4-3-3 formation.
Kristie Mewis, a 32-year-old midfielder with 53 USWNT caps and seven USWNT goals to her name, is joining West Ham in the FA Women's Super League from Gotham FC. Mewis contributed one assist in 13 NWSL matches last season and ranks in the top 15 percent of players in shot-creating actions and touches in the attacking penalty area.
West Ham needed a big signing as they sit in 11th place out of 12 teams in the FAWSL. They will hope Mewis can provide the spark needed to climb the table.
Odds mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.