Megan Rapinoe unprotected in draft, but will remain in Seattle

Megan Rapinoe was left unprotected in OL Reign’s draft expansion.
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It creates a neat and interesting storyline that Megan Rapinoe does it is not protected for Thursday’s NWSL expansion draft, until you think about it.

For one thing, Rapinoe is 36, and as much as selecting her would allow an expansion team to have an immediate draw card, she’s definitely not a player to build a team on in 2022. That’s not to say Rapinoe isn’t a player yet. elite player, as he scored six goals in 11 games for OL Reign this year. It’s the part where she only plays 11 games.

The two forwards OL Reign protected in the draft are both 24 years old: Ally Watt and 2021 top scorer Bethany Belcar. That, too, might be a little too much, though, due to the Seattle club’s specific draft expansion scenario.

San Diego Wave FC can pick any unprotected OL Reign player, but Angel City FC is prohibited from selecting any OL Reign forward. That just means needing an idea of ​​what a team will do, and San Diego already has an international striker in the mid-1930s in another former OL Reign face, England’s Jodie Taylor, who played at Seattle from 2018-20 and spent last season with Orlando Pride, scoring three goals in 13 games.

The Wave also acquired Makenzy Doniak, Katie Johnson, and Kelsey Turnbow in a trade with the Chicago Red Stars, making San Diego far less likely to target Rapinoe in the draft.

It would be good news not only for Seattle football fans, but perhaps for the basket heads as well. Sue Bird, after all, hasn’t yet said whether she’ll be returning to Storm for another season or calling it a career, and when you make that decision, your partner’s job moving a thousand miles away is of the kind of thing. which can affect your thinking.


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