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Mexican-American stars on the move
July 1st, 2013 10:50PM

TAGS:  canada, mexico, women's national team


[NWSL] FC Kansas City and the Seattle Reign FC exchanged Mexican-American stars in the biggest trade in NWSL's young history. FCKC sent Renae Cuellar, tied for fifth in the league with five goals, to the Reign for midfielder Teresa Noyola and the NWSL rights to defender Nikki Krzysik for the 2014 season.

Cuellar got off to a hot start, scoring the first goal in league history and four goals in her first five games, but she was slowed with a knee injury on June 6 and lost her starting job.

The Reign has Megan Rapinoe back from French club Lyon to handle the playmaking duties but it needs help up front.

Both Cuellar and Noyola were born and raised in California and played in the U.S. youth system before switching their allegiances and playing for Mexico.

The deal was the second in recent days involving an exchange of allocated players. Boston dealt Canadian defender Carmelina Moscato to Chicago for Canadian forward Adriana Leon.

Wednesday, July 3
Seattle vs. Boston
Washington vs. FC Kansas City
Thursday, July 4
Chicago vs. Western NY
Saturday, July 6
Sky Blue FC vs. Washington
Portland vs. Boston
Sunday, July 7
FC Kansas City vs. Western NY

27 Sky Blue FC 8-3-3 24/15
26 Portland 8-3-2 18/11
23 FC Kansas City 7-4-2 20/13
21 Western NY 6-2-4 22/12
15 Boston 4-5-3 20/21
12 Chicago 3-6-3 13/20
8 Seattle 2-9-2 10/22
6 Washington 1-7-3 9/22

8+1+1 Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City)
7+2 Sydney Leroux (Boston)
7 Abby Wambach (Western NY)
6+1 Sophie Schmidt (Sky Blue FC)
5 Lisa De Vanna (Sky Blue FC)
5 Alex Morgan (Portland)
5 Renae Cuellar (FC Kansas City)

Wednesday, July 10
Washington vs. Chicago
Thursday, July 11
Seattle vs. Western NY
Saturday, July 13
Sky Blue FC vs. Boston
Yurcak Field Stadium
Sunday, July 14
Portland vs. Western NY
Chicago vs. FC Kansas City
Seattle vs. Washington

Saturday, July 20
Chicago vs. Washington
Kansas City vs. Seattle
Sunday, July 21
Western NY vs. Sky Blue FC
Boston vs. Portland

Wednesday, July 24
FC Kansas City vs. Boston
Thursday, July 25
Seattle vs. Chicago
Saturday, July 27
Washington vs. Boston
Sunday, July 28
Portland vs. Chicago

(Click here for information on NWSL streaming.)

1 comment
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: July 2, 2013 at 9:51 a.m.
    A Mexican for a Mexican and a Canadian for a Canadian? I understand that NWSL assigned equal number of nationals to each team at the beginning of the league. But this should have ended right there. If a team signed more Mexican players or less Canadian players should do so without reservation.

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