[NWSL 2014 COUNTDOWN]The National Women's Soccer League will hold its Expansion Draft to stock the Houston Dash on Friday at 11 a.m. ET via conference call. The Dash, who signed Notre Dame coach Randy Waldrum as its first head coach, will be able to select up to 10 players from the list of unprotected players. The complete list of protected and unprotected players for all clubs will be announced on Wednesday. For the Expansion Draft rules.
The Dash will be allowed to select no more than two U.S. allocated players and one Canadian and Mexican allocated player. Any club with more than two U.S. allocated players must leave at least one U.S. allocated player unprotected. Only the Western New York Flash among the returning teams doesn't have more than two U.S. allocations. Seattle and FC Kansas City both have four allocated U.S. players following the allocation of Stephanie Cox to Seattle and trade that sent Amy Rodriguezto FC Kansas City.
Some other Expansion Draft rules:
-- The Dash will only be able to select up to two players from any one club, except if they select a U.S. allocated player in which case they may not take any additional players from that club. In the event Houston selects a player who is not an U.S. allocated player, that club may then designate an additional player to be added their protected player list.
-- The existing eight NWSL teams will be allowed to protect up to the following number of players: 10 players for non-playoff clubs (Boston, Chicago, Seattle and Washington) and nine for playoff clubs (FC Kansas City, Portland, Sky Blue FC and Western New York).
-- All players currently on rosters are eligible for the Expansion Draft. But also eligible will be players listed as discovery players, claimed via waivers but unsigned, been loaned to a club outside the NWSL or otherwise have rights to play in the NWSL controlled by a specific team.