Sky Blue FC was the only team in the National Women’s Soccer League’s inaugural off-season Waiver Draft not to waive at least one player. A list of 11 players was distributed to all eight NWSL teams shortly after the waivers deadline on Friday, September 6 at 6 p.m. ET. The teams had until Monday, September 9 at 3 p.m. ET to make proposals for players in the 2013 Waiver Draft.
Defender, Nikki Marshall, 25, a Mead, Colorado native was selected by the Washington Spirit. In fact, Marshall was the only player chosen (from the list of 11 available) by any team. That leaves a list of ten players not selected:
Ashley Phillips (Boston Breakers), Jo Dragotta (Boston Breakers); Sonja Fuss (Chicago Red Stars), Inka Grings (Chicago Red Stars); Tiffany Cameron (FC Kansas City); Kristina Larsen (Seattle Reign FC), Kristen Meier (Seattle Reign FC); Holly King (Washington Spirit), Lindsay Taylor (Washington Spirit); and Ingrid Wells (Western New York Flash). (Previous team is shown in parentheses.)
Although Sky Blue would have liked to give veteran Marshall a new home, on the plus side, the team will not be moved to the bottom of the claiming order.
“Once a team claims a player from waivers, it is moved to the bottom of the claiming order for all future waiver sessions for the remainder of the off-season,” stated a recent NWSL news release.
On the National Women’s Soccer League facebook page several fans posted comments on the Spirit’s acquisition of Marshall:
“Nikki’s an awesome and versatile player, too good not to pick up off of waivers. And she played forward in college, so who knows what she’ll end up doing for the Spirit.”
“Great pick up for Washington. Will assuredly strengthen their backline and give them yet another back that can get forward in explosive fashion.”
“Figured she wouldn’t be on the beach for long. She’ll make a big impact for them. Very solid defender. It’s disappointing that she was waived in Portland.”