Judging by the reactions of some of my trade deadline twitter musings, I’m guessing there could be a lot of discussion of who might and might not be moving by the end of business on Wednesday. But please NWSL teams, do something and make my 6,700+ words not be in vain!
(Note: I wrote big chunks of this column before the weekend’s results, so there are some last minute notes included to update some things.)
So, who might get moved?
Liz Bogus – SEA – D/F
WHY: Seattle’s out of the playoff chase, and Bogus, at 29, probably isn’t part of this team’s long-term future. The fact that she can play just about anywhere on the pitch should make her an appealing target for anyone searching for bench depth headed into the playoff race.
WHERE: Seems to be more devoted to the attacking side of the game these days, meaning she’d be a nice fit for a Sky Blue FC team probably looking for a little more attacking cover. The fact that she can deputize in what looks like a defense short on numbers might help too.
PRICE: Fourth-round pick or perhaps as part of a more complicated trade utilizing other picks/assets.
Melanie Booth – SBFC – D
WHY: Yes, she’s still technically in the league, though you wouldn’t know it by the fact that she’s been buried on SBFC’s bench all season. Jim Gabarra would probably gladly trade the Canadian in for an asset that could help his struggling side out right away. For contenders, Booth would provide needed left-back depth, while non-contenders would probably take her on just in case her allocated slot gets freed up next season, allowing clubs to use it to rebuild and add some young Canadian talent from what looks like a promising crop.
WHERE: Western New York and FC Kansas City could probably both do with some experienced defensive cover. Considering Washington’s woes, they could also use her straight away, while Boston, Seattle, and Chicago could all do with the potential empty allocation slot.
PRICE: SBFC would almost certainly have to package her with a draft pick or more assets to make a trade for a fellow Canadian work out. Who could help the New Jersey side right away? Jodi-Ann Robinson (WNY), Diana Matheson (WSH), and Rhian Wilkinson (BOS) would probably be among the top options, though as stated before, SBFC would probably have to give up at least one pick to make the deal agreeable. If it’s Matheson, it’d have to be a pretty high pick.
Kiersten Dallstream – SEA – D/FW
WHY: Really, you could fill in the blanks under Liz Bogus’ entry above in many categories for Dallstream. She doesn’t seem likely to usurp Stephanie Cox from a starting role any time soon, and her general upside seems limited despite successfully resurrecting her professional career this year. Full-backs are in short supply though, and it’s not hard to see her being in demand for a side look to boost their depth in that area of the pitch with the bonus that she can also play as a winger if need be.
WHERE: Sky Blue FC needs cover after Caitlin Foord’s injury, while FC Kansas City could use some additional depth now that Merritt Mathias has moved back into the attack, with Dallstream likely a more tested option than Katie Kelly. Western New York needs anybody who can play defense period, while Portland probably wouldn’t mind having another full-back considering Casey Ramirez has struggled with injury since signing with the team. So, in short? Everyone in the playoff hunt.
PRICE: Nothing excessive, probably just a fourth-rounder or a young talent not getting minutes for a contender.
Maribel Dominguez – CHI – FW
WHY: El Dorado’s probably easier to find than a serviceable striker at this point for contenders. Dominguez hasn’t exactly set the world on fire with Chicago, but she’s proven to be serviceable as a starter. She wouldn’t be called upon to be a starter for a contender and could be pretty useful as an impact sub off the bench for a club chasing the game down the stretch.
WHO: Sky Blue FC, Western New York, and FC Kansas City might all have need for a reserve striker to fortify their ranks. It’s just a matter of making things work with the allocations.
PRICE: It’s always tricky when trading allocated players, but each team above probably has something that would work in a trade. Chicago would probably gladly take Mexican youngster Nayeli Rangel as a part of a rebuilding effort, while also maybe getting a late round pick. WNY’s Veronica Perez could be worth a long look down the stretch as a potential aid to the club’s offensive problems, while FCKC’s Teresa Noyola could help free up Lori Chalupny from being the focus of the playmaking in the attack. FCKC also has an open Mexican allocation spot, meaning Chicago could (maybe) get a third or fourth-round pick in exchange for Dominguez while also getting an allocation slot that could potentially turn into Charlyn Corral or Ari Romero in the offseason.