We are launching a new feature this week, “Current Events”, which will cover all the current and NWSL news of the week, what we’re watching and updates.
This week, the Current announced the signing of three players, including Desiree Scott, and introduced new head coach Matt Potter and general manager Camille Levin at a press conference.
We are also following The Athletic’s report on a work stoppage that could delay the start of the NWSL pre-season, if there is no progress on a few key details of a collective bargaining agreement between the NWSL Players’ Association and the league.
Desiree Scott, Kristen Edmonds and Alex Loera sign new contracts
Kansas City’s fourth-round pick in the 2021 NWSL Draft, defenseman Alex Loera, signed with the club through the 2024 season. Loera had opted to return to Santa Clara University to finish his career university in 2021, putting a damper on the start of his professional career. The break paid off as Loera led the Broncos to the school’s second NCAA championship in May 2021 and won the Honda Sport Award, given to the top varsity female athlete.
Defender/midfielder Kristen Edmonds has also agreed to a new contract with the club until the 2022 season after the club exercised their contract option. Edmonds came to Kansas City after a trade with the Orlando Pride in January 2021. She was a regular starter for KC in 2021, leading the team in starts (21), minutes played (1,721) and led the team for six matches.
Midfielder Desiree Scott is also back for 2022. The Canadian national team member, who won a gold medal with Canada at the Tokyo Olympics, and NWSL veteran had received a new offer from contract after the 2021 season.
Presentation by Matt Potter/Camille Nevin
At a press conference on Thursday, the club officially introduced new head coach Matt Potter and general manager Camille Levin, where both outlined their vision and goals as they lead the way to becoming the top club. of the world.
We also learned during this press conference that former head coach Huw Williams is now the director of soccer operations for the club. Williams had moved into a technical identification/recruitment role with the club after the 2021 season.
Will the NWSL pre-season start?
Yesterday, Meg Linehan of The Athletic reported that NWSL players would not show up at the start of the pre-season, which is due to start on February 1, if there is no collective bargaining agreement in place. Negotiations have been going on for over a year, but they need to settle a few loose ends, including free agency and roster rules.
It would be the first work stoppage since the two sides, which include the owners of the NWSL, began meeting in 2020. It would also mark a significant power shift for players since the league’s inception in 2013.