Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
Bay FC and the Utah Royals have signed their first players, as they prepare to join the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in 2024.
Bay FC acquired defender/midfielder Alex Loera in a trade with Kansas City, while Utah signed Mikayla Cluff in a deal with the Orlando Pride.
The league’s free agency signing period begins on Monday, meaning that the two 2024 expansion teams could only acquire players through trades or from outside the league.
Kansas City now has expansion draft protection from Bay FC, while Orlando has traded out of the draft entirely.
“Alex is a competitor,” Bay FC Lucy Rushton said. “She’s a winner, and she’s a leader in how she plays.”
Loera indicated an imperfect send-off from Kansas City in an Instagram post, saying, “I was not expecting this trade.”
Megan Rapinoe had surgery on her right Achilles tendon this week, confirming the injury she sustained in Sunday’s NWSL Championship game.
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“Surgery a success. home, resting, being taken care of,” Rapinoe posted on her Instagram.
“Thank you for all the love, well wishes and good vibes sent my way,” she added.
Rapinoe suffered the injury in the first five minutes of her last match as a professional soccer player.
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