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WPS Expansion Draft

The Washington Freedom lost starting midfielder Lori Lindsey and defender Sarah Senty in the WPS expansion draft, which supplied players to incoming clubs Philadelphia and Atlanta. Both were selected by the Philadelphia Independence. Lindsey, who started 18 of 20 regular season games and was fifth on the team in minutes played, was the second overall pick behind Gold Pride defender Leigh Ann Robinson, who went to Atlanta. Senty had five starts and seven appearances. The full list is here.

By Steve Goff  |  September 15, 2009; 5:02 PM ET
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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Dag, ripping off our team name wasn't enough?

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | September 15, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, Freedom / Independence
and United / Union?

WTF Philly?

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | September 15, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Atlanta: the first 3 were Leigh Ann Robinson, Amanda Cinalli and Katie Larkin.

Posted by: Reignking | September 15, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Looks like FC Gold Pride only lost one player.

What is the advantage of passing? How does this affect the other drafts?

Posted by: KCM7 | September 15, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

That cries out for a doubleheader, huh? Freedom vs. Independence, United vs. Union...

Not that I know the first things about WPS, but if the teams came away with 6 and 7 players, and then passed on their picks, there was not a lot of talent in the draft. How are they expected to put together a starting 11, much less find substitutes? I hope the MLS is a bit more charitable in the next 2 expansion drafts.

Posted by: fischy | September 15, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm desperately disappointed that we have lost these two consonant kickers.

Bye Bye Lori Lindsey
Ta Ta Sarah Senty

Posted by: Eric_in_Baltimore | September 15, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

we still got becca!

Posted by: KG118 | September 15, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

1.) Atlanta Leigh Ann Robinson D FC Gold Pride
2.) Philadelphia Lori Lindsey M Washington Freedom
3.) Philadelphia Jen Buczkowski D Sky Blue FC
4.) Atlanta Amanda Cinalli F Saint Louis Athletica
5.) Philadelphia Nikki Krzysik D Chicago Red Stars
6.) Atlanta Katie Larkin D/M Los Angeles Sol
7.) Philadelphia Sue Weber D Boston Breakers
Second Round
8.) Atlanta Sharolta Nonen D Los Angeles Sol
9.) Philadelphia Sarah Senty D Washington Freedom
10.) Atlanta Sara Larsson D Saint Louis Athletica
11.) Philadelphia Danesha Adams M Chicago Red Stars
12.) Atlanta Noelle Keselica F Sky Blue FC
13.) Philadelphia Kelly Schmedes F Boston Breakers

Posted by: Reignking | September 15, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I imagine Gabarra and company protected Becca right after Lori was nabbed. I am relieved by that sound move. I sure hope Gilbeau was not the other one saved though. With the amount of playing time she got, she probably was...

Posted by: KCM7 | September 15, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I'll probably go see Marta and Wambach, if the price is right

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 15, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

becca and singer were probably saved. not gilbeau.

Posted by: ncas2126 | September 15, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I didn't realize Singer and/or Gilbeau were exposed; personally I would have HATED to see either of them go. I'm all for keeping the beautiful game beautiful!

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | September 15, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Szetela is starting?!?!?!

Posted by: StewartDC8 | September 15, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Vamos United!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | September 15, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

No thread for this match?

Posted by: 9Nine9 | September 15, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand the need for expansion drafts. Why can't new teams just recruit their own players from outside the league, like all the WPS teams did when the league was forming? Are there no soccer players left from the college ranks or national teams? Why other teams have to give up players just becuase a new team or two comes into the league makes no sense.

One could also argue that expansion drafts are unfair to the new teams, since historically expansion teams are terrible for their first several seasons (being primarily only able to pick from inferior unprotected players from other clubs), until they, you guessed it, recruit, draft, and develop the players they really want and need! Why not just build the team this way from the beginning?

Posted by: Ron16 | September 16, 2009 6:40 AM | Report abuse

@Ron16: Bro, it is really hard to start an expansion club. At least this way, the expansion club has a core of players that they know have actually already been in the league. To rely on only college players and foreign players would probably be an even rougher start. Even with the ex-college players that are still playing in the W-League and WSPL, I would prefer to have some players who already have a feel for the league (even if it is only one season old).

Posted by: yankiboy | September 16, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Without an expansion draft, the newbies would be in an even worse position than they are already. As it is, virtually everyone in the USWNT pool is already playing for one of the seven original clubs. So far as I can tell, Lori Lindsey was one of the few persons in yesterday's draft who was even of WNT training-camp caliber. Further, the rights to most of the top non-German stars have long since been assigned to the original clubs, and the Germans won't be arriving until 2012. The international draft next week might yield a few Finnish or Dutch players who showed well at the recent Euro tournament, but not much more. (The WUSA had a number of Chinese and Norwegian stars. Why aren't those countries well represented in WPS?)

OT: Here's a link to a story that some may find interesting:

Posted by: universityandpark | September 16, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry we lost Lori and Sarah. Philly should have called its team the Liberty Belles.

Posted by: stwasm | September 16, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Very disappointed to lose Lori in particular, since she'd been with the team every season since 2003 and captained the 2007 W-League championship team.

That leaves Emily Janss as the Freedom player with the longest continuous tenure (2005), and who knows how much longer she'll stick around.

Posted by: kevinwparker | September 16, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

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