Racing Louisville uses transfer window to build asset base
Racing Louisville FC’s front office was active in June, completing a series of deals that add trump cards for future deals during the NWSL transfer window.
The current season transfer window, the period during which teams can sign and trade players, opened on June 1 and ends on August 23.
Racing (2-4-3) executed three separate trades that resulted in a second- and fourth-round pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft, two international roster spots and $375,000 in allocation money. Stipend money can be used to pay players on top of their contracts, pay the transfer fee that comes with signing foreign players, or can be used as an asset for a trade.
“It’s always about understanding the model in which the NWSL operates to make sure you’re creating value to enable better decision-making,” said Racing Louisville team president James O’Connor. “We build that asset value being mindful of trying to attract real quality players.”
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Who has Racing Louisville traded this season?
Racing announced its latest move on June 27, sending Ebony Salmon to the Houston Dash for $150,000 in stipend for the 2022 season and $25,000 for 2023. The deal also includes a potential $15,000 bonus stipend for 2022 if Salmon meets certain performance criteria. for Dash.
On June 9, Racing Louisville traded forward Cece Kizer and defenseman Addisyn Merrick aware of Kansas City for $150,000 in stipend money, a spot on the international roster for the 2022 and 2023 seasons, and a potential bonus of $25,000 in stipend money if Kizer meets certain performance goals with the Courant.
On June 16, Racing traded the playing rights of U.S. national team member Tobin Heath to reigning OL for $50,000 in allowance money plus a second- and fourth-round pick in the 2023 draft. .
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Will Racing Louisville add anyone to the roster?
While O’Connor said the recent deals have given the club valuable assets going forward, he reiterated that the team, currently ninth in the NWSL standings, is still trying to win right now. O’Connor said Racing Louisville head coach Kim Björkegren was looking to add speed on the wings and wanted to make some midfield adjustments and alluded to the team’s attempts to sign new players for this season.
“There were exciting discussions with great players,” O’Connor said. “We are very close to one European player in particular. We really hope to be able to sign talented players in the next few days.
Kizer’s departure could have the biggest impact on the team in the short term, as the 24-year-old forward has started all nine regular season games for Racing Louisville. But O’Connor doesn’t expect team chemistry to take a hit as they return to action on the road against the Orlando Pride on July 3 at 8 p.m., a game to be held at Daytona International Speedway.
“For everyone, it’s just about understanding the role and the responsibility and making sure the action flows from that,” he said.