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NWSL free-agent tracker: Portland Thorns bring back USWNT’s Becky Sauerbrunn, Canada legend Christine Sinclair

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The Portland Thorns inked a new deal with Becky Sauerbrunn on Tuesday, which will keep her in the Rose City for one more year.

The two-time Women’s World Cup winner and three-time NWSL champion extends her stay in Portland after originally joining the team in the 2020 season. Sauerbrunn’s contract was announced a day after fellow veteran Christine Sinclair confirmed her own one-year stay with the Thorns, who are now under new ownership after RAJ Sports officially took over the club earlier this month.

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Sauerbrunn’s deal comes as NWSL teams begin their preseason training, and towards the end of a busy offseason. The league’s second-ever free agency window saw a lot of headline-making movement, most notably NJ/NY Gotham FC’s splashy efforts to land sought-after quartet Crystal Dunn, Tierna Davidson, Rose Lavelle and Emily Sonnett. The NWSL’s record for highest-paid player was also set twice in the buildup to the 2024 season, first by the Houston Dash by signing Maria Sanchez to a deal reportedly worth around $1.5 million and then by the Chicago Red Stars, who will reportedly pay Mallory Swanson nearly $2 million.

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With the 2024 season rapidly approaching, here’s an updating list on the deals that have crossed the line so far and players who are still on the market.

Position Player Signed with Old team
MID Angelina Orlando Pride (three-year deal) Seattle Reign
MID Taylor Aylmer TBD Racing Louisville FC
GK Nicole Barnhart Washington Spirit (one-year deal) Washington Spirit
GK Michelle Betos TBD NJ/NY Gotham FC
DEF Camryn Biegalski Chicago Red Stars (one-year deal) Washington Spirit
GK Emily Boyd TBD Chicago Red Stars
DEF Amber Brooks TBD Washington Spirit
FWD Simone Charley Orlando Pride (two-year deal) Angel City FC
DEF Allysha Chapman Houston Dash (option exercised) Houston Dash
MID Emily Curran TBD Houston Dash
DEF Tierna Davidson NJ/NY Gotham FC (three-year deal) Chicago Red Stars
GK Ella Dederick TBD Houston Dash
FWD Makenzy Doniak San Diego Wave FC (two-year deal) San Diego Wave FC
FWD Imani Dorsey Utah Royals (two-year deal) NJ/NY Gotham FC
FWD Crystal Dunn NJ/NY Gotham FC (three-year deal) Portland Thorns FC
DEF Caprice Dydasco Bay FC (two-year deal) Houston Dash
MID Elizabeth Eddy Angel City FC (two-year deal) Angel City FC
FWD Emina Ekic Melbourne City Racing Louisville FC
MID Sinead Farrelly NJ/NY Gotham FC (option exercised) NJ/NY Gotham FC
MID Bayley Feist Kansas City Current (two-year deal) Washington Spirit
DEF Sabrina Flores TBD NJ/NY Gotham FC
DEF Emily Fox Arsenal North Carolina Courage
MID Makamae Gomera-Stevens TBD Houston Dash
DEF Sarah Gorden Angel City FC (three-year deal) Angel City FC
FWD Paulina Gramaglia Houston Dash (option exercised) Houston Dash
FWD Shea Groom Chicago Red Stars (two-year deal) Houston Dash
DEF Madison Hammond Angel City FC (two-year deal) Angel City FC
MID Tori Huster Announced retirement Washington Spirit
GK Brittany Isenhour TBD Angel City FC
GK Devon Kerr TBD Houston Dash
FWD Tziarra King Seattle Reign (one-year deal) Seattle Reign
DEF Meghan Klingenberg Portland Thorns FC (one-year deal) Portland Thorns FC
DEF Ali Krieger Announced retirement NJ/NY Gotham FC
DEF Casey Krueger Washington Spirit (three-year deal) Chicago Red Stars
DEF Natalia Kuikka Chicago Red Stars (three-year deal) Portland Thorns FC
MID Rose Lavelle NJ/NY Gotham FC (three-year deal) Seattle Reign
MID Jordyn Listro TBD Orlando Pride
MID Allie Long TBD NJ/NY Gotham FC
FWD Cheyna Matthews Announced retirement Chicago Red Stars
DEF Merritt Mathias Angel City FC (one-year deal) Angel City FC
MID Savannah McCaskill San Diego Wave (three-year deal) Angel City FC
FWD Jessica McDonald TBD Racing Louisville FC
DEF Tegan McGrady TBD Portland Thorns FC
DEF Addisyn Merrick Utah Royals (two-year deal) Kansas City Current
MID Sam Mewis Announced retirement Kansas City Current
GK Cassie Miller NJ/NY Gotham FC (traded after signing one-year deal with the Kansas City Current) Kansas City Current
FWD Nadia Nadim TBD Racing Louisville FC
FWD Yuki Nagasato Houston Dash (two-year deal) Chicago Red Stars
DEF Kiki Pickett Bay FC (two-year deal) North Carolina Courage
DEF Madison Pogarch Utah Royals (two-year deal) San Diego Wave FC
MID Taylor Porter TBD Portland Thorns FC
FWD Megan Rapinoe Announced retirement Seattle Reign
FWD Brittany Ratcliffe Washington Spirit (three-year deal) North Carolina Courage
DEF Cari Roccaro Chicago Red Stars (two-year deal) Chicago Red Stars
DEF Maria Sanchez Houston Dash (three-year deal) Houston Dash
DEF Becky Sauerbrunn Portland Thorns FC (one-year deal) Portland Thorns FC
MID Desiree Scott TBD Kansas City Current
DEF Kayla Sharples Bay FC (two-year deal) Chicago Red Stars
FWD Marissa Sheva TBD Washington Spirit
MID Mana Shim TBD NJ/NY Gotham FC
DEF Cheyenne Shorts TBD San Diego Wave FC
FWD Christine Sinclair Portland Thorns FC (one-year deal) Portland Thorns FC
DEF Emily Sonnett NJ/NY Gotham FC (three-year deal) Seattle Reign
DEF Bianca St-Georges North Carolina Courage (two-year deal) Chicago Red Stars
MID Nikki Stanton Seattle Reign (one-year deal) Seattle Reign
MID Ella Stevens NJ/NY Gotham FC (two-year deal) Chicago Red Stars
DEF Kylie Strom Orlando Pride (three-year deal) Orlando Pride
FWD Mallory Swanson Chicago Red Stars (four-year deal) Chicago Red Stars
MID Emily Van Egmond San Diego Wave FC (two-year deal) San Diego Wave FC
FWD Michele Vasconcelos Utah Royals (two-year deal) Portland Thorns FC
MID Marisa Viggiano Racing Louisville (two-year deal) Houston Dash
MID Dani Weatherholt North Carolina Courage (two-year deal) Angel City FC
FWD Mallory Weber TBD Kansas City Current
DEF Christen Westphal San Diego Wave FC (two-year deal) San Diego Wave FC
MID McCall Zerboni TBD NJ/NY Gotham FC

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