Megan Rapinoe, who will turn 36 next year, was left unprotected by OL Reign for the NWSL expansion draft. (USA TODAY)

Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Christen Press, Tobin Heath and Becky Sauerbrunn are among the U.S. women’s national team players left unprotected by their clubs, the National Women’s Soccer League announced Thursday.

Those five players are over 30-years-old and age might have played some into those decisions because many expansion teams would prefer to build a team around younger players, rather than older players near the end of their careers. Also, two of the players are playing in Europe.

Rapinoe, the 2019 Golden Ball and Golden Boot winner at the 2019 Women’s World Cup who turns 36 on July 5, performs for OL Reign.

Lloyd, who turns 39 next July 16, plays for Sky Blue FC. Press, who turns 32 Dec. 29, plays for Manchester United after performing three season with Utah Royals FC.

Heath, who turns 33 May 29, plays for Manchester United after competing for the Portland Thorns from 2013-20. Sauerbrunn, who turns 36 June 6, competes for Portland.

Teams are permitted to protect a total of 11 Players/U.S. Allocated Players, which may include up to two U.S. Allocated Players from the 2020 NWSL season. All remaining U.S. Allocated Players must be left Unprotected. Individuals on the Discovery List of any team are not eligible to be selected in the Expansion Draft.

Racing Louisville FC can select up to two players, or one U.S. Allocated Player, from each NWSL team, and a total of two U.S. Allocated Players in total from all teams. On October 26, 2020, Chicago sent forwards Yuki Nagasato and Savannah McCaskill to Louisville in exchange for full roster protection in the expansion draft and were not required to submit a protected list.

Katherine Reynolds, Jaelene Daniels, Rebecca Tweed and Nadine Angerer have announced their retirement and their playing rights currently remain with their most recent NWSL club.

Racing Louisville’s selections will be revealed at the expansion draft Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. ET


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Melanie Booth (Playing Rights)

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Caprice Dydasco

Elizabeth Eddy

Sabrina Flores

Mandy Freeman

Christina Gibbons (Playing Rights)

Didi Haracic

Megan Hinz

Jennifer Hoy (Playing Rights)

Estelle Johnson

Gina Lewandowski

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Jill Loyden (Playing Rights)

Manya Makoski (Playing Rights)

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Gabrielle Vincent

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Samantha Johnson (Playing Rights)

Amanda Laddish (Playing Rights)

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Taylor Lytle

Michelle Maemone

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Megan Dougherty Howard

Jenna Hellstrom (International)

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Natalie Jacobs

Devon Kerr

Lori Lindsey (Playing Rights)

Joanna Lohman (Playing Rights)

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Katie McClure

Meghan McCool

Jessie Scarpa

Crystal Thomas

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