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The National Women's Soccer League placed 55 national team players to its eight teams on Friday, and now the debate begins as to which teams fared the best in the player allocation.

The Portland Thorns landed Alex Morgan, the Western New York Flashes got Abby Wambach, and the Seattle Reign was awarded goalie Hope Solo. But a number of other star players were placed throughout the league.

The allocation process was conducted with the assistance of a panel of experts. Players were placed based on their preferred destinations, the teams' needs, marketing considerations and competitive balance.

The new women's league is scheduled to begin play in April.

The salaries of the 23 American, 16 Canadian and 16 Mexican national team players are being funded by their respective federations.

A schedule and rules for the leaue are still being drafted.

"This allocation process is obviously a big step in building the foundation for this league and each of the teams will benefit from a group of very talented players," said NWSL Executive Director Cheryl Bailey in a statement from the league. "This is always a difficult process, but we believe there was a fair distribution of talent across all eight teams and with the NWSL College Draft coming up in Indianapolis on Jan. 18, the rosters of the clubs will really start to take shape."

Here are the players each team received in Friday's allocation:

Boston Breakers: Sydney Leroux (USA), Heather Mitts (USA), Heather O'Reilly (USA), Adriana Leon (CAN), Rhian Wilkinson (CAN), Anisa Guajardo (MEX), Cecilia Santiago (MEX).

Chicago Red Stars: Shannon Boxx (USA), Amy LePeilbet (USA), Keelin Winters (USA), Erin McLeod (CAN), Carmelina Moscato (CAN), Maribel Dominguez (MEX), Dinora Garza (MEX).

FC Kansas City: Nicole Barnhart (USA), Lauren Cheney (USA), Becky Sauerbrunn (USA), Desiree Scott (CAN), Lauren Sesselmann (CAN), Renae Cuellar (MEX), Marylin Diaz (MEX).

Portland Thorns FC: Rachel Buehler (USA), Tobin Heath (USA), Alex Morgan (USA), Luz Saucedo (MEX), Marlene Sandoval (MEX), Karina LeBlanc (CAN)

Christine Sinclair (CAN).

Seattle Reign FC: Megan Rapinoe (USA), Amy Rodriguez (USA), Hope Solo (USA), Kaylyn Kyle (CAN), Emily Zurrer (CAN), Jenny Ruiz (MEX), Teresa Noyola (MEX).

Sky Blue FC: Jill Loyden (USA), Kelley O'Hara (USA), Christie Rampone (USA), Sophie Schmidt (CAN), Melanie Booth (CAN), Monica Ocampo (MEX), Lydia Rangel (MEX).

Washington Spirit: Ashlyn Harris (USA), Ali Krieger (USA), Lori Lindsey (USA), Robin Gayle (CAN), Diana Matheson (CAN), Alina Garciamendez (MEX), Teresa Worbis (MEX).

Western New York Flash: Carli Lloyd (USA), Abby Wambach (USA), Bryanna McCarthy (CAN), Jodi-Ann Robinson (CAN), Veronica Perez (MEX), Pamela Tajonar (MEX).
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