With rumors swirling and expansion likely within the next 2 years there are 2 big challenges that I see that the league needs to address. There are more issues but these are the most glaring problems that I see. 1. Maintaining a deep US player pool is becoming a challenge. With non-USWNT players not being paid as much as they were in the WUSA and WPS and more opportunities overseas we are seeing more players playing abroad and retiring early. Expansion to more markets is going to thin out the talent further and if the players just outside of the NT don't have enough incentive to keep playing the quality of play in the league is going to take a serious hit, especially in the markets where the NT players refuse to play. Before expansion takes place I think the league needs to increase the minimum salary for a full time player to at least $10,000. This won't solve the problem entirely and the teams will have to support the players in finding other ways to suppliment their income during the season but a 5 figure base salary psychologically is a lot more palatable than a mid-level 4 figure salary for 6 months of work and hopefully will at least delay these early retirements by an additional year or 2. 2. Allocation was a problem when it first started and has only gotten worse. With some of the best allocated players able to refuse to play in New Jersey, Western NY and Boston there is a serious unbalance in not only talent distribution but with the funding that was supposed to be equally distributed amongst the teams. The league won't do anything to solve the talent distribution issue because apparently they didn't put any mandates in place that a player had to commit to any team. So the players are free to abandon their team(see Abby Wambach and Sophie Schmidt) or force a trade and refuse to play for that market(see Sydney Leroux, and Heather O'Reilly) at anytime the player chooses. So the league tied its own hands when it came to the distribution of talent. What they can do is fix the problem with the money. The league already does require the teams well stocked in allocated players to send some of the funds to the teams that are screwed. I think a better solution is to take the funding that is sent from the 3 federations, collect it in one pool and evenly distributed amongst all the clubs. This would enable the teams who are screwed in a lower amount of allocation players to pay higher amounts for better quality internationals. Also it may force teams like Chicago, FCKC and Portland, who have a high amount of allocated players, to try to trade an allocated player or 2 because they will now have more payroll and salary cap concerns associated with hoarding these players and it could more evenly distribute the talent.