This could rise to seven if Logarzo does get picked up by Orlando post W-League. She is no longer listed on the Washington active roster.

Ellie Carpenter has signed a multi-year contract with the Thorns, the first player in the NWSL to do so. Steph Catley, Alanna Kennedy and Makenzie Arnold have had their contracts extended. Emily van Egmond and Williams have also had new contract offers.

As for other Matildas, both those dropped and those performing well in the W-League, the 2020 NWSL is not out of reach. NWSL teams are still building their rosters and the look of each has changed dramatically since last November. 

They may also find value in one or more Matildas - or those around the national team yet to break through - that are currently available.

As the draft has passed and the roster formation is becoming clearer, more NWSL transfer action and roster additions should happen in the following weeks.  

NWSL clubs can also add free-agents to rosters during the season, as happened to Arnold in 2019.

So what's our conclusion?

The departure of so many Matildas is definitely a negative for Australian NWSL fans. Having less players active in what is still regarded as the best league in the world will hurt the Matildas.

It's important to remember that while the riches and resources that come with European giants are a major benefit to women's football, many of these leagues still suffer a significant lack of competition between the best teams and the worst. At least for the moment.

Players being dropped may also affect the Matildas, with fewer amounts on the roster playing for extended periods of the year.  

But if we look towards the future, this may be a blessing in disguise.

Hayley Raso has stated that her being dropped from Washington Spirit was one of the best things that happened to her, as it served as a wakeup call that ignited a fire in her to evolve. It may have this effect on others.

The movement to the WSL, on the other hand, may be beneficial not just to those individual players, but to the Matildas overall. 

Not only will it ensure those players have breaks during the year, reducing injury strains, fatigue and the resulting burdening effect of international duty, but it will also evolve their game.

The English game, in general, is played on a more technical and tactical level than the W-League and NWSL. 

Like Kerr said, all players need to evolve to progress in their career. As more international teams improve the quality of their play, having players exposed to different styles of play at club level will help the national team in their ability to adapt.

For fans, this will also evolve where Australians can watch their national team players ply their trade.  

While it will be more difficult to tune in and watch back-to-back to back games with Matildas facing off against each other, as happened last summer in the NWSL, it will introduce Australians to the WSL where they can now see Australians regularly.  

Sometimes losing out in one place, means gaining in another.