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Freedom Foreign Selections Are.....

*Japan midfielder Homare Sawa
*France defender Sonia Bompastor
*Australia forward Lisa De Vanna
*France midfielder Louisa Necib

Remember, the Freedom is not assured of acquiring these players. All it means is that the club has the exclusive WPS rights to negotiate with them.

For the full four-round draft list, click here.

As for the Freedom's picks.....

Sawa, 30, is the most accomplished player in Japanese women's soccer history with appearances in four World Cups and three Olympics. She starred for Atlanta in the WUSA.

Bompastor, 28, started for France in the U.S.-hosted 2003 World Cup and has been a national team regular for many years. De Vanna, 23, scored four goals at last year's World Cup in China. Necib, 21, played for France in the 2006 U-20 World Cup and has appeared for the senior national team.

UPDATE WITH TRADE INFO.....

Before making their selections, Washington and St. Louis swapped places in the first round. The Freedom dropped to No. 6, St. Louis received No. 4. The teams also switched several spots in the October draft. As I understand it, Washington will now select No. 1 and No. 3 in the first round and No. 17 in the third round. St. Louis is at No. 14 in the second round and No. 15 in the third round. Both teams have regular picks in the fourth and final round.
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By Steve Goff  |  September 24, 2008; 4:35 PM ET
Categories:  Women  
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Posted by: momo | September 24, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Goff for rightfully assuming that many of us care more about seeing pictures of each of them than anything else.

Necib looks to be a nice addition. But still not enough to tear my allegiance away from Kai's Sky Blue FC.

Posted by: DCUMD | September 24, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Sawa is big-time, of course

Posted by: Troy | September 24, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Sawa's got some skills. Would be interesting to see her working with Wambach.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | September 24, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

marta?

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

MARTA will play for Atlanta.

Bwaaahahahahahahah!

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Except that she will only be able to go east, west, north and south.

Posted by: RK | September 24, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

That is more than someone named Metro could do.

Seriously, though, the NYT is reporting that LA got the rights to Marta. I wouldn't be surprised to see a few trades later on.

Posted by: The Jeff | September 24, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

The WPS site confirms the NYT report - Marta was picked by LA.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Here's the list of the foreign player "draft." There are no Germans or Norwegians. What's up with that?

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid5106.aspx

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 24, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 24, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the WPS can't outbid German or Norweigen leagues?

Posted by: C Dykstra | September 24, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention no North Koreans!

Seriously, though, the info on the WPS site raises some additional questions. First, how was the order in which teams picked established? Also, did the Freedom get something from St. Louis in return for giving up the earlier pick in the first round?

Posted by: The Jeff | September 24, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

From the WPS site:

The order of selections was based on a weighted ranking voted on by league coaches following the U.S. Women’s National Team allocations on Tuesday, September 16. The WPS Initial International Draft will be followed on October 6 by a general draft of domestic players and remaining international players.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid5106.aspx?team=dc

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Draft order was created by league officials based on the U.S. allocations last week.

DC-STL trade details to come.

Posted by: Goff | September 24, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

@ C Dykstra | September 24, 2008 6:42 PM

The thought did occur to me. WPS might not be able to outbid other leagues, but the draft is for the rights to approach players. If other leagues pay way more than WPS can, then why bother having a draft? Wouldn't a German or Norwegian league be able to outbid WPS for the Brazilians and Kelly Smith?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 24, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous: Thanks for pointing out the language about weighted rankings and whatnot that I had overlooked on my initial read. I guess it is only fair that the Bay Area franchise got dibs, given that it is laboring under the mild impediment of not having a coach. (Someone must be representing the team during this process.)

So far, WPS is at least modestly more transparent and less byzantine than MLS.

Posted by: The Jeff | September 24, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

The thought did occur to me. WPS might not be able to outbid other leagues, but the draft is for the rights to approach players. If other leagues pay way more than WPS can, then why bother having a draft? Wouldn't a German or Norwegian league be able to outbid WPS for the Brazilians and Kelly Smith?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 24, 2008 7:13 PM
.........................................

This subject came up several days in an earlier thread. My recollection then (and now) is that the WUSA was quite successful in landing most of the top international talent of that era: Sawa; Smith; Gao Hong and Sun Wen from China; Sissi and Pretinha from Brasil; Hege Riise from Norway; etc. In fact, I'm having trouble coming up with the names of top-drawer players who did *not* play in the WUSA. This was with a salary range (topping out at about $80K) that is similar to what WPS plans. Have salaries in European leagues gone up so much in the past few years that $80K no longer cuts it? Or is the dollar simply that weak?

Posted by: The Jeff | September 24, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I would like Freedom to pursue Karen Carney's right and bring her to Washington.

Posted by: FOOTBALL | September 24, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

One more thought: Is it possible that someone associated with WPS did some scouting and got some feel for which foreign players were most receptive to the idea of playing in WPS, and which were not? Presumably this could have been done without violating FIFA rules, so long as the WPS representatives were sounding out players' interest in coming to America in general terms, but not formally negotiating with them. Perhaps they picked up some intelligence to the effect that the top German and Norwegian prospects were not inclined to pull up stakes.

Posted by: The Jeff | September 24, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

I assume the Little Assassin is no longer playing.

She was my favorite, even more so than Mia.

Posted by: seahawkdad | September 24, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Plus, I've got to note that there have been, so far, no 'Who cares' remarks.

That, in and of itself, is remarkable.

Posted by: seahawkdad | September 24, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Quite remarkable indeed.

Posted by: dadryan | September 25, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Maybe German Fed wants players to play in Germany until 2011 WWC.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 25, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Sawa is legit. She can bring a lot.
I like the Matilda De Vanna.

Posted by: yankiboy | September 25, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

My first thought was that of availability (6 month rule) and their interest in coming to the US to play. Some of the leagues in Europe are pretty good now.

Posted by: justdosoccer | September 25, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

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