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WPS Draft Day

Greetings from the WPS draft, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET.

Though there are only nine teams, the first round includes 11 picks: Expansion Philadelphia and Atlanta were given an extra slot at the end of the round (both ended up trading them).

A trade was announced this morning involving a U.S. national team player as Chicago dealt midfielder Lindsay Tarpley to St. Louis for back-up goalkeeper Jillian Loyden, who will replace Caroline Jonsson (released) as the Red Stars' starter.

FIRST-ROUND ORDER
1. Atlanta: North Carolina MF Tobin Heath
2. Boston: UCLA F Lauren Cheney
3. Gold Pride: Stanford F Kelley O'Hara
4. Chicago: North Carolina D Whitney Engen
5. Los Angeles: North Carolina F Nikki Washington
6. Sky Blue: Connecticut D Brittany Taylor
7. Washington: Colorado F Nikki Marshall
(Marshall was a forward in college but a defender for the U.S. under-20 national team and will play in the middle of the backline for the Freedom, Coach Jim Gabarra said.)
8. Los Angeles: North Carolina F Casey Nogueira
9. Los Angeles: Washington State F Kiersten Dallstream
10. Gold Pride: Stanford D Ali Riley
11. Boston: Penn State GK Alyssa Naeher

You can follow the remainder of the draft at the league's Web site.

By Steve Goff  |  January 15, 2010; 9:57 AM ET
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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Comments

stupid Chicago. as Tarp goes, so goes half of your fans (the ones with Y chromosomes).

Posted by: troy6 | January 15, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

As a WNT fan I am glad for Tarpley (and Lloyd) to get out of that team.

Posted by: OWNTF | January 15, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Tobin #1 -- that's a no-brainer.

Posted by: OWNTF | January 15, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Guys, I need your help. Mr. BaRRD wants to know who was the gorgeous woman on Fox Football Fone-in last night. I wasn't paying attention but he thinks she's a WPS player.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | January 15, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Temryss Lane. She's an accomplished player, non-WPS, but I doubt that her playing prowess was the ONLY reason Fox selected her . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | January 15, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Temryss Lane. Quite a name. Not like all the Kelleys, Brittanys, Whitneys, and Nikkis that will be on this list.

Posted by: fischy | January 15, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Tobin is a girl's name?

Bright Dike is a boy's name?

Posted by: Reignking | January 15, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I loved last night's edition of the Fone-In, some great interviews and great calls from DC United fans. Nice to know that Nowak still loves us.

At the same time, of course, they promised us an interview with Onalfo that never materialized. Oh well, still a good show.

Posted by: VercengetorixII | January 15, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Freedom picked up 2 strong defenders. Not sure who's going to replace Lori Lindsey though. I hope they've got an international angle or trade they're working on . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | January 15, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Two items that are WPS-related, but not necessaily draft-related:

First, in case you missed it, Old Pride is moving from Santa Clara to Hayward. I wonder whether that means one fewer secondary tenant in the 'Quakes' new SSS, when and if that ever gets built. With Sky Orange remaining in Piscataway, the new Pink Cows venue notwithstanding, and the Beat choosing to operate out of Kennesaw, I see a pattern developing. I do not think it is a sure thing that the Freedom would depart the 'Plex if DCU ever got a new stadium.

Second, speaking of Kennesaw, when it was announced that that burg would be the home of the Beat a while back, I did a bit of research and learned that a local HS's teams are called the Hoyas. I thought that was interesting.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoya

Posted by: universityandpark | January 15, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Picks from area universities: Mary Casey (Maryland, to LA); Carolyn Blank (WVU, to St. Louis); Caitlin Miskel (UVA, to Freedom); Danielle Collins (W&M, to Philly). Complete listing:

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/Home/news/press_releases/100115-draft-results.aspx

Posted by: universityandpark | January 15, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone think there were any big surprises in terms of who was not picked?

Posted by: universityandpark | January 15, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Freedom picked up 2 strong defenders. Not sure who's going to replace Lori Lindsey though. I hope they've got an international angle or trade they're working on . . . .

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Just having Sarah Huffman healthy should be a big help.

Posted by: kevinwparker | January 15, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

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