UCLA’s Sydney Leroux was the top pick of the Atlanta Beat during the 2012 WPS Draft on Friday.
Forward Sydney Leroux, who currently is training with the U.S. Women’s National Team in Los Angeles trying to make the squad for the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, was selected as the top pick by the Atlanta Beat during Friday’s 2012 WPS Draft at the NSCAA Convention in Kansas City, Mo.
“I hope I can help win some games and maybe a championship this year,” Leroux said in a video message.
Leroux is among the most capped U.S. U-20 WNT players ever with 36 games and the all-time leading scorer for the USA at that level, netting a whopping 30 goals during that span. Her 10 career goals in FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup play also is best in U.S. history.
With the second pick of the draft, New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC selected Notre Dame forward Melissa Henderson, who has represented the USA at the youth level from U-16 through U-23 teams and trained with the full national team last December.
With the third pick, the Boston Breakers selected U.S. U-23 international Stephanie Ochs.
Sky Blue selected Stanford defender Camille Levin at No. 4. Levin was a member of the U.S. U-14 and U-15 girls National Development Program and has played for the U.S. U-16, U-17, U-18, U-20 and U-23 national teams. At No. 5, the Philadelphia Independence picked University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee forward Sarah Hagen, who was one of the leading scorers for the U.S. U-23s in 2011. Hagen is headed to Germany to play for FC Bayern Munich, but might be available for WPS play during the summer.
Hermann Trophy winner and midfielder Teresa Noyola of Stanford was the sixth pick in the first round by the Western New York Flash. Noyola now plays for Mexico, but in the past played for multiple U.S. teams from U-16 through U-20 and in the 2010 FIFA U-20 WWC for the USA. Rounding up the first round, the Flash selected former U-17 forward Lindsay Taylor of Stanford, who also has played for the USA at several youth levels, including most recently the U-23s.
With the eighth pick in the draft, Sky Blue FC selected Georgetown midfielder Ingrid Wells, who has trained with the senior U.S. WNT during the last two training camps, but has signed to play in Sweden for FC Goteborg. Wells hails from Upper Montclair, N.J., thus would be a local draw for SBFC if at some point she returns from abroad to play in WPS.