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Eight Teams Make Selections at 2013 NWSL College Draft at NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis


Chicago Red Stars Pick UCLA Forward Zakiya Bywaters with No. 1 Selection

Chicago Red Stars Pick UCLA Forward Zakiya Bywaters with No. 1 Selection; Washington Spirit Selects FSU Forward Tiffany McCarty at No. 2 and FC Kansas City Chooses Boston College Midfielder Kristie Mewis with Third Overall Pick

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 18, 2013) – The inaugural 2013 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft was held as eight teams made four selections at the NSCAA Convention.

The Chicago Red Stars selected UCLA forward and 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year Zakiya Bywaters with the No. 1 pick.

Florida State forward Tiffany McCarty, who scored 17 goals in 2012 to help the Seminoles reach their second straight appearance in the College Cup, was selected second overall by the Washington Spirit.

FC Kansas City chose Boston College midfielder Kristie Mewis with the No. 3 overall pick. Mewis, a Hermann Trophy semifinalist, was a member of the 2008 U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team that took second at the U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup, as well as the U-20 WNT National Team that advanced to the 2010 U-10 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Rounding out the first round, Sky Blue FC selected BYU defender Lindsi Lisonbee-Cutshall, followed by Florida State midfielder/defender Casey Short to the Boston Breakers at No. 5, Oklahoma State goalkeeper Adrianna Franch (No. 6; Western New York Flash), Penn State midfielder Christine Nairn (No. 7; Seattle Reign FC) and Florida defender Kathryn Williamson (Portland Thorns FC).

The University of Florida led all schools with four selections in the draft: Williamson in the first round, midfielder/forward Erika Tymrak by FC Kansas City (No. 11 overall; second round), midfielder Holly King by the Washington Spirit (No. 18 overall; third round) and midfielder Jo Dragotta by the Boston Breakers (No. 21 overall; third round).

One member of North Carolina’s 2012 NCAA Championship team was selected in midfielder Amber Brooks, who was a third-round pick (24th overall) by Portland Thorns FC.

The draft consisted of four rounds with each team receiving three minutes to make a selection in the first two rounds and five minutes to make a selection in the final two rounds. The order remained the same for all four rounds with Chicago selecting first to start each round.

The draft was another opportunity for the eight clubs to shape their roster for the league’s inaugural season. On Jan. 11, the league announced the allocation of 55 players from the U.S., Canada and Mexico National Teams.


2013 NWSL Draft Selections
Listed per round with name, position, college and team
First Round
1. Zakiya Bywaters, F (UCLA) – Chicago Red Stars
2. Tiffany McCarty, F (Florida State) – Washington Spirit
3. Kristie Mewis, M (Boston College) – FC Kansas City
4. Lindsi Lisonsbee-Cutshall, D (BYU) – Sky Blue FC
5. Casey Short, M/D (Florida State) – Boston Breakers
6. Adrianna Franch, GK (Oklahoma State) – Western New York Flash
7. Christine Nairn, M (Penn State) – Seattle Reign FC
8. Kathryn Williamson, D (Florida) – Portland Thorns FC

Second Round
9. Rachel Quon, D (Stanford) – Chicago Red Stars
10. Caroline Miller, F (Virginia) – Washington Spirit
11. Erika Tymrak, M/F (Florida) – FC Kansas City
12. Kendall Johnson, D/M (Portland) – Sky Blue FC
13. Mariah Nogueira, M (Stanford) – Boston Breakers
14. Amy Barczuk, M (Colorado) – Western New York Flash
15. Mallory Schaffer, M (William & Mary) – Seattle Reign FC
16. Nicolette Radovcic, F (Central Florida) – Portland Thorns FC

Third Round
17. Taylor Vancil, GK (Florida State) – Chicago Red Stars
18. Holly King, M (Florida) – Washington Spirit
19. Whitney Berry, M/F (Kansas) – FC Kansas City
20. Ashley Baker, GK (Georgia) – Sky Blue FC
21. Jo Dragotta, M (Florida) – Boston Breakers
22. Vicki DiMartino, F (Boston College) – Western New York Flash
23. Kristen Meier, M (Wake Forest) – Seattle Reign FC
24. Amber Brooks, M (North Carolina) – Portland Thorns FC

Fourth Round
25. Jen Hoy, F (Princeton) – Chicago Red Stars
26. Colleen Williams, M (Dayton) – Washington Spirit
27. Nia Williams, D (Missouri State) – FC Kansas City
28. Becky Kaplan, F (Maryland) – Sky Blue FC
29. Maddy Evans, M (Penn State) – Boston Breakers
30. Jackie Logue, D (Wake Forest) – Western New York Flash
31. Haley Kopmeyer, GK (Michigan) – Seattle Reign FC
32. Roxanne Barker, GK (Pepperdine) – Portland Thorns FC


2013 NWSL Draft Team Selections
Listed per team with overall draft selection, name, position, college and round
Chicago Red Stars
1. Zakiya Bywaters, F (UCLA) – first round
9. Rachel Quon, D (Stanford) – second round
17. Taylor Vancil, GK (Florida State) – third round
25. Jen Hoy, F (Princeton) – fourth round

Washington Spirit
2. Tiffany McCarty, F (Florida State) – first round
10. Caroline Miller, F (Virginia) – second round
18. Holly King, MF (Florida) – third round
26. Colleen Williams, M (Dayton) – fourth round

FC Kansas City
3. Kristie Mewis, M (Boston College) – first round
11. Erika Tymrak, M/F (Florida) – second round
19. Whitney Berry, M/F (Kansas) – third round
27. Nia Williams, D (Missouri State) – fourth round

Sky Blue FC
4. Lindsi Lisonsbee-Cutshall, D (BYU) – first round
12. Kendall Johnson, D/M (Portland) – second round
20. Ashley Baker, GK (Georgia) – third round
28. Becky Kaplan, F (Maryland) – fourth round

Boston Breakers
5. Casey Short, M/D (Florida State) – first round
13. Mariah Nogueira, M (Stanford) – second round
21. Jo Dragotta, M (Florida) – third round
29. Maddy Evans, M (Penn State) – fourth round

Western New York Flash
6. Adrianna Franch, GK (Oklahoma State) – first round
14. Amy Barczuk, M (Colorado) – second round
22. Vicki DiMartino, F (Boston College) – third round
30. Jackie Logue, D (Wake Forest) – fourth round

Seattle Reign FC
7. Christine Nairn, M (Penn State) – first round
15. Mallory Schaffer, M (William & Mary) – second round
23. Kristen Meier, M (Wake Forest) – third round
31. Haley Kopmeyer, GK (Michigan) – fourth round

Portland Thorns FC
8. Kathryn Williamson, D (Florida) – first round
16. Nicolette Radovcic, F (Central Florida) – second round
24. Amber Brooks, M (North Carolina) – third round
32. Roxanne Barker, GK (Pepperdine) – fourth round

U.S. Soccer is subsidizing the salaries of 23 players, while the Canadian Soccer Association and the Federation of Mexican Football will each do the same for 16 players. With 23 U.S. players available for the allocation, all but one of the eight teams received three U.S. Women's National Team players. Each club was also assigned two Canada National Team and two Mexico National Team players.

The NWSL is an eight-team league organized and administered by the U.S. Soccer Federation that will begin play in the spring of 2013. The eight founding clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Sky Blue FC (New York/New Jersey), Seattle Reign FC, the Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash.

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