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Elli and Keelin both first round WPS draft picks!

Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:10 am

That's a pretty big deal when you consider that there were only 8 picks in the first round...

1. Western New York – Alex Morgan, F, California
2. Philadelphia – Sinead Farrelly, MF, Virginia
3. Washington – Meghan Klingenberg, MF, North Carolina (*via trade with Atlanta)
4. Washington – Christen Press, F, Stanford
5. Philadelphia – Lauren Fowlkes, F, Notre Dame
6. Boston Breakers – Keelin Winters, MF, Portland
7. Atlanta – Kylie Wright, MF, UCLA
8. Western New York – Elli Reed, D, Portland

Round 2

9. Philadelphia – Jennifer Stoltenberg, F, Oregon
10. Washington – Omolyn Davis, MF, George Mason
11. Philadelphia – Caitlin Farrell, D, Wake Forest
12. Boston – Whitney Palmer, F, Oklahoma

Round 3

13. Western New York – Rose Augustin, MF, Notre Dame
14. Atlanta – Meghan Lenczyk, F, Virginia
15. Philadelphia – Lauren Barnes, D, UCLA
16. Sky Blue FC – Alyssa Mautz, MF, Texas A&M
17. Washington – Amanda DaCosta, MF, Florida State
18. Philadelphia – Bianca D’Agostino, MF, Wake Forest
19. Boston – Katie Sheeleigh, F, Harvard

Round 4

20. Western New York – Ashleigh Bowers, GK, Niagara
21. Sky Blue FC – Lauren Alkek, D, Oklahoma
22. Washington – Katie Fraine, GK, Florida
23. Philadelphia – Teresa Rynier, MF, James Madison
24. Boston – Tanya Taylor, F, UC Irvine


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Re: Elli and Keelin both first round WPS draft picks!

Post by jc on Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:43 pm

Does anyone have an explanation of why Sophie was not drafted? Is there some separate selection process for non-US players?

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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:22 pm

Didn't think of Sophie. Anyway, she'll be busy training for/playing in the World Cup with Canada.

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Re: Elli and Keelin both first round WPS draft picks!

Post by UPSoccerFanatic on Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:05 pm

Players had to have entered their names into the draft pool in order to be drafted. It's possible Sophie did not enter her name. The same is true of Jessica. For Sophie, it's also possible there's a separate process for players from other countries. Plus, with the World Cup this summer, she may not have wanted to be playing for a WPS team between now and then.

Does anyone have some inside information on Sophie and/or Jessica?

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Re: Elli and Keelin both first round WPS draft picks!

Post by Geezaldinho on Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:01 am

I'm pretty sure Sophie and the rest of the Canadians will be Concentrating on the WWC and their victory tour Very Happy

I wouldn't be at all surprised if Christine's WPS role is a lot more limited, and the WPS will be without the USA players a lot of the time. I'll also note no one has picked up Marta, and the WWC is probably a big part of that.

I'm not sure she has the same opportunity in the WPS anyway. Isn't the number of foreign players restricted?


I just assumed Jessica' 3.97 biology GPA meant she was headed to grad school.
A career in biology pays a lot better.


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Re: Elli and Keelin both first round WPS draft picks!

Post by Geezaldinho on Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:25 am

I wasn't thinking about it when I first posted, but I just realized that Tony Diccico is the coach for Boston, and he was crazy about Keelin in his post 2008 u20 WC report. Her made her the team captain, and She's the only player he expressly recommended for promotion to the full team in his post-cup report.

He was pretty high on Elli and Michelle, too.

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Re: Elli and Keelin both first round WPS draft picks!

Post by keeper on Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:11 am

On Marta, it could be two team have signed her to contracts, two team have folded due to financial difficulties. While she is a phenominal player and great fun to watch, at this point the WPS probably needs to err on the side of being fiscally conservative to stay afloat for another year.

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Post by purple haze on Fri Jan 21, 2011 5:24 pm

Try to imagine an NBA in which no team can afford to sign LeBron.

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Re: Elli and Keelin both first round WPS draft picks!

Post by Geezaldinho on Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:00 pm

purple haze wrote:Try to imagine an NBA in which no team can afford to sign LeBron.

Actually, that's pretty close to being the case.

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Re: Elli and Keelin both first round WPS draft picks!

Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:50 pm

Purplegeezer wrote:
purple haze wrote:Try to imagine an NBA in which no team can afford to sign LeBron.

Actually, that's pretty close to being the case.
There may not BE an NBA this time next year, so they have something in common with WPS.

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Re: Elli and Keelin both first round WPS draft picks!

Post by onetouchfutbol on Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:14 am

Purplegeezer wrote:I wasn't thinking about it when I first posted, but I just realized that Tony Diccico is the coach for Boston, and he was crazy about Keelin in his post 2008 u20 WC report. Her made her the team captain, and She's the only player he expressly recommended for promotion to the full team in his post-cup report.

He was pretty high on Elli and Michelle, too.

I still think he's the best women's national team coach the US has ever had in terms of coaching fundamental technical soccer. I know that my classmate Milbrett really enjoyed playing for him.

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Post by onetouchfutbol on Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:19 am

Purplegeezer wrote:
purple haze wrote:Try to imagine an NBA in which no team can afford to sign LeBron.

Actually, that's pretty close to being the case.

Yeah, except for the fact that NBA owners can exaggerate their losses for teams that are really doing fine financially. In NBA accounting going from 8 million dollars in profit one year to 6 million the next = 2 million dollars in reported losses. It's pure bogus to report a smaller profit as being a loss. If the WPS even had those kinds of eggs to count, I'm sure the team owners would be thrilled.

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Re: Elli and Keelin both first round WPS draft picks!

Post by purple haze on Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:42 pm

Tony DiCicco does rule as a coach. Every soccer coach and fan should read his book "Catch Them Being Good."

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Re: Elli and Keelin both first round WPS draft picks!

Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:09 pm

keeper wrote:On Marta, it could be two team have signed her to contracts, two team have folded due to financial difficulties. While she is a phenominal player and great fun to watch, at this point the WPS probably needs to err on the side of being fiscally conservative to stay afloat for another year.
Will Western New York make it 3 for 3?

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Re: Elli and Keelin both first round WPS draft picks!

Post by keeper on Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:45 am

Well, the good news is there's not much to do in Buffalo, so maybe more people will go to their soccer matches. And the owner of the Western NY team owns the company that is the official Hotdog of the WPS, so if a lot of people eat hot dogs, that may pay her salary. And the cost of living is probably cheaper in Western NY, so they can pay the rest of the players less money... Unfortunately, that probably doesn't fix what ails the other 5 teams. Very Happy

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Re: Elli and Keelin both first round WPS draft picks!

Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:41 pm

It's official. Marta will rejoin Christine (and join Elli and Alex Morgan) on the western NY Flash. The first year team will no doubt be favorites to win it all.

http://sportifi.com/news/Marta-The-Female-Pele-Signed-By-WPS-WNY-Flash-Makes-Flash-Favorite-571507.html

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Re: Elli and Keelin both first round WPS draft picks!

Post by purple haze on Tue Feb 01, 2011 7:15 pm

Yeah, the Flash may be able to score some goals. Hope the franchise is not a flash in the pan.

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Re: Elli and Keelin both first round WPS draft picks!

Post by DoubleDipper on Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:47 pm

From SoccerNation.com:
Women's Soccer News: Boston Breakers Re-Sign Elli Reed for WPSL Elite League Season

The Boston Breakers announced that they have re-signed defender Elli Reed for the 2012 Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Elite League season. Reed, a member of the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team, was the number one ranked defender going into the 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) draft and was originally chosen by Western New York Flash with the number eight pick. After being released at the end of spring training, Reed signed with Boston and played nine games during the WPS 2011 season, starting five and amassing 502 minutes.
See the entire article at: http://www.soccernation.com/boston-breakers-re-sign-elli-reed-cms-2508


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