Racing Louisville picked University of North Carolina defender Emily Fox first in the NWSL draft Wednesday, while Washington Spirit Trinity Rodman picked second.
US Under-20 striker Rodman is the daughter of former NBA star Dennis Rodman.
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Fox, 22, is one of the rare players to have experience with the US women’s national team. Fox, who can also play in midfield, has competed in three international matches while also making extensive appearances with the U-20 national team.
“I’m very excited,” said Fox of a US training camp in Orlando, Florida. “I know [Louisville manager Christy Holly] From the past, when he was in the national team as an assistant.
“So I talked to him, and he tells me about the culture, everything they have in the store, the facilities, the girls on the team, I’m so excited to be there and be part of the team.”
The 18-year-old Rodman qualified to this year’s Young American Footballer of the Year final and excelled with the United States U-20 team, scoring eight goals and adding six assists in the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship 2020 last March. Rodman joined Washington state but was unable to wear cougars after postponing the 2020 team season until spring this year.
“Even to be in the enlistment with my condition and my age is crazy,” said Rodman, “but being No. 2 in an amazing team is out of this world, and I couldn’t ask for anything else.” “DC just got a great program, great team. Coach [Richie Burke] Gorgeous. I’ve spoken to him many times. I know he is a strong coach, but I am very excited to be his player and to learn and improve. “
As for the influence of her famous father, Rodman said she is ready to be known as an outstanding player in her own right.
“He was an amazing athlete, and I got these genes from him, but I’m excited to be known as Trinity Rodman and not just Rodman’s daughter,” she said. “I am excited to set my path and get better during this trip.”
Sky Blue initially had the next two choices, but after UNC midfielder / striker Brianna Pinto took third, the team chose to replace Option # 4 with Kansas City for $ 175,000 in allocation money. Kansas City then used selection to select Stanford defender Kiara “Kiki” Beckett. Kansas City may have to wait a little to see Beckett up close, as she has said she will stay in school to play the spring season.
With his second pick in the first round, fifth seed overall, Racing Louisville looked close to home, picking University of Louisville midfielder Emina Eckitch.
Portland Thorns rose by trading Pick No. 7, Pick No. 32 and International Slot 2021 to the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for Pick No. 6 overall. The Thorns used the selection to select Texas midfielder Christian Yazmin Ryan.