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Reign drafts three midfielders, one GK

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Jan. 17, 2013 at 10:47 pm with No Comments »
January 18, 2013 7:52 am

NWSLThe National Women’s Soccer League is holding its first college draft this morning.

The Chicago Red Stars used the opening pick to select Zakiya Bywaters from UCLA.

With its first pick — seventh overall — Seattle Reign FC selected Christine Nairn, a midfielder from Penn State.

In the second round, the Reign took Mallory Schaffer, a midfielder from William and Mary. In the third, Kristen Meier, a midfielder from Wake Forest. The Reign concluded its draft by selecting goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer from Michigan.

More information is available on Twitter @NWSL or the Reign’s Facebook site.

Preview: A reminder that the National Women’s Soccer League began at 6 a.m. Friday (PT) from at the Indianapolis Convention Center.

The draft order is as follows:

1. Chicago Red Stars
2. Washington Spirit
3. FC Kansas City
4. Sky Blue FC (New York/New Jersey)
5. Boston Breakers
6. Western New York Flash
7. Seattle Reign FC
8. Portland Thorns FC

Here was a preview from the league:

The draft will consist 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. After the first round is completed the order will remain the same for the following three rounds, with Chicago selecting first to start each round.

The draft order was determined with assistance from a panel of experts and agreed upon by all eight clubs. The panel ranked the strength of each club based on their allocated players, and conducted a weighted draw.

Friday’s draft is another opportunity for the eight clubs to shape their roster for the league’s inaugural season. Last Friday, the league announced allocation of 55 players from the U.S., Canada and Mexico National Teams.

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