SACRAMENTO, Calif. – It was a great NWSL Draft for many WPSL alums this year, with ten former WPSL players making the leap to the professional ranks of women’s soccer.
Several players from Midwest were among those drafted, coming from two WPSL teams. The Chicago Red Stars Reserves of the Midwest-Central division had the highest number of draftees with six players drafted by NWSL clubs. Of those six, five were drafted to the Red Stars senior team. Another former Red Stars Reserves player, Emily Sonnett, was drafted to the Portland Thorns FC.
Motor City FC, of the Midwest-Great Lakes division, had Mallory Webber drafted to the Western New York Flash.
Two Pacific-North teams had players drafted. California Storm had Madalyn Schiffel drafted to the Washington Spirit and Tottenham Hotspur East Bay Ladies’ Samantha Witteman was drafted to Orlando Pride as a first round pick.
From the Pacific-South division, SoCal FC also had a former player drafted in the first round. Rachel Daly, who has represented England on the youth level, was drafted by the Houston Dash at number six in the first round.
“It’s a great accomplishment to have so many former players drafted to the NWSL,” said WPSL Commissioner Jerry Zanelli. “This is what our league is all about, giving talented and ambitious players the platform to push their careers forward and take the next step. With a summer schedule, and reserve teams from NWSL and competitive teams across the country, we are a very smart choice for hungry college players who want to keep perfecting their game during the off season.”
Congratulations to these very talented women and to all the other draft picks!
Full List of Former WPSL Players drafted in 2016 NWSL Draft:
Ashleigh Ellenwood – CRS RESERVES – Drafted by CRS
Sarah Gorden – CRS RESERVES – Drafted by CRS
Courtney Raetzman – CRS RESERVES – Drafted by CRS
Janelle Flaws – CRS RESERVES – Drafted by CRS
Katie Naughton – CRS RESERVES – Drafted by CRS
Emily Sonnett – CRS RESERVES – Drafted by Portland Thorns FC
Mallory Webber – Motor City FC – Western New York Flash
Samantha Witteman – Tottenham Hotspur East Bay Ladies – Orlando Pride
Madalyn Schiffel – California Storm – Washington Spirit
Rachel Daly – SoCal FC – Houston Dash