2017 NWSL Draft: Gordon’s top picks by position

Jennifer Gordon January 6, 2017 165
Jane Campbell will almost certainly be the first keeper off the board next week. How high she goes is open to debate (Photo Copyright Steve Bruno for The Equalizer)

Jane Campbell will almost certainly be the first keeper off the board next week. How high she goes is open to debate (Photo Copyright Steve Bruno for The Equalizer)

In a lot of ways, the 2017 NWSL draft class is a mirror image of the last year’s edition. While last year there was a glutton of center backs, this year that position is comparatively sparse to the bevy of forwards and goalkeepers available. There’s some intrigue to see how front offices handle this draft with so much seemingly up in the air surrounding the U.S. national team’s collective bargaining agreement and realized as well as potential moves to Europe.

With Boston holding four picks in the first round, all eyes will be on the Breakers’ staff, who have a decidedly bad track record when it comes to drafts in the present professional league. The Washington Spirit will also be front and center despite not holding a pick until near the end of the second round as much of this off season’s headlines have been dominated by last year’s runner-ups and not in a good way. Which recently created holes does the team try to address? 

Even with surefire first round picks Ashley Lawrence and Kadeisha Buchanan opting for Europe, there’s still plenty of talent on the board. While there’s still a lot to shake out between now and then, here are some names fans should expect to hear next Thursday in Los Angeles:

Goalkeepers

Jane Campbell – Stanford
Kailen Sheridan– Clemson
Hannah Seabert – Pepperdine

There’s no controversy surrounding who will be the first keeper off the board, although reasonable people disagree as to when this will occur.  Stanford’s Jane Campbell will have this honor. The 5-foot-9 Georgia native has many of the attributes that teams look for in a starter in net. An early exit in the NCAA tournament this year likely cost Campbell sole ownership of Stanford’s shutout record.  Instead, she’ll have to share the record with Cardinal great Nicole Barnhart–not bad company. She’s got decent size, is a good shot stopper and commands her box well.

Kailen Sheridan was a relative unknown to most NWSL fans until injuries and Karina LeBlanc’s retirement tested Canada’s goalkeeping depth last year. There’s an obvious parallel here to Clemson, who was basically a forgotten member of the ACC until recently. Sheridan and the other members of her class helped dramatically raise the Tigers’ profile. Sheridan, along with other recruits at the back — including center back Claire Wagner — helped deduce Clemson’s goals against average by over a goal per game from the year prior to their arrival as freshmen. Probably the biggest question surrounding her at the next level is her ability to make consistently good decisions.

A former Pepperdine player, Lynn Williams had quite a year in 2016 earning NWSL MVP honors and earning a shot with the U.S. national team. Could keeper Hannah Seabert be the next former Pepperdine player to make a wave at the pro level? Seabert, a four-year starter and three-year captain, has good reflexes that will serve her at the next level. Seabert is the program’s all-time saves record which is notable because Pepperdine has produced goalkeepers that have gone on to play at the international level namely Anna Picarelli (Italy) and Roxy Barker (South Africa). (Barker was also drafted by Portland Thorns in 2013.)  She will need to work on her footwork to make the transition to the next level, but her recent inclusion in the U.S. U-23 camp definitely helps cement her inclusion in the upper echelon of keepers available.

Defenders

Christina Gibbons – Duke
Kayla Mills – Southern California
Mandy Freeman – Southern California
Maddie Bauer– Stanford
Claire Wagner – Clemson

Perhaps Robbie Church has never been more right than when he described Christina Gibbons as a “really underrated player” when he announced his 2013 recruiting class. From that day in early 2013 to now, Gibbons has gone from a barely-recruited prospect to earning a call up to the full women’s national team. The Raleigh, N.C., native is extremely versatile filling in as needed to help the Blue Devils’ cause. In fact, it wasn’t unusual to see Gibbons change positions in-game if the situation arose. Best as a left back at the next level, Gibbons covers a lot of ground, and is a tenacious defender. A two-way player, she’ll also be capable of getting into the attack, a supremely valuable attribute at the next level. At Duke, she helped lead a culture change as a junior captain that helped the Blue Devils go from missing the NCAA tournament to playing in the national championship the following season.  This season, she helped spearhead a run to the Elite Eight even after several stars including Olympic Bronze medalist Rebecca Quinn, were injured.

The next two defenders on the board are also versatile, Southern California’s Mandy Freeman and Kayla Mills. Obviously, they were vital in the Trojans’ title run. What casual college soccer fans might not realize is that these two were playing different positions a year ago.

Mills starred as a right back previously. This year at defensive center midfield she showed that she has great composure and a very advanced soccer IQ to go along with the athleticism and speed she used to fly up and down the flanks in years prior. Freeman, who moved from center midfield to center back, could play along the backline or as a defensive midfielder. Her one v. one defending and closing speed will certainly entice suitors.

Sticking on the West Coast, center back Maddie Bauer of Stanford is also projected to come off the board early. In short, there aren’t a ton of players on the board like Bauer. She’s a modern center back meaning she’s more cerebral than bruiser, although she still has a bit of bite. Critics claim she would do well do be bit a more aggressive, however.  A very vocal center back, she operated as the anchor in the Cardinal’s backline and helped the team set play.

The aforementioned Wagner was also a key cog to Clemson’s ascension in the ACC. In the deep ACC, Wagner is often times overlooked. Superb in the air, the Cary, N.C., native knocked in 11 goals as a center back in her fours years including seven in the last two. If last season proved anything in NWSL, scoring off and defending against set pieces is often make or break in the sometimes physical league.

Midfielders

Rose Lavelle– Wisconsin
Meggie Dougherty Howard – Florida
Morgan Andrews – Southern California
Alexis Shaffer – Virginia
Nickolette Driesse – Penn State

Rose Lavelle, who been on the radar with the U.S. national team for quite some time,  is a rare kind of player that makes soccer seem more like an artistic performance than an athletic endeavor. She appears to glide with the ball effortlessly, a testament to the adage that the best athletes make it look easy.  An outside-of-the-box personality both on and off the field, the former Badger is a true, first-rate attacking midfielder, something of a rarity in NWSL. Her slight build may be a bit of a concern but she’s managed to keep up in the Big Ten, probably the most physical of the major conferences in women’s soccer.

Morgan Andrews figures to be off the board early next Thursday. (photo courtesy USC Women's Soccer Twitter)

Morgan Andrews figures to be off the board early next Thursday. (photo courtesy USC Women’s Soccer Twitter)

Meggie Dougherty Howard of Florida is another midfield prospect that will come off the board quickly. A well-rounded midfielder that’s capable of contributing from box to box, Dougherty Howard’s got good vision and does the “simple” stuff well. Functioning as the glue between the Florida offense and defense, Dougherty Howard’s offensive numbers increased the past two years, which in turn has improved her draft stock. This past fall, she notched eight goals and 12 assists for the Gators. Additionally, the Florida native was perhaps the Washington Spirit Reserves most important cog in their run to the last USL W-League title in 2015.

Morgan Andrews is the classic comeback story after transferring from Notre Dame and being inexplicably left off the 2014 U-20 World Cup squad, and ending her career hoisting the national title trophy in her last collegiate game. A sensation as a teenager in New Hampshire, Andrews has been in the spotlight for quite some time. She is a technical player with great vision and passing range  but perhaps her most enduring trait is her ability to just simply take over games. It’s something that’s impossible to define or measure, but it’s there. It was no more apparent that in the 2015 NCAA tournament when Andrews scored a hat trick to power USC over Cal State Fullerton in the first round of NCAA tournament going down 0-2 to the Titans.

Alexis Shaffer is the latest off Virginia’s conveyor belt of good midfield prospects. Often confined to the right wing when Virginia greats Danielle Colaprico and Morgan Brian were on campus, Shaffer really blossomed the last two seasons culminating in her winning both the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and Midfielder of the Year awards this season. The Cary, N.C., native is a technical attacking midfielder who can use both feet well, a trait far too rare on this side of the Atlantic. She can also be deadly from distance which is good way to keep defenses honest. Surrounded by a lot of youth this season, it seemed at times that Shaffer was trying to do too much. Nonetheless, the skills Shaffer possesses will be enough to merit a first or second round pick.

For fans that like picks to be backed up by palatable numbers, Nickolette Driesse’s inclusion will send their heads’ spinning. She hasn’t put up particularly gaudy numbers at any point in her career but the Seminole turned Nittany Lion rarely commits turnovers and does a good job of keeping the ball circulating. She was part of Florida State’s 2014 national championship team before transferring to Penn State. The following year she ended up with another national title, this time getting to contribute more offensively which she prefers. Penn State’s season ended a lot earlier this year, far from surprising given all the team lost to graduation and the U-20 World Cup, Driesse, the lone senior on this year’s squad, looks primed to join all of the Penn State seniors from a season ago at the professional level.

Forwards

Savannah Jordan – Florida
Rachel Hill – UConn
Ashley Hatch – BYU
McKenzie Meehan – Boston College
Midge Purce- Harvard  

Florida’s Savannah Jordan at this time last year had scored more goals than anyone in the 2016 draft class, despite still having a year of eligibility left. That’s quite a feat especially playing in a power five conference. The former Gator is deadly inside the area and is strong. She’s also got incredible balance in no doubt partially due to her martial arts training. Forwards never seem like a sure thing when it comes to the draft, but Jordan is the most promising prospect NWSL has seen at the position. Although she’s entered the draft, there are rumors circulating that she’ll head overseas. The veracity of these rumors will be tested by how quickly Commissioner Jeff Plush reads her name next week.

UConn’s Rachel Hill will likely be one of the first forwards off the board next week. Hill’s got a superb work rate that makes her a strong candidate for playing on the wing in midfield at the professional level. In addition to her work rate, she possesses good speed, athleticism and anticipation. Hill has also been a consistent scorer in college, scoring no less than 13 goals in a season. In total, the Husky could be a good fit for a team looking for someone to fill a position requiring a good motor.

Ashley Hatch has many of the attributes that make for an attractive early draft selection at forward. She’s fast, strong, and has scored a lot of goals in her collegiate career. Not only has Hatch scored a lot but she can score in a variety of ways.  Last season, there were definitely some questions surrounding Hatch after a small fracture in her knee wrecked her junior year, limiting her to just four goals in 13 games played. In 2016, she rebounded to average nearly a goal a game with 19 goals in 20 appearances while also juggling duty with the U.S. national team. She’s fast, strong, and has scored a lot of goals in her collegiate career. What she’s probably most known for though is her physicality.  As a physical force, finding the right fit at the pro level, i.e. a team that values that aspect of the game is essential for Hatch to become a force in the league early on.

McKenzie Meehan seems to always be in the right place on the field at the right time. Paradoxically, she was in the absolute worst spot at the worst time when she sliced her Achilles in a freak accident and was forced to redshirt.  Scoring 58 goals in her four years in Boston College, Meehan’s career numbers are impressive and she ranks No 1 in program history for goals and points in a program that produced some notable offensive talents. Having played in one of the toughest conferences in the nation also means she’s seen some of the best defensive talent the NCAA has to offer as well. Many of the forwards at the top of this year’s rankings haven’t.

This draft class features not one but two exciting striker prospects from the Ivy League, which is a bit of an oddity. Both Margaret ‘Midge’ Purce, of Harvard and Tyler Lussi of Princeton are likely to be selected in this draft. Honestly, both have made a strong case to be included in this list but the edge goes to Purce. A selection to both the U-17 and U-20 World Cup roster in 2012 and 2014, the Maryland native is a known quantity. She’s also spent time with the Washington Spirit Reserves helping the team earn a trophy in 2014. She’s got quick feet and excels at taking players on. She’s also a forward that looks to get in behind defenses, a tactic often used in the NWSL where high pressure is the norm.

NOTES

As noted before there’s a lot of goalkeeping talent available in the draft. While there doesn’t appear to be much need for keepers at this point, I doubt many would have guessed that five would have been taken in last year’s draft. In truth, when it comes to retirements or other player movement sometimes, the need isn’t generally known to exist before the draft. See Chantel Jones and Western New York last year. Of course, this isn’t limited only to goalkeepers.

Sign of the times? Clemson probably has the strongest crop of draftees out of any team in the ACC. Catrina Atanda, Kailen Sheridan, and Claire Wagner are all likely to be three of the 40 names uttered by Jeff Plush next week. Meanwhile, Florida State who’s one of the few teams that’s had a player taken in every NWSL draft is in all likelihood going to be shut out.

  • Gary Diver

    If Savannah Jordan wants to be on the WC19 roster, why would she go overseas now when she hasn’t yet got Jill Ellis’ attention?

    • #1Fan

      i do think some kids look at this differently. The NT would be great, but some feel that , pulling no punches, the USSF and the NT are a bunch of nepotistic fools who pick the same players irrespective of how well they play. They dont respect the coaching or the decisions made and they would rather play elsewhere having been snubbed/ overlooked so often. Im not saying she feels that way, but just telling you that an NT call up is not the B all and end all for some of these kids after being mistreated for years.

      The USSF coaching staff are not particularly well regarded by the soccer community at large. Some are, but I know Club and College coaches who would tell you, hey you should be in the mix now and If i were you i would not stick around and wait.

      • Som Termanni

        Exactly. All the huffing over Horan and Press opting out of the NWSL and going overseas did nothing to their careers. Morgan and Dunn will go overseas and nothing will happen to their roster spots. Club callups to camps without games, or friendlies without international tournaments ahead, are token with little to no value, especially when a contract never comes.

        If Gulati clearly doesn’t want to pay these women, they should go get paid. When they rip up a league full of internationals overseas, the WNT coach will call anyway.

        • rkmid71

          Yep — playing in a league full of int’ls from Germany, France and England, representing 3 of the top 5 teams.in the world (and throw in Sweden, Norway and Netherlands in the top 12 and Spain at 14). The more US players that go there, the deeper and better the Euro leagues will become. Many Brazilian players in Europe too. Given the status quo on the CBA, etc, I don’t know why more and more would not choose or explore that option if available.

          • Steglitz49

            Marta went to Sweden aged 18 in 2004. She learnt to speak fluent Swedish.

            Of late, many Brazilians have played in Avaldsnes, the Norwegian club that rehabilitated Casey and Adrianna.

            Given the success of European teams in OG-16, maybe the NWSL needs more Europeans?

          • rkmid71

            As someone else said on another thread, I think cross fertilization is a good idea … create more camaraderie and esprit de corps and good sportsmanship among WoSo players and nations. Maybe that’s what SBC or Algarve is meant to be as well.

          • Guest

            Commune over competition? Let’s all exchange club patches too.

          • rkmid71

            Don’t all NTs exchange banners or flags already?

          • Steglitz49

            That was the spirit of the Algarve. The young ladies stayed in the same hotel and ate in the same restaurant and could relax by the pools together. Over the years that spirit was lost as it ceased to be just a winter training camp.

            The SBC is almost purely commercial. It benefits these 4 big nations to play one another but the real reason is that the USSF makes a lot of money out of it and the other 3 some coins.

          • Som Termanni

            Because the USSF tells these players their best path to the WNT gameday roster goes through the NWSL. The players ignore the evidence of reality and listen to the USSF anyway, because they have trust and hope that their national federation has their best interests in mind.

          • rkmid71

            Trust and hope? Actions speak louder than words.

        • Steglitz49

          The reasons for Christen’s foreign sojourn was different from that of Lindsey Horan’s. Thus, Savannah’s possible foreign time may well satnd her in good stead..

          Press was given her first cap based on her performance for Göteborg. It was before she kicked a ball for Tyresö. Christen went to Göteborg because the US pro-league collapsed, not because she sought to go from Stanford to Sweden, even if both locations were on the west coast so she could watch the sun set over the ocean.

      • Steglitz49

        To which European teams would your recommend young ladies to go and play?

        There are an awful lot of them, you know, and the wealthy ones can afford to be a bit choosy. You can’t expect wealthy Europeans to go weak at the knees at the sight of a US WoSo college senior because they are two a penny.

    • Steglitz49

      Which team has she in mind?

  • Forgedias

    I like your picks, not every pick came in as expected like Meggie Dougherty Howard over Morgan Andrews who won a College Cup? Impressive to see then again I didn’t watch Florida much this year only their game against UCLA.

    And Rachel Hill over Ashley Hatch. I have Hatch a bit better but Hill is has potential as well. I disagree with Jane Campbell over Kailen Sheridan. If you watch the ACC enough then you know how the talent levels of the teams there compare to each other. Clemson does not have the talent that North Carolina, Notre Dame, Florida State, Virginia and Duke has. Yet they shared the ACC title with Notre Dame this year. And how did they do that? Kailen Sheridan and her goal stopping.

    She is the best keeper in College right now and to compare with Jane Campbell, she had one of the best defenses in college at Stanford, yet she allowed her fair share of goals last year. Campbell is a good keeper but she had a great offense and one of the best defenses helping her out last year and she still couldn’t get her team to the college cup.

    What I don’t believe will happen is that a team will spend an international slot on Sheridan since she is Canadian. That alone makes Jane Campbell the better pick but if we look at body of work. Sheridan playing in the ACC and carrying her team like she does, deserves her place as the top keeper.

  • Steglitz49

    Where is Mockmook when we need her/him?

    How do these picks fit with Mockmook’s latest version of the draft?

    Calling Mockmook! Please come in, wherever you are.

    • mockmook

      Latest:

      NWSL Draft 2017 — Beta X.3.0

      01 . Breakers — Jordan ( F ) – Florida
      02 . Flash — Lavelle ( M ) – Wisconsin
      03 . Breakers — Mills, K ( D/M ) – USC
      04 . Sky Blue — Freeman ( D/M ) – USC
      05 . FCKC — Driesse ( M ) – PSU
      06 . Reign — Fletcher, E ( M ) – Cal
      07 . Flash — Proffitt ( D/M ) – Marquette
      08 . Breakers — Andrews ( M ) – USC
      09 . Breakers — Gibbons ( D/M ) – Duke
      10 . Sky Blue — Hatch ( F ) – BYU
      11 . Breakers — Shaffer ( M ) – Virginia
      12 . Red Stars — Vasconcelos ( M/F ) – BYU
      13 . FCKC — Dougherty Howard ( M ) – Florida
      14 . Thorns — Kolander ( F ) – Minnesota
      15 . Dash — Bauer ( D ) – Stanford
      16 . Red Stars — Stiever ( M ) – Minnesota
      17 . FCKC — Paul ( D ) – Georgetown
      18 . Flash — Smith, E ( D ) – Rutgers
      19 . Spirit — Drennan ( M ) – S.Carolina
      20 . Thorns — Payne ( M/F ) – Duke
      21 . Red Stars — Jenkins ( F ) – UCLA
      22 . Pride — Hill, R ( F ) – UConn
      23 . Sky Blue — Wagner ( D ) – Clemson
      24 . Sky Blue — Corby ( M ) – GVSU
      25 . FCKC — Campbell ( GK ) – Stanford
      26 . Reign — Ribeiro ( F ) – UConn
      27 . Thorns — Jesolva ( M ) – Santa Clara
      28 . Red Stars — Prudhomme ( GK ) – USC
      29 . Spirit — Donaldson ( M ) – Mizzou
      30 . Sky Blue — Boon ( D ) – Portland
      31 . Breakers — Harris, L ( GK ) – UNC
      32 . Pride — Onumonu ( F ) – Cal
      33 . Dash — Byorth, E ( D ) – Clemson
      34 . Sky Blue — Poulin ( GK ) – SJU
      35 . FCKC — Johnson, K ( F ) – USC
      36 . Spirit — Meehan ( M/F ) – Boston College
      37 . Reign — Gardner ( D ) – UNC
      38 . Breakers — Beal ( D ) – Minnesota
      39 . Red Stars — McFarlane ( M ) – UNC
      40 . Thorns — Iordanou ( D ) – Virginia

      By Team:

      01 . Breakers — Jordan ( F ) – Florida
      03 . Breakers — Mills, K ( D/M ) – USC
      08 . Breakers — Andrews ( M ) – USC
      09 . Breakers — Gibbons ( D/M ) – Duke
      11 . Breakers — Shaffer ( M ) – Virginia
      31 . Breakers — Harris, L ( GK ) – UNC
      38 . Breakers — Beal ( D ) – Minnesota
      15 . Dash — Bauer ( D ) – Stanford
      33 . Dash — Byorth, E ( D ) – Clemson
      05 . FCKC — Driesse ( M ) – PSU
      13 . FCKC — Dougherty Howard ( M ) – Florida
      17 . FCKC — Paul ( D ) – Georgetown
      25 . FCKC — Campbell ( GK ) – Stanford
      35 . FCKC — Johnson, K ( F ) – USC
      02 . Flash — Lavelle ( M ) – Wisconsin
      07 . Flash — Proffitt ( D/M ) – Marquette
      18 . Flash — Smith, E ( D ) – Rutgers
      22 . Pride — Hill, R ( F ) – UConn
      32 . Pride — Onumonu ( F ) – Cal
      12 . Red Stars — Vasconcelos ( M/F ) – BYU
      16 . Red Stars — Stiever ( M ) – Minnesota
      21 . Red Stars — Jenkins ( F ) – UCLA
      28 . Red Stars — Prudhomme ( GK ) – USC
      39 . Red Stars — McFarlane ( M ) – UNC
      06 . Reign — Fletcher, E ( M ) – Cal
      26 . Reign — Ribeiro ( F ) – UConn
      37 . Reign — Gardner ( D ) – UNC
      04 . Sky Blue — Freeman ( D/M ) – USC
      10 . Sky Blue — Hatch ( F ) – BYU
      23 . Sky Blue — Wagner ( D ) – Clemson
      24 . Sky Blue — Corby ( M ) – GVSU
      30 . Sky Blue — Boon ( D ) – Portland
      34 . Sky Blue — Poulin ( GK ) – SJU
      19 . Spirit — Drennan ( M ) – S.Carolina
      29 . Spirit — Donaldson ( M ) – Mizzou
      36 . Spirit — Meehan ( M/F ) – Boston College
      14 . Thorns — Kolander ( F ) – Minnesota
      20 . Thorns — Payne ( M/F ) – Duke
      27 . Thorns — Jesolva ( M ) – Santa Clara
      40 . Thorns — Iordanou ( D ) – Virginia

      • Breakers fan

        Did Kolander throw her hat into the ring since the first announcement? If so, any others also you know of?

        • Steglitz49

          If we have a colander, is there a Zucchini and Cabbage too?

          • Breakers fan

            Not sure but I think there may be a Doubleboiler and a Whisk…:-)

          • Steglitz49

            Touché!

        • mockmook

          Updated to 164 names:

          http://nwslsoccer.com/nwsl-reveals-preliminary-list-of-eligible-players-for-2017-draft

          Big adds:

          Paul — G’twn
          Kolander
          Byorth twins
          Watson — TTU

          • Breakers fan

            Thank you very much for this!! Will get on my research horse. Have you been looking into any of the “unknowns” from the original list? I’ve been remiss, bad so far in doing so, but we still have time.

          • mockmook

            “Have you been looking into any of the “unknowns” from the original list?”

            Beyond some stats, accolades, or write-ups — No

            I’m having a hard enough time just keeping up with changes to the draft order and the player pool.

          • Breakers fan

            I just chose someone pretty much at random and went to see if there was any game footage of her on youtube. Here is what I found: impressed me more than I was expecting

          • mockmook

            Maybe try that without adding the HTML code (if that is what you did)

          • Breakers fan

            Ok, I just replied directly from my email – can you view the video? Maybe better to do it at the EQ site?

          • Breakers fan

            I see now. I’ll fix it.

          • mockmook
          • Breakers fan

            There you go – thanks! Check it out. makes you wonder what, who lurks within that list…

          • Steglitz49

            anyone from North Dakota must be worth their weight in snowballs if not gold. Pick her!

          • Steglitz49

            Cue bring on an old quote about known unknowns and unknown unknowns …

          • Breakers fan

            2 interesting names on here, curiosities one could say:

            Serina Kashimoto, Japan, Butler University
            Linzi Taylor, Scotland, Martin Methodist University

            Let’s say there are 100 players on here with whom we are not familiar, how many of them are very good/excellent players? It’d be fun to say “ok, I’m going to form a team with only these 100 players that no one is talking about” and see what would happen.

            Next, how many teams are really buckling down over the past week and up to the draft and researching these “new” players? Not that you would have to, but I just wonder about them, how many surprise gems are among them, if any?

      • Bruce

        If the Breakers want both Lavelle and Jordan I think they should draft Lavelle first. Since the Flash have so many forwards they would probably pick Mills and Jordan would be available at 3rd pick.

        • Breakers fan

          That was my thought too and I would do what you suggest if i were in charge. It will of course come down to who they want, (think they need positionally perhaps). The Breakers historically don’t tend to always go with the big consensus evaluations of players. I was happy with their Westphal at #3 last year but many had her going a good deal later.

          • mockmook

            Since they really coveted Westphal, they had to take her at #3 — she would likely have already been taken by #17 (their next pick). Could have gone as high as #5 without BOS

          • Breakers fan

            Agree, good point. The overarching idea is that *their* highest-rated don’t always coincide with those of the majority or the soccer “pundits'”.

          • DNG

            Looking back Daly, Doniak, Beckie and Dalton might have all been better picks for the Breakers needs on offense than Westphal. Even if Westphal turns out to be an excellent player, that’s where the confusion lies for me at least.

          • Breakers fan

            Right. I agree, though I personally also did like Westphal a lot. There was a lot of wonder whether they would take especially Doniak at the time, as she was the highest rated forward from that class. But when you go back and read things Matt Beard said upon getting hired “I build out of the back” it wasn’t surprising that his focus was the back line first. He was alarmed at how many goals the Breakers gave up and looked to fix things there first. Westphal was coming out as a right/center back, though I personally like her better at midfield (she has played there as well in her life) so the pick did follow from his comments. But then the mystery of how she played about half or less of the team’s minutes as the 3rd pick in the draft still, for me, is something that has never been explained or discussed. But at this point that’s water under the bridge, time has progressed and a new season is within sight.

          • DNG

            If Beard was concerned about the number of goals his team gave up and claims to build his teams from the back, I need a better explanation from him as to why his team conceded over 17 more goals than the next most last year and 47 in 20. I have my own theories but even if I accept think like the Zerboni loss at DM he should have set his team up better to defend in my opinion.

          • Breakers fan

            I agree. Despite using valuable resources towards that end – using the #3 pick in the entire draft to pick a defender; picking the best keeper in the nation, Abby Smith, who was doing great but got hurt in her 2nd game; giving up the best keeper already in the League to get a centerback he coveted and who had played for him in England, Whitney Engen; bringing over his Liverpool keeper, Stout; signing a defender new to the league, Brooke Elby, they still gave up a lot of goals. One BIG loss was Mollie Pathman, no two ways around that fact. I was somewhat disappointed in Engen’s play – she only seemed 3/4ths there mentally and was gone at times of course with the NT. Kallman and King I thought did well – not their fault. I agree with you that the midfield, especially the DM position was lacking and I also think I agree with you that they played too high on the back line, though I have to admit that this is something I wasn’t carefully watching last year. I also observed that throughout the year he would repeatedly command his forwards to go rush at their back line when they had the ball and 99.5% of the time they would just calmly pass the ball by them – the point is that all that space in the midfield just opened up by him making his forwards futilely rush at the ball when the other team had it perfectly under control. I hope he doesn’t do that again. Your additional thoughts?

          • Bruce

            They looked lost and dispirited a lot last year, giving up more goals to disorganization than simply losing personnel battles, IMHO. I think that is on him.

          • Breakers fan

            To me a central point for the Breakers this coming year is a couple aspects surrounding one topic, the forward position:

            Starting with Dowie and Haavi. Beard acquisitions and so one would think he likes them a lot. My guess is that they will start and will be given a long leash to perform. I could be wrong, but until shown otherwise I will assume that.

            a) how good will they be? If they’re the main forwards they need to be. b) to what extent will their presence on the team influence their draft picks? To what extent will he carve out space for them by not taking many (any) forwards? This is a question.
            c) We won’t see the training sessions but will Dowie and Haavi start no matter what? And if they are given spots when others may be performing better could that create any dissension? If favoritism is viewed by the rank and file? Getting WAY ahead of things here, but these are simply possibilities and something I do not want to happen.
            d) if they aren’t scoring goals how quickly will he substitute them? e) where does Kyah Simon fit into all of this (if she even returns)? Does she automatically jump ahead of a rookie in terms of playing time solely by reason of seniority? I really hope not.

            We’ll see how this shakes out.

        • mockmook

          Even if the Flash don’t want Jordan (which I won’t concede), they may take her as trade bait.

          • Breakers fan

            Absolutely brilliant proposition – thank you.

      • Steglitz49

        Great work Mocmook. Well done!

        If I were the Thorns I would use a two of their later slots to draft Buchanan and Lawrence — unless those two have formally withdrawn from the draft and I have missed that they did.

        • mockmook

          You formally enter (not withdraw), they have until Jan. 11th to enter — so far they haven’t.

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you. Might as well stay out and go the discovery route. Being Canadians, who seem to love Sweden, a detour via the northern lights might be just the ticket.

      • MrTemecula

        Jenkins suffered a serious injury so I am suprised you ranked her at all. I loved watching her play but even healthy she seemed to disappear at times. Onumonu probably should ranked near Jenks. Cal always under-performs for the talent they have on that team.

        • mockmook

          The injured (and less talented) Summer Green went 30th last year.

          • Steglitz49

            and went where next? To Avaldsnes, perhaps?

  • MrTemecula

    This is just conference bias since I mostly watched Pac-12 play, I really liked Mills, Campbell and Jordon. Mills is good at anticipitating an attack and fast enough to squelch it and stoned nearly every player she challenged. Campbell is great…but I am not sure about world-class since she played behind a good defense. Jordon is included because she beat up UCLA with her play. She was threatening the whole match. She can play in any league.

    • Breakers fan

      Good thoughts. You mean Savannah Jordan, correct? I ask because you said “conference bias” and “Pac-12” so the Florida part has me wondering, but I’m 99% sure you mean the famous Jordan. I agree about Mills – for someone of her size she has surprising mobility and agility. Campbell I know is good but I saw a fair amount of balls get by her, and as you say she isn’t challenged all that often. Not sure she’s the best keeper in the class.

      • mockmook

        Campbell probably isn’t the best, but there is a good chance that she is allocated — FREE!!!!

        • Bruce

          hype

          • mockmook

            Doesn’t matter if it’s hype — as long as the USSF is paying her salary, who cares?

          • Som Termanni

            Ashlyn Harris 2.0. She’ll be good for the highlight reels with acrobatic saves from being out of position, and a string of shutouts against Boston and KC, while she lets the rest of the league slot 2 goals/game past her.

          • Steglitz49

            Hear hear!

            At 5’11” no need for acrobatics and at 6’1″ could probably stand still and pick her teeth.

        • Steglitz49

          Good grief!

      • mockmook

        I also think Campbell has a lot of upside.

        • Breakers fan

          Most likely True and that is definitely significant (the free!!!! part). But she’ll also wave bye-bye at times too. She’s a case where I just can’t tell how much of it is reputation vs, she actually being better than say Sheridan, Harris, McKeown and maybe a couple others. Not saying she isn’t better but I just find goalkeeping the hardest position to judge due to how rarely you see the ones on the best teams actually doing anything difficult.

      • MrTemecula

        Yup. I went to the match and it was a warm day but Jordan still had enough energy to beat two defenders down the touch-line and score the winner.

        • Breakers fan

          I saw that match on TV! Didn’t it go to overtime? I think it did. Or that may have been when they played Stanford. I too would pick Savannah Jordan to be on my team if I could.

  • Som Termanni

    The 2016 Hermann Trophy winner is Kadeisha Buchanan.

    Christen Press was present as a guest.

    • guest

      christen press is sadly taking lessons in terrible fashion from tobin heath

      • Steglitz49

        Everything suits a beauty.

      • chive-on

        Hahaha burn! I haven’t noticed – still funny though.

    • Steglitz49

      Christen has won the Hermann trophy; Alex Morgan didn’t.

    • mockmook

      Will we be seeing Buchanan/Press rumors now? 🙂

      • Steglitz49

        Touché! Hear hear!

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  • Bruce

    The Jane Campbell hype machine is out control. How can you call someone who let one out of every four shots in last season a can’t miss prospect?

    Her save percentage in 2016 was 0.745, which is probably in the *bottom* 10% of all goalies in the NCAA D1. And with the performance she gets an NT call up and top ranking in mock drafts. Unbelievable.

    • Som Termanni

      She isn’t even among the top 150 goalies in save%, which is all the NCAA’s stats site tracks. http://web1.ncaa.org/stats/StatsSrv/pdf/rankings?rptWeeks=62&statSeq=423&div=1&sportCode=WSO&academicYear=2017&rptType=PDF&doWhat=showrankings

      She ranks #35 in goals against average (0.764) and #117 in shutouts (5), which are more team stats.

      • Bruce

        Check the PAC-12 site for her stats. Ranked 9th in the conference in save percentage.

        http://pac-12.com/content/womens-soccer-statistics

        • Breakers fan

          Would be telling to see a video compilation of every shot she both saved and didn’t save (scored on her) this year. I think it’s especially necessary to *see* things with keepers as some shots are just basically unsaveable, and saves can then be either magnificent or absolutely humdrum – Grandma could make them, so I think we require first-hand direct visual experience of the meat behind the blank numbers generally with players but especially with keepers.

          • Bruce

            That would be great and definitely can help explain statistical deviations over the course of a few games. Being this poor over the an entire season, however really can’t be attributed to that.

          • Breakers fan

            Most likely, I would say. I understand your point. I did say yesterday that I too have my doubts about her and I did see about 6 or 7 Stanford games so I’m aware of some of the data, but still there’s nothing like actually seeing all of what we’re talking about rather than theorizing (even if the numbers point in a certain direction) I’d say, again, especially with keepers as shots can vary so spectacularly in their difficulty level.

          • #1Fan

            Hype in the US is a powerful thing. Im not saying she is not good, I have not see her enough, but I have see this play out on so many level so many times. I dont buy the theory that a player going to the Wc is somehow fantastic. Some who went are not better than several left behind.

          • Breakers fan

            Well- said, about hype/reputation — it has legs, one could say. And your last assertion – I would be very, very surprised if that were not true. And I wonder and would like your opinion on this. Why, how, did that happen? Are the people involved just too as perceptive as scouts as they could be? Did some players just ride on through based on “seniority”, having been with the club for years, thus they just kept their spot? Could it have been favoritism, as in “I, the coach, just like the person a lot, so she’s getting a spot”? Or were the mistakes not guided by anything nefarious like that, were they honest mistakes, assuming your theory is accurate?

          • Steglitz49

            Hype crashed and burnt in Braslia in 2016. It ought to have gone the way of the Dodo in 1981 but 30 years later it was alive and kicking in the good ol’ US of A with regards to WoSo.

          • #1Fan

            Its a big country and remember, we are talking OPINIONS here for the most part. Just because coach A likes X>Y, does not make X better than Y. I dont think Buchanan is the best soccer player in the country. In fact probably not in my top 5. Stopping others from playing and creating are 2 VERY different things in my opinion. Thats just my opinion.

            On the YNT thing there would be a lot more turnover if the coaches did not retain tenor for so long. If you dont like a kid at 14 there is a tendency to dismiss them rather than keep watching and acknowledge that they were better than you thought OR have passed by kids THAT YOU HAVE BEEN COACHING/WORKING WITH IN CAMP. That is the big thing . It takes great coaches to admit mistakes and correct them.

            Its not nefarious in my opinion

          • Breakers fan

            Gotcha. Well-said. I think you bring up a key, huge issue, one that we see at all levels: That, most generally of emotion. Personal feelings. (also:ego) Beyond soccer evaluation I think coaches can get attached to certain players on a personal level. I’m guessing but I think I see it at the NWSL level. As you say “it takes great coaches to admit mistakes and correct them”. And it takes great coaches to not let any personal feelings determine their roster and starting lineup decisions. I just wonder how many of those kind of coaches are out there.

            You can’t, as a coach, let sentimentality factor in. You have to play the best players, — at the NWSL level that would mean: Regardless if they’re rookies, whether you drafted them or signed them from a tryout, what round you drafted them in, whether you used to coach them before on another team, whether the fans like them. Otherwise you run the risk of losing a franchise, losing your job, for what? For how you prioritized not hurting the feelings of someone you care about on a personal level. No room for charity in pro sports.

          • mockmook

            If Campbell is taken as the first GK in the Draft (as I suspect she will be), then she is viewed as more than just hype by the NWSL Coaches/GMs

          • Breakers fan

            Right. I see her as more than hype too. I think she’s good. My posts here have been defending her to some extent. I think we need to see the shots taken against her before concluding anything, that we shouldn’t assume she’s been bad this year, which is what some people here are assuming, though her numbers do give one pause. At the same time I …wonder…if she deserves her spot as the #1 college keeper, the only one called up to the national team. The starter for the youth national teams for the last however many years.

            The part about hype in this post referred more to Youth National Team players. I was responding to what #1Fan was claiming and saying “that seems possible” – that better players are being ignored, passed over, that present day performance isn’t taken into account as much as it should be. I don’t know if that’s true of course not being in that world, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it were.

            Apologies if you got all that from my earlier posts and that I’m just repeating myself here.

          • mockmook

            Sorry, I was just throwing my thoughts on Campbell into the mix and happened to land on your comment 🙂

        • Som Termanni

          Thanks for that.

          Even more telling to me than the percentage is that she’s also at the bottom of the conference in total saves (2.16/game, 0.89 less than Ella Dendrick, who’s below Campbell in s% only by a rounding error).

          Even as the least-tested keeper in a tough conference, Campbell underperformed.

          • Steglitz49

            5’9″ does not cut the mustard any longer unless you are super-talented like Hope Solo.

  • Gary Diver

    Is it my understanding that a lot of people here feel Jane Campbell is an over-hyped poor GK? And she let in one out of every four SOG? Personally I have never seen her play so I know nothing but have heard great things about her in the past.

    • Campbell has the name recognition and has been touted as a replacement for Solo for years, but many are now saying she doesn’t have much more room for growth. Perhaps she’s peaked, but the name recognition lives on.

  • Forgedias

    The reason why there are some that have questioned Jane Campbell’s ranking is because we have watched the Pac12 all season long and she isn’t the phenom that everyone is saying she is.

    She had one of the best defenses in the country back stopping her because Stanford didn’t lose any players to the U20 World Cup. They kept the 4 players that would of went over. Stanford not only had one of the best defenses, they also had one of the best offenses yet they couldn’t make it to the College Cup this season. Many people including me tabbed them as the favorites to win the NCAA championship.

    You then look at games in conference where against UCLA, they scored 2 goals on Campbell with her defense and Stanford won it in double overtime. And UCLA lost 3 players to the World Cup unlike Stanford.

    Then look at Kailen Sheridan and look at what Clemson had to deal with. Talent wise North Carolina, Notre Dame, Florida State, Virginia and Duke all have more talent then Clemson. Yet Clemson shared the ACC title with Notre Dame this year. How did they do that? They had Sheridan carry games for them. Clemson play the pressing game, moving players forward and Sheridan plays sweeper. She frequently sits outside her box getting the ball played back to her so she can either pass forward and launch one of her booming kicks to set up a counter. Clemson literally relied on Sheridan to hold the fort because they did allow 1v1’s against Sheridan and she can front the attacking player and quite frequently make stops against them when coverage breaks down in front of her because Clemson again plays a risky pressing style to get turn overs.

    What Clemson asked of Sheridan vs what Campbell was asked is two very different situations. Campbell had one of the best defenses helping her, Sheridan did not. Campbell could reliably limit shot attempts against her with her defense helping while Sheridan had to deal with many more shot attempts because she had to deal with counters when her team got exposed in their pressing. Yet despite this, Clemson was able to win the ACC title in a very competitive league.

    In my opinion, Sheridan was the best keeper in the nation but will she be drafted? Hard to say since a team needs an international slot for her since she is Canadian. But otherwise Sheridan is the battle tested keeper out of the two. Campbell was so well protected by her defense that she wasn’t tested enough. I have my doubts about her.

    • Bruce

      Great post. It doesn’t seem right that Canadian players require international slots since their Federation allocates players. When Jeff Plush makes it to the office he should update the roster rules.

      • mockmook

        Great point — and their players are invariably “American” anyway since they go to college here.

        • Steglitz49

          The French seem more accommodating,

      • Steglitz49

        Mexicans as well as Canadians — it is a Tridentine League.

    • kernel_thai

      Lindsey Harris of UNC didn’t make the list but had a great run in the NCAAs and could develop into as as good a keeper as those mentioned.

    • Steglitz49

      Jane Campbell is only 5’9″. Enough typed.

      • Som Termanni

        > Enough typed.

        From you, Steg, if that were a promise this website would erupt in celebration. It would make the front page.

        • Steglitz49

          Gordon Banks 6’1″, Rio-Kalle and Lev Yashin 6’3″ — the goal is the same size for the female of the species as the male.

          5’9″ gives up 4″ to 6″ inches needlessly. Lisa Leslie is 6’5″.

          Get a life!

          • Som Termanni

            Unsurprised that you were bluffing about breaking the typing habit, but still disappointed.

          • Steglitz49

            I type facts. Your opinion is free.

            If you want to argue against those 3 legends of soccer, please be my guest. Candace parker was a mere 6’4″ one short of Lisa Leslie.

          • Som Termanni

            Your’e still typing after typing “enough typed”. Each time I comment, your read straight past it to assume there’s an argument in the comment about keeper height, when I’ve written nothing about it today.

            What I write here doesn’t matter because you’ll list some more random goalkeepers who are at least 6 feet tall. Correct Horse Battery Staple.

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          • Steglitz49

            Sancta simplicitas!

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        • chive-on

          Right? Incessant weird and often-irrelevant comments. Wouldn’t mind at all seeing him along with a couple others go.

          • Steglitz49

            Opinion is free; facts are sacred.

    • Forgedias

      To add onto what I said. I did watch the Pac12 and some ACC this year. In the Pac12 I tried to watch UCLA anytime they were on and then Stanford after that. I did get to watch some USC games as well.

      Main reason why I wanted to watch UCLA was Jessie Fleming and if you want to talk about a phenom, then she is it. She is a magician with the ball doing a lot of ball fakes and dekes.

      But to get back to my point. I thought the best keeper in the Pac12 wasn’t Jane Campebell but it was Sammy Jo Prudhomme, the USC keeper. USC also had a stellar defense albeit under the radar since everyone was talking about Stanford in the Pac12. Did Prudhomme get a call up for the U23 training camp? Nope. So what do I know.

  • Bruce

    Anyone know anything about this pre draft “combine” being run by the Pride?

    http://www.womenssoccerweekly.com/first-nwsl-combine-convenes

    http://www.v3sportscamp.com/index.php

    • mockmook

      I see it is $325

      And, it isn’t clear whether any other NWSL scouts besides the Pride’s will be there.

      • Bruce

        There are photos/videos on V3Sports Instagram page from both combine sessions. Together, their were maybe 40 players attending.

        Looks like this was a Tom Sermanni personal venture.

        • mockmook

          Ah, I didn’t even notice that the camps were basically already over.

          40 players is pretty awesome (for the Pride)

          I hope the players got their money’s worth.

        • Breakers fan

          Oh, just saw where one can see photos of this – thanks!

        • Breakers fan

          Impossible from the V3Sports instagram photos to see what kind of quality there was among the players in that camp, but that’s good for Orlando. If I did it I wouldn’t want what I learned to reach the rest of the teams either.

      • Steglitz49

        $325 for what? Please explain to this bear of little brain.

        • Som Termanni

          The registration price to attend the combine.

          • Steglitz49

            For which you get what? A glass of alcohol free prosecco and a hot dog?

          • Breakers fan

            Click on the links and you’ll see. One finger tap and then look.:-)

          • Steglitz49

            Links are an abomination in the EQ. The EQ should wipe them out.

            The only links that have a right to life a links courses in golf.

          • Breakers fan

            Incorrect – don’t let the red color scare you. One finger tap – much easier and less time than what you took to write what you just did – just saying. A link can provide material some fan writing words can not.

          • Steglitz49

            Links are Communism by the back door.

          • Breakers fan

            Ok, you’re not interested enough in the topic to use 1 finger tap to see what is there, so then don’t expect anyone to explain them to you. That’s only fair, right?

          • guest

            the Linkmaster will not be happy about this idea.

          • mockmook

            He’s a master-linker, but is he a master-baiter?

          • Steglitz49

            Let the bears decide.

          • Som Termanni

            And maybe the chance for an Icelandic club scout to offer you the chance of a lifetime: five months playing on a lovely volcanic rock with a bunch of underperforming Euro players for about $20k.

          • Steglitz49

            Seal blubber rules OK?

        • mockmook

          Did you follow Bruce’s links?

          • Steglitz49

            I hardly ever follow links because if the information is worthwhile it must be in the comment. Links are for wimps and wets.

    • Breakers fan

      This is quite a brilliant move by the Pride and Sermanni, It’s basically a way of seeing players (the ones who came) you weren’t able to properly scout during the college season.

      It accomplishes a) a lot of great scouting; b) I think greatly increases the likelihood of players coming to the Pride open tryout rather than that of another team.

      Last year when I went to the Breakers open tryout it was abundantly clear to me, and I wrote it here, that one day – maybe 4 hours of scouting isn’t close to enough time to properly scout and evaluate about 50 players. The 4 day time frame is way, way better. And he did 2 of them! My hat goes off to him. What a great move. It takes at least that amount of time. The Pride by doing this have been able to really scout 40 players properly. No other teams have scouted those players like the Pride have. I expect them to make good picks.

      I wonder if it’s possible to find out who came to those camps?

      • mockmook

        Hmmm.

        I wonder if any top prospects came in — more likely it was marginal players who wanted a leg up.

        Also, I bet it was heavily weighted to local/regional players.

        • Breakers fan

          Agreed – most likely marginal with picks 22 and 32 and then the open tryout ahead for them but it’s easier to scout the name players through traditional means – watch tv and so forth — so that’s who they want to see to try to differentiate among them. With only those 2 picks and an open tryout that’s largely their market this year. I just think it was a brilliant idea – after that it’s impossible to control who actually shows up. I guess we’ll never hear who the 40 were, but maybe we’ll get some names eventually if they end up signing any. He did what he could considering the circumstances he was in.

          • mockmook

            Actually I was under-selling this.

            40 players represents a quarter of the registered draft class — that’s extraordinary considering only the NWSL’s Pride was represented — though, they did have a bunch of foreign clubs, too:

            Kolbotn, Norway
            Avaldsnes, Norway
            Arna Bjornar, Norway
            Fortuna Herring, Denmark
            Apollon Limassol, Cyprus
            Bari, Italy
            Asptt Albi, France
            FC Metz, France
            St. Etienne, France
            UMF Sindri, Iceland
            Thor, Iceland
            Stjarnan, Iceland

          • Steglitz49

            Fascinating. Thanks for digging that out for us.

          • Breakers fan

            Will be fascinating to see how many players who went to that camp end up signing with them. If it’s not many it’s not because the Pride didn’t do all they could, it’s because not enough good players went or that the good ones were drafted by other clubs. I’ll repeat this – it’d be quite interesting to see a list of who went. Plus, yeah, that large international contingent – more potential options for the undrafted.

          • Steglitz49

            2017 (and 2018) are WoSo generations without hope (please see reasoning elsewhere). Any college senior with her head screwed on right will focus on her non-soccer career and life. 2018 is likely the same.

          • mockmook

            I wonder if the Pride tried to get other NWSL clubs involved — if it is “open”, perhaps we will see more clubs next year after the other clubs see the success of this year.

          • mockmook

            Here are just some of my currently projected “rejects” who might be worth consideration for signing by the Pride:

            Atanda ( M ) – Clemson
            Cox, M ( D ) – Virginia
            Flynn ( M/F ) – Nebraska
            McNabb ( D ) – Virginia
            Munerlyn ( F/D ) – UCLA
            Purce ( F ) – Harvard
            Ship ( F ) – Cal
            Thomas, C ( F ) – Georgetown
            Tindell ( F ) – FGCU
            Wilkinson ( F ) – Tennesee

            Pretty good list for “rejects”

          • Breakers fan

            Wow – if a list of rejects that good comes to pass this could prove to be a bonanza for the Pride. I’m predicting 6 of those on your list get drafted, however. Maybe 7 🙂

          • mockmook

            Just saw that it is official: Buchanan to Lyon

            BTW, I finally give you that early defender pick that you want:

            NWSL Draft 2017 Beta X.4.0

            01 . Breakers — Jordan ( F ) – Florida
            02 . Flash — Lavelle ( M ) – Wisconsin
            03 . Breakers — Mills, K ( D/M ) – USC
            04 . Sky Blue — Freeman ( D/M ) – USC
            05 . FCKC — Driesse ( M ) – PSU
            06 . Reign — Fletcher, E ( M ) – Cal
            07 . Flash — Gibbons ( D/M ) – Duke
            08 . Breakers — Andrews ( M ) – USC
            09 . Breakers — Vasconcelos ( M/F ) – BYU
            10 . Sky Blue — Hatch ( F ) – BYU
            11 . Breakers — Paul, M ( D ) – Georgetown
            12 . Red Stars — Shaffer ( M ) – Virginia
            13 . FCKC — Dougherty-Howard ( M ) – Florida
            14 . Thorns — Kolander ( F ) – Minnesota
            15 . Dash — Proffitt ( D/M ) – Marquette
            16 . Red Stars — Stiever ( M ) – Minnesota
            17 . FCKC — Wagner ( D ) – Clemson
            18 . Flash — Bauer ( D ) – Stanford
            19 . Spirit — Drennan ( M ) – S.Carolina
            20 . Thorns — Payne ( M/F ) – Duke
            21 . Red Stars — Jenkins ( F ) – UCLA
            22 . Pride — Hill, R ( F ) – UConn
            23 . Sky Blue — Campbell ( GK ) – Stanford
            24 . Sky Blue — Corby ( M ) – GVSU
            25 . FCKC — Prudhomme ( GK ) – USC
            26 . Reign — Ribeiro ( F ) – UConn
            27 . Thorns — Jesolva ( M ) – Santa Clara
            28 . Red Stars — Seabert ( GK ) – Pepperdine
            29 . Spirit — Donaldson ( M ) – Mizzou
            30 . Sky Blue — Boon ( D ) – Portland
            31 . Breakers — Atanda ( M ) – Clemson
            32 . Pride — Onumonu ( F ) – Cal
            33 . Dash — Beal ( D ) – Minnesota
            34 . Sky Blue — Gardner ( D ) – UNC
            35 . FCKC — Johnson, K ( F ) – USC
            36 . Spirit — Meehan ( M/F ) – Boston College
            37 . Reign — Smith, E ( D ) – Rutgers
            38 . Breakers — Harris, L ( GK ) – UNC
            39 . Red Stars — McFarlane ( M ) – UNC
            40 . Thorns — Iordanou ( D ) – Virginia

            01 . Breakers — Jordan ( F ) – Florida
            03 . Breakers — Mills, K ( D/M ) – USC
            08 . Breakers — Andrews ( M ) – USC
            09 . Breakers — Vasconcelos ( M/F ) – BYU
            11 . Breakers — Paul, M ( D ) – Georgetown
            31 . Breakers — Atanda ( M ) – Clemson
            38 . Breakers — Harris, L ( GK ) – UNC

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you. You’ve got the bit between your teeth on this one.

    • Breakers fan

      And now I see a big reason WHY the Pride did this: They only have 2 draft picks! #s 22 and 32. This is a way for them to make those picks count, especially the #32 one AND it’s a way for them to know who they want to invite back for the open tryout and greatly increase the chances of signing those players. Let’s see who they pick, if those players went to one of these camps, and then who they may sign from the open tryout after the draft.

      • Som Termanni

        It’s also handy to find out which players can afford a $325 registration fee and airfare to Orlando. Less likely to complain about getting paid $15k/year if they’ve already got cash to burn.

        • Breakers fan

          Indeed.

          Having seen these players already they may not even need to come back for the post-Draft tryout. The Pride may inform some of them – “we’re offering you a contract, you don’t have to come back.” All the post-Draft tryouts are just 1 day as far as I know, though that should be amended, if financially viable to the teams and players.

          Total expense (I assume the Pride put them up and fed them for 4 days somewhere – it may be in the link) ….I figure if you want to play pro soccer, you’re entering the draft, willing to give at least a year of your life to this, then that expense (325 + what would airfare be?) is worth, if, as you say, you have it. It just can separate you from that dizzying list of 164 players teams look at.

          • Steglitz49

            Why would Orlando bother to house and feed these suckers?

          • Breakers fan

            You can figure that out. Start with: You need players to field a soccer team, and go from there…

          • Steglitz49

            The population of Florida is 20m, that is >2x that of Sweden and >4x that of Norway. There is FSU, Miami, etc etc.

            If Orlando can’t attract local homegrown talent, what hope is there for any team?

          • Breakers fan

            Limit ALL of that to “who in Florida filed for the draft” then go from there.

          • Steglitz49

            Who cares about the draft when there is Lyon, PSG, Avaldsnes and Piteå?

          • Steglitz49

            I suspect that the 2017 draft (ie college seniors) have figured out that there chances of playing for the USWNT is close to zero in their career. Maybe there will be some openings for WC-23 when they will be 28 (or 29, if they red shirted). Far away and unsure.

            Therefore, I expect the class of 2017 to focus on their non-soccer lives. That may mean playing abroad so their job CV will show time abroad/international experience. The country, not the quality of the soccer, would take precedence.

            This likely applies to 2018 too.

        • Steglitz49

          Is this abuse of trust? Should orlando be fines by USSF?

  • Bruce

    Good W-League match this evening on ESPN3 at a somewhat reasonable hour (10:30 pm EST): Sydney vs Melbourne City.

    Sydney is at the top of the table and City is last year’s premiership winner.

    Will be Fishlock’s first game as head coach for MCY as Jo Montemurro has taken the reigns for the men’s side.

    http://www.espn.com/watchespn/index#search/melbourne/type/upcoming/

    • Rdalford

      thanks for the w-league Sydney v Melbourne City match reminder
      enjoy being able to watch these weekly matches live via ESPN3

  • Bruce

    A bit off topic. I’ve been enjoying watching Katrina Gorry in the W-League and am wondering if we’ll see her back in the NWSL again anytime soon.

    Does anyone have any insight into her short stint with FCKC in 2014?

    • Steglitz49

      A lot off topic. Stina Nilsson won today’s stage in the Tour de Ski. Charlotte Kalla was 3rd.

  • chive-on

    Not a hugely deep draft class imo, especially since many draftees don’t work out (fitness level isn’t at the same level, coach on whatever team they end up on decides to play them in a totally different position, etc.). Am interested to see Savannah Jordan play though, if she decides to stay stateside.

    • mockmook

      If you look at last year’s draft, the picks up to about #15 had a VERY high probability of being starters in 2016

      This draft looks comparable in that regard for 2017

      So, given the short tenure of the league, this seems like a draft with “normal” depth.

      • Gary Diver

        Strange, but one year ago I heard many people, including some at the 2016 draft broadcast, say that the 2017 draft was going to be stellar. Has something happened in the last 12 months to change this assessment?

        • mockmook

          About a third of the players I projected to go in the draft have not signed up — if they did/do this draft will be AWESOME — genuine potential starters from almost 1 to 40

          Unfortunately, this is the first year that I have tracked players so thoroughly, so I don’t know if “losing” a third of the potential draft class is “normal” — I suspect that it isn’t, but I don’t know why this year would be different.

          • Steglitz49

            I suspect Ms Lawrence and Ms Buchanan taking the French Euro may have put a damper on the shebang. The WoSo world may well be holding its breath to see if any more top prospects prefer to go straight to foreign football fields.

        • Steglitz49

          I echo that. My reading of the tea-leaves is that the draft has been overshadowed by other WoSo events. Also, having already lost Lawrence to PSG and looking like Buchanan also going to France, the draft has lost its shine. Any other defectors in the wings?

          We now enter the 3 lean years of the USWNT made even thinner by the OG-16 QF exit. What are these players being drafted into? By all accounts, almost all places in the USWNT are already spoken for.

          2023 may be the next true opportunity. Today’s college seniors will be 28 by then and, if they red shirted at some point, they could be 29. Thus, 2017 (and probably 2018 also) are truly generations with no hope. Might as well concentrate on life outside soccer or play abroad and build a CV of foreign experience for future job interviews.

  • Guest

    Poorly written article. Look at Ashley Hatch paragraph. Repeats the sentence “she is fast, strong, and has scored a lot of goals in her collegiate career” two times.

  • Som Termanni

    Swinging back to the Campbell/Barnie comparison, here are some more stats of Barnie’s 2004 senior campaign compared to Campbell’s 2016 senior campaign:

    Games: Barnie 22, Campbel 19
    Minutes: Barnie 2,044, Campbell 1,649
    GA: Barnie 10, Campbell 14
    GAA: Barnie 0.44 (3rd in nation), Campbell 0.764 (35th in nation)
    Saves: Barnie 79, Campbell 41
    Shutouts: Barnie 10, Campbell 5

    Have soccer and the Pac 12 changed in 12 years? Sure.

    That much? No.

    • mockmook

      So the NWSL Coaches/GMs, being wise grizzled soccer veterans, will choose some other GK(s) before Campbell in the upcoming draft, correct?

    • Why do you think we can’t find any goalkeepers as good as Hope or Barnie? What made them so much better than everyone else? Others may disagree with me, but regardless of callups I still think Barnie is better than Naeher or Harris. And there don’t seem to be many young keepers close to stepping up to that level. Maybe it’s because we had a generation of kids focusing on one sport instead of cross-training in basketball or volleyball, which could be helpful in identifying future GKs.