NWSL releases complete list of draft registrants

The Equalizer Staff January 12, 2017 123
Left to right: Rose Lavelle, Toni Payne, Morgan Andrews, and Jane Campbell all figure to have their names called on draft day.

Left to right: Rose Lavelle, Toni Payne, Morgan Andrews, and Jane Campbell all figure to have their names called on draft day.

The NWSL has released the list of over 200 collegiate soccer players who have officially registered for the 2017 College Draft. The deadline for registering the draft was yesterday, January 11, so the list below is the final list of registrants for the draft. The 2017 NWSL College Draft will be held on Thursday, January 12 at 3 p.m. EST.

Name                                                           College                                                         Position(s)

Amber Adams                                                  Coastal Carolina                                             F/D
Lindsay Agnew                                                Ohio State                                                        F/D
Mariel Akaogi                                                  Cal State, Long Beach                                    D
Jacqueline Altschuld                                     San Diego                                                          F/M/D
Brittany Ambrose                                           Santa Clara                                                      F/M
Morgan Andrews                                            USC                                                                    F/M/D
Alexa Antetomaso                                          Georgia                                                             F/D
Samantha Arellano                                         UC Riverside                                                    M
Emily Armstrong                                             Connecticut                                                     GK
Sydney Arnold                                                 Marshall                                                           F/M/D
Catrina Atanda                                                Clemson                                                           M

Victoria Back                                                   Texas A&M-Commerce                                 F/D
Rylee Baisden                                                  Pepperdine                                                      F/M/D
Eva Banton                                                      Florida Tech                                                    M/D
Victoria Barba                                                 San Diego State                                              M
Maryse Bard-Martel                                      Memphis                                                          GK
Brianna Barreiro                                            UTEP                                                                M/D
Nicole Bates                                                    Fordham                                                           D
Kavita Battan                                                  Idaho                                                                 F/M
Maddie Bauer                                                  Stanford                                                           D
Rashida Beal                                                    Minnesota                                                        D
Jenny Bitzer                                                     Manhattan College                                        M/D
Alyssa Bois                                                       Brevard                                                             M/D
Ellie Boon                                                         Portland                                                            M/D
Taylor Borman                                                Samford                                                            M
Bronwyn Boswell                                            Evansville                                                         F/M
Jessica Brooksby                                             Utah State                                                        F/M
Anjelyka Brown                                               Santa Clara                                                      M/D
Brenna Brown                                                 Fairfield                                                            F/M
Paige Brown                                                     Texas                                                                 GK
Stephanie Bukovec                                         Belmont                                                            GK
Emily Byorth                                                   Clemson                                                            M/D
Gabby Byorth                                                  Clemson                                                            M

Jane Campbell                                                 Stanford                                                           GK
Fennefoss Carlotta                                         South Florida                                                   D
Cameron Castleberry                                     UNC                                                                  M
Darienne Chapman                                        Tulsa                                                                 F/M/D
Summer Clarke                                               LSU                                                                   F/M
Marti Corby                                                     Grand Valley State                                          M
Mackenzie Cowley                                         George Washington                                        F
Meghan Cox                                                    Virginia                                                             D
April Cronin                                                    Valparaiso                                                        F/M
Marion Crowder                                             Georgia                                                             F/M/D

Madison Damm                                              Connecticut                                                     F/M
Aleah Davis                                                      UTEP                                                                 M/D
Hanna de Haan                                               Portland                                                            GK
Melanie Donaldson                                        University of Missouri-Columbia                 M
Meggie Dougherty Howard                          Florida                                                               M
Hayley Dowd                                                   Boston College                                                 F
Ally Doyle                                                         Fordham                                                           D
Chelsea Drennan                                            South Carolina                                                 F/M
Nickolette Driesse                                          Penn State                                                        M/D
Sydney Drinkwater                                        Florida Atlantic                                               GK
Callie Duliba                                                    Villanova                                                          M/D

Elizabeth Enna                                                 Benedictine College                                       F/M/D
Taylor Estrada                                                 Kansas                                                               M/D
Danica Evans                                                   Colorado                                                          F

Sarah Ashley Firstenberg                              UNC                                                                  F/M
Kendall Fischlein                                            Wake Forest                                                    F/M/D
Megan Fitzgerald                                            Fordham                                                          GK
Emma Fletcher                                                UC Berkeley                                                     M
Caroline Flynn                                                 Nebraska                                                          F/M/D
Garzelloni Fran                                               Denver                                                               F/M
Taylor Francis                                                 Pittsburgh                                                         GK
Mandy Freeman                                              USC                                                                    M/D

Hanna Gardner                                                UNC                                                                   D
Sarah Ghaffoor                                                Chowan University                                          M/D
Christina Gibbons                                           Duke                                                                  M/D
Carly Gould                                                      Brown                                                                M
Ana Greik                                                          DePaul                                                               F

Helene Haavik                                                 Oregon State                                                   M/D
Lindsey Harris                                                  UNC                                                                   GK
Ashley Hatch                                                    Brigham Young                                               F
Jenna Hellstrom                                              Kent State                                                        F/M/D
Ashley Herndon                                               James Madison                                               F/M
Rachel Hill                                                        Connecticut                                                     F/M
Tarah Hobbs                                                    Minnesota                                                        GK
Megan Howard                                                Webber International                                    M/D
Kelli Hubly                                                        DePaul                                                              F/D

Krystina Iordanou                                           Virginia                                                             D
Madison Irwin                                                 New Mexico                                                      F/M

Anna Rosa James Buhigas                            Lipscomb                                                          GK
Darian Jenkins                                                 UCLA                                                                F/M
Jordan Jesolva                                                 Santa Clara                                                      F/M
Devlyn Jeter                                                     Portland                                                            F/M/D
Kaitlyn Johnson                                              Washington State                                           F/M
Katie Johnson                                                  USC                                                                    F/M
Jaycie Johnson                                                Nebraska                                                          F/M
Savannah Jordan                                            Florida                                                               F

Hanna Kallmaier                                            Kansas                                                               M/D
Serina Kashimoto                                           Butler                                                                F/M/D
Lauren Kaskie                                                 UCLA                                                                 M/D
Storm Kenui                                                    Hawaii, Manoa                                                M/D
Simone Kolander                                            Minnesota                                                         F/M
Amanda Kopale                                               Florida State                                                    GK
Kristin Kramer                                                Nebraska-Kearney                                          F
Kaleigh Kurtz                                                   South Carolina                                                F/D
Kourtney Kutscher                                         Cal State, Northridge                                     F/M

Andie Lakin                                                     Vanderbilt/Louisville                                     M
Rose Lavelle                                                     Wisconsin                                                         M
Brittney Lawrence                                          Oral Roberts                                                    F/M
Hannah Leinert                                               Purdue                                                              F/M
Rachel Leonard                                               Cal State-Sacramento                                    D
Savannah Levin                                               USC                                                                   F/M/D
Aaliyah Lewis                                                   Alabama State                                                F
Jordyn Listro                                                   South Florida                                                  M/D
Kaela Little                                                       Notre Dame                                                     GK
Paige Lombard                                                Pennsylvania                                                    D
Jennifer Lum                                                    Cal State Sacramento                                    M
Tyler Lussi                                                        Princeton                                                          F
Tahlor Lyman                                                  Oral Roberts                                                    M/D

Samantha Maher                                            Central Michigan                                            M
Franceska Maier                                             Seton Hall                                                        M
Jayma Martin                                                  Grand Valley State                                         F
Leah Mattingly                                                Ball State                                                          D
Shannon McCarthy                                        Miami                                                                D
Jesse McDonough                                          Princeton                                                          M/D
Siobhan McDonough                                     Pittsburgh                                                        F/M/D
Darcy McFarlane                                            UNC                                                                   M
Kristen McNabb                                              Virginia                                                             D
Chay McNitt                                                     Ball State                                                          M
Jillian McVicker                                              Ohio State                                                        GK
McKenzie Meehan                                          Boston College                                                F/M
Kayla Mills                                                        USC                                                                   F/M/D
Natasha Minor                                                Southeast Missouri State                              F
Sydney Miramontez                                       Nebraska                                                          M/D
Ciera Misner                                                    Florida Institute of Tech                               M/D
Tyler-Rae Molloy                                            Mobile                                                               F/M
Amber Munerlyn                                             UNC &UCLA                                                     F
Erica Murphy                                                   Rutgers                                                             F

Jessica Nakae                                                  San Francisco                                                  F/M
Maxine New                                                    Rowan University                                           F/M
Cydney Niedermeyer                                     Temple                                                              D

Cortney O’Connell                                          Central Florida                                                F
Marisa Oleksiak                                              Michigan State                                                M/D
Kaleigh Olmsted                                             Notre Dame                                                     F/M
Katie O’Neill                                                    UNC, Charolotte                                             F/M/D
Ifeoma Onumonu                                           UC Berkeley                                                     F/M
Maddie Orf                                                       Indiana State                                                   M/D

Alice Palmer                                                     Oakland                                                            F/M
Toriana Patterson                                          Connecticut                                                      D
Marina Paul                                                     Georgetown School of Cont. Studies          M/D
Toni Payne                                                       Duke                                                                  F/M
Wilhelmina Pellens                                         Missouri-Kansas City                                    M/D
Kelsey Perrell                                                   High Point                                                        F/D
Diana Poulin                                                    St. John’s                                                          GK
Nichelle Prince                                                Ohio State                                                         F/M
Morgan Proffit                                                Marquette                                                          M/D
Sammy Jo Prudhomme                                USC                                                                     GK
Margaret Purce                                               Harvard                                                             F/M

Elizabeth Raben                                              Duke                                                                  D
Mimi Rangel                                                    Cal State-Long Beach                                    F/M
Jessica Ratner                                                 Bucknell University                                        GK
Abigail Reed                                                     DePaul                                                              F/M
Brittney Reed                                                  Kennesaw State                                                F/D
Stephanie Ribeiro                                           Connecticut                                                      F/M
Danielle Rice                                                    Texas A&M                                                       GK
Emily Richardson                                            Evansville                                                        F/D
Ana Caroline Rodrigues                                 Central Florida                                                F/M
Jenna Roering                                                  Santa Clara                                                      F/M
Katherine Rogers                                             Utah                                                                  M/D
Kaitlyn Ruff                                                      Northern Colorado/Wright State                GK

Hope Sabadash                                               Southeastern Lousiana                                  GK
Lauren Sajewich                                             TCU                                                                   M/D
Fabiola Sanchez                                              Martin Methodist                                           M/D
Valerie Sanderson                                          Memphis                                                          F/M
Taylor Schissler                                               DePaul                                                              D
Hannah Seabert                                              Pepperdine                                                       F/GK
Alexis Shaffer                                                  Virginia                                                             F/M
Kristyn Shea                                                     Providence                                                       GK
Kailen Sheridan                                               Clemson                                                           GK
Arielle Ship                                                       UC Berkeley                                                     F/M
Kathryn Sloan                                                  Louisiana Tech                                                F
Sara Smalls                                                       Arkansas-Little Rock                                     GK
Erin Smith                                                         Rutgers New Brunswick                                F/D
Tara Sobierajski                                              Siena College                                                   M/D
Lana Spitler                                                      East Carolina                                                   F/M
Morgan Stearns                                              Virginia                                                             GK
Addison Steiner                                               Northwestern &Hawaii                                 F
Josee Stiever                                                    Minnesota                                                        M
Marlo Sweatman                                             Oregon                                                             M

Linzi Taylor                                                     Martin Methodist                                          M/D
Sarah Teegarden                                            Wake Forest                                                    M
Rachel Terry                                                    Le Moyne College                                          F/M
Kelsey Texeira                                                 UCal Irvine                                                     D
Crystal Thomas                                               Georgetown                                                    F/M
Madison Tiernan                                             Rutgers                                                           F/M
Tabitha Tindell                                                Florida Gulf Coast                                         F

Mikayla Uyokpeyi                                           Arkansas-Little Rock                                     M

Eliza Van de Kerkhove                                   Central Michigan                                            F/M/D
Holly Van Noord                                             Liberty University                                           GK
Michele Vasconcelos                                      BYU                                                                   F/M
Julie Vass                                                          Santa Clara                                                      F/M
Gabrielle Veldman                                          Ball State                                                          M

Claire Wagner                                                 Clemson                                                           D
Ryan Walker                                                    Stanford                                                           F
Scarlett Walsh                                                 West Chester                                                   F/M/D
Mykel Ward                                                     Arkansas State                                                F/M/D
Lauren Watson                                                Texas Tech                                                      GK
Erin Webb                                                        Missouri                                                           M/D
Allison Wetherington                                     Portland                                                           M/D
Lorina White                                                    Ball State                                                          F/D
Hannah Wilkinson                                          Tennessee                                                        F

Amy Yang                                                          North Dakota State                                        M

*UPDATE: The list of players currently registered for the 2017 NCAA College Draft was updated on January 12 and reflects the final list of draftees registered for the draft. 

  • Som Termanni

    Pending a new list from AWK, players from his June positional top 5s who aren’t on the list: Ashton McKeown (#3 GK), Rachel Boaz (#4 GK), Kadeisha Buchanan (#1 D), Rebecca Quinn (#4 D), Ashley Lawrence (#4 MF), Murielle Tiernan (#4 F).

    • Som Termanni

      Missing from AWK’s overall top 100, in addition to the above: Joanna Boyles (#19), Kirsten Crowley (#21), Stephanie Amack (#22), Simone Charley (#24), Gracie Lachowecki (#31), Casie Ramsier (#34), Simone Kolander (#36), Candace Cephers (#38), Elena Medeiros (#42), Tabitha Tindell (#44), Brooke Sharp (#46), Celia Jimenez Delgado (#57), Lauren Miller (#58), Malcanisha Kelley (#59), Gabby Byorth (#60), Megan Turner (#66), Carlotta Fennefoss (#68), Brie Hooks (#70), Jessica Nakae (#74), Taylor Bucklin (#76), Abby Jones (#78), Addie Forbus (#79), Courtney Dike (#83), Emily Gingrich (#85), Jermaine Seoposenwe (#86), Mackenzie Dowd (#87), Rachel Holden (#89), Nicky Waldeck (#91), Paige Hunt (#93), Rachel Hoekstra (#94), Greta Espinoza (#96), Ali Schaffer (#98), Amanda Perez (#99).

      • Som Termanni
      • Steglitz49

        What is your point, if any? Mine is a pint of Zeunerts Original.

        • Som Termanni

          No point, just tracking AWK’s players against the provisional list to see who’s not on the official board yet. They still have a week to file, but until they do, these are players who are well-rated but could potentially miss the draft.

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you.

            I expect a few more college seniors to take the foreign shilling, Euro or Yen.

          • Som Termanni

            Seeing as how Lauletta is already stirring that pot for Savannah Jordan, I’m more surprised by her presence on the list than anyone’s absence. Perhaps she waits to see where she lands before announcing that she doesn’t want to be there.

      • mockmook

        I can’t believe you didn’t mention the players that mockmook likes (have draft-ability potential) who are also not on the list 🙂

        Paul ( D ) – Georgetown
        Damaska ( F ) – Georgetown
        Johnston, M ( D ) – Va Tech
        Castleberry ( M ) – UNC
        Alvarado ( M ) – UCLA
        Delaney ( D ) – Georgetown
        Watson ( GK ) – TTU
        Miranda ( D/M ) – UCLA
        Kelley, C ( M ) – Arkansas
        Kurtz ( D ) – S.Carolina
        Raben ( D ) – Duke

        (Did the Georgetown players make a pact?)

        • Breakers fan

          Re: G-town – could be their parents are telling them, subtly or not, that that expensive education doesn’t involve post-grad soccer.

          • guest

            NWSL really is so thankless for these young women who never have a shot at national team caps and the money that entails. If you have other career options, it might just not be worth it unless you LOVE the game and are willing to make the financial and possibly professional sacrifices. i know some can supplement their income by playing abroad as well, but still

        • Breakers fan

          Crystal Thomas – my personal favorite Hoya – is entering the draft, however.

        • Som Termanni

          Damaska, Johnston, Alvarado, Delaney, Miranda, and Kelley did not register.

          • mockmook

            And you knew that how 8 days ago?

          • Som Termanni

            I didn’t. Just updating with the new list out today. Sorry.

          • mockmook

            Sorry for taking it the wrong way

      • Som Termanni

        AWK old picks added the list as of Jan. 6: Simone Kolander, Tabitha Tindell, Gabby Byorth.

        Mock’s picks added: Marina Paul.

      • Som Termanni

        Still missing from the final list: Boyles, Crowley, Amack, Charley, Lachowecki, Ramsier, Cephers, Medeiros, Sharp, Delgado, Miller, Kelley, Jones, Forbus, Dike, Gingrich, Seoposenwe, Dowd, Holden, Waldeck, Hunt, Hoekstra, Espinoza, Schaffer, Perez.

        Added after the Jan. 6 update: Fennefoss, Nakae.

        AWK’s June projections finish with 25% of his top 100 and 5 of his top 40 (12.5%) not declaring, in a draft class of more than 200.

        • Som Termanni

          Can’t count… 7 of his top 40 (17.5%)

    • Som Termanni

      Seniors from AWK’s recent four factors analysis of attackers, minimum rating of 150, who aren’t on this list: Lindsey Mayo, Seoposenwe, Grace Damaska, Lachowecki, Danielle Tolmais, Lily Sender, Ramsier, Jane Cline, Kolander, Libby Leedom.

    • Som Termanni

      None of these June top-5s made the final draft list.

  • guest

    Just googled Victoria Back b/c I’d never heard of UT-Commerce, which is in my neck of the woods. Turns out it’s northeast of Dallas, and Victoria’s from York, England. So good luck to her, and I hope her NWSL dream comes true, especially now when there are so many trying to stir up negativity about the league.

    • Steglitz49

      Hear hear! Best of British to her.

  • Steglitz49

    To update on the Tour de Ski. Stina Nilsson won today’s pursuit, holding off Heidi Weng and Flugan. Jessica Diggins was 5th — Pärmäkoski kept her 4th place — but the other US lasses acquited themselves with honor, finishing well. The US could have a great ladies relay team for the World Championship in Lahti 6-8 weeks from now.

    • wosofan

      Norweigians should fire their wax technicians, who have failed them during the past two stages of the Tour de Ski. Oestberg is probably the best skier in the field, but her skis are not fast. Also, Diggins looked tired today, though she has had rocket skis and should thank her wax techs. Nilsson is the breakout star, but can she survive the steep climb on the infamous final stage of the Tour? She is skiing with a ton of confidence.

      • Steglitz49

        It ought to be between Weng and Östberg. Pärmäkoski is too far behind and Jessica Diggins even further. Stina could hold on to 3rd.

        The American ladies have acquitted themselves well during this tour.

    • wosofan

      Any updates from the biathlon world? Glad to see Russia will not be hosting any nordic or biathlon world cup events, given the pervasive doping over the past few years. (Also, is it not refreshing to see Terese Johaug, who is an apparent drug cheat, sidelined from the World Cup? I never thought she was as good a skier as Oestberg or Kalla or others, and maybe all along she had a secret advantage).

      • Steglitz49

        The next Biathlon meeting is in Oberhof, starting today with the men’s sprint. Tomorrow is the ladies sprint.

  • Breakers fan

    Anybody know, historically, how many players tend to file between the release of the preliminary list and the final deadline? My guess is that it’s not many, that players had plenty of time to decide whether to enter the draft and that if they haven’t chosen to do so by now then that will almost for sure be their final decision. But if anyone knows it would be interesting to hear the numbers on how many in the past have filed in the final week. Some definite surprise omissions, as Son Termanni details below. Thanks.

    • Rdalford

      some of the players drafted in 2016 did not file until day before the draft.
      2016 prelim list was approx 145 (prelim list posted Jan 6, 2016
      2016 final list approx 199 (final list posted Jan 15, 2016)

      • Breakers fan

        Thank you! That is precisely the info I was seeking. Surprised to see that 54 more filed — way more than I would have guessed. Thanks again, Rdalford!

  • Breakers fan

    I think that even if I had a clear idea of who I wanted to pick, if I were a GM or head coach of a team I’d get on youtube to try to look up footage of these small school players or the bigger school players you’re not currently familiar with; and then I would be on the phone with their head coaches, just in the hopes of landing a potential diamond in the rough with a later pick. There is a full week before the draft, so why not use the time to try to learn more?

    Other omissions of players I like: UCLA’s Annie Alvarado and Gabby Miranda, UNC’s Cameron Castleberry and 2 good Illinois State Seniors – Lindsay Koehl and Paige Jarsombeck.

    A very interesting article would be to talk with these highly rated players who haven’t filed to ask them why they’re not entering the draft – which would amount to hearing what their alternative plans are.

    • mockmook

      If this were to stand, I’d have to flush almost half of my draft picks.

      I know some of them will add before the deadline — BUT I’M PANICKING HERE!!! 😉

      • Breakers fan

        Hahaha – I know man, I was stunned at how many from your mock draft and from what mine would have been aren’t on there. I figured there’d be a few but this was way more than I expected. I doubt too many more higher-ranked players will declare but I hope I’m wrong and I was glad to see that last year 54 total players did add their name to the list in the final week.

        Which omissions stunned you the most? I think for me, it was Lachowecki, Crowley, Kolander, Quinn, Medeiros, McKeown, (Long Beach keeper). Others too – Damaska, Ramsier, but I haven’t seen them as much to be able to feel as strongly.

        • mockmook

          I can’t be stunned by any, yet. As you say, we may get 50 or more added to the list by draft day — some people just dally.

          • Breakers fan

            Good way to look at it. Leave being stunned on hold for a week. 🙂 I’m with you on that.

        • mockmook

          Ugh, just looked back at the 54 players added in 2016, only two were drafted from that group.

          So, your instincts for 2017 may be correct.

          • Breakers fan

            This thought just crossed my mind: For marginal players, those on the border of maybe getting drafted, maybe not…. could it be that some of them choose not to enter the draft because they want to play for a *specific* team? And plan to try to do so via the open tryout. Take the 2 very good Illinois State Seniors – Koehl and Jarsombeck – Conference Player of the Year, with 17 goals (Koehl) and Defender of the Year in the conference – Missouri Valley – respectable conference – Jarsombeck. They may plan to stay around home, Illinois, so may be thinking “we’ll give the CRS open tryout a shot”. I wonder if players can even be in touch with coaches to do this. As in Dames saying to them “don’t register for the draft, but we do want you, just come to our tryout.” That to me should be illegal if it happens. It amounts to securing players without having to use a draft pick. I am not saying this is happening, has happened. I’m saying it seems like it could happen. The local aspect – a player wanting to only play locally, due to other commitments or just a desire to do so could explain perhaps why some don’t file. I’d be curious to hear if that is true in any cases.

          • mockmook

            Perhaps I’m “remembering” stuff that didn’t happen, but:

            I think a player has to have thrown their hat into the draft ring in order to be eligible to be picked up in an open tryout.

            Otherwise, they have to sit out of the NWSL for a year OR perhaps they can enter via the supplemental draft (or whatever it is called).

          • Breakers fan

            Ah, yes, that makes sense, otherwise you’d probably see a flock of players who would employ this dark tactic of basically drafting themselves onto a team. Thank you. It seemed off. I think what could maybe happen is – they could play on that team’s reserve squad for a year? No one of real note that we know of has done this so there can’t be too many if any advantages in doing it.

      • Breakers fan

        Gotta wonder how many good players – I mean very good – are on that list who we simply know nothing about. Never forget: Christie Rampone went to Monmouth.

  • Breakers fan

    So……………..the $64,000 elephant in the room is named “What is Kadeisha Buchanan going to do?”

    • DNG

      I probably wouldn’t pick her if I was the Breakers. I think I’m strongly leaning Lavelle for the Breakers.

      • Breakers fan

        Right now she can’t be picked as she hasn’t filed, but yes, as talented as she is, she hasn’t been my first choice all along either, mainly because I’m not convinced she’d be all in (just a feeling I have) and I think the Breakers need more help elsewhere, though we definitely need it at centerback too especially now with Kallman leaving, and even with Oyster. I don’t know Oyster’s game nearly well enough to feel a lot of confidence in her yet. And the fact that Washington benched her isn’t the most promising development. Beyond the first pick, who they pick at #3 is perhaps just as important.

        • DNG

          Oyster’s was solid for Washington. I’m unsure of Engen’s situation and how Beard plans to set this team up to defend so they might still need some help in the back. Still I feel as though the Breakers need to take a chance on an offensive talent and I feel as if Lavelle is a skilled attacking midfielder they could really use. She won’t solve their goal scoring woes by herself though.

          I don’t know why JG benched Oyster. I didn’t think it was related to sub par play.

          • Breakers fan

            Right on – your last sentence. And yes – Whitney is out there looming, a mystery what her plans are, no word as of yet. Bottomline: They need help at every line so it’s good they have 8 picks.

          • guest

            i’d like to see the breakers trade two of those second round picks this year for another first round pick next year if there is a willing partner. there is a tendency to undervalue future draft talent. the draft could be critical for a team like boston to continue to obtain top level talent. and to possibly becoming a playoff team at some point.

          • guest

            or a second and a third for a first round pick next year if that could work.

          • Breakers fan

            Appreciate your thoughtfulness to try to help the Breakers but I personally like this draft class a lot, and so I wouldn’t do what you suggest. Not that I’m right and you’re wrong but I just think there are a lot of good players coming out this year and they have the first 2 picks in that second round – which of course means they’re *almost* first round picks.

          • guest

            are you leaning towards wanting any particular players with the #1 and #3 picks in the first round right now or who you think boston will pick?

          • Breakers fan

            I am (both who I want and who I think they will pick) but I’d rather not say right now, which could indicate excessive paranoia but bear with me, I’ll tell you right after the draft about both of those things and I promise I won’t lie. I will say that if my predictions are right then I agree with 1 of who I think the Breakers will take, and am on the fence with the other – I would probably make a different choice with one of them. Apologies for not answering more fully.

          • guest

            that might be a good idea to remain silent right now. there are probably a bunch of nwsl team spies all over the equalizer site right now before the nwsl draft. haha. hopefully, the draft falls boston’s way and they get the players they want and need.

          • Breakers fan

            Right! I know it’s kind of ridiculous but it’s how I’m choosing to play it. I put a lot of time into the college season this year – a few hundred hours. I’m not gonna frickin’ blow it now! 🙂

          • mockmook

            I wouldn’t trade them away either — from my “worst case” draft:

            01 . Breakers — Jordan ( F ) – Florida
            03 . Breakers — Mills, K ( D/M ) – USC
            09 . Breakers — Gibbons ( D/M ) – Duke
            11 . Breakers — Campbell ( GK ) – Stanford
            12 . Breakers — Shaffer ( M ) – Virginia
            16 . Breakers — Dougherty Howard ( M ) – Florida
            21 . Breakers — Cox ( D ) – Virginia
            31 . Breakers — Gardner ( D ) – UNC

          • Breakers fan

            Not a bad looking group there. I’ll reveal my ideal one after the group and I’ll try and keep it realistic as you have done.

          • Bruce

            No way they should pick Jordan – unless they plan to trade her or Dowie.

          • JL

            Oyster had a few WTF performances this season.

          • DNG

            Young defenders make mistakes and I don’t really remember anything too shocking that I would have replaced her in the line up for.

          • Breakers fan

            Not thrilled to hear this but thanks. May I ask what the “w” in her “wtfs” was, specifically? Specify the gaffes, in other words, if you can recall them, please.

          • JL

            Aside from that massive stinker she and the rest of the Spirit put up in Portland, there was the match in Boston where she wasn’t that good, and another match against SkyBlue that she had some really questionable moments.

    • Guest

      She signed with Lyon

      • Breakers fan

        has this happened yet or is it just *extremely likely* that it will? No news of it happening yet on Google. But, yeah, it’s probably a foregone conclusion that it will happen even if it hasn’t yet. Thanks.

        • Som Termanni

          It’s still hovering between Lyon recruiting her (which is true) and actually signing her (which hasn’t happened yet).

          Foot d’Elles has an as-of-yesterday list of official D1F transfers, and Buchanan is mentioned as likely but not announced. (Also Ghoutia Karchoni, a little-used midseason Breakers acquisition formerly of PSG, is camping with Bordeaux.) http://www.footdelles.com/article/Transferts_D1-Le-tableau-des-mouvements_144113.html

  • guest

    any opinions on a comparison between savannah jordan and ashley hatch? any chance hatch is rated and picked higher than jordan in the nwsl draft?

    • Breakers fan

      This is an excellent question and one that I think all NWSL teams are mulling over these days. I like both a lot, so I can’t pick one clearly above the other. Hatch is 4 inches taller. Both are skilled for their size and both are tenacious and aggressive around goal, especially Jordan.I think Jordan has a special intangible quality about her that I like a lot. Jordan may be better in the air and with her head. Both are passionate about the sport. I’m not an expert here – have seen each in about 5 games. I do think there’s a chance Hatch will be chosen before Jordan. Could go the other way too, of course.

      • guest

        i wonder if boston could shock everyone and take both top forwards jordan and hatch with the #1 and #3 picks in the first round. especially if lavelle get’s picked #2. i bet that would piss off some nwsl teams a bit. lol. should be interesting.

        • Breakers fan

          Do you think I’d mind seeing Jordan and Hatch on our front line? No, sir or mam, I would not. But I don’t see that happening. One big reason it won’t is because they’re invested I think pretty strongly in Dowie and Haavi. Another is that I think they do also need help at other lines.
          In general, in terms of who plays, my approach is to play the best, all other factors be damned. No automatic “in’s”, no favoritism, no seniority. You earn starting positions, you aren’t granted them.

          • Bruce

            Boston needs to draft like a team in danger of relegation. Build up from the back and counterattack.

          • Breakers fan

            So if we went solely positionally, with picks 1,3, 9, 11 and 12 — to what positions would you allocate those picks if you were the Breakers GM or head coach? Just trying to make sure I understand you.

          • Bruce

            From what I saw last year, their back line and defensive midfield often looked pretty lost. Not a lot of structure. Way too much space conceded. I’d think they would look for a fourth to add to the Engin-Oyster-Chapmann backline and defensive-minded midfielders. An active 6 that can distribute the ball could fundamentally change this team.

            They are going to have to play direct/counter next year. Dowie (playing great in W-League) and a hard-working Simon are good enough to carry the day up front.

          • Breakers fan

            Thanks and we don’t even know if Engen will return. She may retire, move on. I wouldn’t be content with Dowie and Simon. You forgot the Norwegian we got – Emilie Haavi, a forward. I know Coach Beard is very high on her. We have to draft one of the top forwards. Simon was not good last year though she gives her all. Dowie is good but she’s not fast/quick per se, she’s more of a bulldog with enough skills to get shots off and historically a shooter with better-than-average accuracy. She does have a history of being a goal-scorer but is yet to do so for a full season in the NWSL..I think you need more tools up top – speed, height, just more than who we have now.

          • Bruce

            I think the big risk is that the Breakers will pursue a team identity that doesn’t match their personnel.

            IMHO, they should aspire to be Leicester City this season, not Swansea.

          • Breakers fan

            I don’t know really anything about those English teams so you’d have to explain what you mean, specifically. I do know of Leicester City’s Cinderella story against all odds last year but I don’t know about the nature of their personnel or of Swansea’s – can you elaborate on that a bit? My main thought is this: With 8 picks and 6 of the top 16, 5 of the top 12 they have the chance to really create a pretty new identity. What that identity will be is dependent on the picks. We’ll know more after the draft what sort of team we’ll be looking at.

          • DNG

            Leicester City is a pretty basic defend well and counter team. Breakers need more speed in their front line if they want to play like that. I don’t think that’s Beards style though. Sky Blue can play like that with a forward like Kerr.

          • Bruce

            I’d love to have Kerr in that line-up, but Dowie can play that role well enough.

          • Bruce

            Leicester City won the EPL by bunkering and counter-attacking (exceptionally well), which is pretty much the strategy of any basement-dwelling team at risk of being dropped a tier. It’s a safe play to win enough points to stay off the bottom of the table and is considered a first step for any long term building of a successful franchise.

            Bob Bradley (ex USMNT coach) took over a bad Swansea City club and tried to immediately install an attack-first system. He lasted all of 87 days, as the club began to hemorrhage goals at 3-4 per game.

            Beard and Billiard run the risk of being too ambitious with the 2017 season rebuild. How the Breakers do this year is totally in their hands.

            A good counterattacking team could easily make the playoffs as a 4 seed in the NWSL.

          • Breakers fan

            Thanks for that, Bruce. I understand what you’re saying. Makes sense. I feel unable to predict how well they will be able to do in 2017 first because the personnel is so unknown. The draft will tell us a lot more. Second, because I am not sure how quickly a group of rookies can do well but my hunch is that it could be pretty quickly, if you pick the best ones. My hope is that they get who they want, and that they are making smart choices. I hope other teams in between their first 6 picks don’t take the players that the Breakers want the most or if they do that their 2nd choice turns out to actually be better than their first choice.

        • Breakers fan

          It would be very surprising to me if WNY took a forward with the 2nd pick for obvious reasons so I think the Breakers are pretty confident that most likely they won’t get “punished” by leaving a forward on the board with their first pick, therefore if there is a midfielder who they especially like they should take her with the 1st pick, because WNY is probably going to take a MF or a defender with pick #2. Odds are that their (the Breakers’) favorite forward will still be there at #3. No guarantee of that but the odds are in favor of that happening.

  • mockmook

    Just in case the worst happens, I made a mock draft using only the 148 players listed. Reviewing these “alternates” will help me to be ready when the final list comes out:

    NWSL 2017 Beta X.01

    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 . Red Stars — Andrews ( M ) – USC
    09 . Breakers — Gibbons ( D/M ) – Duke
    10 . Sky Blue — Hatch ( F ) – BYU
    11 . Breakers — Campbell ( GK ) – Stanford
    12 . Breakers — Shaffer ( M ) – Virginia
    13 . FCKC — Vasconcelos ( M/F ) – BYU
    14 . Thorns — Jenkins ( F ) – UCLA
    15 . Dash — Bauer ( D ) – Stanford
    16 . Breakers — Dougherty Howard ( M ) – Florida
    17 . FCKC — McNabb ( D ) – Virginia
    18 . Flash — Smith, E ( D ) – Rutgers
    19 . Spirit — Drennan ( M ) – S.Carolina
    20 . Thorns — Payne ( M/F ) – Duke
    21 . Breakers — Cox ( D ) – Virginia
    22 . Pride — Stiever ( M ) – Minnesota
    23 . Sky Blue — Wagner ( D ) – Clemson
    24 . Sky Blue — Corby ( M ) – GVSU
    25 . FCKC — Atanda ( M ) – Clemson
    26 . Reign — Hill, R ( F ) – UConn
    27 . Thorns — Donaldson ( M ) – Mizzou
    28 . Red Stars — Ribeiro ( M ) – UConn
    29 . Spirit — McFarlane ( M ) – UNC
    30 . Sky Blue — Johnson, J ( F/D ) – Nebraska
    31 . Breakers — Gardner ( D ) – UNC
    32 . Pride — Ship ( F ) – Cal
    33 . Dash — Boon ( D ) – Portland
    34 . Sky Blue — Prudhomme ( GK ) – USC
    35 . FCKC — Harris, L ( GK ) – UNC
    36 . Spirit — Lussi ( F ) – Princeton
    37 . Reign — Webb ( D/M ) – Mizzou
    38 . Red Stars — Beal ( D ) – Minnesota
    39 . Red Stars — Onumonu ( F ) – Cal
    40 . Thorns — Iordanou ( D ) – Virginia

    • Breakers fan

      I love your fearlessness in doing these. You are the *only* one so far willing to do them, including me.
      One thought, or two: I’d say move Beal and Ribeiro up – the former is 2nd team All-American – all classes considered – and the latter is 1st team.
      Hypothetical – if the Breakers don’t take Jordan first, say they take Lavelle, who do you see WNY taking 2nd?

      • guest

        if the Breakers don’t take Jordan first, say they take Lavelle, who do you see WNY taking 2nd?

        WNY might then take Jordan.
        McDonald will not play forever
        Jordan & Lynn Williams would be good forward pairing for future

        • Breakers fan

          Yep, they could then swoop in and scoop up the Gator, you’re right. But what about Doniak, isn’t she good enough to play the other forward? Even if they like Doniak though they may see Jordan as someone you just can’t pass on.
          I guess another way to phrase what I’m asking is: Do WNY feel they have needs greater than forward to such a degree that they see a player in this draft, at either midfield or forward, who they think would be more valuable to them than Savannah Jordan would be? You may be right that Jordan would trump all other positional needs.

      • mockmook

        Well, I went through the logic, and had a compelling case for taking a #10 — but, they HAVE TO take Jordan.

        McDonald gets screwed again 🙂

        • Breakers fan

          see my edit above for another “move this player up” notion and another fun question (!) from your local critic.

        • Breakers fan

          I don’t want you to be right but I fear you may be – about Jordan. Dagnabit!
          What is WNY’s biggest need, though? is it more defender or midfield?

          • mockmook

            I would say a “super-duper” #10 (like most teams)

          • Breakers fan

            Haha – and is there only 1 of those in this draft, do you think?

            Let me throw a condition on this. Let’s say WNY, for whatever reason, do not take Jordan, then who do you see them taking? Guessing you’ll, I think smartly, say Mills or Freeman, but if you had to pick 1 of them for WNY which one would you predict?

          • mockmook

            Driesse might become a “super-duper” #10 — Fletcher has the potential, too. Even Andrews might do it. 🙂

            However, I just have a gut feeling that Andrews may be great in college, but won’t be quick enough at the next level to be elite.

          • Breakers fan

            I have the same concern about Andrews. I like her a lot but just don’t know how much this factor you mention will come into play. I hope the Breakers don’t factor in her New England roots too much. I’m all for having locals but it shouldn’t be a primary reason to choose someone. I’d like to have Andrews for sure but am not sure I would want her at #3. At #9 yes, I’d take her.

            Driesse and Fletcher are definitely your gals,. I look forward to discovering what you have seen in them!

          • mockmook

            I like Mills better, can’t really say why — just cuz 🙂

          • Breakers fan

            Mills is more versatile – has played middie and defense, so that may be why. Freeman though impressed me tremendously at centerback – I think she’s the best one I’ve seen in the college ranks but part of that is probably because I watched more than ever this year. I’d love it if the Breakers could get her but I’m not sure how high CB is on their priority list. Mills would be great too – would add some strong physicality to a pretty small team right now.

      • mockmook

        Onumonu doesn’t seem very polished to me — but she is certainly a physical specimen.

        Anyway, I’ll give the edge to Payne — I think being in the ACC toughens you up.

        • Breakers fan

          That’s my question about Onumonu too. (I feel like I spell her name differently every time). But that’s just some vague hunch……she may be more polished than you and I are thinking…..or she may not be. I like your other reasoning but recall that Hill has a good amount of time too in the YNT system and that she scored about 60 goals at U Conn – a huge number. Gonna predict Hill is a better pro than Payne but I could very easily be wrong or they may be about equal.

    • Steglitz49

      I love the effort you put into this. Many thanks.

    • Som Termanni

      I’m curious why you have Jenkins ahead of Payne, and both going to Portland.

      • mockmook

        A fully fit and healthy Jenkins (if it occurs) is probably a bigger impact player than Payne.

        Jenkins is more of a target Forward.

        I see Payne as more of a wing-type or even a mid.

        The Thorns don’t “need” anyone — so their picks are all about “Let’s try this!!!”

        • Som Termanni

          Thanks. I half expect Parsons to pick the best player on the board, then turn around to trade for future picks or an international spot. Weber already provides versatile depth at forward, so the question would be whether Nadim is ready to come back from injury.

          On the other hand, with Kat gone and Kling off form, the Thorns don’t really have a fourth reliable starting outside defender. Meg Morris lost a golden opportunity to develop last season due to a broken hip, and even if she fully recovers she might still be more raw than the likes of Maddie Bauer, who could push Menges back to the outside.

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    • Bruce

      Impressed by the effort you put into this mockmook.

    • Som Termanni

      Hey Mock, rip it up and start over, Boston got more picks, including Chicago’s 1st-rounder: https://twitter.com/TheDanLauletta/status/817096468674781184

      • mockmook

        ARGH!!!!!! 🙂

      • Breakers fan

        Whoa….not sure how I feel about this just because I think there are a lot of good players out there this year, but part of me likes it. It clearly indicates that they are targeting specific individuals who they think will go sooner rather than later and are trying to increase their chances of getting those players. Could be good! Let’s see who they get with #8 – they’re really giving up 3 good players for that slot. I hope they can get a sleeper at 38 too. Thanks for relaying the info, Som!

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  • Som Termanni

    AWK’s top 25 are up: http://www.allwhitekit.com/?p=15196

    His top 10: Rose Lavelle, Christina Gibbons, Savannah Jordan, Ashley Hatch, Morgan Andrews, Rachel Hill, Mandy Freeman, Alexis Shaffer, Kayla Mills, Maddie Bauer.

  • Reality

    “The Chicago Red Stars announced today that they have sent over their eighth and 38th overall picks in the 2017 NWSL College Draft to the Boston Breakers. In exchange, the Red Stars receive Boston’s 12th, 16th, and 21st overall picks for the draft taking place on January 12 in Los Angeles, California.”

    http://chicagoredstars.com/chicago-exchanges-draft-picks-with-boston/

    CRS and Boston seem to have a special relationship

    • DNG

      The Breakers better make those three top ten picks count.

      • Reality

        I think they have someone in mind for that 8th pick that they obtained.

        • Breakers fan

          Yes, but they had pick #9 already so the gain made by this move is to wipe out Chicago in that slot (pick #8) , and in effect also cut out the #10 Sky Blue pick. That is what was accomplished. Those 2 interceding picks are now out of the way. That to me indicates perhaps that they had concerns about who those specific teams would take then. One can only speculate as to who those 2 players may be but it does increase the Breakers chances of getting more highly-thought of players. The loss is 3 slots when a lot of good players will still be around. It’s a gamble and we’ll see if it pays off. They will still have to sit out picks 4-7, so Breakers fans hope their targeted players aren’t taken then.

          • Reality

            Thank you! A trenchant analysis which illuminates a feasible strategy by Boston. I think on the Chicago side, Dames’s giving up the #8 slot for 12, 16 and 21 is a worthwhile investment for CRS given his enthusiasm for finding valuable picks that may not necessarily be high profile. Hopefully both teams will benefit from the transaction.

          • Breakers fan

            Thanks. I do see Chicago’s side of this. It personally hurts to lose those 3 picks. Only way it works for Boston is if they get someone at 8 who they would not have gotten otherwise but….we’ll never know with certainty about that because we will never hear who Chicago was going to pick at 8 and who Sky Blue would have taken at 10, if the Breakers had not done this deal. All we can do is see who both teams take in these positions. I see it as a bit more of a gamble by the Breakers but one which could pay off. Good luck to you too!

      • Breakers fan

        Now it’s 4 top ten picks and pick #11.

    • Breakers fan

      Agree – they do a ton of deals with Chicago. Not sure why.

  • john

    Just going to throw this out there:
    From the previous NWSL drafts 30 #1s, 16 #2s, 16 #3s, and 10 #4 draft picks were on 2016 NWSL rosters. This includes everyone rostered at some point from replacements to stars. Obviously, I didn’t get into minutes or quality of play.
    By team (and bearing in mind at some clubs the same person(s) have made every pick and there have been a variety of selectors at other clubs):

    Boston 3,1,2,2
    Chicago 6,2,2,2
    Houston 5,0,2,1
    Kansas City 2,4,3,2
    Orlando 1,2,1,1
    Portland 3,2,3,0
    Seattle 1,1,1,1
    Sky Blue 3,2,2,1
    Washington 3,4,1,1
    WNY 5,2,3,1

    Drafting success rates:
    Boston 11 (?)/17 .647
    Chicago 10/20 .500
    Houston 6/9 .667
    Kansas City 10/17 .588
    Orlando 3/3 1.000
    Portland 5/8 .625
    Seattle 6/12 .500
    Sky Blue 9/17 .529
    Washington 9/15 .600
    WNY 11/19 .579

    • mockmook

      Looks like FCKC is doing as well with late picks as other clubs do with early picks.

  • newsouth

    is there any news on the press trade to seattle yet?

    • guest

      doubt that’ll happen. she’ll bail on the Red Stars as soon as California gets a team next year. My guess is this is her last season with them and she has made that clear to Dames.

    • lol

      why do you care? don’t you live on another continent? And yeah, in case you were wondering, she’s still dating Tobin Heath.

  • Som Termanni

    Still no official word on Riley’s status with NC, but here he is with the rest of the coaches: https://twitter.com/ReignFC/status/819624423644807169

    • Steglitz49

      Only one lady — and she a foreigner to boot.

  • Som Termanni

    Meanwhile, in the NWSL’s inability to compete with other leagues on pay: https://twitter.com/GotSoccer/status/819624760220925953

  • john

    Don’t envy some of the folks having to decide for this draft. How many Canadians will Spirit have back? Do they know yet? Kinda changes priorities if 1, 2 or 3 are gone. What can be determined about the recovery process for their knee injured players? Good Luck, Jim!

  • Bruce

    Last minute registrants for the draft. Is the delta from yesterday’s list of 184…

    Banton Eva Florida Tech M, D
    Brown Anjelyka Santa Clara University D, M
    Carlotta Fennefoss University of South Florida D
    Castleberry Cameron University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill M
    Dunn Iris Western Kentucky University F
    Fran Garzelloni University of Denver M, F
    Francis Taylor University of Pittsburgh GK
    Greik Ana DePaul University F
    Johnson Kailiana Washington State University M
    Kurtz Kaleigh Univeristy of South Carolina D, F
    Kutscher Kourtney California State University, Northridge M, F
    Lakin Andie Vanderbilt University/Louisville M
    Maher Samantha Central Michigan University M
    Maier Franceska Seton Hall University M
    Martin Jayma Grand Valley State University F
    McDonough Jesse Princeton University M, D
    Misner Ciera Florida Institute of Technology D, M
    Nakae Jessica University of San Francisco M, F
    Orf Maddie Indiana State University M, D
    Paige Brown University of Texas at Austin GK
    Raben Elizabeth Duke University D
    Rogers Katherine University of Utah M, D
    Ruff Kaitlyn University of Northern Colorado/wright state university GK
    Small Sara University of Arkansas at Little Rock GK
    Texeira Kelsey University of California Irvine D
    Walsh Scarlett West Chester University M, F, D
    Ward Mykel Arkansas State University D, F, M