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Dash select Brian No. 1 overall in 2015 NWSL Draft

The Houston Dash selected Morgan Brian first overall in the NWSL Draft. (USA Today Images)

The Houston Dash selected Morgan Brian first overall in the NWSL Draft. (USA Today Images)

PHILADELPHIA — The Houston Dash selected Morgan Brian first overall in the 2015 NWSL Draft on Friday.

The University of Virginia midfielder is a two-time MAC Hermann Trophy winner as college soccer’s best player. She helped lead Virginia to its first national title game last month, where the Cavaliers lost to Florida State.

Brian was a three-time first-team NSCAA All-American at Virginia. She has three goals in 19 caps for the United States, helping the team qualify for the World Cup last October.

Sky Blue FC drafted midfielder Sarah Killion No. 2 overall out of UCLA. Killion’s college teammates, defender Abby Dahlkemper and midfielder Sam Mewis, were drafted No. 3 and No. 4 overall, respectively, to the Western New York Flash.

The Chicago Red Stars executed the first trade of the draft, selecting Boston College forward Stephanie McCaffrey at No. 5 overall but soon trading her to the Boston Breakers for the No. 9 and No. 11 overall picks. Chicago used those picks on Danielle Colaprico and Sofia Huerta, respectively.

Round 1

No.   |    Team
1. Houston Dash — Morgan Brian, Virginia
2. Sky Blue FC-a — Sarah Killion, UCLA
3. Western New York Flash — Abby Dahlkemper, UCLA
4. Western New York Flash-b — Sam Mewis, UCLA
5. Chicago Red Stars — Stephanie McCaffrey, Boston College (rights traded to Breakers)
6. Western New York Flash-c — Lynn Williams, Pepperdine
7. Western New York Flash-d — Jaelene Hinkle, Texas Tech
8. Chicago Red Stars-e — Arin Gilliland, Kentucky
9. Chicago Red Stars-f — Danielle Colaprico, Virginia

a-from Boston Breakers
b-from Sky Blue FC
c-from Washington Spirit
d-from Portland Thorns FC
e-from FC Kansas City
f-from Seattle Reign FC via Boston Breakers

Round 2

No.   |    Team

10. Sky Blue FC-g — Kristin Grubka, Florida State
11. Chicago Red Stars-h — Sofia Huerta, Santa Clara
12. FC Kansas City-i — Shea Groom, Texas A&M
13. Washington Spirit-j — Megan Oyster, UCLA
14. Boston Breakers-k — Jamia Fields, Florida State
15. Seattle Reign FC-l — Havana Solaun, Florida
16. FC Kansas City-m — Meghan Streight, Texas A&M
17. FC Kansas City — Katelyn Rowland, UCLA
18. Western New York Flash-n — Tatiana Coleman, University of Central Florida

g-from Houston Dash
h-from Boston Breakers
i-from Western New York Flash
j-from Sky Blue FC via Houston Dash and Portland Thorns FC
k-from Chicago Red Stars via Portland Thorns FC
l-from Washington Spirit
m-from Portland Thorns FC via Seattle Reign FC
n-from Seattle Reign FC via Boston Breakers

Round 3

No.   |    Team

19. Washington Spirit-o — Caprice Dydasco, UCLA
20. Boston Breakers — Samantha Lofton, James Madison
21. Western New York Flash — Sabrina D’Angelo, University of South Carolina
22. Sky Blue FC — Daphne Corboz, Georgetown
23. Chicago Red Stars — Cara Walls, Wisconsin
24. Boston Breakers-p — Bianca Brinson, Texas A&M
25. Sky Blue FC-q — Shade Pratt, Maryland
26. FC Kansas City-r — Jessica Ayers, Colorado College
27. Chicago Red Stars-s — Nicole Setterlund, Washington State

o-from Houston Dash via FC Kansas City
p-from Washington Spirit
q-from Portland Thorns FC
r-from FC Kansas City via Seattle Reign FC
s-from Seattle Reign FC via Boston Breakers

Round 4

No.   |    Team

28. Sky Blue FC-t — Chioma Ubogagu, Stanford
29. Boston Breakers — Stephanie Verdoia, Seattle University
30. Washington Spirit-u — Whitney Church, Penn State
31. Houston Dash-v — Carleigh Williams, University of Central Florida
32. Chicago Red Stars — Rachel Tejada, Illinois State
33. Boston Breakers-w — Bianca Calderone, Northeasetern
34. Sky Blue FC-x — Lo’ea LaBonte, Stanford
35. FC Kansas City — Kaysie Clark, Missouri
36. Seattle Reign FC — Kendall Romine, Stanford

t-from Western New York Flash
u-from Washington Spirit
v-from Houston Dash
w-from Sky Blue FC
x-from Portland Thorns FC


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