Two-time gold medalist Aly Wagner will join Jen Cooper as analysts on NWSL’s 2017 draft coverage which will be live streamed for the second year in a row. Mark Rogondino, once the national voice of WPS, will serve as host.
Wagner drew rave reviews for her analysis during the 2015 World Cup while working with Justin Kutcher and continues to work as a soccer analyst for FOX. The 36-year old Wagner had one of the great college careers at Santa Clara where she helped the Broncos win the 2001 national championship and won the Hermann Trophy Award as a senior the following year. In 2003 Wagner was the first overall pick in the WUSA draft by the San Diego Spirit. She went on to win Olympic gold medals with the national team in 2004 and 2008 before being allocated to the LA Sol in WPS. With Wagner a dominant force in the midfield the Sol won the regular season title before falling to Sky Blue in the final. Her international career included 131 caps and 21 goals.
Cooper has been the analyst on Houston Dash broadcast since the club came into NWSL in 2014. She also hosts the weekly women’s soccer podcast The Mixxed Zone as well as the Houston-based site keepernotes.com. Several Equalizer writers including Dan Lauletta, Jen Gordon, and Allison Lee have been featured as guests on The Mixed Zone.
Rogondino is currently the pre and post game host for Los Angeles Clippers broadcasts and also works for NBA League Pass.
The draft is Thursday, January 12 at 3 p.m. EST at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles. The stream will be live on both youtube and Facebook. The event is open to the public.