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2020 NWSL College Draft Prep: Mock Draft No. 1

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Throughout the 2019 women’s college season, The Equalizer, in partnership with TopDrawerSoccer,e will keep tabs on some of the National Women’s Soccer League prospects for the 2020 edition of the College Draft.

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— An ankle injury has kept Bri Folds out for a few games this season, but her pro potential and importance to her Auburn side can’t be understated. There’s always a question of where exactly she could fit on an NWSL team, as Folds is a more forward-thinking midfielder. Does she have the pace to make an immediate impact? Will it matter? How does she defend? Obviously only so much can be learned from a player’s college performance, but Folds has done a tremendous job at Auburn. A smart player that reads the game well, she can use both feet and can both score and create goals.

A difficult schedule lies ahead for Folds and Auburn, which provides both opportunities for her to shine in front of scouts and for the Tigers to bolster its postseason resume. An away trip to Florida, home match against Arkansas and a visit from South Carolina are three of the four remaining games. Big performances from Folds would boost her pro stock and the team’s chances of a postseason run.

It’s worth noting that in the aforementioned Texas A&M-Auburn matchup, standout senior Ally Watt, a top draft prospect, did not play and was spotted in a walking boot on the sidelines.

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