January 16, 2013 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - Washington Spirit
Washington (Jan. 16, 2012) - The Washington Spirit have been awarded the No. 2 overall pick in the inaugural National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft, which takes place this Friday, Jan. 18 at the NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis.
The draft consists of four rounds with each of NWSL's eight teams selecting in the same fixed order each round. In addition to the second overall pick, Washington will pick 10th, 18th and 26th in the last three rounds.
In the NWSL's preseason player allocation, the Spirit received a collection of six midfielders and defenders, and one goalkeeper.
The club received goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defender Ali Krieger and midfielder Lori Lindsey from the U.S. Soccer Federation; Robyn Gayle and Diana Matheson from the Canadian Soccer Association; and defender Alin Garciamendez and midfielder Teresa Worbis from the Federation of Mexican Football.
Given Washington's current shortage of attacking players in the aforementioned allocation, Spirit general manager Chris Hummer feels the early pick is justified.
"We secured a very strong start to our defensive foundation through allocation, but needed this high draft position to shore up our attack," Hummer said. "Having two of the first 10 picks will go a long way towards adding some firepower we think will be ready to step in right away, given the high level of talent in this draft."
The Spirit are the only team not to have received a single 2012 Olympic gold medalist, despite the common belief that Krieger would have been a starter in London were it not for the serious knee injury she sustained during qualification, and the fact that both Lindsey and Harris were named as alternates this past summer.
The 2013 NWSL College Draft will kick off at 10 a.m. ET. Friday morning and conclude around noon. The draft is not open to the public or media, but fans will be able to follow the proceedings on Twitter @NWSL and through the league's Facebook page. Washington Spirit fans can follow the team's picks on Twitter @Washspirit.