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Back-To-Back NWSL Champion NC Courage Select Three SEC Standouts in 2021 NWSL Draft

January 14, 2021 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - North Carolina Courage News Release

Cary, NC - The North Carolina Courage selected Deanne Rose, Alyssa Malonson, and Myra Konte in the 2021 NWSL Draft. The three players have each played four years at an SEC school.

With the 10th overall pick in the first round of the NWSL Draft, the NC Courage selected Deanne Rose, a forward from the University of Florida. A Canadian international, Rose made her national team debut at age 15 in 2014 and won a bronze medal with her country in the 2016 Olympic Games. With a goal in the bronze medal game, Rose became the youngest player to score a goal in Olympic women's soccer history. The forward's collegiate accolades include All-SEC First Team, SEC All-Freshman Team, and SEC Freshman of the Year in 2017.

"It was super exciting just to hear my name and to know I got to this point in my career," said Rose in an interview after she was drafted. "The North Carolina Courage are a very respected team in the NWSL as well as they have world-class players. I am excited to grow alongside those players and the opportunity to be in one of the best leagues in the world."

In the second round, the Courage selected Alyssa Malonson from Auburn University as the 20th overall pick. The left-footed defender started 69 matches during her collegiate career, assisting 18 goals in 5,961 minutes played. Malonson also scored two goals, one of which came during Auburn's 10-game 2020 season.

The Courage's final pick in the NWSL Draft came in the third round with the selection of Vanderbilt's Myra Konte. The defender was named the 2020 SEC Tournament MVP and also made the All-Tournament Team. She started 56 games for Vanderbilt, scoring three goals and tallying two assists.

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