Racing Louisville selected University of North Carolina defenseman Emily Fox first in the NWSL draft on Wednesday, while the Washington Spirit selected Trinity Rodman with second pick.
US U20 forward Rodman is the daughter of former NBA star Dennis Rodman.
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Fox, 22, is one of the few players available with experience with the full U.S. Women’s National Team. Fox, who can also play as a midfielder, has made three international appearances while also playing for the United States U20 national team.
“I’m super excited,” said Fox of the US training camp in Orlando, Florida. ” I know [Louisville manager Christy Holly] from the past when he was on the national team as an assistant.
“So talking with him, talking to him about the culture, everything they have in store, the facilities, the girls on the team, I’m so excited to be there and be part of the team. ”
Rodman, 18, was a finalist for American Football Young Player of the Year and excelled for the United States U20 National Team, scoring eight goals and adding six assists at the 2020 CONCACAF U20 Women’s Championship last March. Rodman signed up in Washington state but was never able to dress for the Cougars after the 2020 college season was postponed until this spring.
“To be in the draft with my situation and my age is insane, but being No. 2 on an incredible team is out of this world, like I can’t ask for anything more,” said Rodman. “DC just had a great program, a great team. The coach [Richie Burke] it’s incredible. I spoke to him several times. I know he’s a tough head coach, but I’m so excited to be his player and to learn and improve. ”
As for her famous father’s influence, Rodman said she was set to be known as an exceptional player in her own right.
“He was an amazing athlete, and I got these genes from him, but I’m thrilled to be known as Trinity Rodman and not just Rodman’s daughter,” she said. “I am delighted to be blazing my own path and improving myself throughout this journey. ”
Sky Blue initially had the next two picks, but after taking UNC midfielder / striker Brianna Pinto at No.3, the team opted to trade the No.4 pick for Kansas City for $ 175,000. allowance. Kansas City then used the pick to select Stanford defenseman Kiara “Kiki” Pickett. Kansas City may have to wait a bit to see Pickett up close, as she has said she will stay in school to play Spring.
With his second pick in the first round, No. 5 overall, Racing Louisville seemed close to home, selecting University of Louisville midfielder Emina Ekic.
The Portland Thorns progressed by trading the No.7 pick, No.32 pick and a 2021 international spot at the Chicago Red Stars for the No.6 overall pick. The Thorns used the pick to select Texas Christian University midfielder Yazmeen Ryan.