2000 WUSA Draft

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The WUSA Inaugural Player Draft, held before Women's United Soccer Association's initial 2001 season, distributed players to the league's eight inaugural teams. The draft occurred on December 10 and 11, 2000. This took place after each team was allocated three national team players and two foreign players.

Round 1[edit]

Pick

Player

WUSA Team

Previous Team

College

1 Sun Wen (F) Atlanta Beat China WNT
2 Liu Ailing (M) Philadelphia Charge China WNT
3 Fan Yunjie (D) San Diego Spirit China WNT
4 Gao Hong (GK) New York Power China WNT
5 Dagny Mellgren (M) Boston Breakers Bjørnar
6 Wen Lirong (D) Carolina Courage China WNT
7 Anne Mäkinen (M) Washington Freedom Notre Dame
8 Thori Staples Bryan (D) Bay Area CyberRays[1] Raleigh Wings North Carolina State
1.^ First American pick.

Round 2[edit]

Pick

Player

WUSA Team

Previous Team

College

9 Julie Murray (F) Bay Area CyberRays NSW Sapphires
10 Lindsay Stoecker (D) Washington Freedom North Carolina
11 Meredith Florance (F) Carolina Courage North Carolina
12 Keri Sanchez Raygor (D) Boston Breakers Silicon Valley Red Devils North Carolina
13 Jennifer Lalor (M) New York Power San Diego WFC Santa Clara
14 Sherrill Kester (F) San Diego Spirit Raleigh Wings Duke
15 Heather Mitts (D) Philadelphia Charge Tampa Bay Extreme Florida
16 Kylie Bivens (D) Atlanta Beat North Texas Heat Santa Clara

Round 3[edit]

Pick

Player

WUSA Team

Previous Team

College

17 Sharolta Nonen (D) Atlanta Beat Nebraska–Lincoln
18 Jenny Benson (M) Philadelphia Charge Nebraska–Lincoln
19 Shannon Boxx (M) San Diego Spirit Ajax America Women Notre Dame
20 Kristy Whelchel (D) New York Power Raleigh Wings Duke
21 Karina LeBlanc (GK) Boston Breakers Nebraska–Lincoln
22 Nicole Roberts (M) Carolina Courage Raleigh Wings North Carolina
23 Krista Davey (M) Washington Freedom Chicago Cobras North Texas
24 Amy Walsh (D) Bay Area CyberRays Nebraska–Lincoln

Round 4[edit]

Pick

Player

WUSA Team

Previous Team

College

25 Ann Cook (M) Bay Area CyberRays Chicago Cobras William & Mary
26 Skylar Little (D) Washington Freedom UCLA
27 Erin Baxter (M) Carolina Courage Tampa Bay Extreme Florida
28 Heather Aldama (D) Boston Breakers Santa Clara
29 Beth Zotter (F) New York Power Harvard
30 Jen Mascaro (M) San Diego Spirit Notre Dame
31 Ruth Van't Land (F) Philadelphia Charge Cal Poly
32 Marci Miller (M) Atlanta Beat Chicago Cobras SMU
32 Kimberly Pickup (D) San Diego Spirit[2] Boston Renegades Santa Clara
1.^ San Diego got an additional "compensation pick" because Joy Fawcett, one of their allocated players, was pregnant.[1]

Round 5[edit]

Pick

Player

WUSA Team

Previous Team

College

33 Nancy Augustyniak (D) Atlanta Beat Atlanta Classics Clemson
34 Sarah Yohe (F) Philadelphia Charge Florida
35 Gina Oceguera (D/F) San Diego Spirit California Storm Cal Poly
36 Nel Fettig (D) New York Power Raleigh Wings North Carolina
37 Robin Confer (F) Boston Breakers New Jersey Lady Stallions North Carolina
38 Naomi Stone (M) Carolina Courage New Hampshire Lady Phantoms UConn
39 Emmy Barr (F) Washington Freedom California Storm Santa Clara
40 Carey Dorn (D) Bay Area CyberRays Long Island Lady Riders UConn

Round 6[edit]

Pick

Player

WUSA Team

Previous Team

College

41 Jacqui Little (M) Bay Area CyberRays Santa Clara
42 Amanda Cromwell (M) Washington Freedom Charlotte Lady Eagles Virginia
43 Kim Yankowski (M) Carolina Courage Raleigh Wings North Carolina State
44 Elie Foster (M) Boston Breakers Foothill FC Stanford
45 Jennifer O'Sullivan (D) New York Power Stanford
46 Kerry Gragg (M) Atlanta Beat[3] Atlanta Classics UNC Greensboro
47 Raven McDonald (M) Philadelphia Charge North Carolina
48 Jaime Pagliarulo (GK) San Diego Spirit Maryland Pride George Mason
1.^ Traded from the San Diego Spirit for a 6th round pick and a 2nd round pick in the February 2001 supplemental draft. Soccer America noted that this trade apparently disrupted the subsequent order of the draft.[1]

Round 7[edit]

Pick

Player

WUSA Team

Previous Team

College

49 Rebekah McDowell (M) Philadelphia Charge Charlotte Lady Eagles North Carolina
50 Traci Arkenberg-Gatell (F) San Diego Spirit Ajax America Women UCLA
51 Carlene Stenson (F) New York Power Tampa Bay Extreme South Florida
52 Sarah Powell (D) Boston Breakers Boston Renegades Boston College
53 Maren Hendershot (F) Carolina Courage Utah Spiders Brigham Young
54 Monica Gerardo (M) Washington Freedom Ajax America Women Notre Dame
55 Jennifer Mead (GK) Bay Area CyberRays Boston Renegades George Mason
56 Lisa Krzykowski (M) Atlanta Beat Chicago Cobras Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Round 8[edit]

Pick

Player

WUSA Team

Previous Team

College

57 Kim Clark (M) Bay Area CyberRays Ajax America Women Southern California
58 Erin Fahey (GK) Washington Freedom Portland Rain Portland
59 Staci Burt (M) Carolina Courage Chicago Cobras Utah
60 Allie Kemp (F) Boston Breakers San Diego WFC UC Berkeley
61 Kerry Connors (F) New York Power Boston Renegades UConn
62 Missy Wycinsky (M) San Diego Spirit Maryland Pride William & Mary
63 Michelle Demko (M) Philadelphia Charge Tampa Bay Extreme Maryland
64 Julie Augustyniak (D) Atlanta Beat Atlanta Classics Clemson

Round 9[edit]

Pick

Player

WUSA Team

Previous Team

College

65 Melanie Wilson (GK) Atlanta Beat Texas A&M
66 Kalli Kamholz (M) Philadelphia Charge Tampa Bay Extreme North Carolina
67 Margaret Tietjen (M) San Diego Spirit Long Island Lady Riders UConn
68 Erica Iverson (D) New York Power Boston Renegades Massachusetts
69 Kim Stiles (D) Boston Breakers Portland
70 Mikka Hansen (F) Carolina Courage Fortuna Hjørring Santa Clara
71 Tracey Milburn (F) Washington Freedom UCLA
72 Theresa Wagner (M) Bay Area CyberRays Washington

Round 10[edit]

Pick

Player

WUSA Team

Previous Team

College

73 Lisa Náñez (D) Bay Area CyberRays California Storm Santa Clara
74 Justi Baumgardt (M) Washington Freedom California Storm Portland
75 Kristin Luckenbill (GK) Carolina Courage Dartmouth
76 Ally Wagner (F) Boston Breakers Wisconsin
77 Tammy Pearman (F) New York Power Maryland Pride George Mason
78 Kara Brown (D) San Diego Spirit Boston Renegades Notre Dame
79 Carly Smolak (GK) Philadelphia Charge Stanford
80 Kelly Cagle (M) Atlanta Beat Raleigh Wings Duke

Round 11[edit]

Pick

Player

WUSA Team

Previous Team

College

81 Mary Pitera (D) Atlanta Beat Maryland Pride North Carolina State
82 Jennifer Tietjen (M) Philadelphia Charge Long Island Lady Riders UConn
83 Tara Koleski (F) San Diego Spirit California Storm Portland
84 Ronnie Fair (M) New York Power Boston Renegades Stanford
85 Sherice Bartling (F) Boston Breakers San Diego WFC San Diego
86 Sarah Dacey (M) Carolina Courage Boston Renegades North Carolina
87 Stephanie Loehr (D) Washington Freedom Maryland Pride William & Mary
88 Venus James (M) Bay Area CyberRays UCLA

Round 12[edit]

Pick

Player

WUSA Team

Previous Team

College

89 Megan Horvath (M) Bay Area CyberRays Silicon Valley Red Devils Santa Clara
90 Amy Gray (M) Washington Freedom Atlanta Classics Clemson
91 Ásthildur Helgadóttir (M) Carolina Courage Breiðablik Vanderbilt
92 Angela Hucles (F) Boston Breakers Hampton Roads Piranhas Virginia
93 Jessica Reifer (F) New York Power FC Malters Hartford
94 Erin Martinez-Montoya (M) San Diego Spirit California Storm Santa Clara
95 Erin Martin (F) Philadelphia Charge Three Kings United Stanford
96 Emily Burt (F) Atlanta Beat Foothill FC Stanford

Round 13[edit]

Pick

Player

WUSA Team

Previous Team

College

97 Bryn Blalack (F) Atlanta Beat North Texas Heat Texas A&M
98 Beth Keller (F) Philadelphia Charge Chicago Cobras Clemson
99 Jennifer Babel (D) San Diego Spirit Ajax America Women Azusa Pacific
100 Emily Janss (D) New York Power Maryland Pride Maryland
101 Lindsay Eddleman (F) Boston Breakers Denver Diamonds Nebraska–Lincoln
102 Staci Wilson (D) Carolina Courage Raleigh Wings North Carolina
103 Keri Sarver (F) Washington Freedom Maryland Pride Maryland
104 Christina Bell (D) Bay Area CyberRays California Storm Fresno State

Round 14[edit]

Pick

Player

WUSA Team

Previous Team

College

105 Linda Kurtyka (M) Bay Area CyberRays Foothill FC North Carolina State
106 Carrie Moore (D) Washington Freedom Hampton Roads Piranhas William & Mary
107 Jessica Post (F) Carolina Courage Dartmouth
108 Lindsay Massengale (D) Boston Breakers California Storm Clemson
109 Rebecca Hornbacher (GK) New York Power Nebraska–Lincoln
110 Trudi Sharpsteen (M) San Diego Spirit Ajax America Women UC Berkeley
111 Laurie Schwoy (M) Philadelphia Charge North Carolina
112 Kimberly Engesser (F) Atlanta Beat Nebraska–Lincoln

Round 15[edit]

Pick

Player

WUSA Team

Previous Team

College

113 Dayna Smith (D) Atlanta Beat Denver Diamonds Santa Clara
114 Laurie Hill (M) Philadelphia Charge California Storm UC Santa Barbara
115 Melissa Ribaudo-Cavitt (D) San Diego Spirit California Storm Portland
116 Melissa McBean (F) New York Power Boston Renegades Portland
117 Jennifer Tissue (M) Boston Breakers San Francisco Nighthawks Whitworth
118 Silvana Burtini (F) Carolina Courage Raleigh Wings Capilano
119 Louise Lieberman (M) Washington Freedom Ajax America Women UCLA
120 Carmel Murphy (M) Bay Area CyberRays Foothill FC Stanford

Draft notes[edit]

The draft was preceded by an invitation-only combine held over five days at Florida Atlantic University.[2] Although over 500 players applied, only 198 were invited to take part in supervised training and scrimmages.[3] Around 40 of the players had previously been competing in the pro–am Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL),[4] while most of the others were competing at W-League level.[5]

The draft assigned the rights of 15 players to each team. Teams could contract up to five of the players immediately, to start promotional work in their home cities.[6] WUSA's vice president of legal affairs, Rob Kaler, had decided the draft order by randomly selecting envelopes containing each team's logo in a lottery.[7]

In November 2000, WUSA's vice president of player relations, Lauren Gregg, secured five Chinese players after flying to China for delicate negotiations with a somewhat reluctant Chinese Football Association (CFA) and the players' clubs.[8][9] All five players went into the draft and were selected with five of the first six picks.[10] Top pick Sun Wen was in Rome on the second day of the draft, collecting her award as joint-FIFA Female Player of the Century.[11]

Gregg had traversed the globe since May 2000, trying to sign elite players identified by WUSA commissioner Tony DiCicco.[12] She was not always successful: Norway's Marianne Pettersen accepted a competing offer from Europe's only professional club Fulham,[13] while FFC Frankfurt blocked an approach for their German–American defender Steffi Jones.[14]

American players who had found success overseas, including Colette Cunningham, Denise Reddy and Jill Rutten, reportedly attended the combine but were not selected in the draft. Brazilian goalkeeper Andréia Suntaque and Dutch midfielder Nathalie Geeris were also in attendance but not picked.[15] Each team was restricted to four foreign players, including the two already allocated by the league.[16]

As well as foreign players and combine attendees, college players in their senior year were eligible for the main draft, although a further supplemental draft – specifically for college players – was arranged for February 2001.[17]

Many players, who were typically graduates from leading Universities, faced a substantial drop in salary, even if they made it on to a team's final 20-player roster. A collective bargaining agreement between the players and league allowed a minimum annual wage of $25,000, beneath an average salary of $40,000.[3] After some deliberation, last pick Carmel Murphy decided not to take up her place at Bay Area CyberRays, in favor of going to medical school.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "WUSA: Draft results from Day 1". Soccer America. December 10, 2000. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ Brousseau, Dave (October 24, 2000). "Wusa To Scout, Draft At Boca In December". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Trecker, Jerry (December 11, 2000). "Wusa Hopefuls: Time To Put Present On Hold". Hartford Courant. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Over 40 WPSL Players Invited to WUSA Combine". Women's Premier Soccer League. November 25, 2000. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rating the eight WUSA teams" (PDF). Soccer America. December 25, 2000. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Building The Wusa". Hartford Courant. December 11, 2000. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ "WUSA: Atlanta has first pick in draft". Soccer America. December 6, 2000. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  8. ^ "US League Makes Last Bids for Chinese Women Soccer Stars". People's Daily. November 25, 2000. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  9. ^ Wahl, Grant (June 19, 2001). "Soccer". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sun to shine in Atlanta". CNN Sports Illustrated. December 10, 2000. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  11. ^ Yan, Li (December 12, 2000). "Sun Wen Elected FIFA Woman Player of the Century". People's Daily. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  12. ^ Stossel, Scott (June 2001). "As American as Women's Soccer?". The Atlantic. 287 (6). Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  13. ^ Merritt, Stephanie (April 8, 2001). "Something for the ladies". London: The Guardian. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  14. ^ French, Scott (February 14, 2002). "WUSA: Join the Party". Soccer America. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  15. ^ "After five-day combine, inaugural eight teams prepare for first draft". Soccer Times. December 9, 2000. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  16. ^ Glier, Ray (August 22, 2002). "Foreign talent flocks to WUSA". USA Today. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Former Notre Dame Player Kara Brown Selected On Second Day Of WUSA Draft". University of Notre Dame. December 12, 2000. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  18. ^ "WUSA Preseason: Murphy trades C-Rays for med school". Soccer America. March 2, 2001. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 

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