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PickTeamSelectionPositionSchool/Country/ClubComments

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1BostonAmy RodriguezFSouthern CalThe worst-kept secret of the draft...Boston gets a player that's already won a gold medal and a national title in her short career

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2ChicagoMegan RapinoeMPortlandGreat playmaker...2008 WCC Player of the Year after a pair of injury-plagued seasons

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3FC Gold PrideChristina DiMartinoMUCLAA West Coast player stays out West...six goals and six assists for the Bruins in yet another Final Four season

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4Sky Blue FCYael AverbuchFNorth CarolinaEasy pick for Sky Blue...a highly touted player that's a native of the Garden State

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5LA SolBrittany BockFNotre DameLimited by injuries in 2008...BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year in 2007

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6St. LouisKerri HanksFNotre DameThe run of the Irish continues...two-time Hermann Trophy winner is as pure a goalscorer as there is in this draft

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7WashingtonAllie LongMNorth CarolinaMidfield general who distinguished herself at both Penn State and North Carolina...six goals and eight assists last year for champs

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8WashingtonAlex SingerDVirginiaThe Freedom continue their trend from previous drafts of taking their former W-League players...Singer played as a wingback for the Cavs

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9St. LouisKia McNeillF/DBoston CollegeFirst player selected that's not coming directly from college...scored 23 goals as a forward from '04 to '06 before moving to backline as a senior in '07

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10LA SolAllison FalkDStanfordGreat size at six feet even...started all 90 matches in her career for the Cardinal

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11Sky Blue FCMeghan SchnurMUConnSuperb midfielder...another player who has been out of the college game for a year

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12FC Gold PrideCarrie DewDNotre DameThe backbone of the Irish backline...two-time BIG EAST Defender of the Year

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13ChicagoNikki KrzysikDVirginiaPart of the best center back pairing I ever saw in college, along with Becky Sauerbrunn...will nicely fill the hole left by Markgraf's maternity leave

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14Chicago (from BOS)Brittany KleinMSanta ClaraAnother player that's been out of college for a year...scored seven goals as a senior in '07

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15BostonKasey MooreDTexasTremendous get for Boston...Moore was a first-round pick on several projections. Also led Longhorns in scoring as a senior (6 G, 4 A)

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16ChicagoNatalie SpilgerDStanfordOur first player selected from the "lost generation" between WUSA and WPS...Spilger starred at Stanford from '00-'03

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17FC Gold PrideTiffany WeimerFPenn StateNose for goal (and the distinctive headband) make Weimer one of my early favorites to lead the league in scoring...outstanding career at Penn State (91 goals, 9th in NCAA history)

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18Sky Blue FCKaren BardsleyGKCal State FullertonFirst goalkeeper selected...has played with England at youth level..also threw javelin in college

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19LA SolKatie LarkinFBYUEleven goals as a senior...her, Marta, and Bock on the same front line? Look out.

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20St. LouisStephanie LogtermanDTexasFrom Stephanie's UT profile: "The song I never want to hear again is: "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry." Amen, Stephanie. Amen. Another member of the sterling Longhorn backline who got forward enough to score four goals in '08

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21St. Louis (from WAS)Elise WeberDNotre DameGreat left back for the Irish (and for Wisconsin before that)...could this mean that Chalupny's going to play midfield in the Arch City?

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22WashingtonJill GilbeauD/MTexasA defender from....Texas? You don't say! Played more minutes than any Longhorn field player save Moore in '08...also a Freedom W-League alum

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23Washington (from STL)Parrissa EyorokonFPurdueTwelve goals and six assists for the Boilermakers' best-ever team in '07 as a senior...speed should provide nice foil to Wambach's aerial prowess

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24LA SolGreer BarnesDWest VirginiaAll-American at left back for the Gold and Blue the past two seasons...gets forward very well...powerful on the ball

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25Sky Blue FCChristie ShanerDNotre DamePlayed both in the middle and on the left for Randy Waldrum from '03-'06

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26FC Gold PrideMarisa AbeggDStanfordNatural fit for both sides...maybe the best player still available gets to stay in the Bay Area...led Stanford to Final Four and in minutes played

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27ChicagoJen BranamGKNorth CarolinaAt least one prognosticator had Branam as the sleeper of the draft...experience with national team and in the WUSA

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28Chicago (from BOS)Chioma IgweDSanta ClaraThe run on defensive players continues...made 70 starts between Santa Clara and Cal....younger brother Amaechi plays in MLS

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29BostonJenny NobisFMissouriNice senior year in '05 for Mizzou (8 G, 14 A)...has played in the WPSL and Germany

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30ChicagoStacey TullockMArizona StateWUSA vet with San Diego...was fifth overall pick in '02 draft...50 G, 25 A for Sun Devils

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31FC Gold PrideAmeera AbdullahMFlorida25 G, 18 A at UF...seventh in school history in scoring...SoccerAmerica MVP

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32Sky Blue FCJulianne SitchMDePaulExperience in W-League with Chicago and FC Indiana...All-American at DePaul

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33LA SolVal HendersonGKUCLAOutstanding GK for Bruins from '04-'07...went to U-20 World Cup in '06...eight shutouts and 20 wins as a senior...2008 W-League Outstanding GK

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34St. LouisNiki CrossDUConnGreat presence in center of defense...WPSL experience with Connecticut

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35WashingtonBriana ScurryGKUMassWell...what is there to say about Briana Scurry? Multiple World Cups, made The Save in the '99 WWC penalty shoot-out, started over Hope Solo in the '07 WWC semifinals...ehh. Not much there.

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36WashingtonRebecca MorosMDukeW-League and WPSL experience...20 career assists, including 11 as a sophomore

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37St. LouisJillian LoydenGKVillanovaInteresting pick with Solo already in tow...but I love Loyden's game. Commands the box, great shot-stopper, one of the best 'keepers I've seen at the college level

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38LA SolKatie HookerMDenverFormerly Katie Antongiovanni....has WUSA and W-League experience...literally a coach on the field, with six years under her belt as an assistant at Denver

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39Sky Blue FCJen BuczkowskiMNotre DameThree-time All-American at Notre Dame from '03 to '06...could be a steal this low in the draft

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40FC Gold PrideLeigh Ann RobinsonMSan DiegoBoth a scorer and a provider for the Toreros from '04-'07, tallying 14 G and 14 A as a junior and senior

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41Boston (from CHI)Kelly SchmedesFTexasFormerly Kelly Wilson; I've seen her play at both the college level and the W-League level (with Charlotte) and am a big fan of her game; is a top-notch passer as well as finisher; she's also been capped by the USWNT. Absolute steal.

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42BostonAriel HarrisDNorth CarolinaGreat speed...played left back for the Heels...also can get forward, as evidenced by four assists as a senior

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43BostonLindsay VeraFNC StateAnother impressive player I got to see in the W-League this season...had a strong senior year for the Wolfpack with nine goals and six assists...two-year captain

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44ChicagoLauren SesselmannFPurdueGood complement for the star-studded midfield Chicago has already assembled...34 career goals at Purdue, despite an injury that forced her to sit out the 2004 season

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45FC Gold PrideBrandi ChastainDCalSince Chastain was the face of the CyberRays, you had to figure that their Bay Area descendant would be the team that would take a chance on the 40-year-old legend having something left in the tank

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46Sky Blue FCOuying ZhangFChinaOlympics and World Cup experience...former captain of national team...played in WUSA for San Diego

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47LA SolMcCall ZerboniMUCLA7 G, 6 A for Bruins in '08...has youth national team experience

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48St. LouisLisa StoiaMWest VirginiaAll-American center mid at WVU from '00-'03...has been an assistant at WVU for two years, and at Jacksonville before that...also W-League experience with Boston...very capable scorer and world-class passer

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49WashingtonSarah SentyDVirginiaNine assists with UVA while playing a key part in one of the nation's best defenses...another Freedom W-League alum brought up to the big leagues

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50WashingtonKati Jo SpisakGKTexas A&MAnother former W-Leaguer retained by Gabarra...made 96 starts for the Aggies...posted 24 shutouts

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51St. LouisMegan KernsFFloridaScored 13 goals (five of the game-winning variety) to lead Gators in '08

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52LA SolBrittany CameronGKSan DiegoPosted nine shutouts in '08 for the Toreros

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53Sky Blue FCMary Therese McDonnellDIllinoisStarted 61 matches for Illini from '04-'07...also experience in W-League with Boston

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54FC Gold PrideAllison WhitworthGKAuburnW-League experience with Atlanta...eight shutouts in 2008 for Auburn

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55ChicagoKat TarrDMissouriStarted all 23 games as a senior, logging over 2000 minutes...probably my favorite name of the draft so far

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56BostonAshley NickMSouthern CalAnother Trojan to go with A-Rod...saw her in the '07 NCAAs and was impressed with her abilities as a passer and possessor of the ball

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57BostonAllison MartinoMTexas A&MThree goals and seven assists for A&M as a senior in '07...played with Boston in the W-League, so an easy scout for DiCicco

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58ChicagoJessica O'RourkeMNC StateOffensive-minded midfielder...played for FC Indiana, so, again, an easy scout for their partner Chicago

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59FC Gold PrideAlissa OldenkampF/MArizona StateFirst-team all-Pac 10 pick as a senior in '07

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60Sky Blue FCMele FrenchFOregonScored eight goals in college...played for Pali Blues this past summer

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61LA SolErica JankeDCal State FullertonAppeared in 84 matches for the Titans from '03 to '06...has experience in Germany

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62St. LouisSheree GrayD/MPenn StateNice late find...Gray has great speed and brings a ton of leadership to the field

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63WashingtonClaire ZimmeckFWilliam and MarySpeaking of late finds with speed, Zimmeck had a great career at W&M (including the winning goal in their stunner over UNC in '07), tallying 57 goals in the underrated CAA

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64WashingtonChristen KarniskiDIllinoisPlayed left back for the Illini and was very good at getting forward...Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of Year in '05...and, you guessed it, a Freedom W-League alum

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65St. LouisLydia VandenberghM/FClemsonHad nine assists in 80 appearances from Tigers from '02-'05...W-League playing experience with Asheville and Charlotte...also a volunteer assist with Florida State

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66LA SolLisa SariMPortlandHad ten goals and 15 assists in 90 starts for Pilots from '03-'06...assistant coach at Portland

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67Sky Blue FCFanta CooperDUW-MilwaukeePlayed for Sky Blue at W-League level as well...WUSA vet

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68FC Gold PrideStacie AlbericoMSan Jose StateExtensive WPSL experience

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69Boston (from CHI)Stacy Bishop MFloridaAnother player I really like...has a great outside shot and is a threat on free kicks

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70BostonJaimel JohnsonGKTennesseeFar from Ms. Irrelevant, Johnson is tremendously athletic....20 shutouts for the Lady Vols

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