Sinead Farrelly Is Expected To Be A Top 3 Pick In Friday's WPS Draft
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11:45 AM – Jenna is reporting that the Beat have traded Johanna Rasmussen to the Artist Formerly Known As The Washington Freedom for…we’re still working on that right now. Hopefully for my sanity as a weary Beat fan, for more than a bag of soccer balls.
1:01 PM – The hour has come…or not apparently as the webcast hasn’t started on time.
1:17 PM – We’re still in a holding pattern because of webcast technical difficulties. You could start a “WPS, This Is Your Life” joke right about now.
1 – WNY – Alex Morgan – F – Cal
Look up ‘complete forward’ in the dictionary and you might find a picture of Morgan. She’s not bursting with power like Wambach or Sinclair but can hold her own in the wars and possesses a nice degree of speed and change of pace. She’s already shown an ability to score at the international level and has shown a flair for the dramatic with her goal against Italy and who can forget that wild hat track for Cal against USC? You hesitate to call anyone can’t miss, but Morgan’s as close as it gets, and the partnership up front with Christine Sinclair will be explosive.
2 – PHI – Sinead Farrelly – M – Virginia
Hardly an upset as time had passed on as the word was Philly were seriously looking at Farrelly to boost the midfield. After the rumors that Del Rio and Boquete were to be signed, this pick became almost inevitable as Philly had enough depth up front. Farrelly is a rampaging midfielder who can get among the goals as well as dish them out. Also has the ability to belt them from long range. Should step in immediately as a starter.
3 – WAS – Meghan Klingenberg – M/D – North Carolina
This pick was a part of the trade that brought Rasmussen to Washington. You figured that Klingenberg was going to be a hot commodity in this draft, especially after her recent recall to the full national team. I figured Washington may have wanted to trade up for her, and they clearly were fearing someone jumping up and taking Klingenberg ahead of them. Klingenberg is a bit undersized but will not stop running and could be used either as a left midfielder or as a left-back as she was in the U20 World Cup of 2008.
4 – WAS – Christen Press – F – Stanford
Wow. The Artist Formerly Known As The Washington Freedom may have a team. This is an absolutely perfect situation for Press as she won’t be counted on as being the prime source of goals. I think Press would be best as a player playing off a bigger forward and Press combining with Wambach could reinvigorate a Freedom offense that looked short of ideas last season.
5 – PHI – Lauren Fowlkes – D/M – Notre Dame
Speaking of great picks, how jazzed are Philly to get Fowlkes at the five spot? Tremendously versatile, Fowlkes can step in at center-back, defensive midfielder, or as a target forward. I think she’ll be first used in the center of defense but could switch around as needed. This is a great value as I had Fowlkes second on my big board.
6 – BOS – Keelin Winters – M/D – Portland
She’ll never beat a stopwatch, but Winters is like a metronome in midfield, winning the ball and distributing it. DiCicco loves Winters after the U20 World Cup experience and while the Breakers may have pressing needs at full-back, I think they were afraid Winters wasn’t going to be there for their next pick. She also has been being experimented with at full-back in recent U23 camps, although I don’t see her filling that role in the WPS. Also a great leader.
7 – ATL – Kylie Wright – M – UCLA
Shock upon shocks, it’s a big time reach. Wright is a strong, solid midfielder, but she’s not going to be able to turn a team around by herself. Atlanta really needed someone to balance out the midfield with Carli Lloyd’s non-existent offense. But Wright could’ve been around in the second round also, which makes this pick a not very good one for value.
8 – WNY – Elli Reed – D/M – Portland
A wonderful pick at this spot. Reed’s a bombs away full-back/winger who could step in immediately at full-back or make the transition to midfield wide player if the need arose. She also has experience on that U20 World Cup winning team that has produced so many of the players being taken highly in this draft. WNY coach Aaron Lines may have indicated that he was looking primarily at offense, but Reed was just too good a value to pass up at this spot, and going forward, Reed could help keep the Flash offense ticking over.
9 – PHI – Jen Stoltenberg – F/D – Oregon
I’m speechless. I had a free agent grade on Stoltenberg. She produced but was on some awful, awful Oregon teams. I don’t know if Philly plans to use her as a forward or a defender, but I’d think the latter was more likely with the glut of forwards on the team. With the talent available though, I just don’t understand this pick.
10 – WSH – Omolyn Davis – M/F – George Mason
Wow. WOW. I really, really liked Davis going into this draft as a sleeper, but I didn’t think she’d go this high. She’s a Jamaican international, so she may take up an international slot, but the Freedom know her from their W-League team where she starred. She’s built like a tank with great power and pace and can crush players one-on-one. She played on some pretty tame George Mason squads so she didn’t get a lot of pub, but I think this pick could end up looking like a stroke of genius later on.
11 – PHI – Caitlin Farrell – D – FC Twente (Wake Forest)
One of the quirks of the WPS Draft. Farrell’s already been drafted last year but didn’t make the cut. Farrell has already graduated from Wake a little bit ago but played abroad for FC Twente this past season. I just don’t know if they couldn’t have taken her as a free agent though, especially with players like Barnes and Da Costa still on the board.
12 – BOS – Whitney Palmer – F – Oklahoma
Pace to burn and could be a force out wide. She probably was hurt a little by being on so many weak Oklahoma teams, but they did come back around this season which probably thrust her into the limelight at just the right time. She could be a great wild card off the bench for the Breakers.
13 – WNY – Rose Augustin – M/F – Notre Dame
Augustin had a breakout season in 2010 in helping the Irish to the national team. I’m not sure if she’s an attacking midfielder or a forward at the next level, but she’s two footed and can absolutely drill a ball from range. Not the quickest but still can be a contributor.
14 – ATL – Meghan Lenczyk – F – Virginia
It certainly makes sense from a need standpoint, but I question the logic in trading Rasmussen and presumably Press to Washington to take Lenczyk. She’s a big forward with upside, but she also has a tendency to disappear from matches at inopportune moments. Then again, when she gets on a hot streak, she’s nearly unplayable.
15 – PHI – Lauren Barnes – D – UCLA
May not necessarily be a need after drafting Fowlkes, but this is a crazy value at this spot. Barnes has inexplicably slipped down to this spot, and Riley said before that he was looking at Fowlkes OR Barnes in the first round with their second pick in the first round. To get her in the third round? Highway robbery. Barnes can play across the back line and should be a good utility defender for Philly.
16 – SBFC – Alyssa Mautz – M/F – Texas A&M
And finally Sky Blue gets a chance to pick. Mautz is another player from DiCicco’s U20 reign but never really turned into a world beater at A&M. She’s probably a bit of a tweener in the pros between midfielder and forward. Can hit a ball from range. Aggies don’t have a real good history of turning out pros recently though.
17 – WSH – Amanda DaCosta – M – Florida State
Insane value. DaCosta had a first round grade in my book and was the unsung hero in midfield on these past great Florida State teams. Probably not an out-and-out attacking midfielder but can do a little bit of everything in midfield. Very odd to see her drop so far after Kassouf reported about a lot of interest in her yesterday. Not the biggest in the center of midfield but plays above her size. Great pick.
18 – PHI – Bianca D’Agostino – M – Wake Forest
Not a big fan. D’Agostino just seems like a player that has plateaued at the college level and won’t get much better. And given the massive size of Philly’s roster and some of the players taken, she faces an uphill battle to make the roster.
19 – BOS – Katherine Sheeleigh – F – Harvard
Sheeleigh was a star at the Ivy League level for Harvard, and being from the area, DiCicco obviously has a decent idea of who he’s drafting. The forward crop past the first few players is pretty even, so this pick may not seem to be as much of a reach as it would seem on paper.
20 – WNY – Ashleigh Bowers – GK – Niagara
Huh? Bowers has got a shot, but why spend a draft pick on a player that you could’ve signed as an undrafted free agent after the draft?
21 – SBFC – Lauren Alkek – D – Oklahoma
Another “huh?” pick. Alkek didn’t even make my initial Big Board early in the process. She could’ve been had in free agency. Why not take Tsao, Dickerson, Jesolva, etc.?
22 – WSH – Katie Fraine – GK – Florida
No really, Dean Linke, Katie Fraine is not a good one. Fraine’s developmental curve essentially stopped as a redshirt freshman with Florida, and she’s still guilty of awful, awful errors in goal, such as when she dropped a Vanderbilt shot over the line in this year’s SEC Tournament. Subpar concentration can be overlooked when you’re playing the likes of Arkansas or Mississippi State but will be punished harshly at the professional level.
23 – PHI – Teresa Rynier – M – James Madison
Rynier’s a midfield battler who was a big part of some pretty successful James Madison teams over the past few seasons. Considering she’s local, it’s a pick that makes a lot of sense for Philly, even though she faces an uphill battle to work her way on a bloated roster.
24 – BOS – Tanya Taylor – F – UC Irvine
Taylor’s a bit of a late bloomer who didn’t show much her first three years at Irvine but then promptly exploded as did her team in 2010. Now the challenge becomes keeping that form up without CoCo Goodson beside her eating up space. Nice size and speed.
Be sure to check in later over the next few days as we wrap up the draft and give out draft grades for each team!