USL News Release
Thursday, February 4, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Women’s Professional Soccer held its dispersal draft Thursday for players’ rights previously held by the Los Angeles Sol, whose operations were discontinued last Thursday, January 28. Numerous former W-League players were among the players who were distributed amongst the league’s other clubs, including four of the first six selections.
Saint Louis Athletica, which traded several players to the Atlanta Beat to gain the first pick in the dispersal draft used its selection to draft WPS All-Star and former Boston Renegade Shannon Boxx, the Sol’s captain and one of the world’s best holding midfielders. With the second selection, the Philadelphia Independence then selected former W-League Goalkeeper of the Year for the New Jersey Wildcats Karina LeBlanc, who led the league in shutouts in 2009 with 12 clean sheets.
The San Francisco Bay Area team, FC Gold Pride, then selected Marta, WPS’s Michelle Akers Player of the Year last year, with the third pick. Marta was a 2009 WPS All-Star, led the league with 10 goals and was voted FIFA World Player of the Year in December for a record fourth time.
Other first round selections in the dispersal draft included two first round selections from the 2010 WPS Draft (college draft) with North Carolina’s Casey Nogueira (Cary Clarets) and Nikki Washington (Pali Blues) going to the Chicago Red Stars and Sky Blue FC, respectively.
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Round 1 (Most recent W-League team)
1. Shannon Boxx, M – Saint Louis Athletica * (Boston 1999)
2. Karina LeBlanc, GK – Philadelphia Independence (New Jersey 2005-06)
3. Marta, F – FC Gold Pride
4. Casey Nogueira, F – Chicago Red Stars (Cary Lady Clarets 2009)
5. Stephanie Cox, D – Boston Breakers
6. Nikki Washington, M – Sky Blue FC (Pali Blues 2009)
7. Brittany Bock, D – Washington Freedom
8. Aya Miyama, M – Saint Louis Athletica
9. Manya Makoski, M – Atlanta Beat (New Jersey 2006)
10. Faith Ikidi, D/F – Washington Freedom
11. Kiersten Dallstream, F – Sky Blue FC
12. Michelle Enyeart, F – Boston Breakers
13. Kiki Bosio, F – FC Gold Pride ^
14. Tina DiMartino, M – Saint Louis Athletica #
15. Estelle Johnson, D – Philadelphia Independence (Colorado 2006, 08-09)
16. Pavlina Scasna, F – Atlanta Beat
17. Pass – Atlanta Beat
18. Pass – Philadelphia Independence
19. Lindsay Browne, F – FC Gold Pride (San Diego 2006)
20. Pass – Chicago Red Stars
21. Pass – Boston Breakers
22. Pass – Sky Blue FC (NJ/NY)
23. Pass – Washington Freedom
24. Catherine Sorenson, M – Saint Louis Athletica