NWSL draft: Trinity Rodman selected No. 2, UNC's Emily Fox taken first
14 January, 2021, 20:03
Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the US national team for ESPN FC.
Trinity Rodman, a rising star on USA soccer youth national teams, was selected second overall by the Washington Spirit in Wednesday's National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) draft.
U.S. U20 forward Rodman is the daughter of former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman.
Expansion Racing Louisville FC took Fox, a defender-midfielder from the University of North Carolina, to open the virtual draft. Now, 18-year-old who was a finalist for U.S. Soccer's Young Female Player of the Year, will play for the Washington Spirit.
Fox is taking part January training camp with the USA women's national team in Florida. "I know [Louisville manager Christy Holly] from the past, when he was on the national team as an assistant".
In between, she enrolled at Washington State University and was scheduled to play for their college team, the Cougars, over the autumn season.
Rodman said upon being drafted she wants to carve out her own legacy and be known as someone other than "Dennis Rodman's daughter". "But I'm excited to be known as Trinity Rodman and not just as Rodman's daughter". "D.C. has just got an awesome program, awesome team". I've talked to him a couple times.
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"[Dennis] was an awesome athlete, and I got those genes from him", she said. "I'm excited to pave my own path and get better throughout this journey".
Sky Blue FC took North Carolina midfielder Brianna Pinto third before trading the fourth pick to Kansas City for $175,000 U.S. in allocation money.
She made a decision to get a jump-start on her pro career. Kansas City, formerly the Utah Royals, then selected Stanford defender-midfielder Kiara (Kiki) Pickett.
Midfielder Emina Ekic went to her hometown team, Racing Louisville, with the fifth selection.
As part of the trade with Chicago, the Red Stars got the Thorns' No. 7 and No. 32 overall picks in the draft, along with an global slot in 2021.
The Portland Thorns got busy early in the NWSL draft Wednesday, trading up one spot from No. 7 to No. 6 to select TCU midfielder Yazmeen Ryan.