San Diego Parceiro Ladies center back Samantha Staab is one of the top-rated prospects entering the 2019 NWSL Draft on Thursday. [San Diego Parceiro Ladies]
CHICAGO– The 2019 National Women’s Soccer League Draft will have a strong Women’s Premier Soccer League influence with 90 WPSL players representing 44 clubs eligible for selection Thursday.
FC Tucson Women, Motor City FC (Detroit) and Chicago Red Star Reserves lead the WPSL with each having five players eligible for selection. The NWSL’s Red Stars have six draft selections entering Thursday, including the first overall pick.
The WPSL has 24 of the top 40 rated prospects in the draft, per Top Drawer Soccer’s pre-draft rankings.
“We as a league work to give players the best opportunity to develop their skills in a competitive environment,” WPSL President Sean Jones said. “With the hard work and dedication at our clubs and their respective universities, the numerous young women who entered the 2019 draft now have an opportunity to showcase their leadership and abilities at the professional level.
“We are extremely proud of our players and look forward to seeing many familiar faces succeed in the NWSL for years to come.”
MVLA Wolves (Mountain View, California) has two of Top Drawer’s top three rated WPSL prospects with left back Tegan McGrady (No. 3 overall) and attacking midfielder Jordan DiBiasi (No. 6 overall). Both were teammates at Stanford University.
Cleveland Ambassador central midfielder Emily Ogle (No. 5 overall), Kansas City Athletics midfielder CeCe Kizer (No. 7 overall), SoCal FC center back Ally Prisock (No. 8 overall), LA Villa FC forward Leah Pruitt (No. 9 overall) and San Diego Parceiro Ladies center back Samantha Staab (No. 11 overall) are all potential first round selections Thursday.
FC Dallas joins MLVA with multiple prospects ranked in the top 40 with midfielder Kaycie Tillman (No. 14 overall) and center midfielder Julie James (No. 31 overall). Tillman also won the 2018 NCAA College Cup with Florida State this past fall.
The NWSL Draft begins at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. It is taking place at the annual United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago. If attending the convention, please stop by and visit with members of the WPSL staff at booth #1059.
The WPSL is in its 22nd season and is the largest women’s soccer league in the world with more than 100 clubs from coast-to-coast. WPSL rosters feature elite collegiate, post-collegiate, international and standout prep student-athletes. Many of the United States’ most accomplished women’s players have played in the WPSL, including household names such as Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain.