January 20, 2010 > Gold Pride at the WPS 2010 Draft
Gold Pride at the WPS 2010 Draft
Stanford's O'Hara and Riley stay in the Bay Area
Courtesy of FC Gold Pride
The 2010 Women's Professional Soccer Draft took place today at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. The second ever WPS Draft was held in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's annual convention.
It took nearly five hours to complete the seven-round, nine-team draft. There were 65 new players added to the rosters of the nine WPS teams. FC Gold Pride, Bay Area franchise of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) added eight new players including the nation's top goal scorer and recently named MAC Hermann Trophy winner, Kelley O'Hara. O'Hara was selected by the Pride as the team's top first round selection (third overall).
"I'm very pleased with the way things turned out today," said FC Gold Pride Coach Albertin Montoya. "I think we are much deeper in every position than I anticipated; I thought there were going to be some key players gone by about the third or fourth round that we were able to acquire and we also picked up some local talent in the later rounds.
"We look forward to bringing them into camp to see who earns a spot," Montoya added. "I think the fans are going to be excited with this year's team."
The Pride selected another Bay Area local with the team's second, first round draft pick, 2008 Olympian (New Zealand), 2009 All-American and Stanford standout Ali Riley (10th overall).
Following Riley, the Pride added six more outstanding college seniors from the highly touted draft class. Along with O'Hara and Riley, three more All-Americans were added to the Bay Area's roster including Florida State's Becky Edwards, Wake Forest's Kaley Fountain and Ohio State Buckeye Ashley Bowyer.
The draft festivities included a Commissioner's Welcome from WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci and appearances from NSCAA President Randy Waldrum, NSCAA Executive Director Joe Cummings and Los Angeles Sol goalkeeper and WPS All-Star Karina LeBlanc. Draft day began with a panel of coaches including Boston Breakers Head Coach Tony DiCicco and North Carolina Head Coach Anson Dorrance the discussion focused on the growth of the global professional women's game.
FC Gold Pride 2010 Draftees:
Kelley O'Hara (Stanford University) F: First Round / 3rd Overall
Ali Riley (Stanford University) D: First Round / 10th Overall
Becky Edwards (Florida State) D/M: Second Round / 12th Overall
Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest) F: Second Round / 20th Overall
Erin Guthrie (Rutgers) GK: Fourth Round / 32nd Overall
Ashley Bowyer (Ohio State) M/D: Fifth Round / 41st Overall
Elizabeth Harkin (Arizona State University) D: Sixth Round / 50th Overall
Lauren Wilmoth (UCLA) D: Seventh Round / 59th Overall