A look back at past Boston Breakers drafts

(Jan. 15, 2015) - The 2015 National Women’s Soccer League takes place Friday, Jan. 16, at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia. The Breakers hold the No. 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 29, and 33 picks. Here is a look at past drafts, going all the way back to WUSA. Former Breakers players reflect on their draft days.

(Jan. 15, 2015)The 2015 National Women’s Soccer League takes place Friday, Jan. 16, at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia. The Breakers hold the No. 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 29, and 33 picks. Here is a look at past drafts, going all the way back to WUSA. Former Breakers players reflect on their draft days.

"It was an exciting day. I was definitely nervous and anxious waiting to find out where I was going, but after I knew it was Boston, I was really happy," said Breakers keeper and 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year Alyssa Naeher, who was selected in the first round (No. 11 overall) in the 2010 WPS Draft. "Leslie Osborne was there, and so was Lauren Cheney, who was drafted ahead of me, so it was great to be able to meet a couple new teammates right away. It was awesome to be able to be there and a part of the process.”

One year prior, Texas defender Kasey Moore heard her name called when the Breakers selected her in the third round.

"I was pretty excited and nervous for draft day because I was really looking forward to see if I was going to get drafted, and if so, where I would be going. I had my two closest friends come over to my apartment to watch the draft live on Twitter," Moore said. "We had hooked my laptop up to my television so we could see it on a larger screen and we were just sitting on my couch clicking refresh what seemed like every three seconds waiting to see if my name would pop up on Twitter. I actually found out about two minutes before it was announced because my old teammate (Amy Rodriguez) from club - Laguna Hills Eclipse - texted me and asked me if Boston were to draft me, would I be OK playing there. She had already been drafted by Boston and was at the draft with the coaches. I responded with something along the lines of I will play wherever I get drafted. So I actually found out before it was actually announced that I would be going to Boston.”

Casey Brown was selected in the 2010 WPS Draft. She currently coaches the Breakers U-15 ECNL team. A 2009 NSCAA All-American and three-time America East defender out of Boston University, Brown looks back on her draft day.

"I was fortunate enough to be at the NSCAA Convention for the All-American luncheon, so I actually attended the draft. The whole experience was surreal," she said. "Then to hear your name be called as you sit there, and by Boston, it was a dream come true, an experience I will never forget. One thing that made it really special was that my coach, friend, and mentor Nancy Feldman was there when the Breakers put their scarf around me as their draftee."

When former Breakers captain Leslie Osborne was a senior at Santa Clara, the WUSA had folded. However, her dream of playing professionally didn't end. A midfielder on the U.S. Women's National Team, Osborne was later allocated to FC Gold Pride in 2009, the first year of WPS. She was signed as a free agent by the Breakers following the 2009 WPS season.

"I was lucky enough to be on the USWNT, and in with them, so it was a blessing in disguise. I got allocated in the to FC Gold Pride along with Nicole Barnhart and Rachel Buehler," Osborne said. "I was doing rehab up in San Francisco when it was finalized. I had been in discussions with the owners and coaches prior, so I knew it was coming, but it was still the best feeling ever. To come back to Santa Clara and play at Buck Shaw was truly a dream come true. More importantly, to get allocated as a USWNT player and be a captain on a new pro team in a new league meant so much to me. So very thankful.”

Kim (Stiles) Calkins was part of the first-ever professional women's soccer draft. A defender out of Portland, Calkins was selected in the ninth round by the Breakers in the 2000 WUSA Draft. 

"As a young woman facing the first opportunity to play a sport professionally in the first-ever women's professional league, I really did not know a lot about drafts and playing sports professionally. Outside of the marquee players assigned to each club, most of us did not have any agents working and negotiating on our behalf," she said. "I remember when were headed to the player combine, we had to fill out a form listing out our soccer accomplishments. I operated under the fact that I had to play well at the combine. If I played well, then someone would want to draft me. I'm not sure if that was such a smart idea - nor if the scouts were amused by my sarcasm - but I landed in Boston."

On draft day, Calkins said she was sitting in a theater-room setting, waiting to hear if her name would be called. 

"Having only been called in for only two full U.S. Women's National Team camps, I never made the squad to compete at any major world soccer event other than the U20s. The draft was my first exposure to some of the names of top players from around the world," she said. "I looked forward to the opportunity to play with and against these players and the league did not disappoint. Maren Meinert, Bettina Wiegmann, Dagny Mellgren, Sawa, Katia were just some of those players whom I will never forget. I also remember thinking on draft day how there was probably nobody who knew the first-ever draft was actually happening, minus a few family members and soccer enthusiasts. Regardless, it did not lessen the excitement, but it inspired the drive I had in learning that I would have the opportunity. I will never forget how my college coach at the University of Portland, Clive Charles, would tell us during our college years that it was his goal to see a women's professional league start in time for us to play. I thought a lot about him on draft day and was thankful for his dedication to the sport. Although I knew what was happening was making history for women's sports that day, I also knew that the time was right and the players were there and Boston filled the stands for an unforgettable year of soccer and fans. I will forever be a Boston fan and feel connected to the Breakers family. It was an experience I will never forget.”

 

BOSTON BREAKERS DRAFT HISTORY

2014 NWSL College Draft

Round 1

No. 8 Nkem Ezurike Forward Michigan

Round 2

No. 13 Natasha Anasi Defender Duke

Round 3

No. 21 Jazmine Reeves Forward Virginia Tech

No. 23 Mollie Pathman Duke Midfielder

Round 4

No. 32 Jami Kranich GK Villanova

No. 34 Kim DeCesare Midfielder Duke

 

2013 NWSL College Draft

Round 1

No. 5 Casey Short Defender Florida State

Round 2

No. 13 Mariah Noguiera Midfielder Stanford

Round 3

No. 21 Jo Dragotta Midfielder Florida

Round 4

No. 29 Maddy Evans Midfielder Penn State

 

2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft

Round 1

No. 3 Joanna Lohman Midfielder Penn State

Round 2

No. 11 Katie Schoepfer Midfielder Penn State

Round 3

No. 19

Bianca D’Agostino Midfielder Wake Forest

Round 4

No. 27

Jasmyne Spencer Forward Maryland

Round 5

No. 35 Lauren Alkek Defender Oklahoma

Round 5

No. 43 Jessica Luscinski Forward Boston University

 

2012 WPS Draft

Round 1

No. 3 Stephanie Ochs Forward San Diego

Round 2

No. 11 Courtney Jones Forward UNC

Round 3

No. 16 Melinda Mercado Defender Oklahoma

Round 4

No. 20 Jessica Luscinski Forward Boston University

 

2011 WPS Draft

Round 1

No. 6 Keelin Winters Midfielder Portland

Round 2

No. 12 Whitney Palmer Forward Oklahoma

Round 3

No. 19 Katherine Sheeleigh Forward Harvard

Round 4

No. 24 Tanya Taylor Forward UC Irvine

 

2010 WPS Draft

Round 1

No 2 Lauren Cheney Midfielder UCLA

No. 11 Alyssa Naeher GK Penn State

Round 2

No. 16 Jordan Angeli Midfielder Santa Clara

Round 4

No. 34 Katherine Reynolds Defender Santa Clara

Round 5

No. 43 Cynthia Morote-Ariza Forward Loyola

Round 6

No. 52 Carly Peetz Defender Nebraska

No. 56 Gina DiMartino Midfielder Boston College

Round 7

No. 61 Casey Brown Defender Boston University

No. 65 Taryn Hemmings Defender Denver

 

2010 WPS Dispersal Draft

Round 1

No. 5 Stephanie Cox Portland

Round 2

Michelle Enyeart Forward Portland

 

2009 WPS Draft

Round 1

No. 1 Amy Rodriguez Forward USC

Round 3

No. 15 Kasey Moore Defender Texas

Round 5

No. 29 Jennifer Nobis Forward Missouri

Round 6

No. 41 Kelly Schmedes Forward Texas

No. 42 Ariel Harris Defender UNC

Round 7

No. 43 Lindsay Vera Forward North Carolina State

Round 8

No. 56 Ashley Nick Midfielder USC

Round 9

No. 57 Allison Martino Midfielder Texas A&M

Round 10

No. 69 Stacy Bishop Midfielder Florida

Round 10

No. 70 Jaimel Johnson GK Tennessee

 

2008 WPS International Draft

Round 1

No. 2 Kelly Smith Forward England

Round 2

No. 9 Fabiana Midfielder Brazil

Round 3

No. 16 Maycon Midfielder Brazil

Round 4

No. 23 Shinobu Ohno Forward Japan

 

2008 WPS Draft

Round 1

No. 4 Amy LePeilbet Defender Arizona State

Round 2

No. 11 Nancy Augustyniak Goffi Defender Clemson

Round 3

No. 18 Sue Weber Defender Hofstra

Round 4

No. 25 Kristin Luckenbill GK Dartmouth

 

2003 WUSA Draft

Round 1

No. 3 Dewyn Hawkins Midfielder Santa Clara

Round 2

No. 11 Marcia Walls Forward Stanford

Round 3

No. 19 Kelly Worden Defender Virginia

Round 4

No. 27 Sarah Popper Midfielder University of Connecticut

 

2002 WUSA Draft

Round 1

No. 3 Jena Kluegel Midfielder UNC

Round 2

No. 11 Monica Gonzalez Forward Notre Dame

Round 3

No. 19 Alexa Borisjuk Midfielder University of Connecticut

Round 4

No. 27 Kristin Slater GK Arizona State

 

2000 WUSA Draft

Round 1

No. 5 overall Dagny Mellgren Midfielder Norway

Round 2

No. 12 Keri Sanchez Raygor Defender UNC

Round 3

No. 21 Karina LeBlanc GK Nebraska

Round 4

No. 28 Heather Aldama Defender Santa Clara

Round 5

No. 37 Robin Confer Forward UNC

Round 6

No. 44 Elie Foster Midfielder Stanford

Round 7

No. 52 Sarah Powell Defender Boston College

Round 8

No. 60 Allie Kemp Forward University of California Berkley

Round 9

No. 69 Kim Stiles Defender Portland

Round 10

No. 76 Ally Wagner Forward Wisconsin

Round 11

No. 85 Sherice Bartling Forward San Diego

Round 12

No. 92 Angela Hucles Midfielder Virginia

Round 13

No. 101 Lindsay Eddleman Forward Nebraska

Round 14

No. 108 Lindsay Massengale Defender Clemson

Round 15

No. 117 Jennifer Tissue Midfielder Whitworth University

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