Mock Draft of USWNT Players

Discussion in 'NWSL' started by Meinert6, May 23, 2008.

  1. Meinert6

    Meinert6 New Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    We've heard the allocation of USWNT players could be happening before the Olympics in August, so I figured it was time to begin speculating. Though it will likely be more of an allocation than a draft, let's just play along for now...

    I'm going forward with the seven known teams and 3 players per team (I don't believe we know the number yet, so I'm just using the number of allocations WUSA teams had). Let's say the teams would draft in alphabetical order in the first round, and then the order would reverse for each subsequent round. So, the draft order would look like this:

    1) Boston
    2) Chicago
    3) Dallas
    4) LA
    5) New Jersey
    6) St. Louis
    7) Washington

    8) Washington
    9) St. Louis
    10) New Jersey
    11) LA
    12) Dallas
    13) Chicago
    14) Boston

    15) Boston
    16) Chicago
    17) Dallas
    18) LA
    19) New Jersey
    20) St. Louis
    21) Washington

    You can do all 3 rounds if you want, or just the first round or two. You can take players' hometowns into consideration if you want, or not. It's up to you. What would your mock draft look like?
  2. Meinert6

    Meinert6 New Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    I'll take a stab at it...

    1) Boston - Abby Wambach
    2) Chicago - Lindsay Tarpley
    3) Dallas - Hope Solo
    4) LA - Natasha Kai
    5) New Jersey - Heather O'Reilly
    6) St. Louis - Lori Chalupny
    7) Washington - Carli Lloyd

    8) Washington - Cat Whitehill
    9) St. Louis - Heather Mitts
    10) New Jersey - Christie Rampone
    11) LA - Shannon Boxx
    12) Dallas - Kate Markgraf
    13) Chicago - Nicole Barnhart
    14) Boston - Stephanie Cox

    15) Boston - Angela Hucles
    16) Chicago - Leslie Osborne
    17) Dallas - Ali Krieger
    18) LA - Amy Rodriguez
    19) New Jersey - Rachel Buehler
    20) St. Louis - Angie Woznuk
    21) Washington - Briana Scurry

    I wasn't really sure who to include in the 21. Aly Wagner's inclusion in the Peace Queen Cup camp roster makes me wonder if she should be among the allocated players. Also, I'm not exactly sure about the young players and who will still be in college (which is why I left off players like Cheney and Heath). Considering the number of opportunities I've had to see some of the younger players in action this year, the third round is almost a complete guess.
  3. tarheelfan490

    tarheelfan490 New Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    arlington, va
    brilliant thread, this will make for some fun debate while we twiddle our thumbs waiting for more news. there's so much to think about: do you go for most talented overall or most talented at the most important position, and what position is the most important? do you go for youth or experience? do you use national team performance as your barometer or college/wusa? how much does local talent play into your decision? all very interesting things to consider.

    boston: lori chalupny
    chicago: lindsay tarpley
    dallas: abby wambach
    los angeles: hope solo
    new jersey: heather o'reilly
    st. louis: carli lloyd
    washington: natasha kai

    -in the first round, for the most part, i went for offense as my default strength. still, i feel like solo has to go in the first round because i feel like there's enough separation between her and the rest of the goalkeeper group that she warrants an early pick (for the purpose of this discussion, i feel like briana scurry's age is a significant drawback; i'm not trying to get into the solo vs scurry tomfoolery, etc). as for my number one pick, i've seen lori play a lot of games and there is little doubt that she'd be the first player i'd want on my team. she's versatile, capable of playing defense, holding mid or attacking mid, she's a workhorse and she leads by example. if i were going to build a team around someone i don't think there's anyone else i'd go with. of course you could pick wambach, and i imagine a lot of people will, but i feel like she doesn't bring you as much overall as lori does. as for the rest, they're all young and talented and have proven they can put the ball in the back of the net (which, keep in mind, also puts butts in the seats...i think this first season i might rather have a pretty good team that scores a lot of goals than a championship winning team that wins 1-0 every night).

    washington: shannon boxx
    st. louis: cat whitehill
    new jersey: stephanie cox
    los angeles: amy rodriguez
    dallas: heather mitts
    chicago: nicole barnhart
    boston: leslie osborne

    - in the second round i'd focus on finding a center piece for my defense (except for LA, which would have to find a striker to make up for taking a keeper in the first round). i think shannon boxx would be a great anchor for your team and a strong leader, even though she'll be 32 by the first game. i think barnhart goes before scurry again for the age difference.

    boston: kate markgraf
    chicago: christie rampone
    dallas: kacey white
    los angeles: angela hucles
    new jersey: india trotter
    st. louis: aly wagner
    washington: rachel buehler

    - like meinert, i'd say the third round is more of a crap shoot. markgraf and rampone are great players and leaders and would be a great foundation for a young team, but how much longer are they going to play? white and trotter played well in college, can they translate that to the wps? is wagner going to keep getting hit with nickel and dime injuries or will she return to the form she had an increasingly long time ago? i also do these picks based on the assumption that you can only choose from the national team pools of this year. if you can choose anyone, someone like yael averbuch might make the list... also, i found it hard to remember that while some of these players might turn my hair grey if they were in the wnt's starting XI, when the players are spread out they are still some of the best in the country. but anyway, tha'ts my list
  4. Meinert6

    Meinert6 New Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    I completely agree about Chalupny. If I had to pick one player to build my team around, it would be her. Versatile, incredibly skilled, experienced enough to lead a team and young enough to be around for a while.
  5. RUfan

    RUfan Member

    Dec 11, 2004
    Sky Blue FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Major League Lacrosse draft showing on ESPN U now
    Can't wait to see the WPS draft on TV!
  6. tarheelfan490

    tarheelfan490 New Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    arlington, va
    man, i thought this thread would be bumpin. why won't anyone else play along?
  7. defensewins

    defensewins Member

    Nov 15, 1999
    Chalupny is a local STL gal and she will play here. She had quite a contingency when the post cup tour played in STL. It would be a mistake to put here elsewhere, especially when considering there are not many players from the midwest.
  8. Andy Crossley

    Andy Crossley Member

    Oct 23, 2007

    I have no idea how accurate your mock draft/allocation rules will be compared to the real thing, but thank you for giving us the #1 pick...for fantasy purposes, at least.

  9. Meinert6

    Meinert6 New Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    I was considering letting Chalupny and Tarpley mysteriously slip to #14 and 15, but I thought that might be taking things a little too far.
  10. MRAD12

    MRAD12 Member+

    Jun 10, 2004
    Chicago Fire
    OK, I'll play.
    In alphabetical order, IMO:

    1st Round

    Boston: Christine Lilly (nastalgia)
    Chicago: Heather Mitts (only because that's what I want)
    Dallas: Kacey White (from texas)
    LA: Shannon Boxx (in her back yard)
    NJ: HAO (isn't she from around there?)
    St. Louis: Lori Chalupny (hometown girl)
    Washington: Abby Wambach (she's back at her old club)

    2nd Round - Goalies

    Boston: Brianna Scurry (her and Lilly are such good friends)
    Chicago: Kristin Luckenbill (doing well with part owners FCI)
    Dallas: Nicole Barnhardt (just seems like a good fit)
    LA: Hope Solo (she belongs close to a beach. Too bad it it's not Miami so
    that she can be close to her greatest admirer, htide )
    NJ: Val Henderson (time to get out of CA and head for the East Coast)
    St. Louis: Ashlyn Harris (leaves UNC early to pursue pro career)
    Washington: Siri Mullinix (making a comeback)

    Later rounds - Making a comeback

    Boston: Lori Fair (can't have a new league without her)
    Chicago: Debbie Keller (finally plays pro in her home town. Still not too old)
    Dallas: Kylie Bivens (had a bright future at one time)
    LA: Brandi Chastain (just won't give up untill she's around 85 or so)
    NJ: Tiffeny Milbrett (comes back to NY/NJ area)
    St. Louis: Nancy Augustiniak (I just like when she played at Clemson)
    Washington: Mia Hamm ( we need you back so desperately! if only for the dwindling fans in womens soccer. We long for the days of high pitched voices screeming Meeeeeaaaaaahhhhhh!!!!)

    Foreign draft picks

    Boston: Birgit Prinz (Germany) (the best German)
    Chicago: Kelly smith (England) ( English coach, must have English player)
    Dallas: Rubi Sandoval (Mexico) (IMO, best mexican player)
    LA: Marta (Brazil) (if Becham had to come to LA than why not Marta?)
    NJ: Rosana (Brazil) (can't have just one Brazilian)
    St. Louis: Steffi Jones (Germany) (tough as nails)
    Washington: Anne Mackinen (Finland) (because she was so good at ND)

    Other Notables:

    Boston: Cat Whitehill, Kate Margraff, Natasha Kai, India Trotter
    Chicago: Charmaine Hooper, Jenn Grubb, Amy Lepielbet, Lindsey Tarpley
    Dallas: Mary-Francis Monroe, Kerri Hanks, Keeley Dowling, Joanna Lohman
    LA: Aly Wagner, Jacqui Little, Leslie Osborne, Amy Rodriguez
    NJ: Christie Rampone, Christie Welsh, Tina Dimartino, Stephanie Cox
    St. Louis: Lindsey Stoecker, Jessica Maxwell, Carli Loyd, Angie Woznuk
    Washington: Lori Lindsey, Becky Sauerbrunn, Angela Hucles, Kele Golebiowski

    Just having fun. No rhyme or reason.
  11. kcguru

    kcguru Member

    Jun 16, 2007
    Alright, since I have the day off, actually, the whole weekend as well, I'll throw my hat in the draft ring here and take a stab at it as well. I might even do a couple mock drafts just because I'm bored and I have nothing else to do. My first one though is going to be based on where I think the players have expressed interest in going, which, no doubt, will play a factor. Maybe not a big one but I think it will play into things.

    1) Boston -Abby Wambach
    2) Chicago - Lindsay Tarpley
    3) Dallas - Hope Solo
    4) LA -Natasha Kai
    5) New Jersey - Carli Lloyd
    6) St. Louis - Lori Chalupny
    7) Washington - Heather O'Reilly

    8) Washington - Shannon Boxx
    9) St. Louis - Cat Whitehill
    10) New Jersey - Christie Rampone
    11) LA - Stephanie Lopez
    12) Dallas - Amy Rodriguez
    13) Chicago - Leslie Osborne
    14) Boston - Heather Mitts

    15) Boston - Kate Markgraf
    16) Chicago -Nicole Barnhart
    17) Dallas - Angela Hucles
    18) LA - Angie Woznuk
    19) New Jersey - Kacey White
    20) St. Louis - Aly Wagner
    21) Washington - Becky Sauerbrunn

    Well, there it is. I got kinda stuck in the last round so I just threw people in! :) Abby has to go #1 pick in my eyes. As far as star power and recognition, you have to take her first I feel.
  12. Nacional Tijuana

    Nacional Tijuana BigSoccer Supporter

    May 6, 2003
    San Diego, Calif.
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Honestly, at this point, I'm more curious about foreigners. Lisa De Vanna just went to Sweden, and Hedvig Lindahl, well, she's a Swede in Sweden. Good league, but I'll be curious to see if we can lure anyone from there.
  13. StarCityFan

    StarCityFan BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 2, 2001
    Greenbelt, MD
    Washington Freedom
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Steffi's a US citizen (because her father was), so she never counted as foreign.

    Anne was with the Freedom in 2001 and 2002 but never worked out (possibly because Gabarra didn't know how to coach intelligent midfield play at the time) and ended up with the Charge. Judging by the W-League team, at least, he seems to have improved in this area, so perhaps it would be worth another try.
  14. Bonnie Lass

    Bonnie Lass Moderator
    Staff Member

    Oct 20, 2000
    Up top
    Olympique Lyonnais
    I'd think Hoop would go to Dallas, considering her and her hubby just moved to Texas from Chicago. (He's an assistant for Marci at Baylor now.) But then again, it would be the off-season. But it would seem odd for them to move cross country for a few months.

    And Anne Mak will turn 32 this year, IIRC, so I don't know if she'd want to stop her studies in Stockholm and come back to the U.S. for one last hurrah or not.

    And yes, I think the foreign player draft will be all kinds of interesting. Because even those of us who closely follow the int'ls are scratching our heads wondering who may or may not come over.
  15. fcd_noob

    fcd_noob New Member

    Apr 17, 2007
    I don't have any mock draft picks to dole out, but I'm liking what I am seeing for Dallas in this thread. Abby Wambach? Hope Solo? Heather Mitts?

    I think I wouldn't be alone in camping out at PHP.

    OK maybe not. but anyway, this says a lot about the level of quality in the women's game. I'd be happy with just about anyone on the USWNT coming to Dallas.

    If Kelly Smith came here too, holy crap, man.

    I dunno about this "[player] will only play for [team]" stuff. That's not how drafts work, right?

    Anyway great speculation. Can't believe the league starts in 10 months. (!!!)
  16. REVS FAN 1

    REVS FAN 1 Member

    Jul 2, 2004
    Weymouth, MA
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    ok. I'm not doing my draft until we find out the actual rules. I guess I could live with these three.

    On a side note it's been two days and I'm still not over having to turn the calendar from Heather Mitts to Abby Wambach:(

    On the bright side...just 27 days to Hope!:D
  17. Mattymags811

    Mattymags811 Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    Attleboro, MA
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    According to Steve Goff it is not a draft.

  18. tarheelfan490

    tarheelfan490 New Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    arlington, va
    that's fine, it's still fun to talk about who you would draft
  19. Mattymags811

    Mattymags811 Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    Attleboro, MA
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Oh I know. Revs Fan 1 just mentioned wanting to know the rules before he gave his mock draft.
  20. cpthomas

    cpthomas BigSoccer Supporter

    Portland Thorns
    United States
    Jan 10, 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Did I miss something, or did no one pick Christine Sinclair among the foreign players? Only the highest scoring player in US college D1 history and also a very high scoring international without a stellar supporting cast. Being a Portland fan, I may be prejudiced, but she would have to be one of the top foreign picks.:mad:
  21. pasoccerdad

    pasoccerdad Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    1) Wash-Abby Wambach
    2) St Louis - Lindsay Tarpley
    3) Dallas - Hope Solo (Philly will not be in this)
    4) LA -Natasha Kai
    5) New Jersey - O'Reilly
    6) St. Louis - Box
    7) Boston - Lilly

    8) Washington - Cat Whitehill
    9) St. Louis - Heather Mitts (Again, Philly will not be in the Mix)
    10) New Jersey - Christie Rampone
    11) LA - Stephanie Lopez
    12) Dallas - Amy Rodriguez
    13) Chicago - Leslie Osborne
    14) Boston - Kate Markgraf

    O'Reilly will play for NJ, she has been making Appearances for Sky Blue since they began.

    Boston will have lily and Hucles... plus Leblanc from Canada if she does not stay in NJ (Assistant at Rutgers)

    One wonders if the Canadian Players will get an Exemption from Being Foreign players ( The W-League does not count Canada as Foreign players)
  22. Mattymags811

    Mattymags811 Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    Attleboro, MA
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Did you mean for Boxx to go to Chicago? In the first round you had 2 St. Louis allocations and I'm guessing the second one was supposed to be Chi Town.
  23. BOrr

    BOrr New Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Can we say No?
  24. twinssoccerdad

    twinssoccerdad New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    I understand the stadium situation and preparation.

    But why would Phily not do anything and everything possible to be part of the allocation? That is a loss of revenue in some of those players with the fan base.
  25. tarheelfan490

    tarheelfan490 New Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    arlington, va
    it'll be interesting to see what they do with philly and the allocation. they certainly can't allocate players to philly and have them sit out a year, but it's also going to be kinda awkward to put a player on a team and then yank them off to even things out for philly. still, i think they'll do the latter with teams being able to protect a certain number of players

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