The National Women’s Soccer League’s 2016 College Draft kicks off on Friday morning at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention (NSCAA) in Baltimore. Hosted at the Baltimore Convention Center, the Draft will begin at 10 a.m. ET and is open to the public and media.
The latest order for the 2016 NWSL College Draft can be found here. You can also find the selections from the 2013, 2014 and 2015 drafts on NWSLsoccer.com.
The Western New York Flash enter the 2016 Draft with five picks over the four rounds, selecting at No. 9, No. 11, No. 14, No. 24 and No. 26. With those picks, the Flash will be looking to recreate the success it had during last year’s draft, where five of its six selections became immediate contributors to the club.
In 2015, the Flash had four first round picks, selecting Abby Dahlkemper (No. 3), Samantha Mewis (No. 4), Lynn Williams (No. 6) and Jaelene Hinkle (No. 7). With the final two picks, the club took Tatiana Coleman (No. 18) and Sabrina D’Angelo (No. 21). With Coleman electing to play overseas, the Flash entered the 2015 season with five rookies from the draft.
On Wednesday, the NWSL announced U.S. Soccer’s 2016 allocations with both Mewis and Hinkle earning allocated status for the upcoming season after being called up for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s Victory Tour.
Mewis and Williams led the Flash on the offensive end in 2015, both posting a team-leading four goals and four assists, with Mewis going on to be named a finalist for Rookie of the Year.
On the defensive end, Hinkle played every minute of her first season, just one of two NWSL rookies to do so. Dahlkemper, who is currently having a very successful W-League season with Adelaide United in Australia, showed her versatility for the club, playing at center back, right back and defensive midfield over the 20 games. The goalkeeper, D’Angelo, split time between the posts and last week was named one of 23-players called in to the Canada Women’s National Team’s most recent camp.
Host Jonathan Yardley and analyst Jen Cooper will call the College Draft live from the Baltimore Convention Center, providing fans will the latest news, information and insight on each selection. They will also be joined on the live stream by the draft picks, NWSL Coaches, NWSL General Managers and College coaches as well as several special guests.
Yardley has been broadcasting professional soccer since 2008. He calls college sports and professional soccer for the ESPN family of networks, including the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and the NWSL semifinals in 2014.
Cooper is the host of the Keeper Notes Soccer Show, a weekly soccer radio show in Houston, and has served as the color commentator for Houston Dash home broadcasts for two seasons. She is also the founder and publisher of Keeper Notes, a soccer newsletter and website.
In addition to the live video, a draft chat will also be available to fans featuring insight and opinions from several women’s college coaches.