NWSL College Draft: Boston gets chance to rebuild

Two years ago, the Western New York Flash had four of the top seven  picks in the NWSL College Draft. A year later, the Flash was NWSL  champion, and all four players had been capped for the USA. The Boston Breakers, last in the NWSL in 2015 and 2016, have a chance to  rebuild with picks 1, 3, 8 and 9 in Thursday's College Draft in Los  Angeles.

This year's draft doesn't have an established national team player  available like in 2015 and 2016 when Virginia's Morgan Brian  and Emily Sonnett went to Houston and Portland, respectively.

Goalkeeper Jane Campbell (Stanford), midfielders Rose  Lavelle (Wisconsin) and Christina Gibbons (Duke) and  forward Ashley Hatch (BYU) were all in national team camps  in 2016 or will be at the January camp that begins next week, but  none is of the level of Brian, who started at the 2015 Women's World  Cup, or even Sonnett, an Olympic alternate in 2016.

As many as three players from national champion USC could go in the  first round: Morgan Andrews, Kayla Mills and Mandy  Freeman. Other Americans who could go high are Florida forward  Savannah Jordan, Stanford  defender Maddie Bauer,  UConn's Rachel Hill, Virginia's Alexis Shaffer and Boston College's McKenzie  Meehan.
 
Canadian Olympic bronze-medalist Nichelle Prince (Ohio  State), New Zealand star Hannah Wilkinson (Tennessee) and former Japan U-17 captain Serina Kashimoto (Butler) are  also on the draft list.

Notably absent are Prince's Canadian teammates, Hermann Trophy  winner Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence, both  of Division I runner-up West Virginia. They've signed for Lyon and  Paris St. Germain in France, respectively.

 

2017 NWSL College Draft:
Round 1
1 Boston Breakers
2 North Carolina Courage
3 Boston Breakers
4 Sky Blue FC
5 FC Kansas City
6 Seattle Reign
7 North Carolina Courage
8 Boston Breakers
9 Boston Breakers
10 Sky Blue FC
Round 2
11 Boston Breakers
12 Chicago Red Stars
13 FC Kansas City
14 Portland Thorns
15 Houston Dash
16 Chicago Red Stars
17 FC Kansas City
18 North Carolina Courage
19 Washington Spirit
20 Portland Thorns
Round 3
21 Chicago Red Stars
22 Orlando Pride
23 Sky Blue FC
24 Sky Blue FC
25 FC Kansas City
26 Seattle Reign
27 Portland Thorns
28 Chicago Red Stars
29 Washington Spirit
30 Sky Blue FC
Round 4
31 Boston Breakers
32 Orlando Pride
33 Houston Dash
34 Sky Blue FC
35 FC Kansas City
36 Washington Spirit
37 Seattle Reign
38 Boston Breakers
39 Chicago Red Stars
40 Portland Thorns
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