NWSL: Fox, Rodman and Pinto taken first in College Draft

Catarina Macario, college soccer's top player, signed with Lyon after three seasons at Stanford, but two other underclasswomen, Trinity Rodman and Brianna Pinto, were selected with the No. 2 and No. 3 picks in the 2021 NWSL College Draft.

The top pick was North Carolina senior Emily Fox, who was selected by expansion Racing Louisville.

Rodman, the daughter of the former NBA player Dennis Rodman, was picked by the Washington Spirit. She registered eight goals and six assists for the USA in the 2020 Concacaf U-20 women's championship and then enrolled at Washington State. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cougars did not play in the fall, so Rodman, 18, will leave without playing a college game.

Pinto, Fox's UNC teammate, is headed to Sky Blue FC. She has scored 29 goals and added 16 assists in her three college seasons. North Carolina plays in the ACC, which had a fall season. Pinto will play for the Tar Heels in the spring before joining Sky Blue FC.

In 2019, Tierna Davidson gave up her senior season at Stanford to enter the College Draft ahead of the 2019 Women's World Cup, where she played for the USA. In 2020, Sophia Smith (Stanford) and Ashley Sanchez (UCLA) turned pro and joined NWSL teams before they completed their college eligibility.

-- Sky Blue FC accumulated $275,000 in allocation money in a pair of draft day deals -- $175,000 from Kansas City for the fourth pick and $100,000 from Washington for the No. 8 pick. It used $35,000 among other considerations to acquire Ghanaian midfielder Jennifer Cudjoe, whom it lost to Racing Louisville in the Expansion Draft.

Round 1:
1. Racing Louisville. Emily Fox (defender, North Carolina)
2. Washington. Trinity Rodman (forward, Washington State)
3. Sky Blue FC. Brianna Pinto (midfielder, North Carolina)
4. Kansas City. Kiara Pickett (defender, Stanford)
5. Racing Louisville. Emina Ekic (forward/midfielder, Louisville)
6. Portland. Yazmeen Ryan (midfielder, TCU)
7. Chicago. Madison Haley (forward, Stanford)
8. Washington. Tara McKeown (forward, USC)
9. Orlando. Viviana Villacorta (midfielder, UCLA)
10. NC Courage. Deanne Rose (forward, Florida)

Round 2:
11. Racing Louisville. Taylor Otto (midfielder, North Carolina)
12. Portland. Sam Coffey (forward, Penn State)
13. Racing Louisville. Kirsten Davis (forward, Texas Tech)
14. Orlando. Mikayla Colohan (midfielder, BYU)
15. Kansas City. Victoria Pickett (midfielder, Wisconsin)
16. Kansas City. Lucy Parker (defender, UCLA)
17. Kansas City. Addie McCain (midfielder, Texas A&M)
18. Chicago. Kelsey Turnbow (forward, Santa Clara)
19. Washington. Anna Heilferty (forward, Boston Univ.)
20. NC Courage. Alyssa Malonson (defender, Auburn)

Round 3:
21. Racing Louisville. Parker Goins (forward, Arkansas)
22. Portland. Amirah Ali (forward/midfielder, Rutgers)
23. Sky Blue FC. Taryn Torres (midfielder, Virginia)
24. Orlando. Kerry Abello (forward, Penn State)
25. Chicago. Brianna Alger (defender, Washington State)
26. Houston. Joelle Anderson (forward/midfielder, Pepperdine)
27. Houston. Makamae Gomera-Stevens (forward, Washington State)
28. OL Reign. Jimena Lopez (defender, Texas A&M)
29. Washington. Sydney Schneider (goalkeeper, UNC Wilmington)
30. NC Courage. Myra Konte (defender, Vanderbilt)

Round 3:
31. Racing Louisville. Emily Smith (defender, UC Berkeley)
32. Chicago. Channing Foster (midfielder/forward, Mississippi)
33. Sky Blue FC. Delanie Sheehan (defender, UCLA)
34. Orlando. Kaylie Collins (goalkeeper, USC)
35. Chicago. Alissa Gorzak (forward, Virginia)
36. Kansas City. Alex Loera (defender, Santa Clara)
37. Portland. Hannah Betfort (defender, Wake Forest)
38. Kansas City. Brookelynn Entz (midfielder, Kansas State)
39. Washington. Mariana Speckmaier (forward, Clemson)
40. Sky Blue FC. Tess Boade (forward/midfielder, Duke)

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