UConn Defender Brittany Taylor Selected in First Round
Philadelphia (Friday, January 15, 2010) – The 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft was held today at the NSCAA annual convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, with the league welcoming the Atlanta Beat and Philadelphia Independence into WPS. 2009 Champions Sky Blue FC made University of Connecticut defender Brittany Taylor its top pick in the first round (sixth overall), also taking Katie Schoepfer (Penn State), Melissa Clark (LSU), Danielle Johnson (Ole Miss), Megan Snell (Santa Clara), Kelly Isleib (Utah) and Jenifer Anzivino (Rutgers) in subsequent rounds.
“We got a nice mixture of versatile players from this draft,” Sky Blue FC head coach Pauliina Miettinen commented. “We have heard many positive things about the players we selected, and we feel good about the combination of athleticism and local roots that the new players will bring to our team.”
Heading into a draft is a mentally testing endeavor when it comes to preparation, and Miettinen touched on some of the important aspects of her pre-draft focus.
“It’s a combination of watching film and speaking to coaches who share the same view of the game that you do,” she said. “You must also take the time to get an overall consensus from coaches on players.”
Sky Blue FC General Manager Gerry Marrone was also excited about the results of the draft.
“It went great for Sky Blue FC. We got exactly what we needed, and wanted,” he stated. “I am extremely proud of the coaching staff. With little time, they did an overwhelming amount of work and a phenomenal job in preparation. Teams are on the field, but they are also in the office. This is a good indication of a great team effort.”
Taylor, who was invited to the upcoming 20-day training camp of the U.S. Women’s National Team in Carson, California, became the first selection of Sky Blue FC after having a stellar season last summer with the USL W-League affiliate of the team, Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues. She contributed three goals and an assist to the offensive attack, and her defensive prowess led to W-League Defender of the Year accolades. She was also a two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year while playing at UConn.
The sixth round took a dramatic twist for Sky Blue FC when the team worked a trade with the expansion Philadelphia Independence, bringing in local Rutgers product Jenifer Anzivino in exchange for its seventh round pick. Anzivino had been selected by Philadelphia in the sixth round.
2010 Sky Blue FC Draft Recap:
• First Round – 6th (Brittany Taylor, University of Connecticut)
• Second Round – No Pick (Traded to Saint Louis Athletica Prior to Draft)
• Third Round – 26th (Katie Schoepfer, Penn State University); 29th (Melissa Clark, Louisiana State University)
• Fourth Round – 35th (Danielle Johnson, University of Mississippi)
• Fifth Round – 44th (Megan Snell, Santa Clara University)
• Sixth Round –53rd (Kelly Isleib, University of Utah)
• Seventh Round – 62nd (Traded to Philadelphia Independence in exchange for the rights to its sixth round selection, Jenifer Anzivino, Rutgers University)