PHILADELPHIA, PA. - North Carolina standouts Crystal Dunn and Kealia Ohai were taken 1-2 and veteran defender Megan Brigman was taken in the second round of the 2014 National Women's Soccer League Draft held Friday morning at the NSCAA Convention.
Dunn, a starting defender on the U.S. National Team, was rumored to be the #1 choice in the draft by the Washington Spirit and that did come to pass. She is expected to provide an immediate infusion of talent into a squad that went 3-14-5 in its inaugural season in 2013. Dunn was a consensus All-America the past two years and the 2012 Hermann Trophy.
Ohai was expected to be a first round pick but Tar Heel hearts soared when she was plucked second by the expansion Houston Dash. There she will join former Tar Heels Meghan Klingenberg, who was selected last week by Houston in the NWSL Expansion Draft, as well as Nikki Washington, who was traded to the Dash Friday during as part of draft day exchanges and deals. Ohai was the Offensive MVP of the 2012 NCAA College Cup and in 2013 she won the prestigious Senior CLASS Award.
One of the most durable defenders in UNC history and a player with a great personal success story, Megan Brigman was selected in the second round with the 17th pick overall by Seattle Reign FC, another team seeking to move up in the NWSL standings this year after finishing seventh out of eight teams in 2013. Three times in her career Brigman led UNC in minutes played, including her senior year when she played 2204 minutes and led UNC in assists with seven while starting 24 games as a defender. Brigman broke her leg four minutes into the 2012 season, missed the rest of the year and came back as a redshirt senior in 2013 to have a banner season.