CHICAGO, ILL. - The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) held its first-ever Supplemental Draft on Thursday morning via conference call with representatives from all eight teams of the league. A trio of former Tar Heel players were chosen in the draft.
Lindsey Tarpley, '05, was claimed with the fourth pick overall by the Chicago Red Stars. Just two picks later, Courtney Jones, '11, was taken by FC Kansas City. In the fourth round of the draft with the 30th pick overall, Casey Nogueira, '09, was picked up by FC Kansas City.
In all, 45 players were selected in the six-round draft, as three clubs chose to pass in the final round. Each of the eight NWSL clubs submitted a list of 8-10 players to construct the list of players to be eligible for the draft. Domestic and international players were eligible for the Supplemental Draft but each team is allowed only two international players, in addition to the international players that were allocated.The NWSL is an eight-team league organized and administered by the U.S. Soccer Federation that will begin play in the spring of 2013. U.S. Soccer is subsidizing the salaries of the 23 American players, while the Canadian Soccer Association and the Federation of Mexican Football will each do the same for 16 players. The eight founding clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC (New York/New Jersey), the Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash.