Trinity Rodman selected 2nd in NWSL draft

By Canadian Press	
	 		North Carolina’s Emily Fox Washington State’s Trinity Rodman go 1-2 in NWSL draft

Fox is now participating in the first U.S. Women's National Team camp of 2021.

Rodman said upon being drafted she wants to carve out her own legacy and be known as someone other than "Dennis Rodman's daughter". "But I'm excited to be known as Trinity Rodman and not just as Rodman's daughter".

"Obviously he was an unbelievable athlete and I got those genes from him, but I am just excited to be known as Trinity Rodman, and not Dennis Rodman's daughter", she told reporters via Zoom after she was selected. [At] the professional level you're going to learn more than you're going to do well, really, but I'm excited to learn. Rodman originally had planned to play college soccer for Washington State, but that NCAA season was postponed until spring. "D.C. has just got an awesome program, awesome team".

She ended the year as one of three nominees for the US Soccer Young Female Player of the Year, losing out to Under-20 national team captain Naomi Girma when the results were announced in December.

As a 4th round selection, Smith is not guaranteed to be signed to a pro deal by Louisville, but she also has a choice to stay in school and play another year in college if she wishes. She added, "Right now I think it's the flawless time to get in there and learn and become a better player".

Sky Blue FC took North Carolina midfielder Brianna Pinto third before trading the fourth pick to Kansas City for US$175,000 in allocation money. Kansas City then used the pick to select Stanford defender Kiara "Kiki" Pickett.

The Portland Thorns moved up by trading the No. 7 pick, the No. 32 pick and a 2021 worldwide slot to the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for the No. 6 overall pick.

The Thorns followed up the Ryan pick in the second round (No. 12 overall) by taking a player expected to go in the first round, forward/midfielder Sam Coffey out of Penn State.

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