Racing Louisville selected University of North Carolina defender Emily Fox as No. 1
US U20 striker Rodman is the daughter of former NBA star Dennis Rodman.
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Fox, 22, is one of the few available players who has experience with the full American female landscape. Fox, who can also play in midfield, has made three international appearances, while also extending with the U.S. U20 national team.
“I’m super excited,” Fox said of the U.S. training camp in Orlando, Florida. “I know [Louisville manager Christy Holly] from the past when he was on the national team as an assistant.
“So I talked to him, he told me about the culture, everything they have in store, the facilities, the girls on the team. I’m just so excited to be there and be a part of the team.”
Rodman, 18, was the finalist for the US Soccer’s Young Female Player of the Year and excelled for the U.S. U20 national team, scoring eight goals and adding six assists at the CONCACAF U20 Women’s Championship last March. Rodman enrolled in Washington State but was never able to fit in with the Cougars after the 2020 college season was postponed to this spring.
“Just being in the draft with my situation and my age is insane, but being No. 2 for a great team is out of this world, as if I could not ask for anything more,” Rodman said. “DC just got a great program, great team. The coach [Richie Burke] is fantastic. I’ve talked to him a few times. I know he’s a tough head coach, but I’m so excited to be his player and learn and get better. “
As for the influence of her famous father, Rodman said she is ready to become known as a standout player in her own right.
“He was a great athlete and I got those genes from him, but I’m excited to be known as Trinity Rodman and not just as Rodman’s daughter,” she said. “I’m excited to pave my own path and get better throughout this journey.”
Sky Blue originally had the next two picks, but after taking UNC midfielder / striker Brianna Pinto at No. 3, the team chose to trade the No. 4 pick for Kansas City for $ 175,000 in allocation money. Kansas City then used the election to select Stanford defender Kiara “Kiki” Pickett. Kansas City may have to wait a bit to see Pickett up close as she has said she will stay in school to play the spring season.
With his second pick in the first round, overall No. 5, Racing Louisville looked close to home by selecting University of Louisville midfielder Emina Ekic.
The Portland Thorns moved up by trading No. 7 pick, No. 32 pick and a 2021 international slot for the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for the overall pick No. 6. Thorns used the pick to pick Texas Christian University midfielder Yazmeen Ryan .