Portland Thorns picks and trades in National Women's Soccer League college … – OregonLive.com
The National Women’s Soccer League’s 2016 college draft is done.
As a result, they started draft day with the first and third picks overall and had the first pick (No. 21 overall) in the third round.
The Thorns announced before sunup on Friday they acquired Danish international forward Nadia Nadim from Sky Blue FC, today’s third pick and a second-round pick in 2017. In exchange, Sky Blue get today’s second pick a a 2017 first- and conditional fourth-round pick.
With the first pick, the Thorns selected U.S. Women’s National Team defender Emily Sonnett from University of Virginia. After that, Portland pulled of other moves.
Then, they made another move, trading for the No. 1 spot in the allocation order.
With the third-round pick, Portland selected defender McKenzie Berryhill out of Arizona State.
The Thorns struggled last season, going 6-9-5 (23 points) when they finished in sixth place, out of the playoffs. Then-coach Paul Riley never had the full roster of Portland’s top-tier players available for selection during the summer, when women’s soccer was dominated by the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Though new coach Mark Parsons and the league will be dealing with another international tournament with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer, he’ll have some options on Friday to shore up the Thorns roster.
Check below for all the moves from all the teams on the day.