The Boston Breakers announced the trade of forward Amy Rodriguez and their first round draft choice in the 2010 WPS draft to the Philadelphia Independence in exchange for Philadelphia’s two first round selections in the 2010 draft.
The Independence is one of two expansion teams joining WPS for the 2010 season, along with the Atlanta Beat. The 2010 WPS draft will be held on January 15, 2009.
Along with Rodriguez, Boston will send the No. 5 overall pick in the first round to Philadelphia. The Breakers will receive the No. 2 overall selection in the first round, along with Philadelphia’s bonus pick at the end of the first round, which is the No. 11 overall selection.
Rodriguez was originally selected with the 1st overall pick by the Breakers in the 2009 WPS Draft. Rodriguez helped lead the University of Southern California Trojans to their first NCAA Championship in 2007.
The following summer, Rodriguez earned a Gold Medal at the Beijing Summer Olympics as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team. The 22-year-old forward started in 11 of the 17 games she appeared in for the Breakers in 2009 recording one goal and no assists.
“The trade involving Amy Rodriguez was a difficult decision,” said Breakers Head Coach Tony DiCicco. “A-Rod has some wonderful qualities as a player and she will certainly continue to evolve, however, the trade with Philadelphia allows us two first round draft picks and three high picks overall from one of the best college classes in recent history.
"I am excited for the January draft options now available for the Boston Breakers. I want to wish Amy all the best with her new club.”
“As an organization, we think there are good options at the top of the WPS draft in January,” said Breakers General Manager Andy Crossley. “We talked about various scenarios with several clubs in recent weeks. We felt that this trade with Philadelphia offered us the best options in January’s draft. At the same time, it creates some salary flexibility as we pursue a player for our fifth international roster spot.”
This transaction marks only the second trade for the Boston Breakers during their brief history in WPS. On January 15, 2009 the Breakers acquired English National Team defender Alex Scott via a trade with the Chicago Red Stars.
Boston sent its second round (14th pick overall) and fourth round (28th overall) picks to Chicago, in exchange for Scott and the Red Stars’ sixth and tenth round picks in the 2009 WPS Draft.
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The Inaugural Season kicked off on March 29 and ran through August 22, 2009, with WPS teams based in the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Jersey/New York, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. The league’s eighth and nine franchises, Philadelphia and Atlanta, will begin play in 2010. For more information, visit www.womensprosoccer.com.
The previous story was excerpted from a press release by the Boston Breakers and reprinted by Todd Civin of Bleacher Report as part of an agreement between the WPS and the Bleacher Report.