2010 WPS Experts Rate UNC's Harris as Top Keeper in Draft

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2010 WPS Experts Rate UNC's Harris as Top Keeper in Draft

With the 2010 WPS draft less than a month away, many college soccer seniors enter exam week with one eye on their GPAs and the other eye on draft boards. Although that may make for one funny looking photo, each one hopes to hear her name called when draft day rolls around.

At the same time, GMs from Boston to Los Angeles have prepared their lists and hope to find more nice than naughty when their turns to select from the best of college soccer arrives.

The WPS has polled several experts in the women’s game who have weighed in with their “Top Five WPS Prospects” by position for the 2010 WPS Draft. Each week, the WPS will present a different position, starting with the keepers, followed by the top defenders, mid-fielders, and finishing with forwards.

The 2010 WPS Draft is scheduled for Jan. 15, 2010 at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, PA, and will include the nine WPS teams and the top college stars in the game.

The WPS poll included the opinions of Scott French of The Soccer Magazine , Graham Hays of ESPN.com, Paul Kennedy of Soccer America , Dan Lauletta of WomensProSoccer.com, and Mark Rogondino of FoxSoccerChannel.com.

Although their individual opinions are listed below, I have weighted their votes and come up with my own unofficial, but mathematically conclusive ranking. Each first-place vote was worth five points, four for second, down to one point for a fifth-place vote.


Top GK Prospects for the 2010 WPS Draft—Goalkeepers

Todd Civin (with a little help from the experts below), Bleacher Report, and Sports, Then and Now
1. Ashlyn Harris, North Carolina
2. Alyssa Naeher, Penn State
3. Kristin Olsen, USC
4. Kelsey Davis, Portland
5. Erin Guthrie, Rutgers

Scott French, The Soccer Magazine
1. Alyssa Naeher, Penn State
2. Ashlyn Harris, North Carolina
3. Kristin Olsen, USC
4. Kelsey Davis, Portland
5. Mallori Lofton-Malachi, South Florida
Others to Watch : Erin Guthrie, Rutgers

Graham Hays, ESPN.com
1. Kristin Olsen, USC
2. Kelsey Davis, Portland
3. Alyssa Naeher, Penn State
4. Ashlyn Harris, North Carolina
5. Erin Guthrie, Rutgers

Paul Kennedy, Soccer America

1. Ashlyn Harris, North Carolina
2. Alyssa Naeher, Penn State
3. Kristin Olsen, USC
4. Kelsey Davis, Portland
5. Erin Guthrie, Rutgers

Dan Lauletta, Womensprosoccer.com

1. Ashlyn Harris,  North Carolina
2. Alyssa Naeher, Penn State
3. Kelsey Davis, Portland
4. Kristin Olsen, USC
5. Erin Guthrie, Rutgers
Others to Watch : Lauren Robertson, GK, Ohio State

Mark Rogondino, Fox Soccer Channel

1. Ashlyn Harris, North Carolina
2. Alyssa Naeher, Penn State
3. Kelsey Davis, Portland
4. Kristin Olsen, USC
5. Erin Guthrie, Rutgers


About the 2010 WPS Draft

The 2010 WPS Draft is Jan. 15, 2010 at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, PA. The draft is scheduled for seven rounds with the two expansion teams each being given an additional selection at the end of Round One.

Interested players must declare their interest in the draft by Monday, Jan. 4 at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT by registering on-line .

For more 2010 WPS Draft information, visit the Womens Pro Soccer Site.


About Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS)

Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) is the premier women’s soccer league in the world, and the global standard by which women’s professional sports are measured.  The Inaugural Season kicked off in March 2009 with seven 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 ninth franchises, Philadelphia and Atlanta, will begin play in the 2010 WPS Season, which begins in March 2010.


 

The previous story uses excerpts from a press release by the Women's Professional Soccer League. Todd Civin is the community leader for the WPS on Bleacher Report and acts as the liaison between the site and the league. He is also a beat writer for the Boston Breakers. His work can be found on Bleacher Report and Sports, Then and Now.

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