Lauren Cheney Has A Leg Up As Top Forward In Upcoming WPS Draft

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Lauren Cheney Has A Leg Up As Top Forward In Upcoming WPS Draft

With the 2010 WPS Draft less than a week away, many of the league's GMs may be looking west when trying to add to their forward line. Lauren Cheney of UCLA and Stanford's Kelley O'Hara were ranked as the top forwards by media experts weighing in on the upcoming draft.

The 2010 WPS Draft will take place on January 15 at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

For the first time in the draft countdown series, a player from a school other than the University of North Carolina is the consensus selection as the top prospect at their position. Cheney, who hails from Indianapolis, IN,captured a gold medal with the U.S. team at the Beijing Olympics and helped lead UCLA to the 2008 and 2009 NCAA College Cup semifinals. 

O’Hara, who calls Fayetteville, GA her home, finished  a close second in the ranking, while UNC’s Casey Nogueira (Raleigh, NC) finished third and Jill Hutchinson of Wake Forest (Wayne, PA) finished fourth.

Below are the predictions of the six media members and the weighted tally of their draft selections. The weighted tally was determined by awarding five points for each first place selection, four for each second place selection, three points for each third, two points for each fourth place vote, and one point for each fifth place selection.

The total votes appear in parenthesis below.

The 2010 WPS Draft begins at 10am on Friday, January 15. The draft is scheduled for seven rounds for the nine WPS teams with the two expansion teams receiving an additional pick each at the end of Round One. For more information, go to: the WPS site .



Top Senior Prospects for the 2010 WPS Draft - Forwards

Weighted Selection, Bleacher Report


1. Lauren Cheney, UCLA  (24)
2. Kelley O’Hara, Stanford  (19)
3. Casey Nogueira, North Carolina  (16)
4. Jill Hutchinson Wake Forest University (5)
5. Michelle Enyeart, Portland  (4)
   Katie Schoepfer, Penn State  (4)

 

Charles Cuttone, Soccer News Net


1. Lauren Cheney, UCLA
2. Casey Nogueira, North Carolina
3. Jill Hutchinson Wake Forest University
4. Kelley O’Hara, Stanford
5. Michelle Enyeart, Portland



Scott French, The Soccer Magazine


1. Lauren Cheney, UCLA
2. Kelley O'Hara, Stanford
3. Casey Nogueira, UNC
4. Katie Schoepfer, Penn State
5. Gina DiMartino, Boston College



Graham Hays, ESPN.com


1. Lauren Cheney, UCLA
2. Kelley O’Hara, Stanford
3. Casey Nogueira, North Carolina
4. Michelle Enyeart, Portland
5. Jill Hutchinson, Wake Forest



Paul Kennedy, Soccer America


1. Lauren Cheney, UCLA
2. Kelley O'Hara, Stanford
3. Casey Nogueira, North Carolina
4. Michelle Enyeart, Portland
5. Gina DiMartino, Boston College



Dan Lauletta, Womensprosoccer.com


1. Kelley O’Hara, Stanford
2. Lauren Cheney, UCLA
3. Casey Nogueira, North Carolina
4. Katie Schoepfer, Penn State
5. Becky Edwards, Florida State



Mark Rogondino, Fox Soccer Channel


1. Kelley O'Hara, Stanford
2. Lauren Cheney, UCLA
3. Casey Nogueira, North Carolina
4. Kiersten Dallstream, Washington St.
5. Nikki Washington, North Carolina



About Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS)


Headquartered in San Francisco, Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) is the world’s premier soccer league for women with nine teams across the United States featuring the best players from around the world. WPS completed its inaugural season in August 2009 as Sky Blue FC of New Jersey became the first-ever WPS Champions.

In 2009, WPS consisted of seven teams each playing 20-game schedules from March-August including the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Gold Pride (Bay Area), Los Angeles Sol, Saint Louis Athletica, Sky Blue FC (NJ/NY) and Washington Freedom. For 2010, expansion teams Atlanta Beat and Philadelphia Independence will bring the league to nine teams with the WPS opening weekend scheduled for April 10-11.

For more information, visit the WPS official website at or follow all the news on Twitter .

The previous story is excerpted from a press release by the WPS and is part of a series in which media experts weighed in on the top goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards in the upcoming draft.

 

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