While no one quite knows for sure which name WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci will announce first at tomorrow's 2010 WPS draft in Philadelphia, one thing remains certain. Bleacher Report readers will get first-hand coverage from a trio of the top writers from the Women's Professional Soccer community.
BR writers Phil Andrews, Kat Galsim and Lauren Green will make their way to the City of Brotherly Love beginning today and cover the annual event from start to finish. The WPS Draft is only one of several exciting events to be held beginning today including the PUMA WPS Fashion Show and unveiling of the new PUMA match ball, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Annual Convention, and, of course the WPS draft.
The talented triumvirate of beat writers have yet to meet in person but have been busily preparing as a team via email and conference calls. Each of them have decided on which teams they would follow and which events they would be covering in order to provide Bleacher Report readers with the most complete and up-to-the-minute coverage possible.
They are also traveling with photographer, Charlotte Mace, while Galsim will be videotaping many of the events to create a video diary of the events.
Andrews, who makes the City of Brotherly Love his home is the beat writer for the Philadelphia Independence of the WPS, while covering the Philadelphia KiXX of the MISL and the Philadelphia Union of the MLS. He is a graduate of University of New Hampshire and previously worked as a sports anchor at WMUR in Manchester.
Andrews has already filed his first story of the event entitled, 63rd NSCAA Convention Off To a Quiet Start.
Galsim, was born and raised in the Philippines, and moved to the United States after graduating from college. She lives in the Washington, DC area and has established a career in new media advertising. She is the beat writer for the Washington Freedom and has created some amazing stories with many of the leagues top players.
She follows the WPS, the Premiere League, the Champions League, and the U.S. national teams. Her current story with Washington coach, Jim Gabarra, tells of his preparation for the draft and is titled, Washington Freedom's Jim Gabarra All Set for the WPS Draft.
Green is a journalism major at Murray State University in Murray, KY with plans to switch to physical therapy. She makes New Jersey her home when not away at school and is the beat writer for the Sky Blue FC.
Green recently recapped the BR Mock Draft which was held live on Twitter and has been serving as back up beat writer for several different WPS teams. Her most recent story highlights the Atlanta Beat and their plans for the top pick in the draft. It is entitled, Atlanta Beat Prepared to Make No. 1 Pick in WPS Draft.
The 2010 WPS Draft is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. CT and will include seven rounds and 65 picks in all. The first round will feature 11 picks as the two expansion teams, Atlanta and Philadelphia receive two picks (Philadelphia subsequently traded both of theirs and Atlanta traded one of theirs). Each of the nine WPS clubs will receive one pick in the remaining six rounds for a total of 65 draft picks in all.
Fans are encouraged to follow the 2010 WPS Draft live on Twitter beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday and to stay tuned for all the upcoming coverage.