Athletica Trade for First Pick in the WPS Dispersal Draft

Lauren SalterContributor IFebruary 2, 2010

In a huge trade made Feb. 1, the St. Louis Athletica acquired the first pick in the Feb. 4 Los Angeles Sol Dispersal Draft after sending three players to the Atlanta Beat in exchange.

The Athletica will send defender Kia McNeill, midfielder Angie Kerr (Woznuk), the rights to third-round draft choice Amanda Poach, as well as Athletica's second-round draft choice in the dispersal draft (ninth overall).

St. Louis will gain Atlanta's No. 1 overall draft pick in the dispersal draft, as well as the Beat's second-round pick in the 2011 WPS Draft.

"We were presented with an opportunity to make our club better," said Athletica head coach Jorge Barcellos. "We gave up some talented young players to do this. I want to thank Kia and Angie for the hard work that they did last season. They were a big part of the success that the Athletica enjoyed in our first year."

Going into the dispersal draft on Thursday, the Athletica will now have the two picks in the first round, No. 1 and No. 8. They also will have one selection at the end of the third round with the 24th pick.

Kia McNeill started 17 of the 19 games she appeared in for St. Louis. The Boston College graduate was an anchor in the Athletica defensive line. Angie Kerr started all 18 games she appeared in, and was second on the team in minutes played with 1,577. Amanda Poach, of Santa Clara University, was selected 26th overall in the WPS draft last month.


About St. Louis Athletica

St. Louis is a founding member of Women's Professional Soccer, WPS. In their inaugural season, St. Louis Athletica finished in second place in the WPS and reached the WPS Super Semifinal. The Athletica play their home matches at Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in St. Louis. The 2010 home opener will be on April 11 against FC Gold Pride. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling 1-800-STL-GOAL.