Boston Breakers' coach Tony DiCicco drafted U.S. Women’s National Team defender Stephanie Cox, and recent college draft pick Michelle Enyeart, during the Women's Professional Soccer Dispersal Draft today.
Both Cox and Enyeart are graduates of the University of Portland, where they were teammates during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. The two expected to be playing together again on the West Coast prior to the WPS' announcement that the Los Angeles Sol would discontinue operations last week, but will instead pack their bags and head east as teammates for the Breakers.
With a left back position vacant following Heather Mitts' departure to the Philadelphia Independence during the offseason, the Breakers selected Cox in the first round as the fifth overall selection.
“Cox is a world-class defender and one of the most experienced backs in the world,” said DiCicco. “She will be a good addition to the Breakers not just defensively, but also offensively.”
Last season for the Sol, Cox started all of the 19 games she played in. As a U.S. National Team player she has recorded 54 international appearances since her first call-up in 2005 for the Algarve Cup.
She was one of the youngest members of the 2008 Olympic team and assisted on Carli Lloyd’s game winning goal in the USA’s victory over Japan in Beijing.
A 2008 graduate from Portland, Cox helped the Pilots win a National Championship in 2005, the same year she was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team. In 2005, she was named WCC Defender of the Year, NSCAA First Team All-American, and First Team All-WCC.
In the second round of the dispersal draft, the Breakers attained the rights to Enyeart, who was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Sol with the third pick in the second round (14th overall) of the 2010 WPS Draft held January 15, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pa.
The All-American forward scored 13 goals with 12 assists for the Pilots this fall before going down with a season-ending knee injury in the final regular season game. The Hemet, Calif. native finished her University of Portland career as the No. 4 scorer in school history and was one of only three players in program history with more than 40 goals and 40 assists during her career.
Enyeart played for DiCicco on the U.S. U-20 World Championship team and was their leading scorer. Prior to her injury, many experts had Enyeart pegged as a first round selection in the college draft.
Enyeart will join fellow 2010 first round picks, Lauren Cheney and Alyssa Naeher, who will all be competing for spots on DiCicco's 2010 roster.
“Michelle has tremendous speed and attacking instincts and can score goals,” said DiCicco. “She is currently recovering from a very serious knee injury and will be an exciting player for the Boston Breakers in the future.”
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 eight 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 2010, eight teams will each play 24-game schedules from April 10-September 12 including six original WPS teams—Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Gold Pride (Bay Area), Saint Louis Athletica, Sky Blue FC (NJ/NY) and Washington Freedom—and two expansion teams Atlanta Beat and Philadelphia Independence.
The top four finishers in the regular season will qualify for the 2010 WPS Playoffs scheduled for September 19-26. For more information, visit the WPS official website at the WPS site or follow all the news on Twitter at www.twitter.com/womensprosoccer.