Stanford s Tierna Davidson selected as #1 pick in NWSL College Draft Stanford s Tierna Davidson selected as #1 pick in NWSL College Draft

Stanford's Tierna Davidson selected as #1 pick in NWSL College Draft

10 Jan, 2019

Tierna Davidson, a junior at Stanford and a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, was selected as the top pick Thursday morning in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft taking place in conjunction with the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago.

The 20 years old junior just registered for the draft in the last few days after deciding to forego her remaining college eligibility. Part of her decision to turn pro now was the ability to train and prepare on a full-time basis ahead of this summer’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup which will be taking place in France. The college season takes place in the fall with Davidson’s Stanford team, the defending champions, falling to Florida State in the NCAA Women’s College Cup finals.)

While most of the anticipated top picks in the draft were in attendance in Chicago to meet representatives of their new teams, Davidson is currently training in  Portugal with the U.S. National Team ahead of their scheduled international friendly matches against France and Spain later this month. Davidson was able to deliver a recorded statement, “I’m really bummed that I couldn’t make it to the NWSL draft, but I’m extremely honored to have been chosen No. 1 overall by the Chicago Red Stars. I’d like to thank Rory [Dames, Red Stars head coach] and the rest of the Red Stars for having confidence in me.”

Davidson was named the 2018 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year and was 2017 College Cup Most Outstanding Defensive Player as her Stanford squad won the NCAA Women's College Cup championship. She missed most of the 2018 college season after suffering a season ending injury in Stanford's 2-1 over University of North Carolina on September 9th.

Below are the rest of the results:

Round 1

  1. Chicago Red Stars: Tierna Davison, Stanford
  2. Sky Blue FC: Haillie Mace, UCLA
  3. Washington Spirit: Jordan DiBiasi, Stanford
  4. Washington Spirit: Sam Staab, Clemson
  5. North Carolina Courage: Leah Pruitt, USC, Forward
  6. Sky Blue FC:   North Carolina
  7. Washington Spirit: Tegan McGrady, Stanford
  8. Washington Spirit: Dorian Bailey, North Carolina
  9. North Carolina Courage: Hailey Carbison, Pepperdine

Round 2

  1. Sky Blue FC: Paige Monaghan, Butler
  2. Sky Blue FC: Julie James, Baylor,
  3. Houston Dash: Ally Prisock, USC
  4. Houston Dash: Cece Kizer, Mississippi
  5. North Carolina Courage: Lauren Milliet
  6. Chicago Stars: Maria Sanchez, Santa Clara
  7. Houston Dash: Betsy Brandon, Virginia
  8. Washington Spirit: Bayley Feist, Wake Forest
  9. Houston Dash: Kayla McCoy, Duke

Round 3

  1. Sky Blue FC: Kayla Carusa, Georgetown
  2. Chicago Red Stars: Bianca St. Georges, West Virginia
  3. Houston Dash: Jazmin Jackmon, Oregon
  4. Houston Dash: Grace Cutler, West Virginia
  5. Utah Royals FC: Michelle Maemone, Pepperdine
  6. Portland Thorns FC: Emily Ogle, Penn State
  7. Orlando Pride: Erin Greening, Colorado
  8. Chicago Red Stars: Kayla Sharples, Northwestern
  9. Utah Royals FC: Madeline Nolf, Penn State

Round 4

  1. Sky Blue FC: Kaylan Mackese, Florida
  2. Sky Blue FC: Kenie Wright, Rutgers
  3. Orlando Pride: Maria Viggiano, Northwestern
  4. Chicago Red Stars: April Bockin, Minnesota
  5. Utah Royals FC: Alexandra Kimball, North Carolina
  6. Chicago Red Stars: Hannah Davidson, Northwestern
  7. Sly Blue FC: Sabrina Flores, Notre Dame
  8. Chicago Red Stars: Jenna Szczesny, Loyola-Chicago
  9. North Carolina Courage: Kaycie Tillman, Florida State