Chicago grab UCLA forward with top pick in NWSL draft

One week after each team was allocated the best proven talent from the United States, Canada and Mexico, the eight clubs in the newly formed National Women’s Soccer League dipped into the college ranks on Friday in the league’s inaugural amateur draft.

The Chicago Red Stars grabbed UCLA Zakiya Bywaters forward with the top pick, while her Florida State counterpart Tiffany McCarty went second overall to the Washington Spirit. Boston College midfielder Kristie Lewis went third overall to FC Kansas City, while BYU defender Lindsi Lisonsbee-Cutshall (Sky Blue FC) and Florida state midfielder Casey Short (Boston Breakers) rounded out the top five picks.

2013 NWSL Draft Results

First Round

1. Chicago Red Stars - Zakiya Bywaters (F, UCLA)
2. Washington Spirit - Tiffany McCarty (F, Florida State)
3. FC Kansas City - Kristen Mewis (MF, Boston College)
4. Sky Blue FC  - Lindsi Lisonsbee-Cutshall (D, BYU)
5. Boston Breakers  - Casey Short (D/MF, Florida State)
6. Western New York Flash - Adrianna French (GK, Oklahoma State)
7. Seattle Reign FC - Christine Nairn (MF, Penn State)
8. Portland Thorns FC 0 - Kathryn Williamson (D, Florida)

Second Round

1. Chicago Red Stars - Rachel Quon (D, Stanford)
2. Washington Spirit - Caroline Miller (F, Virginia)
3. FC Kansas City - Erika Tymrak (MF, Florida)
4. Sky Blue FC  - Kendall Johnson (F/MF, Portland)
5. Boston Breakers - Mariah Nogueira (MF, Stanford)
6. Western New York Flash - Amy Barczuk (MF, Colorado)
7. Seattle Reign FC - Mallory Schaffer (MF, William and Mary)
8. Portland Thorns FC - Nicolette Radovic (F, Central Florida)

Third Round

1. Chicago Red Stars - Taylor Vancil (GK, Florida)
2. Washington Spirit - Holly King (D, Florida)
3. FC Kansas City - Whitney Berry (MF/F, Kansas Athletics)
4. Sky Blue FC – Ashley Baker (GK, Georgia)
5. Boston Breakers  - Jo Dragotta  (MF, Florida)
6. Western New York Flash -  Vicki DiMartino (MF, Boston)
7. Seattle Reign FC - Kristen Meier (MF, Wake Forest)
8. Portland Thorns FC - Amber Brooks (MF, North Carolina)

Fourth Round

1. Chicago Red Stars - Jennifer Hoy (F, Princeton)
2. Washington Spirit - Colleen Williams (F, Dayton)
3. FC Kansas City - Nia Williams (D, Missouri State)
4. Sky Blue FC - Rebecca Kaplan (MF, Maryland)
5. Boston Breakers - Maddy Evans (D, Penn State)
6. Western New York Flash - Jaclyn Logue (D/MF, Wake Forest)
7. Seattle Reign FC - Haley Kopmeyer (GK, Michigan)
8. Portland Thorns FC - Roxanne Barker (GK, Pepperdine)