Officials with the Portland Thorns soccer team say they’re thrilled with their draft picks – in spite of choosing last in each of the four selection rounds on Friday.
Coach Cindy Parlow Cone says that University of Florida defender Kathryn Williamson was the team’s top choice. Parlow Cone says she was excited Williamson was still available when the Thorns picked.
The National Women’s Soccer League is rapidly approaching its first games in April. In an interview with Major League Soccer, Parlow Cone says that fast pace was evident in Friday’s draft, too.
"I think it was the fastest draft in the history of professional sports," she said. "To do four rounds in 81 minutes, that’s pretty quick. But I couldn’t be more excited about our draft picks. We got four quality players, and I can’t wait to meet them."
Parlow Cone already knows one of the players well. Amber Brooks attended the University of North Carolina when Parlow Cone was there as an assistant coach. Brooks is under contract with a team in Europe, but team officials hope she can join the Thorns mid-season.
The Thorns acquired seven players a week ago through a league-run allocation, including international stars Christine Sinclair and Alex Morgan.