“This has been my dream forever, I’ve been playing soccer since I was 4 years old,” she said in an interview shortly after being drafted, with mother Michelle celebrating by her side.
She said because of the pandemic, the timing worked out for her to turn toward her professional career. She added, “Right now I think it’s the perfect time to get in there and learn and become a better player.”
The Spirit, based in Washington, DC, finished third in an abbreviated fall 2020 season. The 2021 NWSL season is slated to begin in April.
Defender Emily Fox, who has played for the US women’s national team, was selected by expansion team Racing Louisville FC as the first overall pick in the draft. She played collegiate soccer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.