St. Louis Women's Professional Soccer Team Now Has Enough Players to Play an Actual Game

Yesterday was draft day for the seven teams of Women's Professional Soccer, including our very own St. Louis squad (which was the subject of a news story in last week's issue. All the action took place at WPS headquarters in San Francisco, and, unlike the drafts for other professional sports leagues, it was a brief affair.

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Homegrown, home team: Nerinx High grad Lori Chalupny
After four rounds, or about an hour and a half, St. Louis had four more players: defender India Trotter, forward Angie Woznukand midfielders Joanna Lohman and Amanda Cinalli. They will join coach Jorge Barcellos and teammates Lori Chalupny (a Nerinx Hall grad), Tina Ellertson and Hope Solo, whom St. Louis acquired last month when the U.S. national team divided its 21 players among WPS' seven franchises.

"Once again, we feel great about the results of the draft," says team owner Jeff Cooper. "We were able to get three players who have been featured on the U.S. Women's National Team and another who is a star for the U-23 team. We have a fantastic mix of speed, size and skill. And all of them are world-class players. Watching this team will be a lot of fun."

In the international draft September 25, St. Louis acquired rights to four players: midfielder Daniela Alves Lima (known as simply Daniela) and defender Renata Costa, both of Brazil; striker Lotta Schelin of Sweden and forward Melissa Tancredi of Canada.

"I am very pleased to have such high-caliber players to work with in St. Louis," Barcellos said at the time. He had coached Daniela and Costa or the Brazilian national team."Daniela is a versatile player who will excel in more than one position.She and Renata have a history of working very well together, making excellent passes that will be further complemented by Lori's experience and solid play. In addition, Melissa is a great forward with sharp quickness and power, while Lotta was a standout during both the 2007 World Cup and 2008 Olympics."

St. Louis will fill out its 24-woman roster with the college draft and open tryouts this winter. The inaugural season kicks off next April.

-Aimee Levitt


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