To the surprise of no one, Morgan Brian was the No. 1 overall pick in Friday's NWSL Draft. The two-time Hermann Trophy winner as the nation's top college player and regular member of the United States national team is now a member of the Houston Dash.
Everyone expected Brian to go with the first pick. She was the unquestioned top player in college and despite being just 21 years old, already has 19 caps with the U.S. senior team. It's a World Cup year and there is no doubt that Brian will be on the U.S. team. The only question is whether she will start, and she has a pretty good case to do so depending on what kind of team Jill Ellis elects to go with.
The second, third and fourth picks were all UCLA product. Sky Blue FC took Sarah Killion before the Western New York Flash selected Abby Dahlkemper and Samantha Mewis. All three have played for various U.S. youth teams, while Sarah Killion was been called up by the senior team for last year's Algarve Cup and Mewis has three caps with the senior team.
The 2015 NWSL season will be a bit strange as they take a break for the World Cup group stage, but will play through the knockout stages. They will also be in action in the weeks before the World Cup, when the U.S. team is expected to be in training camp. But whenever the national teamers are with their NWSL teams, Brian will be with the Dash and the UCLA trio with Sky Blue or the Flash.