The 2021 NWSL Draft befell on Wednesday, and there was Bruin illustration within the proceedings, because the Orlando Satisfaction chosen midfielder Viviana Villacorta with the ninth general decide, Kansas Metropolis picked defender Lucy Parker at No. 16 general, and defender Delanie Sheehan was taken No. 33 general by Sky Blue FC.
Villacorta leaves UCLA after three seasons in Westwood. Described as a “midfield metronome,” she performed 71 video games for the Bruins, tallying seven objectives and 16 assists. She picked up All-Pac-12 second staff honors in her sophomore and junior seasons.
A United States youth worldwide, the Lawndale native joins an Orlando Satisfaction staff that shall be seeking to make a step up after a troublesome 2020. The Satisfaction was the one staff that didn’t take part within the 2020 Problem Cup, the bubble match that grew to become the primary skilled sporting occasion in the US, as a result of the staff had a coronavirus outbreak. However they are going to be seeking to be aggressive and even perhaps extra in 2021, and Villacorta may see some enjoying time in her rookie season.
Parker is a defender who performed one season at UCLA, in 2019, after transferring from LSU. With the Bruins, Parker made 24 appearances, scoring 4 objectives to rank fourth on the staff, and was a second-team All-Pac-12 choice.
She’s an import, from Cambridge, England, and is an England youth worldwide. Meaning she presumably has some flexibility in her skilled ambitions, and will choose to play in her native England, however Kansas Metropolis, returning to the league after a couple of seasons out, want reinforcements throughout their squad and will give Parker enjoying time rapidly if she indicators.
Sheehan was drafted on her birthday, taken by the New Jersey-based Sky Blue with the third decide of the third spherical. In 70 video games throughout three seasons for the Bruins, she’s scored 11 objectives and 13 assists. An All-Pac-12 third staff choice in 2018 and a Pac-12 All-Freshman staff honoree in 2017, she was additionally named to Prime Drawer Soccer’s Freshman Greatest XI, as UCLA went to the School Cup title sport that 12 months.
The Brentwood native was chosen by a Sky Blue staff that’s in the midst of a complete rebuild, and whereas she shouldn’t be assured knowledgeable deal, they’ve one of many shorter squads within the league and so she may discover a possibility if she will get an invite to coaching camp.
UCLA’s three choices rank them tied for first within the draft in 2021 alongside UNC Chapel Hill and Washington State.