September 29, 2009

Breakers Trade A-Rod to Independence for Draft Picks

The Boston Breakers have announced that they have traded last year's number one overall draft pick, Amy Rodriguez, and the 5th pick overall in the 2010 draft to the Philadelphia Independence for two 1st round draft picks in the 2010 draft in January. The picks would be the 2nd and 11th picks overall in the draft.

Rodriguez had already won a gold medal in the Olympics when she was drafted by Boston in January of 2009. However, the highly touted forward out of USC produced just 1 goal in 17 matches for the Breakers. She played just 61 minutes in the Breakers' final 6 matches and often times seemed not to be on the same page with Breakers' head coach Tony DiCicco. Rodriguez wasn't on the traveling roster of the team on the Breakers' final road trip of the season.

The two draft picks represent both of Philadelphia's first round picks for 2010. Both Atlanta and Philadelphia were given an extra pick at the end of the 1st round because of their expansion team status. The trade is somewhat surprising in that Philadelphia will host the draft and one might have thought they would have wanted to make a big splash at the draft. They now have the 5th pick and 13th pick overall in that draft.