September 22, 2009

Seger, Bachmann Are Top Picks In WPS International Draft

Caroline Seger of Sweden and Linköpings FC was chosen by the Philadelphia Independence as the first selection in the WPS International Draft. The 24 year old midfielder has over 30 caps with the Swedish National Team.

For their first pick, the Atlanta Beat chose 18 year old Swiss sensation Ramona Bachmann, a forward with Umeå IK. She has scored 14 goals for the Swedish club this season.

Both Philadelphia and Atlanta chose 5 players each. Philadelphia's first two picks were from Swedish club Linköpings FC and Atlanta's first three picks were from Swedish club Umeå IK. In all, 7 of the 10 players chosen are now playing in the Swedish Damallsvenskan.

Probably the most well known player to American soccer fans is former Florida State star Mami Yamaguchi, who now plays for Umeå IK with Bachmann. The young Japanese star won the MAC Hermann Award for the top female college soccer player in 2007.

The Selections (Name, position, age, country, current club):
1) Philadelphia-Caroline Seger, Midfielder, 24, Sweden, Linköpings FC
2) Atlanta-Ramona Bachmann, Forward, 18, Switzerland, Umeå IK
3) Philadelphia-Charlotte Rohlin, Defender, 28, Sweden, Linköpings FC
4) Atlanta-Johanna Rasmussen, Forward, 26, Denmark, Umeå IK
5) Philadelphia-Holmfridur Magnusdottir, Attacking Midfielder, 25, Iceland, Kristianstads DFF
6) Atlanta-Mami Yamaguchi, Attacking MF/Forward, 23, Japan, Umeå IK
7) Philadelphia-Fara Williams, Midfielder, 25, England, Everton
8) Atlanta-Maurine Dorneles Goncalves, Midfielder, 23, Brazil, Santos
9) Philadelphia-Lianne Sanderson, Forward, 21, England, Chelsea
10) Atlanta-Therese Sjögran, Midfielder, 32, Sweden, LdB FC Malmo