February 2, 2010

Athletica Trade for first pick in Los Angeles Sol dispersal draft

Via Athletica media release

Saint Louis Sends Three Players to Atlanta in Exchange

ST. LOUIS, MO (February 1, 2010) – Saint Louis Athletica of Women’s Professional Soccer, WPS, announced Tuesday that they have acquired the first pick in the February 4 Los Angeles Sol dispersal draft from the Atlanta Beat. Saint Louis will send defender Kia McNeill, midfielder Angie Kerr (Woznuk), the rights to third round draft choice Amanda Poach, and Athletica’s second round choice in the dispersal draft (9th overall) to Atlanta. In exchange, Saint Louis will receive Atlanta’s first round pick, number one overall, in the dispersal draft, and Atlanta’s second round pick in the 2011 WPS Draft.

"We were presented with an opportunity to make our club better," said Head Coach Jorge Barcellos. "We gave up some talented young players to do this. I want to thank Kia and Angie for the hard work that they did last season, they were a big part of the success that Athletica enjoyed in our first year. We wish them all the best in their careers."

Saint Louis will now have two selections in the first round of Thursday’s dispersal draft, 1st and 8th, and one final selection at the end of the third round with the 24th pick.

Kia McNeill played in 19 games for Athletica, making 17 starts. The Boston College graduate had become a fixture in the center of the Saint Louis defense. Angie Kerr appeared in 18 games, starting each of them, and was second in the team in minutes played with 1,577. Amanda Poach, Santa Clara University, was selected 26th overall in last month’s WPS Draft.