Fletcher One Of Roughly 80 Players Eligible For WUSA draft
Jan. 29, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. -
Former Oregon State goalkeeper Jo Fletcher has been selected as one of approximately 80 players that will be available to be drafted at the 2003 Women's United Soccer Association player draft on Sunday in Atlanta, Ga.
A total of 32 players will be selected in the four-round draft, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Pacific at WUSA league headquarters. Those not chosen by one of the eight teams may be invited to individual tryouts beginning Feb. 15.
Only the top collegiate players, along with select international and domestic players, are eligible for the draft.
If selected, Fletcher would be the first Oregon State alumni to play professional women's soccer.
'We feel very confident that Jo has the talent and ability to play in the WUSA,' OSU coach Steve Fennah said. 'Her difficulty in getting drafted may come from the fact that she will count as a foreign player,' he said of the Malpas, Chesire, England native.
Teams are only allowed two foreign players on their roster, and will usually reserve those spots for marquee names.
'Goalkeeper is a very important position though, and she can certainly compete with the best. We hope things go well for her,' Fennah said.
A two-year starter at OSU, Fletcher left her mark on the program by finishing her career as the all-time leader for goals-against average with a 1.24 mark while starting 39 of a possible 40 games. She also ranks among the school's all-time leaders in shutouts and saves, and led the Pacific-10 with 106 saves in the 2002 regular season.
Round-by-round coverage of the draft will be provided live on the web at www.wusa.com.
The league, which is the top professional women's soccer organization in the United States, consists of teams in San Diego, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Carolina, Washington, and San Jose.