UW's Hope Solo is Likely High Pick in Sunday's Draft

Jan. 30, 2003

ATLANTA - University of Washington senior goalkeeper Hope Solo is expected to be one of the early names called Sunday when the 2003 WUSA (Women's United Soccer Association) Player Draft takes place from the league's headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.

The draft begins, Sunday, Feb. 2 at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time (11:30 a.m. Eastern). Round-by-round coverage of the draft will be provided in text format by the league's official website at WUSA.com. A live audiocast of the event begins at 8 a.m. PST and is available at the following link: WUSA Draft

Comprised of four rounds, the 2003 WUSA Draft pool will feature more than 80 the top college and amateur talent in the world of women's soccer. During all four rounds, each team will have five minutes to make a selection. Each team will own two timeouts (consisting of 10 minutes) and can negotiate trades until time of time of selection.

Solo earned 12 'caps' for international appearances with the U.S. National Team. She is among the group of goalkeepers under consideration for a spot on the roster for the 2003 World Cup squad.

Solo completed her collegiate career as the Huskies' all-time leader in every goalkeeping category. She started 68 games, amassing 325 saves, 18 shutouts and a 1.02 goals against average. In each of the last two seasons (2001, 2002), she was one of 15 nominees for the Hermann Trophy that honors the national player of the year.

A four-time all-conference honoree, Solo received the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year award. She surrendered only 12 goals in 17 games in 2001 en route to a school single-season record 0.68 goals against average.

In 2000, Solo led Washington's to its only Pac-10 women's soccer championship.

She came to Washington after a stellar prep career at Richland (Wash.) High School during which she was twice honored as a Parade All-American (1997, 1998).

Solo will be the second Husky to play in the WUSA, joining 2000 Washington graduate Theresa Wagner. The Lakeside High School product played as a midfielder the last two years with the San Jose CyberRays.

Due to an offseason trade, the San Diego Spirit will have the first overall pick in the draft. New York is second followed by Boston in the third position. Thanks to offseason trades, Philadelphia will have the first of its three first round picks with the fourth overall selection. The Charge also controls the sixth and seventh picks in the first round. Atlanta will select fifth and Founders Cup II champion Carolina has the eighth and final pick of the first round. San Jose and Washington do not have a draft pick until round two due to offseason trades.

A few of the standouts expected to be selected early in the 2003 WUSA Draft include U.S. national team players Aly Wagner (Santa Clara), Hope Solo (Washington), Christie Welsh (Penn State) and Devvyn Hawkins (Santa Clara). Wagner and Hawkins were standouts for the U.S. national team as it won the Four Nations Tournament in China earlier today. In today's 1-0 victory over Germany, Hawkins scored her first international goal in her first start of the tournament, while Wagner had a major impact on the game from her midfield playmaking position.

2003 WUSA Draft Order (subject to change)

1) San Diego+
2) New York+
3) Boston
4) Philadelphia*
5) Atlanta
6) Philadelphia
7) Philadelphia**
8) Carolina

+ - New York sends M Jen Lalor and F Wynne McIntosh along with the Power's first-round pick in the 2003 WUSA Draft (first overall) to the Spirit for M Shannon Boxx and Sherrill Kester, D Margaret Tietjen and San Diego's first-round pick in the 2003 WUSA Draft (second overall).

* - Philadelphia trades F Mandy Clemens for San Jose's first-round pick (fourth overall) in the 2003 WUSA Draft.

** - Washington trades its first pick in the 2003 WUSA Draft to Philadelphia for future considerations.

9) New York
10) Atlanta*
11) Boston
12) San Jose
13) Atlanta
14) Philadelphia
15) Washington
16) Carolina

*-Atlanta trades D Anna Kraus to San Diego for its second-round pick in the 2003 WUSA Draft (10th overall).

17) San Diego*
18) San Diego
19) Boston
20) Washington**
21) Atlanta
22) Philadelphia
23) Washington
24) Carolina

* - New York sends M Sherrill Kester and its third-round pick in the 2003 WUSA Draft (17th overall) to San Diego for GK Carly Smolak.

**- (2001) San Jose trades F Jacqui Little and third pick in the 2003 WUSA Draft (20th overall) to Washington for F Pretinha.

25) New York
26) San Diego
27) Boston
28) San Jose
29) Atlanta
30) Philadelphia
31) Washington
32) Carolina

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