Top Pick Amy Rodriguez and Fellow Trojan Ashley Nick Are Boston-Bound
Jan. 16, 2009
ST. LOUIS, MO. - USC senior Amy Rodriguez has had a golden touch in her soccer career to date, and the newly established Women's Professional Soccer league has taken notice. Having completed her USC playing career, Rodriguez was named the No. 1 pick in today's WPS Draft and was quickly snapped up by the Boston Breakers. And to make the move a little more comfy, Rodriguez will be joined by fellow Trojan Ashley Nick. Nick was selected in the eighth round by the Breakers as the No. 56 pick overall.
The two USC All-Americans have been a dominating combination for the Trojans during their collegiate careers. Entering Troy as freshmen in 2005, the speedy forward and powerful midfielder helped guide USC to NCAA appearances all four years and made history by pushing USC to the 2007 national championship. The Trojans became the first Pac-10 team to win a women's soccer title, and now the pair become the first USC players to play professional soccer in the United States. Both were named Preseason All-Americans and were on the watch list for the Hermann Trophy as seniors, and both were All-Pac-10 First Team honorees.
Rodriguez - USC's No. 4 all-time scorer and a cornerstone in the program's first-ever NCAA championship - was the lone 2008 Olympic gold-medalist available in the draft. One of only three collegiate players on the United States' Olympic roster, Rodriguez earned herself a starting role for Team USA in Beijing. She assisted on the USA's winning goal in the gold-medal game and returned soon after to her USC teammates for the 2008 collegiate season. There, she helped guide the Women of Troy to their fourth straight NCAA appearance and was the team's top scorer.
In her four years at Troy, Rodriguez scored 31 career goals to rank No. 4 all-time at USC. Also No. 4 all-time in career points with 79, Rodriguez stands among the top-6 in four different career categories at Troy. She is No. 2 all-time in career game-winning goals with 12 and is No. 6 in career assists with 17. Soon after returning from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Rodriguez became the first Trojan since 1997 to notch a hat trick after a three-goal performance on October 2.
Senior captain Nick was an All-Pac-10 First Team selection in 2007 as well. She scored five goals and had six assists in her senior year to hold USC's 10th-best mark of 11 career assists. During the 2008 NCAA Tournament, Nick scored in back-to-back games to help USC move through the NCAA First and Second Rounds. She never missed a game as a Trojan during her four seasons, and set a season-best mark in 2008 with her five goals scored on the year. In 2007, Nick helped secure a historic run for the Trojans. Before her game-winning overtime header against Missouri, USC had never before passed the NCAA Second Round. Thanks in part to clutch performances from Nick and Rodriguez throughout the tournament, USC won its first-ever NCAA title that year.
Women's Professional Soccer is fielding seven teams across the country in its first year of existence. Today's draft included 70 picks and 10 rounds.