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Curran Goes to Current in NWSL Draft Second Round

Dec 18, 2021

EUGENE, Ore. – The player who has appeared in the most games in Oregon history added another program milestone on Saturday when she became the highest-ever draft pick for the Ducks.
Midfielder Chardonnay Curran was selected with the 17th overall pick by the Kansas City Current in the second round of the 2022 National Women's Soccer League Draft. She is the first player in program history to be drafted in the first two rounds of the NWSL Draft.
Curran, who played in a school-record 92 career matches, was the fifth Pac-12 player to come off the board on Saturday. Overall, 11 players from the Conference of Champions were selected in the 2022 NWSL Draft.
Curran will join a Kansas City club that went 3-14-7 in 2021 but will be moving into a new $70 million stadium in 2023. Located along the banks of the Missouri River, it will be the first stadium in the U.S. built specifically for an NWSL franchise.
Kansas City's 2022 first round pick also came from the Pac-12. Forward Elyse Bennett from Washington State was selected seventh overall by the Current.
Curran is the second Oregon player to be chosen in the NWSL Draft. The first was Jazmin Jackmon, who was a third-round pick for the Houston Dash in 2019.
If Curran breaks camp with the Current next season, she will become the third Duck alum to play in the NWSL joining Marissa Everett (2019-21) and Mo Fitzgerald (2016) with the Portland Thorns. Entering her fourth professional season, Everett was recently offered a contract option for the 2022 season by the Thorns.
Chardonay Curran, Sr., MF, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
The 17th overall pick in the 2022 NWSL Draft, going in the second round to the Kansas City Current.
Holds UO career record for both matches played and consecutive matches played at 92.
UO career record 84 games started.
Finished career with seven goals, seven assists (21 points) and 82 shots.
Of her three career game-winning goals, two came against Portland, including the 2018 match that marked the Ducks' first victory against the Pilots in the modern era (1996-present).
2021 (5TH YEAR - extra year of eligibility granted by NCAA due to Covid-19 pandemic)
Started all 19 matches in the midfield ... Scored three goals, two of which were game-winners ... Tied for third on the team with 26 shots ... Scored the game-tying goal Aug. 22 at San Francisco ... Attempted a season-best four shots against the Dons ... Hit the game-winner in the 83rd minute of the Ducks' 1-0 victory against Portland on Sept. 17 ... Netted the game-winner Oct. 7 against Arizona (1-0) just three minutes into the match.
2020 (SENIOR); played in spring of 2021
Started all 16 matches, 15 of which came at center back ... Played every minute (1,563) of the season ... Attempted nine shots with a high of three versus Colorado ... Was part of a defense that set the program for lowest goals against average (0.69) ... Team allowed just 12 goals all season.
2019 (JUNIOR)
Midfielder had 19 caps with 18 starts ... Recorded one goal and a pair of assists ... Scored lone goal in 2-2 tie at No. 17 Colorado ... Had assists on Maya Hahn's game-winner against Portland State and Ally Cook's game-winner at Arizona State ... Fourth on the team with 1,522 minutes played.
Appeared in all 19 matches, making 17 starts ... Recorded a season high three shots and scored the game-winner against Portland to lead the Ducks to the first win over the Pilots in the modern era (Sept. 14) ... Scored goal against Colorado (Oct. 13) ... Recorded assists against Idaho (Sept. 16), Arizona State (Oct. 25), and Arizona (Oct. 28) ... Logged a total of 1,433 minutes.
Appeared in all 19 matches, making 14 starts ... Scored her first career goal at USC (Oct. 1) ... Earned her first career assist on Marissa Everett's goal in the Ducks 1-0 win over Idaho (Sept. 8) ... Sent a through ball to set up Jessica Yu's goal against Idaho State (Sept. 17) for her second assist of the year ... Recorded 16 shots on the year earning three each in the matches against Kansas State (Aug. 20), Oklahoma (Sept. 1) and Montana (Sept. 15) ... Finished the year with a .438 shots on goal percentage with seven shots on goal in seven different matches ... Twice called up to join the United States' U-18 Women's National Team, and earned a call to join the U-20  team's training camp as well.
Served as team captain from her freshman to senior year ... Helped lead the team to the OIA championship in 2014 and 2015 ... Earned honorable mention in 2015 and 2016 for the All-Hawaii girls soccer selections and was named to the OIA West All-Stars first team ... Named the Oceanic Time Warner Cable OIA Girls Soccer DI Championship Impact Player in 2015 ... Made the James Campbell Honor Roll from 2013-16 ... Had a GPA of 4.0 and was a member of the Principal's List ... Played for the Hawaii Rush club team for eight years ...Voted Forward of the Year in 2016 ... Named Top 11 and Defender of the Year in 2015 ... Member of the National Select Team PDT champions in 2015 ... One year of interregional ODP experience.
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