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Savannah DeMelo and Jada Talley Selected in 2022 NWSL Draft

Dec 18, 2021

LOS ANGELES – The 2022 NWSL Draft was held on Saturday and USC women's soccer standouts Savannah DeMelo and Jada Talley heard their names called. DeMelo was selected fourth overall by Racing Louisville and Talley was taken in the third round by the Orlando Pride.
 
DeMelo being taken fourth overall is the highest selection of a USC player since 2017 when Morgan Andrews was taken third overall and Kayla Mills was selected fourth. USC has now had multiple players picked in five of the last six NWSL drafts.
 
Savannah DeMelo – Racing Louisville FC (Round 1, Pick 4)
DeMelo posted four goals and seven assists this past season to finish fourth on the team with 15 total points and earn both All-Region and All-Pac-12 honors. The Trojan midfielder did it all for USC, controlling the game both offensively and defensively from the middle of the pitch to help Trojans to 14 wins and yet another postseason appearance. Her seven assists moved her into a tie for third on USC's career helpers list and her 15 points moved her into 10th on the Trojans' all-time points list.
 
For her career, DeMelo earned All-Conference honors four times, All-American honors once and Pac-12 Academic recognition three times. Despite missing the 2019 season with an injury, DeMelo played in 75 total games in the Cardinal and Gold, starting 73 of them and leading USC to the postseason each year she was on the pitch. She finishes her USC career with 17 goals (5 game-winners), 28 assists and 62 total points.

Jada Talley – Orlando Pride (Round 3, Pick 31)
Talley transferred to USC prior to the 2021 season after an All-Pac-12 career at Arizona over the previous four years. She immediately added to the prowess of the USC attack, finishing the year with three goals and two assists in 18 games played and 15 starts. Her eight total points were seventh on the team. Talley had her playing rights claimed by Louisville following the 2021 NWSL Draft, but opted instead to use her final year of eligibility at USC.
 
Over the course of four years in Tucson, Talley scored 24 goals and posted 16 assists to finish fourth on both career lists for the Wildcats. She was named to the All-Pac-12 first team in 2019, second team in 2020 and third team in 2018, while also earning All-Pacific Region second team honors in 2019 after scoring a career-high 10 goals.