2000 WUSA Foreign Player Allocation

The 2000 WUSA Foreign Player Allocation took place on October 30, 2000. It was the first international draft held by Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) to assign the rights of international players to the eight American-based teams. The 16 players were paired and each team selected one pair.

Round 1Edit

Pick

Player

Pos.

WUSA Team

Previous Team

1   Bente Nordby GK Carolina Courage Athene Moss
  Hege Riise MF Carolina Courage Asker Fotball

Round 2Edit

Pick

Player

Pos.

WUSA Team

Previous Team

2   Doris Fitschen DF Philadelphia Charge 1. FFC Frankfurt
  Kelly Smith FW Philadelphia Charge New Jersey Lady Stallions

Round 3Edit

Pick

Player

Pos.

WUSA Team

Previous Team

3   Kátia FW Bay Area CyberRays São Paulo
  Sissi FW Bay Area CyberRays Vasco da Gama

Round 4Edit

Pick

Player

Pos.

WUSA Team

Previous Team

4   Ann Kristin Aarønes FW New York Power Trondheims-Ørn
  Gro Espeseth DF New York Power Trondheims-Ørn

Round 5Edit

Pick

Player

Pos.

WUSA Team

Previous Team

5   Charmaine Hooper FW Atlanta Beat Chicago Cobras
  Homare Sawa MF Atlanta Beat Denver Diamonds

Round 6Edit

Pick

Player

Pos.

WUSA Team

Previous Team

6   Maren Meinert FW Boston Breakers FFC Brauweiler Pulheim
  Bettina Wiegmann MF Boston Breakers FFC Brauweiler Pulheim

Round 7Edit

Pick

Player

Pos.

WUSA Team

Previous Team

7   Pretinha FW Washington Freedom Vasco da Gama
  Roseli FW Washington Freedom Vasco da Gama

Round 8Edit

Pick

Player

Pos.

WUSA Team

Previous Team

8   Kristin Bengtsson DF San Diego Spirit Landvetter IF
  Ulrika Karlsson GK San Diego Spirit Bälinge IF

Draft notesEdit

Each team had already been allocated three national team players ("founders") on May 24, 2000.[1] The teams then arranged the order for the foreign player allocation between themselves, using a voting system which took account of the previous allocation.[2] The 16 players to be allocated included some of the top players from around the world. Eight of them, including all four Brazilians, had signed for the league the day before the draft.[3] The players were packaged into pairs as part of an effort to help them adapt to life in America.[4]

A 15-round main draft, which also included foreign players, followed on December 10–11, 2000.[5] A supplemental college draft on February 4, 2001 completed the process before the inaugural season began in April 2001.[6] In common with Major League Soccer, WUSA had a single-entity ownership structure. This meant that the league office owned the players' contracts and negotiated all agreements. Each team got an $800,000 salary cap to cover their final roster of 20 players.[1]

Sports Illustrated soccer journalist Grant Wahl described Philadelphia's second round pick of Smith and Fitschen ahead of Sissi and Kátia as "a boneheaded move".[7] The slur angered Smith, who later extracted an apology from Wahl.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Wagman, Robert (24 May 2000). "Hamm is assigned to play in Washington as first 24 allocations are announced". SoccerTimes.com. Archived from the original on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  2. ^ "WUSA conducts inaugural foreign player allocation draft". SoccerTimes.com. 31 October 2000. Archived from the original on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Eight more foreign players join WUSA". CNN Sports Illustrated. 29 October 2000. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  4. ^ Lauletta, Dan (January 18, 2013). "Sorting through the history of women's league drafts". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "WUSA: Complete Draft Results". Soccer America. 11 December 2000. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  6. ^ "WUSA holds supplemental draft". CNN Sports Illustrated. 4 February 2001. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  7. ^ Wahl, Grant (7 May 2001). "Soccer". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  8. ^ Smith, Kelly (2013). Footballer - My Story. p. 63. ISBN 055216643X. Retrieved 23 October 2013.