Breakers receive No. 11 overall pick in return for defender
(Oct. 29, 2013) – The Chicago Red Stars announced Tuesday the club has acquired the rights to defender Casey Short, along with a third-round pick in the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft in exchange for the No. 11 overall pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft.
The draft choice from Boston was Seattle Reign FC’s third-round selection in the 2015 draft, which the Breakers acquired from the Reign in a previous trade.
Short, 23, was the Breakers’ first-round draft pick (No. 5 overall) in the 2013 draft, but missed the entire 2013 NWSL season with a torn ACL.
“We are in a bit of a holding pattern with our roster as we await details of our 2014 allocation,” said Red Stars coach Rory Dames. “But Casey’s versatility and athleticism is a much needed addition to our current group of players.”
“Along with holding the No. 2 and 3 overall picks in the 2014 college draft, we are excited with the core of young players we are going to have.”
Chicago will be a homecoming for Short, who is a Naperville, Ill. native. She graduated from Naperville Central High School in 2008 as a standout soccer and track star. She was selected as a PARADE and NSCAA Youth All-American in soccer, and also was a state champion in the 400-meter dash and 800-meter run.
She competed collegiately at Florida State where she led the Seminoles to Top 10 national rankings each year. In joining the Red Stars, she will be reunited with her college roommate, goalkeeper Taylor Vancil.
The deal was Boston’s third trade in less than two weeks. The Breakers acquired the No. 18 overall selection in the 2014 draft and a third-round pick in the 2015 draft from Seattle Reign FC on Oct. 23 in a trade that sent midfielder Mariah Nogueira in the other direction.
Prior to that, Boston picked up forward Courtney Jones on Oct. 17 in trade with FC Kansas City in which the teams also swapped first-round picks in the 2013 draft.
The Breakers now hold the Nos. 7, 11, 18, 20 and 28 overall selections in the 2014 draft.
The Red Stars currently have the Nos. 2, 3 and No. 19 picks in the upcoming draft.
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