Going by the Tweets each of these players sent out this week it seems like FC Kansas City has already filled two of their four free agent slots with former first round WPS draft picks Sinead Farrelly and Melissa Henderson.
— Sinead Farrelly (@shin_ebrighter) January 18, 2013
Farrelly, the #2 draft pick in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Philadelphia Independence, was an All-American midfielder at the University of Virginia. She started 13 of 14 games in her rookie season with the Independence netting her first career goal, a game-winner against the Western New York Flash. After the WPS folded, Farrelly signed on to play for the New York Fury.
“She has tremendous vision off the ball, is a tremendous passer, and has all the tools to be a top-class midfielder. I would be shocked if she didn’t play on the full national team in the next year and a half.” — Former Independence and current NY Fury Head Coach Paul Riley said in a 2011 interview.
If her Tweet holds true, Farrelly will be joining fellow Cavalier and All-American Becky Sauerbrunn in Kansas City.
— Melissa Henderson (@Mhenderson06) January 18, 2013
Henderson, the #2 draft pick in the 2012 WPS Draft by Sky Blue FC, signed on with the Boston Breakers (then of the WPSL Elite) after the WPS folded and started four games and scored once. Prior to her professional career Henderson was a two-time All-American at the University of Notre Dame.
“She’s been blessed with some God-given abilities with her speed, physical strength, and her athleticism. If she had the skills she has but not those other qualities, she wouldn’t be the player she is.” — Notre Dame Coach Randy Waldrum said in a 2012 interview.
Henderson was a member of the U-23 US Women’s National Team and earned her first-ever call-up for the full US Women’s National Team squad in December 2011.
As of this post neither FC Kansas City nor the NWSL has made an official announcement of the signings.