Up to this point the New York Flash has been gathering together an offense-heavy team with players like Abby Wambach, Veronica Perez, and Carli Lloyd. During the NWSL Supplemental Draft the Flash took the opportunity to stock up their back line, picking up two defenders, one defensive midfielder, one striker and a keeper.
Estelle Johnson – Defender
The Flash added defender Estelle Johnson as the seventh overall pick in the first round. Johnson, a former Kansas Jayhawk who graduated in 2009, set the record for fourth most starts by a field player. She was then drafted by the L.A. Sol (WPS) but when the league folded was placed with the Philadelphia Independence for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. The outside back also spent three seasons (2006, 2008, 2009) in the W-League with the Colorado Force.
As of late she has been an assistant coach at Avila University but now Johnson will get to lace up her cleats again to be on the back line for the Flash.
Angela Salem – Defensive Midfielder
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The Flash picked up another solid back in the second round with Angela Salem. The defensive midfielder started 54 games while scoring 11 goals and adding 27 assists at Francis Marion University. Salem was then invited to Sky Blue FC’s training camp in 2010. Most recently she was with the Western New York Flash (WPSL Elite) in 2012, where she scored the winning penalty kick to win the WPSL Elite championship. Hopefully Salem can help the Flash bring home another title.
Kim Yokers – Midfielder
Yokers played with FC Gold Pride in 2009 and 2010 after graduating from California, Berkeley in 2003. As a Golden Bear she was selected to the All-Pac-10 first team and NCSAA second team in her junior year. In 2012, she was picked up by New York Fury (WPSL Elite). Yokers also has international experience with the U.S. U21 team when they won the Nordic Cup in 2003.
Val Henderson – Goalkeeper
The Flash acquired a very experienced goalkeeper in the fourth round when they drafted Val Henderson. Henderson was the captain and starting keeper at UCLA, where holds the Bruins’ records for career shutouts (38) and wins (76). After graduating in 2007, she was drafted by the L.A. Sol (WPS) in the 2009 draft, and joined the Philadelphia Independence in 2010. In 2011 the keeper traveled to Sweden, where she played with KIF Örebro women’s professional team.
Henderson will also bring a wealth of international experience to the Flash, as she played for the U.S. U20 team during the 2006 Youth World Championship. In 2008 she shut out every team on the way to the U23 national team winning the Nordic Cup. Henderson also made a brief appearance with the senior national team toward the end of 2011.
Ashely Grove – Forward
The Flash’s last pick was a young forward out of Maryland, Ashley Grove. Grove graduated in 2011 with 28 total goals and 18 assists. She left Maryland holding several records, including ninth in career game-winning goals (6) and tenth in career points (49). In 2012 the versatile forward was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team. Most recently Grove has returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach.
The Flash elected not to use their last pick in the sixth round.