Recapping NWSL Draft Day for FC Kansas City
FC Kansas City had the third pick in the NWSL Draft and selected Kristie Mewis from Boston College. The Blues then picked up Erika Tymrak (Florida) and then stayed local with their final two picks with Whitney Berry (Kansas) and Nia Williams (Missouri State).
Here is a little closer look at the Spirit’s draft picks:
3. Kristie Mewis, M (Boston College) – first round
Can’t wait to be a part of @fckansascity!! Looking forward to this opportunity and experience
— Kristie Mewis (@KristieMewie) January 18, 2013
Mewis was a Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, was a NSCAA First Team All-American and was named to the All-ACC first team. She scored a career-high 16 goals, and finished her senior year with 44 points becoming the all-time leading scorer at BC with 116 total points, finishing her career with 39 goals, 38 assists and nine game-winning goals. She has been in the National Team picture for eight years winning the Bronze Ball as the third best player in the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, and was also name US Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year during the same year. She was also part of the U-20 team that won the 2010 CONACAF U-20 Women’s Championships in Guatemala that earned them a berth into the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
11. Erika Tymrak, M/F (Florida) – second round
— Erika Tymrak (@eTYMrak) January 18, 2013
Was the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year since 2004 and after scoring three consecutive goals and completing three assists in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, she picked up her second Southeastern Conference Tournament MVP honor. In 2012 she was named to various national teams of the week six times. During her senior year at the University of Florida she was twice named Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the week.
19. Whitney Berry, M/F (Kansas) – third round
— Whitney Berry (@whitberry7) January 18, 2013
Berry was named a NSCAA/adidas High School All-American following her junior season in high school. Played collegiately for the University of Kansas, less than an hour down the road from Kansas City, where she earned numerous awards including All-Newcomer Team, All-Big 12 First Team (senior season), All-Big 12 Second Team (x3), NCSAA All-Central Region First Team (senior) and TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 100 player. She ended her career at KU was the school’s career-leader in assists (32), second in career points (78) and tied for third in goals (23).
27. Nia Williams, D (Missouri State) – fourth round
A 4-time All Missouri Valley Player, Williams was named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Third Team after her senior season. Daughter of FC Kansas City’s Assistant Coach, Huw Williams, Nia grew up in Roeland Park, Kansas, which could be minutes away from the FCKC stadium when announced.