FC Kansas City selected defender Courtney Jones, goalkeeper Bianca Henninger, forward Merritt Mathias, forward/midfielder Casey (Nogueira) Loyd, midfielder Tina DiMartino and defender Casey Berrier during the six round NWSL Supplemental Draft on Thursday.
“I don’t know that I could be much happier with today’s draft,” said Brian Budzinski, Team President. “We went into this draft with a strategy for making our team better and our coaches did a great job with their selections.”
Courtney Jones – Defender/Forward
Named the 2011 co-captain of the North Carolina Tar Heels, Jones spent four years of her college career as a forward. She would go on to tally 36 goals and 32 assists. During her college career she earned numerous awards, some of which include ACC Player of the Week, Soccer News National Net Player of the Week, and Tar Heel Performer of the Week. In 2008 she was the second-leading goal scorer for Carolina with 29 points. Her senior year was eventful, as she started all 20 games and assisted with 8 goals. She was named to the Duke Nike Classic All-Tournament Team and earned her 104th career point in the NCAA tournament. She ended her UNC career with 31 assists.
Bianca Henninger – Goalkeeper
Super excited to be a part of @fckansascity!! Can’t wait to get after it with the awesome group they picked out!
— Bianca Henninger (@Beeyoncs) February 7, 2013
As a goalkeeper for the Santa Clara Broncos, Henninger won the 2011 WCC Goalkeeper of the Year award, and recorded eight shutouts and 67 saves. Impressively, she stopped two penalty kicks in a game against Portland. She was named the team’s co-captain and started 18 games. In her junior year she was named the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year, and was selected for the 2010 NSCAA Women’s College Scholar All-America First Team. She would round her junior year out with an impressive accolade as she earned the most saves in the WCC, with 90 saves on the 2010 season.
Henniger is also a proud member of the U.S. National Team, as she was a member of the U20 World Cup championship squad that played in Germany. She played every minute of the tournament, allowing only two goals in the U.S. team’s victorious campaign. In the 2012 WPS Draft she was picked 13th overall by the Philadelphia Independence.
Merritt Mathias – Forward
Mathias is a longstanding member of the U.S. National Team, as she has been a member since U15. When she entered her freshman year at North Carolina, she was already a member of the U17 team. At Carolina she performed well and played nearly every match of the season until an injury resulted in her missing a few games. In her freshman year she scored a game-winning goal against Georgia. In 2010, Mathias transferred to Texas A&M, where she started in all 24 matches during her senior year. In the same year she was named to the All-Big 12 first team, and the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team. She concluded her senior year with the Aggies with 8 goals, and 11 assists. She played a large role in her team’s Big 12 campaign, as she attempted 93 shots in one season.
Casey (Nogueira) Loyd – Midfielder
In 2008, Loyd was the first Tar Heel in a decade to win the Mary Garber Award as the ACC Female Athlete of the Year. Her junior year would continue to see her winning awards, as she picked up the Honda Soccer Award and the Soccer Buzz Player of the Year award. For two years, Loyd was the Tar Heels’ starting forward, and she ended her collegiate career with 42 goals and 19 assists. She would also notch 75 appearances for the Tar Heels, and 51 starts. As a member of the U.S. National Team since high school, Loyd has competed in the U16, 17, 20 and 23 squads.
Loyd is a talented midfielder who is known for leading by example. One such instance can be seen below, during her Sky Blue FC days, scoring an amazing goal against the Western New York Flash.
Here’s another video from 2006 of a then 17 year old Loyd and 18 year old Tobin Heath showing off their soccer ball skills.
Christina DiMartino – Midfielder
A former midfielder for the UCLA Bruins, DiMartino is a well-celebrated athlete who was a semi-finalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy and was named an NSCAA/adidas First–Team All-American, as well as being selected for the NCAA All-Tournament Team. She led the Pac 10 Conference with 12 assists, and scored a game winning goal against Oregon State. She completed her senior year with six goals. Her collegiate career boasts an impressive 96 games played, 22 goals scored, and 30 assists. These statistics earned DiMartino the 2008 Pac 10 Player of the Year award.
She debuted for the USWNT in 2008 at the Four Nations Tournament in China. Prior to this, DiMartino played in 40 matches for the U20s in 2006, scoring 10 goals and a team-leading 20 assists. In the 2009 WPS College Draft, DiMartino was selected 3rd overall by FC Gold Pride; she made eighteen appearances for the club.
NOTE: DiMartino has reportedly decided not to play this season but FC Kansas City will retain her rights for the 2013 season just in case she changes her mind.
Casey Berrier – Defender
— Casey Berrier (@cberr19) February 7, 2013
An all-time leader in matches played during her time as a Loyola Rambler, Berrier played in 92 matches during her collegiate career (2006 – 2009). She rotated between playing defender and defensive midfielder. In 2008 she was named to the NSCAA Academic All-Region Section Team and then progressed to the All-Horizon League Section Team in 2009. In her senior year, with her assistance, the Ramblers recorded seven clean sheets. Upon graduation, Berrier found herself playing for Emerald City FC in Seattle. After the 2012 club season , she transferred to the Finnish team PK-35 Vantaa. She made her UEFA Women’s Champions League debut in 2012, making five appearances for the Finnish squad.