Three UCLA Players Selected in WPS Draft

Jan. 15, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - Led by second overall pick Lauren Cheney, a total of three UCLA players were selected in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft on Friday afternoon at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

Cheney, a four-time first-team All-American and UCLA's all-time leading scorer with 173 points, was drafted as the No. 2 overall pick by the Boston Breakers. North Carolina's Tobin Heath was chosen as the top pick overall by the Atlanta Beat.

The two other UCLA players drafted on Friday were Kristina Larsen and Lauren Wilmoth. Larsen was chosen with the 6th pick of the second round by St. Louis Athletica, while Wilmoth was the third pick of the seventh round by the FC Gold Pride.

Canadian Kara Lang, who was listed as one of the draft's top 5 midfielders according to a media poll leading up to the draft, was not chosen by a team on Friday. She is still recovering from an ACL injury suffered during UCLA's regular season. She also falls under the league's international rules, where teams have a roster limit of five foreign players. Once healthy, she will likely be invited to try out for teams that have not already met their international player limit.

"I'm delighted for our players and it is definitely a proud day for the Bruins," said UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis. "To have an opportunity to continue playing at the next level is exciting, and we wish our players the very best. There is also no doubt in my mind that Kara Lang will be an impact player in this league once she is back at full strength. She is currently going through the process of rehabilitation and I know that many teams are going to be looking to give her an opportunity."

With three players chosen on Friday, UCLA trailed just North Carolina (7) and Santa Clara (5) in total number of draftees.

Complete draft results can be found on the Official WPS Website.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Wednesday, Aug 12
vs. Missouri
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Aug 21
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
L, 0 - 1
Sunday, Aug 23
at San Diego
San Diego, CA
W, 1 - 0 (2OT)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Wisconsin
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Friday, Sep 04 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 11 - 4:00 PM PST
at Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC
Sunday, Sep 13 - 10:00 AM PST
at North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Thursday, Sep 17 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 25 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Oct 01 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Oct 04 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Friday, Oct 09 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Oct 29 - 3:30 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 3:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 13 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Sunday, Nov 22 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Third Round
Friday, Nov 27 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Quarterfinals