WPS Draft :: Atlanta Beat take Sydney Leroux no. 1 overall

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Jan 14, 2012

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UCLA Forward Sydney Leroux joins Duke’s Andrew Wenger as #1 Pick Overall for the class of 2012 WPS and MLS drafts respectively.

Leroux is a native of British Columbia who powered the UCLA attack from 2008-2011. She held three consecutive seasons as the Bruins’ leading scorer and finished with eight game-winners as a senior. The fast-paced forward was a MAC Herman trophy semifinalist as a sophomore and made the PAC-10 All-Freshman Team in 2008.

“For this to happen is definitely a dream come true,” said the No. 1 pick. “Carli Lloyd talked to me a lot about Coach Galanis and how he really helped with individual player development. He said, ‘I don’t just want you to be the first overall pick, I want you to improve yourself and be even better than that.’”

The rest of the first round went like this:

1. Atlanta Beat: Forward Sydney Leroux (UCLA) / 2. Sky Blue FC: Forward Melissa Henderson (Notre Dame) / 3. Boston Breakers: Forward Stephanie Ochs (San Diego) / 4. Sky Blue via trade: Defender Camille Levin (Stanford) / 5. Philadelphia Independence: Forward Sarah Hagen (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) / 6. Western New York Flash: Forward Lindsey Taylor (Stanford) / 7. Western New York Flash via trade: Midfielder Teresa Noyola (Stanford)

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