Jan. 15, 2010
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Florida State midfielder Becky Edwards was drafted by the FC Gold Pride of the Women’s Professional Soccer League on Friday, January 15. Edwards was selected in the second round with the 12th overall pick and becomes the first Seminole soccer player in school history to be drafted by the WPS.
Edwards had a breakout year in her final season at Florida State starting all 25 games for the Seminoles in 2009. The senior midfielder/defender finished third on the team in points (18) recording career-highs in points, goals (5) and shots (46). She tied a career-high with eight assists, a mark she established as a freshman back in 2006.
The senior captain finished her Seminole career tied for third all-time in appearances with 95, while sitting fifth in career starts with 89. Edwards tallied 20 assists over her four year career, tied for sixth all-time at FSU, including eight game-winners.
This past season, Edwards made school history as a first team All-America honoree by the NSCAA becoming the Seminoles’ first two-time, first team All-American. The Downingtown, Pa., also earned first team All-ACC accolades and became the school’s first CoSIDA Academic All-American earning third team honors in 2009.
Edwards is currently participating in a week long training camp with the United States Women’s U-23 National Team in Carson, Calif. The U-23 squad will face Korea Republic’s Full Women’s National Team twice while training in Southern California on Saturday, January 16 and then again on Monday, January 18. Both matches are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. PT at The Home Depot Center.
The Women’s Professional Soccer League kicks off its second season in April 2010, representing the highest level of women’s professional soccer in North America. Formed in September 2007 as the result of the efforts of the Women’s Soccer Initiative, Inc., WPS consists of nine teams across the country located in Atlanta, the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Jersey/New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Washington D.C.
2010 WPS 1st and 2nd Round Selections
#1 Tobin Heath to Atlanta Beat (North Carolina)
#2 Lauren Cheney to Boston Breakers (Stanford)
#3 Kelley O’Hara to FC Gold Pride (Stanford)
#4 Whitney Engen to Chicago Red Stars (North Carolina)
#5 Nikki Washington to Los Angeles Sol (North Carolina)
#6 Brittany Taylor to Sky Blue FC (UConn)
#7 Nikki Marshall to DC Freedom (Colorado)
#8 Casey Nogueira to Los Angeles Sol (North Carolina)
#9 Kiersten Dallstream to Los Angeles Sol (Washington State)
#10 Ali Riley to the FC Gold Pride (Stanford)
#11 Alyssa Naeher to Boston Breakers (Penn State)
#12 Becky Edwards to FC Gold Pride (Florida State)
#13 Malorie Rutledge to Philadelphia Independence (LSU)
#14 Michelle Enyeart to Los Angeles Sol (Portland)
#15 Jessica McDonald to Chicago Red Stars (North Carolina)
#16 Jordan Angeli to Boston Breakers (Santa Clara)
#17 Kristina Larsen to St. Louis Athletica (UCLA)
#18 Carly Dobratz to DC Freedom (Washington State)
#19 Ashlyn Harris to St. Louis Athletica (North Carolina)
#20 Kaley Fountain to FC Gold Pride (Wake Forest)