Racing Louisville FC selects Fox #1, UofL Ekic #5 in NWSL Draft

Racing Louisville FC selects Fox #1 UofL Ekic #5 in NWSL Draft

Sports Racing Louisville FC selects Fox #1 UofL Ekic #5 in NWSL Draft 2021 NWSL Draft

Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the US national team for ESPN FC.

USA global Emily Fox and Trinity Rodman, daughter of former National Basketball Association bad boy Dennis Rodman, went 1-2 in the NWSL draft Wednesday evening.

Dennis Rodman, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011, was taken in the second round of the 1986 NBA Draft.

Fox is taking part January training camp with the USA women's national team in Florida.

"I'm super excited", Fox said from USA training camp in Orlando, Florida. "But I am excited to be known as Trinity Rodman and not just Dennis Rodmans daughter".

Washington State freshman forward Trinity Rodman, daughter of NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, went No. 2 overall despite never playing a college game, though she's played for years in the USA national team system.

Rodman was a freshman at Washington State, but the coronavirus outbreak postponed the fall season in the Pac-12. The Louisville native is a former ACC Offensive Player of the Year.

"To even just be in the draft with my situation and my age is insane, but to be No. 2 to an awesome team is out of this world, like I couldn't ask for anything more", Rodman said. I've talked to him a couple times. "I'm excited to be playing for Racing Louisville and Christy Holly as head coach and his staff and I'm really excited".

Trinity Rodman, the daughter of National Basketball Association legend Dennis Rodman, is following in her famous father's footsteps into professional sports.

"With my dad I'm just so thankful, obviously he was an awesome athlete and I got those genes from him but I'm excited to be known as Trinity Rodman and not just Dennis Rodman's daughter, so I'm excited to pave my own path and get better throughout this journey".

Also drafted in the opening round was TCU midfielder Yazmeen Ryan, the No. 6 pick by Portland Thorns; Stanford forward Madison Haley, the No. 7 pick by the Chicago Red Stars; USC forward Tara McKeown, the No. 8 pick by the Spirit; UCLA midfielder Viviana Villacorta, the No. 9 pick by the Orlando Pride; and Florida forward and Canadian national Deanne Rose, the 10th pick by the North Carolina Courage.

Sky Blue FC took North Carolina midfielder Brianna Pinto third before trading the fourth pick to Kansas City for $175,000 U.S. in allocation money. She is a graduate of Dupont Manual High School.

The Portland Thorns moved up by trading the No. 7 pick, the No. 32 pick and a 2021 global slot to the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for the No. 6 overall pick.

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