FC Kansas City again went local in this year’s NWSL draft. The Blues, without a first round pick though were still able to get players they wanted.
With their first pick, the third overall and the third of the second round, FCKC grabbed forward/midfielder from Liberty, Missouri, Shea Groom. While KC didn’t necessarily need a lot of help at the forward department, Groom as a good local talent was too god for FCKC to pass up.
Four picks later, the Blues had back to back picks at 16 and 17. With the 16th pick, FCKC drafted Groom’s college teammate at Texas A&M, Meghan Streight. Streight was an All American and a three time first team All-SEC selection during her time with the Aggies. The next pick, FCKC added to their goalkeeping depth, selecting Katelyn Rowland from UCLA. Rowland was considered the best goalkeeper in the draft, and a member of the US women’s U20 team. With Nicole Barnhart potentially missing time this summer during the women’s World Cup, Rowland could see plenty of time for the Blues.
With their third round pick, the Blues went with Colorado College midfielder, Jessie Ayers.
With their final pick, FCKC went local again, drafting Groom’s youth club teammate, Kaysie Clark from Missouri. Clark a midfielder, scored three goals and assisted on 11 this past year for the Tigers.