Angel City FC will continue filling out its roster with NWSL College Draft – Daily News

These are busy days for the staff of Angel City FC.

The roster-building continued Thursday with four players selected in the NWSL Expansion Draft, on Friday with the signing of Canadian national team defender Vanessa Gilles to a one-year contract with an option. and Saturday is the NWSL College Draft.

The draft begins at 11 a.m. and will stream live on Paramount+ and CBS Sports HQ.

Angel City didn’t have a first-round pick after sending it to Racing Louisville FC in the trade for Christen Press in August. On Thursday, the club traded back into the first round, sending the No. 26 pick and $125,000 in Allocation Money to the Houston Dash for the No. 6 pick.

The process of a building a first roster, according to Sporting Director Eniola Aluko, has been challenging, but exciting.

“Everyone in the technical area, we all wanted to be part of this organization to build this team,” Aluko said. “At no point have I ever thought, ‘Oh my God, this is terrible.’ The fun part is trying to figure out what our team is going to look like and what players are we going to bring in.

“But it is challenging. We’re not the favorite club around the league when we’re trying to take team’s players, but whether it is us or San Diego, teams don’t want to lose players, so you have to be ready to have difficult conversations with opposite GMs and coaches.”

The addition of Gilles strengthens an already solid defensive backline that included Sarah Gorden, Mary Alice Vignola and Paige Nielsen.

“It’s all been a lot of fun and an honor to be part of creating history,” Aluko said.

Top Drawer Soccer had South Florida forward Sydny Nasello as the No. 6 pick going to Houston before the trade. With ACFC’s already deep forward line, the club might be able to secure a piece in the midfield with the likes of Savannah DeMelo (USC), Emily Gray (Virginia Tech) and Raleigh Loughman (Michigan), all slated to be Top 10 picks.

After the No. 6 pick, ACFC holds the numbers 13, 28, 36 and 39 picks.

Orange County native Dani Weatherholt of the OL Reign was the first overall pick by ACFC in Thursday’s NWSL Expansion Draft. They also drafted forwards Claire Emslie (Orlando) and Jasmyne Spencer (Houston) and defender Paige Nielsen (Washington).

Angel City currently has 14 players on its roster. Aluko said that there will be more signings next week.

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