WOMEN'S SOCCER BLOG
By Tim Goodenow for WVUsports.com
February 11, 2013 10:55 AM
The Washington Spirit selected former West Virginia women’s soccer player Megan Mischler in last week’s National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Supplemental Draft, a process that allocated 45 players to the league’s eight clubs.
Mischler was taken with the first pick of the fifth round. Each of the eight NWSL clubs submitted a list of 8-10 players to construct the list of players to be eligible for the draft. Domestic and international players were eligible for the Supplemental Draft, but each team is allowed only two international players, in addition to the international players that were previously allocated.
"I was overwhelmed with excitement when I saw the Washington Spirit had selected me in the draft,” said Mischler, a Moon Township, Pa., native. “I'm so happy and thankful for this wonderful opportunity to continue playing the game I love, and to begin the next chapter of my professional career with the Spirit.”
The Spirit will now focus on finalizing contract offers with players and inviting others to be part of the allowed 32-player preseason training camp roster. Camp begins March 11, at the team’s Maryland SoccerPlex training facility in Germantown, Md.
Mischler spent the previous two years playing in Sweden for Östersunds DFF and Hammarby Damfotboll. Prior to her play overseas, the speedy forward played with the Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves of the WPSL, including a brief appearance with the Boston Breakers of the WPS.
“After having an amazing experience playing overseas in Sweden, I'm very excited to be joining a team only four hours away from home,” added Mischler. “I think playing overseas with a different style and more creativity than what I am used to in the U.S. has helped me develop my game even more. I loved experiencing a new culture, meeting new friends and playing for Hammarby, but ultimately, playing professionally at home has always been a dream of mine.”
With the Mountaineers, Mischler helped WVU to a four-year record of 60-20-15. She appeared in 83 matches with 43 career points on 19 goals and five assists. A three-time All-Big East selection, Mischler scored nine game-winning goals for the Old Gold and Blue.