Thorns draft Penn State midfielder
The Portland Thorns selected midfielder Emily Ogle with the 24th pick in the 2019 National Women's Soccer League college draft.
Ogle played in 100 games (all starts) in four seasons at Penn State, posting 20 goals and 21 assists.
As a senior, she had six goals and five assists and was a second-team All-America selection by United Soccer Coaches. A first-team all-Big Ten choice, she was the league's midfielder of the year.
Internationally, Ogle has played for the United States at the under-18, under-19, under-20 and under-23 levels. In 2016, she started all six matches for the USA at the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup.
Portland had the 17th pick when the draft started, but made a series of trades to wind up with the 24th selection, swapping picks with first Washington and then Chicago.
• U.S. national team defender Tierna Davidson was the No. 1 pick by the Chicago Red Stars. A junior at Stanford, Davidson registered for the draft early this week.
Chicago got the No. 1 pick in a trade that sent the rights to Christen Press to Utah.
• The NWSL announced that rosters will grow by two paid spots for the 2019 season.
Twenty to 22 players will be on each roster, up from 18 to 20.
The salary cap will increase to $421,500, up from $350,000 last season. The minimum salary will be $16,538, up from $15,750. The maximum salary will be $46,200, up from $44,000.
These limits do not apply to players who are paid by the United States or Canadian national federation.
The league also will increase the amount of money teams are allowed to spend above the salary cap to assist players with housing and transportation.
The increased roster size should help teams impacted by the absence of players involved in the Women's World Cup, which takes place in France from June 7 through July 7. The Thorns could have as many as 10 players involved in the World Cup.
• The University of Oregon's first player to be drafted by the NWSL, defender Jazmin Jackmon, went in the third round (21st overall) to the Houston Dash.
She was a senior last season, and is from Pasadena, California. She transferred from Santa Clara before her junior year.
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