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Dennis Rodman’s daughter the No. 2 overall pick in pro soccer league

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By Canadian Press	
	 		North Carolina’s Emily Fox Washington State’s Trinity Rodman go 1-2 in NWSL draft

"The one thing I'm most excited for is just to learn from this".

Here was that same little girl, years later, beaming back at me from her bedroom at Penn State, among the top players selected in one of the best women's leagues in the world. She was set to play in college for Washington State but the season was moved to the spring because of the pandemic.

Trinity Rodman, a rising star on USA soccer youth national teams, was selected second overall by the Washington Spirit in Wednesday's National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) draft. Because of an NCAA waiver, she could play for the Cougars this spring and join the Spirit afterward, but she said Wednesday she had made a decision to forgo her college career.

Racing Louisville selected University of North Carolina defender Emily Fox went No. 1 in Wednesday's NWSL Draft, while the Washington Spirit selected Trinity Rodman with its second pick.

But she does appreciate her father's influence, saying that "he was an incredible athlete and I got those genes from him".

Stanford's Kiki Pickett was selected by Kansas City with the fourth pick.

With its second pick of the first round, No. 5 overall, Racing Louisville looked close to home, selecting University of Louisville midfielder Emina Ekic. The Thorns used the pick to select Texas Christian University midfielder Yazmeen Ryan.

Because of a waiver obtained by the NWSL from the NCAA, players picked in the 2021 NWSL Draft will have until Friday, January 22, 2021 to decide whether to report immediately to their NWSL club or at the conclusion of the spring collegiate season. The players have until January 22 to decide.

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