Dec. 11, 2000
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Five additional former Bronco women's soccer players were drafted by the newly-formed Women's United Soccer Association this morning in the second and final session of a two-day draft held at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
With six Broncos drafted in the first eight rounds yesterday, one founding member and two allocated selections, Santa Clara now has 14 former players spread over each of the eight WUSA rosters.
Eleven of the 14 Broncos in the league played on the 1996 SCU squad that reached the national semifinals and went 18-4-2 on the year. Additionally, five Broncos were members of the Class of 1999, and reached four straight NCAA semifinals during their careers. They are Kylie Bivens, Mandy Clemens, Jacqui Little, Kimberly Pickup and Nikki Serlenga.
In addition to the Bay Area, the WUSA will launch in April in seven other markets: Atlanta, Carolina, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego and Washington D.C. The Bay Area CyberRays will have four players from Santa Clara on its roster: Brandi Chastain, Little, Lisa Naņez and Megan Horvath. 1996 SCU teammates Serlenga, Bivens and Dayna Smith will be together again as part of the Atlanta Beat, as Erin Martinez and Kimberly Pickup will on the San Diego Spirit squad.
More information on the WUSA can be found on the league's official website at www.wusaleague.com.
Former Santa Clara athletes now in the WUSA
Name Position Years at SCU WUSA Team How selected to WUSA
Nikki Serlenga MF 1996-99 Atlanta Beat Allocated at League Formation
Brandi Chastain D 1989-90 Bay Area CyberRays Founding Player
Mandy Clemens F 1996-99 Philadelphia Charge Allocated at League Formation
Jennifer Lalor MF 1992-94, '96 New York Power Drafted in Round Two, Pick 13
Kylie Bivens D 1996-99 Atlanta Beat Drafted in Round Two, Pick 16
Heather Aldama MF 1997-2000 Boston Breakers Drafted in Round 4, Pick 28
Kimberly Pickup D 1996-99 San Diego Spirit Compensation Pick in Round 4, Pick 32
Emmy Barr F 1994-96 Washington Freedom Drafted in Round 5, Pick 39
Jacqui Little MF/F 1996-99 Bay Area CyberRays Drafted in Round 6, Pick 41
Mikka Hansen F 1993-96 Carolina Tempest Drafted in Round 9, Pick 71
Lisa Naņez D 1995-98 Bay Area CyberRays Drafted in Round 10, Pick 74
Megan Horvath F 1997-2000 Bay Area CyberRays Drafted in Round 12, Pick 90
Erin Martinez MF/F 1993-96 San Diego Spirit Drafted in Round 12, Pick 95
Dayna Smith D 1995-96 Atlanta Beat Drafted in Round 15, Pick 114
Santa Clara athletes by WUSA Team
Nikki Serlenga, midfielder
Kylie Bivens, defender
Dayna Smith, defender
Heather Aldama, midfielder
Mikka Hansen, forward
New York Power
Jennifer Lalor, midfielder
Mandy Clemens, forward
San Diego Spirit
Kim Pickup, defender
Erin Martinez, midfielder/forward
Emmy Barr, forward