After making it to four-straight finals in four years across four different leagues, the 2014 season was a surprising disappointment.
Charlie Naimo joined the club as a technical director in October and immediately began the rebuilding process with a slew of trades that has seen several club stalwarts finding themselves on the trade block.
Now with just 11 players on the roster—six of which were a part of the Flash in 2013 or 2014—Naimo and head coach Aaran Lines have this week’s draft to continue the process. The Flash hold six picks in the draft, including four of the opening 9.
The Flash will be able to nab four strong rookies who will have an opportunity to make an impact almost immediately. With Naimo’s W-League ties and a number of former Pali Blues players in the draft, Friday’s draft shouldn’t bring too many surprises. Some notable names who have played for Naimo in the past include Daphne Corboz (Georgetown), Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA), Caprice Dydasco (UCLA), Sarah Killion (UCLA), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Brooke Elby (UNC), Chioma Ubogagu (Stanford) and Lynn Williams (Pepperdine).
Recent additions Whitney Engen and Becky Edwards both played under Lines on the 2011 WPS-winning squad. Elizabeth Eddy, who was acquired from Sky Blue FC on November 24, played under Naimo from 2010-14.
Key Stats: 42 goals scored, 38 goals allowed
Key Losses: Carli Lloyd (M, traded to Houston), Samantha Kerr (F, traded to Sky Blue), Kelsey Wys (GK, traded to Washington), McCall Zerboni (M) and Kathryn Williamson (D) (both traded to Portland), Amy Barczuk (D, traded to Boston), Angela Salem (M) and Katherine Reynolds (D) (both traded to Washington), Lydia Williams (G, waived), Vicky Losada (M), Sonia Bermudez (M), and Adriana Martin (F) (all returned to Spain)
Additions: Whitney Engen (D), Becky Edwards (M), Chantel Jones (GK), Elizabeth Eddy (M), India Trotter (D), Amber Brooks (M), Jordan Angeli (M)
When you take a look at the draft board Friday morning and wonder how the Flash end up with four picks in the first round, try and memorize the key losses from here. Twelve players who called the Flash home will not be returning to Rochester, New York where the Flash scored the second most goals last season.
One glaring stand out in the roster moves was the change in age surrounding Abby Wambach. The average age of those traded away is just under 27 years old; today’s roster along with six draft picks brings the age to 24.5
Draft Picks held: No. 3, 4, 6, 7, 18, 21