FC Kansas City

FC Kansas City looking for impact players in Friday’s college draft

Erika Tymrak (right) was a second round-pick by FC Kansas City in 2013 and went on to be named rookie of the year.
Erika Tymrak (right) was a second round-pick by FC Kansas City in 2013 and went on to be named rookie of the year. Special to The Star

Even with a small sample size of just two years, it should be no surprise that FC Kansas City is looking to pick up some quick contributors in Friday’s 2014 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft.

Director of Soccer Operations Huw Williams pointed to players like Erika Tymrak, Jenna Richmond and Kassey Kallman as the kind of players they would like to see again.

“We are obviously looking to bolster our squad, but we are looking for players, if possible, that can come in and compete for a starting position,” Williams said. “We’re looking for that kind of impact player.”

Tymrak was picked in the second round of the 2013 draft and went on to become rookie of the year after recording six goals and four assists in 21 games. Richmond and Kallman were picked up last season and ended up starting 20 and 18 games, respectively, for the league champions.

The Blues will have their first chance in the second round with the 12th overall pick. They also pick 16th, 17th, 19th, 26th and 35th in the four-round draft that will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention in Philadelphia.

Since the season ended, the Blues have made a few changes, including trading Kallman for U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Heather O’Reilly. She is the fifth allocated player on the FC Kansas City roster, joining Nicole Barnhart, Lauren Holiday, Becky Sauerbrunn and Amy Rodriguez.

“Having Heather O’Reilly join us will add some star quality for our team as another National Team player, but we also wanted to get stronger on the right side of our midfield,” Williams said. “She is super athletic and will be able to play that whole right side.”

Williams said the Blues see some room to improve on defense without Kallman, but they do gain a healthy Amy LePeilbet, who was coming off an ACL surgery last season and only played 11 games.

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