Among the NWSL list are five players from the region, four combined from Boise State, Eastern Washington and Washington state along with Boise native Sofia Huerta. Additional players may join the list as registration for the draft is still open, closing on Wednesday. Whitworth University and Spokane Shadow standout Mike Ramos has grabbed the attention of several MLS clubs, and is expected to sign professionally for 2015 be it in the top flight or lower divisions.
Additionally, the Washington State duo of Nicole Setterlund and Gurveen Clair also boast backgrounds at the youth international level.
With a number of international stars preparing for the World Cup being hosted by Canada this summer, additional spots may be available for players looking to land spots in the pro league this summer as they prepare for players out for international duty.
Cassie Black - F - Eastern Washington University
Led the team in scoring all four seasons with the Eagles, finishing as the program's record holder in nearly every statistical category, including the all-time goals scored record which she eclipsed in her junior season. (Battle Ground, WA) MORE [+]
Mikhaila Bowden - D - Boise State University
Was an All-Conference First Team selection in the Mountain West this season after playing all but 14 minutes in league play and leading a defensive unit that allowed just 10 goals in those 11 matches. She was a starter at centerback all four years for the Broncos, starting in all 83 appearances, and finished as the program's all-time leader in minutes played. (Huntington Beach, CA) MORE [+]
Finished her career with a number of career Cougar records, including matches played and started in goal, lowest goals against average, shutouts and wins. The Canadian (Surrey, BC) also was a member of the squad that captured the CONCACAF title in the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign during her freshman season in which she redshirted. She immediately began starting matches the following year as a redshirt freshman. MORE [+]
Sofia Huerta (Boise, ID) - F - Santa Clara University
A Third Team NSCAA All-American selection in 2014, she was the co-WCC Player of the year after starting all 20 games and finishing second in the league with 17 goals, six of them game-winners. She has been impressive since the beginning, earning All-Conference First Team honors as a freshman.
The former US youth international, has also has also represented Mexico at the U-20 due to her heritage. She has declined further opportunities with Mexico, and is hoping to earn a spot with the US during the next qualifying cycle. MORE [+]
Nicole Setterlund - M/D - Washington State University
The former Canadian international started all 23 games as a freshman and went on to complete her career with 78 starts, helping guide the Cougars to the NCAA tournament all four years. Her best offensive season was in her junior campaign in which she scored eight goals. (Surrey, BC) MORE [+]
Mike Ramos (Spokane, WA) - M/F - Whitworth University / Spokane Shadow
After leading Whitworth to the Third Round of the D3 postseason, Ramos has garnered invitations from numerous American clubs interested in his talent. He attended a pair of combines where he was scouted by Seattle Sounders, Toronto FC (MLS), New York City FC (MLS), New York Red Bulls (MLS) as well as the New York Cosmos (NASL) and Indy Eleven (NASL) with positive feedback. It is expected that Ramos will sign with an NASL or USL Pro team should he go undrafted. MORE [+]