CHICAGO – The National Women’s Soccer League Wednesday announced the league will live stream its college draft via Facebook and YouTube on Thursday, Jan. 16, from the United Soccer Coaches convention in Baltimore. The draft will begin at 11 a.m. ET.
Fans can watch the draft live by visiting Facebook.com/NWSL, YouTube.com/NWSL and NWSLsoccer.com
Host Marisa Pilla, analyst Lori Lindsey, analyst Jen Cooper and reporter Jordan Angeli will call the draft live from the Baltimore Convention Center, providing fans will the latest news, information and insight on each selection. They also will be joined by the draft picks, NWSL head coaches, general managers and several special guests.
Pilla is a sports broadcaster working in her hometown of Philadelphia. She most recently served as the main sideline reporter for the NWSL on ESPN Game of the Week in 2019. She also worked as a sideline reporter covering MLS on FS1, and for the last four seasons has served as the pregame/postgame show host for the Philadelphia Union. This is Pilla’s third time hosting the NWSL draft.
Lindsey is a former U.S. women’s national team player whose professional playing career spanned 13 years. She is one of only four players to have played in all three of the U.S. professional women’s soccer leagues. Lindsey works in broadcast calling NWSL, Union and Los Angeles FC in MLS, USL games along with and ACC and SEC games. She also travels the globe speaking, raising awareness, and advocating for women’s equality and the LGBTQ community.
Cooper is the host of The Mixxed Zone, a weekly women’s soccer podcast hosted by The Beautiful Game Network and has served as color commentator for NWSL stream broadcasts. She also was the editorial director for the NWSL Game of the Week the last three seasons and has served as an analyst for the NWSL College Draft since 2016. She was a member of the Fox Sports research team for both the 2019 Women’s World Cup and the 2018 World Cup.
Angeli, a former NWSL player, spent two seasons in the league and represented the United States at the Under-20 Women’s World Cup. She has been working in broadcasting for six years and has called games for the NWSL, Colorado Rapids (MLS) and the USL along with PAC-12, SEC, WAC and ACC matches. She is the founder of THE ACL CLUB, helping athletes through the mental and emotional side of ACL recovery, and hosts the weekly podcast “Show Your Scars” in which she interviews athletes about injury recovery.