CHICAGO – The National Women’s Soccer League Friday announced the broadcast talent for the 2021 NWSL Draft Jan. 14, which will stream live on the NWSL’s Twitch channel.
Host Marisa Pilla, analyst Lori Lindsey, analyst Jen Cooper and reporter Jordan Angeli will return to report on the draft live from VISTA Worldlink in Dania Beach, Fla., providing fans with the latest news, information and insight on each selection. They also will be joined virtually by the draft picks, NWSL team executives and special guests.
The draft broadcast also will include special appearances from WNBA players such as the 2016 WNBA first overall pick Breanna Stewart and Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale, WTA tour members, Olympic gold medalist and sports commentator Summer Sanders and more.
Pilla is a sports broadcaster based out of Philadelphia with several years of experience covering men’s and women’s professional soccer. She most recently served as host of the 2020 NWSL expansion draft and was the on-site sideline reporter for the NWSL Challenge Cup (on CBS) and the NWSL Fall Series. This will be Pilla’s fourth time hosting the draft. Pilla also has covered MLS as a sideline reporter for FS1 and has served as the pregame/postgame show host for the Philadelphia Union.
Lindsey is a former U.S. women’s national team player whose professional playing career spanned 13 years. She is one of four players to have played in all three of the U.S. professional women’s soccer leagues. Lindsey works in broadcast TV, calling soccer games for the NWSL the last three seasons, including most recently, the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup that took place in Utah in June and July and the 2020 NWSL Fall Series. She also serves as an analyst for Nashville SC and Los Angeles FC in MLS, as well as during various USL games and Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeast Conference games.
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 was also the editorial director for the NWSL Game of the Week the last four seasons and has served as an analyst for the NWSL College Draft since 2016. Cooper was a member of the Fox Sports research team for both the 2019 Women’s World Cup and the 2018 World Cup.
Angeli is back for her fourth NWSL draft. She is a former NWSL player who spent two seasons in the league and represented the United States at the Under-20 Women’s World Cup. Angeli has been working in broadcasting for eight years and is the TV analyst for Columbus Crew SC in MLS. She also has called games for the NWSL and USL along with PAC-12, SEC, WAC and ACC matches.