TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A pair of Seminoles were selected in the 2014 NWSL Draft on Friday as part of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention in Philadelphia.
Kassey Kallman was drafted fifth overall by FC Kansas City, while Kelsey Wys was selected in the second round, and 18th overall, by the Western NY Flash.
“It’s great to have both of our seniors selected to play in the NWSL,” head coach Mark Krikorian said. “Our entire program is thrilled for them. Kansas City and Western New York are going to be extremely pleased with their draft picks as both Kassey and Kelsey will be great professional players.”
Both Kallman and Wys were instrumental in leading Florida State to three straight College Cup appearances (2011, 2012 & 2013), two ACC titles (2011 & 2013), a conference regular season championship in 2012 and a berth in the national title game in 2013.
Kallman finished her Seminole career with 94 starts in four seasons tallying 27 points on 10 goals and seven assists. A three-time all-conference honoree, the Woodbury, Minn., native was named to the All-ACC first team for the second year in a row in 2013. This past fall, Kallman was named a finalist for the Honda Award and Senior CLASS Award, a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, ACC Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the ACC Tournament. She also became the program’s first two-time Academic All-American earning second team honors for the second year in a row.
“I was super excited to be drafted; it was a really nice event,” said Kallman, who was on hand at the draft in Philadelphia Friday morning. “I couldn’t be more excited to be headed to Kansas City. They are an extremely talented organization. You look at their roster, you see tons of players that have so much talent that I know I will only get better as a player by practicing and playing with them. I am ready to start the next journey in my career.”
Wys concluded her playing career holding 17 goalkeeping records at Florida State including minutes played (8,518), wins (74), shutouts (45.0) and starts (96). The Coral Springs, Fla., native finished her senior campaign posting single-season career-highs in minutes played (2,614), goals against average (0.55), wins (23) and shutouts (15). Wys allowed multiple goals in a match just twice in 28 total games in 2013, while leading the ACC in shutouts, shutouts per game (0.54) and save percentage (0.818). Wys garnered second team All-ACC honors and was named to the NSCAA All-Southeast Region second team.
“I’m excited; I’m excited for this opportunity to start a new chapter in my life and in my soccer career,” said Wys. “It’s just an honor to be selected by the Flash and I’m looking forward to training and playing with my new teammates.”
The NWSL, which enters its second season in 2014, has had five Seminoles drafted in the first two years. As the league enters its second season this spring, six Seminoles currently hold roster spots including Becky Edwards and Tiffany McCarty with the Houston Dash, Tori Huster and Toni Pressley with the Washington Spirit and Casey Short and Taylor Vancil with the Chicago Red Stars.
“This sends a strong message about our player development as we have players that are not only playing in the NWSL but also abroad,” said Krikorian. “A lot of this goes back to the tremendous support given to us by the administration at Florida State, by providing our program with great facilities and great resources that help in developing the players both athletically and academically.”
“Obviously, it’s going to be an extremely high level in the pros, but I don’t think FSU could have prepared me any better than they did over these last four years,” added Kallman. “The style of play that we play at Florida State, how possession oriented we are, how fast and quick and strong everyone is, playing at FSU has definitely prepared me for this next step. I couldn’t be more grateful to have gone to a college that has made me so much better.”
Portland Thorns FC captured the title in the league’s inaugural season defeating Western New York 2-0. The Thorns, Flash and FC Kansas City finished the 2013 regular season in a three-way tie for first place with 38 points.