Proffitt selected 12th by Chicago Red Stars in NWSL Draft
Jan. 12, 2017
LOS ANGELES – Former Marquette University midfielder Morgan Proffitt was selected by the Chicago Red Stars with the second pick of the second round (No. 12 overall) on Thursday afternoon during the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft in Los Angeles.
“I want to thank Chicago for picking me,” Proffitt said on stage after being selected. “I am really blessed to be get this opportunity and I am really excited to get started and continue my development as a player. Thank you Marquette. All my coaches, club coaches, staff, trainers, my teammates – you guys made me who I am today, as a player and a person and I am thankful for all the support.”
Proffitt, who was given a Red Stars scarf by NWSL commissioner Jeff Plush before heading to the podium, was already on the West Coast at a training camp with the United States U-23 Women’s National Team that runs through Friday at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.
The Columbus, Indiana native competed with the Chicago Red Stars Reserves each of the previous two summers in the Women’s Premier Soccer League and helped the squad to the WPSL championship in 2015 along with former MU teammates Mary Luba, Jacie Jermier and Ashley Handwork. She looks to join Luba on the Red Stars main roster this season.
The 2016 BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Year is a two-time All-BIG EAST First Team and second team all-region selection. She was a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award as well as collegiate soccer’s most prestigious award, the MAC Hermann Trophy. The defensive midfielder concluded her career sixth all-time at MU with 83 matches started and scored 10 goals, including a career-best five in 2016.
The Golden Eagles earned their 13th NCAA Championship berth in 2016 after claiming a share of their sixth BIG EAST regular season championship and advanced to the title match of the conference tournament.
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