(CNN) – Trinity Rodman, a rising star on the US soccer youth national teams, was selected second overall in Wednesday’s National Women’s Soccer League draft.
Rodman was selected by the Washington Spirit. At 18, she is the youngest woman ever selected in the NWSL draft.
Rodman is the daughter of NBA legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman and his third wife, Michelle Moyer.
“This has been my dream forever, I’ve been playing soccer since I was 4 years old,” Trinity Rodman said in an interview shortly after being drafted, with her mother celebrating by her side.
Rodman was due to play as a forward for Washington State University, but her freshman collegiate season last fall was scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic. She has familial ties to the university; her brother, DJ, is a sophomore on Washington State’s men’s basketball team.
Rodman attended JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano.
She said because of the pandemic, the timing worked out for her to turn toward her professional career. She added, “Right now I think it’s the perfect time to get in there and learn and become a better player.”
The 5-foot-10 Rodman is a standout forward for the US under-20 women’s national team. In the CONCACAF championship game last March against Mexico, she scored two goals en route to a team victory and berth in the U-20 Women’s World Cup.
The Spirit, based in Washington, DC, finished third in an abbreviated fall 2020 season. The 2021 NWSL season is slated to begin in April.
Defender Emily Fox, who has played for the US women’s national team, was selected by expansion team Racing Louisville FC as the first overall pick in the draft. She played collegiate soccer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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