Western New York's expansion team in Women's Professional Soccer is getting started with a local player. Moreno Valley's Beverly Goebel (Moreno Valley HS) was one of the two players the Buffalo/Rochester-based club selected Friday in the league's expansion draft.
Goebel, a midfielder who played collegiately at Sacramento State and Miami, saw action in 16 games (starting nine) with one goal during her rookie season this year with the Washington Freedom.
The Flash, which won the United Soccer Leagues' W-League title but must remake its roster in stepping up to the WPS, took Atlanta Beat defender Kaley Fountain with the first pick. After selecting Goebel, they passed -- there were only 19 players available -- and will fill their roster through the college draft and in a deep pool of free agents.
Among WPS's free agents: all of FC Gold Pride's title-winning roster, including Marta, Christine Sinclair, Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach/South Torrance HS), Nicole Barnhart, Rachel Buehler, Candace Chapman and Ali Riley (Pacific Palisades/Harvard-Westlake School); U.S. national-teamers Lindsay Tarpley (Hermosa Beach), Yael Averbuch, Stephanie Cox, Ashlyn Harris, Natasha Kai, Carli Lloyd, Christie Rampone, Hope Solo and Catherine Whitehill; and most of the league's foreign stars -- many of the Europeans plan to skip the WPS season to prepare for next year's Women's World Cup in Germany.
Local players who are free agents: midfielders Boxx, Tina DiMartino (UCLA), Brittany Klein (Arcadia/Arcadia HS), Rosie Tantillo (USC) and McCall Zerboni (San Clemente/San Clemente HS and UCLA); defenders Riley, Kasey Moore (Mission Viejo/Capistrano Valley HS) and Kandace Wilson (Los Angeles/Walnut HS and Cal State Fullerton); and forward Kiki Bosio (Mission Viejo/Santa Margarita Catholic HS and Capistrano Valley HS).