Williams on NWSL Draft List; Turnbow headed to CONCACAF Championship

Spokane Shadow News Release - January 16, 2018


A pair of Spokane Shadow youth alumni are in the headlines this week. After a historic career at Eastern Washington University, former Shadow product Chloe Williams is on the preliminary draft list for the National Women’s Soccer League and current Santa Clara freshman Kelsey Turnbow is headed to the CONCACAF U20 Women’s Championship with the US U20 Women’s National Team. 

Williams is the only player in Big Sky Conference history to be named Offensive MVP three consecutive times. She finished her career with 109 points and 44 goals, which are Big Sky Conference and Eastern Washington records. She also had 21 career assists which places her in a tie for fifth all-time in the Big Sky record books and first in EWU history. She was also invited to the U23 Women's National Team camp last April.

The NWSL draft is being held Thursday, January 18 at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia and will be broadcast live on Facebook.com/NWSL, YouTube.com/NWSL and NWSLsoccer.com/CollegeDraft beginning at 7:00 am PT. The draft is four rounds with 40 players being selected by the 10 teams. 

On a side note, former Shadow PDL player and fellow Spokane native Craig Waibel has joined the NWSL ranks. As General Manager for Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer, he has also taken on the same role for the new NWSL side, Utah Royals FC, the organization added this offseason, replacing the departed Kansas City team. 

Also kicking off on Thursday is the CONCACAF U20 Championship in Trinidad & Tobago. The eight-team event will determine the region’s three entrants into the 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup being in France this summer. A regular call-up in recent years in the US Youth National Team system, Kelsey Turnbow was named to the 20-player roster for the event at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad. The USA, in Group B, will begin play Friday.

Group B Schedule - USA

Date -  Match - Kickoff       
Jan. 19 - USA vs. Nicaragua - 5:30 pm  ET       
Jan. 21 - USA vs. Jamaica - 6:30 pm  ET     
Jan. 23 - USA vs. Mexico - 3:00 pm  ET      

Turnbow finished second in the West Coast Conference scoring with 13 goals, five assists and 31 points as a freshman for Santa Clara, and scored the game-winner at No. 17 California in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Her fantastic debut netted numerous awards, including First Team All-West Region, WCC Freshman of the Year, First Team All-WCC and WCC All-Freshman honors. 

Group A consists of Costa Rica, Canada, Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago. The semifinals are January 26 with the Final and Third Place games being held January 28. North American squads have dominated the biennial competition -- the USA, Canada and Mexico have finished as finalists at all eight previous editions of the tournament. Costa Rica is the only non-North American squad to qualify for the World Cup, earning third-place finishes in 2004, 2010 and 2014. 

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