The following article is a WPS press release.
The expansion Western New York WPS franchise today announced the acquisition of Atlanta Beat defender Kaley Fountain and Washington Freedom midfielder Beverly Goebel in the 2010 WPS Expansion Draft. The WPS Expansion Draft was originally set for November 4, but was delayed two weeks and held on Tuesday.
The Western New York franchise has been scouting players available in the draft over the past several weeks and have now begun to assemble some of the first pieces of their roster for the 2011 WPS Season.
“We are happy to finally start concentrating on building on our squad for our inaugural season," said Head Coach Aaran Lines. "Kaley and Beverly will come to WNY with some experience in WPS and hungry for success. This was an important step in our team-building process and I am looking forward to working with both players extensively.”
Fountain, WNY’s first pick in the 2010 Draft, began her WPS career by playing five games for the Bay Area-based, WPS champion FC Gold Pride before being picked up by Atlanta as a free agent. Playing for the Beat, Fountain appeared five times, starting two of those matches.
“Kaley is an exciting, young player who has tremendous athleticism," said Lines. "She is a versatile player who brings WPS experience to our squad in our inaugural season."
Fountain, a Texas native, has twice been called into U-23 U.S. Women's National Team training camp. She was a member of the U-20 U.S. Women's National Team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile and played with the U-20 U.S. WNT team in the Pan Am Games in Summer 2007.
In addition to her Youth National Team experience, Fountain comes to WNY with a standout collegiate career, playing in 86 games with 81 career starts at Wake Forest. She finished her career with 55 points, scoring 16 goals and 23 assists.
Fountain ranks second in Wake Forest history in career assists and in a tie for fifth in career games played. She tied the school record for points in a season (36) with 11 goals and 10 assists in 2009, and was honored as a two-time NSCAA Third Team All-American (2007, 2009) and three-time All-ACC selection (2007, 2008, 2009).
Goebel, WNY’s second pick, comes to WNY from the Washington Freedom. She started in nine of 16 games for Washington in 2010 and scored her first professional goal against the Chicago Red Stars. Goebel was selected in the third round (27th overall) in the 2010 WPS Draft.
“Beverly is a great example of the type of player we want to bring here to WNY," said Lines. "She worked her way from a developmental position on Washington into the starting eleven and helped Washington secure a playoff spot last season. She has a lot of potential and is a technical midfielder who has the desire and ambition to prove herself in the WPS.”
Goebel played collegiate for the University of Miami Hurricanes, where she captained the team and started 51 of 53 games.
“Beverly is a standout individual and will be a great asset to our organization,” Lines added.
The WNY Franchise looks forward to the process of building their team and moving forward with players in the rich free agency market as well as the 2011 WPS Draft. The WNY franchise is expected to announce their official team name, logo and key members of their staff the week of November 29.
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