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January 16, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Seattle Reign FC will draft seventh in Friday’s NWSL college draft

nwsl.jpgThe National Women’s Soccer League has announced the order for Friday’s college draft, which starts at 6 a.m. PT in Indianapolis. You can follow the picks on the league’s Twitter account.

As expected, Seattle Reign FC and Portland Thorns FC will pick last after receiving strong national-team player allocations:

1. Chicago Red Stars

2. Washington Spirit

3. FC Kansas City

4. Sky Blue FC (New York/New Jersey)

5. Boston Breakers

6. Western New York Flash

7. Seattle Reign FC

8. Portland Thorns FC

Here are some details from a news release, notably that the draft will NOT operate in a snake format (No. 1-8 in first round, No. 8-1 in second round) as had been mentioned previously. Chicago will have the first pick in each round:

The draft will consist of four rounds with each team receiving three minutes to make a selection in the first two rounds, and five minutes to make a selection in the final two rounds. After the first round is completed the order will remain the same for the following three rounds, with Chicago selecting first to start each round.

The draft order was determined with assistance from a panel of experts and agreed upon by all eight clubs. The panel ranked the strength of each club based on their allocated players, and conducted a weighted draw.

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