Forward Trinity Rodman, daughter of NBA legend Dennis Rodman, was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the National Women’s Soccer League by the Washington Spirit.

Trinity is the youngest of the Rodman family, and her older brother DJ plays college basketball at Washington State. Rodman, 18, was also supposed to play at Washington State, but the last college soccer season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of joining her brother at college, Rodman is moving forward with her professional career.

Last year, she played on the US national under-20 women’s soccer team and led them to the Concacaf Championship in March 2020.

“To even just be in the draft with my situation and my age is insane, but to be No 2 to an amazing team is out of this world like I couldn’t ask for anything more,” Rodman told ESPN. “DC has just got an awesome program, awesome team. The coach [Richie Burke] is amazing. I’ve talked to him a couple times. I know he’s a hard head coach, but I’m so excited to be his player and learn and get better.”

“He was an amazing athlete,” she said about her father. “And I got those genes from him, but I’m excited to be known as Trinity Rodman and not just as Rodman‘s daughter. I’m excited to pave my own path and get better throughout this journey.”

In this year’s NWSL draft, expansion team Racing Louisville used the first overall pick to select a member of the US women’s national team, Emily Fox. Fox, 22, was a defender at the University of North Carolina and appeared with the women’s national soccer team three times.


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