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NWSL Draft 2015: Sky Blue FC select Sarah Killion

Sky Blue look to fill out the midfield early on.

With the 2nd overall pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft, Sky Blue FC selected midfielder Sarah Killion from UCLA. Killion is a holding midfielder and was named as a third-team All-American in 2014 while also being named to Top Drawer Soccer's Best XI First Team. She was also named to the NSCAA All-Pacific and All-West Region first teams.

She is also in the mix for the US Women's Team, having played at the U-18 & U-20 levels, including the 2012 U-20 Women's World Championship. She also played in the U-23 at the 2013 Four Nations Tournament which the the team won.

Our own Jose Negroni had this to say about Killion earlier this week.

Even so, the lanky Ms. Killion is the kind of player that can right an entire team, she’s proven as a 2013 NCAA champion and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup winner in 2012, that she can pick pockets left and right, deflect passes at will and seldom lose possession when handling the ball. She’s the kind of player who knows what you’re going to do, before you even know you’re going to do it. Another upside is that she’s a great passer in the clutch. If my memory serves me right, she beautifully set up a through ball for Ally Courtnall's heart-skipping goal against Ms. Brian’s Virginia in the 2013 College Cup just a few minutes shy of UCLA taking a freight train of unmet expectations back to L.A. That’s the thing about Ms. Killion, she not only does the dirty work when containing opponents, but she had the field vision to quietly hit Crystal Dunn over a mound of defenders on the right wing, a play that eventually led to Ms. Dunn’s weaving into the box followed by a FIFA U-20 World Cup winning assist to Kealia Ohai in the USWNT win over Germany in ’12. And so the words that come to my head when thinking about Ms. Killion: "unsung hero."