Expansion Flash make Cal’s Morgan top WPS pick

California and U.S. national team forward Alex Morgan is the top

overall pick in the Women’s Professional Soccer draft, getting

taken by the expansion Western New York Flash.

Virginia midfielder Sinead Farrelly went to the Philadelphia

Independence with the second selection Friday in Baltimore. North

Carolina midfielder Meghan Klingenberg rounded out the top three,

going to the Washington Freedom.

Washington took Stanford forward Christen Press with the fourth

pick and Notre Dame forward Lauren Fowlkes went to Philadelphia at

No. 5.

Notre Dame, UCLA, Virginia, Portland, Oklahoma and Wake Forest

each had two players selected among the 24 picks.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of American hosted the

draft for the third straight year.

The league begins its season April 9.