Visalli Taken in Second Round of NWSL Draft
The senior All-American is headed to the Chicago Red Stars.
PHILADELPHIA – Pepperdine All-American Bri Visalli was selected in the second round (19th overall) by the Chicago Red Stars in the annual National Women’s Soccer League Draft on Thursday morning.
Visalli’s list of honors from this past season is extensive, earning All-American second team status by United Soccer Coaches in addition to being a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist. Visalli became the first player in Pepperdine history to be named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year, and also picked up All-West Region and All-WCC first team honors.
Since the Waves’ season ended, Visalli has been in a couple of camps with the United States U-23 National Team.
Visalli is the fourth Wave to be drafted by NWSL teams, joining Lynn Williams (2015 first round, sixth overall), Michelle Pao (2014 third round) and Roxanne Barker (2013 fourth round). Williams currently plays with the North Carolina Courage and she was the 2016 NWSL MVP.
Visalli wrapped up a fabulous four-year collegiate career with one of the best seasons in program history in 2017. She led the WCC in every major offensive statistical category and finished 11th in country in total goals and 12th in the nation in total points. Her 14 goals matched the second-best single-season total in Pepperdine history and her six game-winning goals and six penalty-kick goals were program records.
The San Jose native owns the Pepperdine career record for penalty-kick goals with seven, is seventh on the Waves’ career scoring list with 25 goals, second on the career list with 14 game-winning goals and is the Pepperdine career record-holder in games played (83) and games started (81).
Her brilliant 2017 campaign propelled the Waves to their first-ever outright WCC title and gave the program its first back-to-back titles as well. Pepperdine made its 10th NCAA Tournament appearance, advancing to the second round for the third time in the four years Visalli has been a part of the program, thanks to her 83rd-minute goal against Cal State Fullerton in the opening round.
Her career list of awards also includes All-West Region first, second and third team honors, two All-WCC first team nods and one second team award, as well as All-Freshman team and All-WCC honorable mention honors. Visalli has also excelled in the classroom, earning WCC All-Academic honors the last three years and CoSIDA Academic All-District twice. She earned United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-American first team status in 2017 as well.
The 2018 NWSL season begins the weekend of March 24-25.