“He’s an amazing athlete and I got those genes from him. But I’m excited to be Trinity Rodman, not just Dennis Rodman’s daughter, ”she says.“ I’m excited to pave my own path and get better along this journey. ”
Spirits picked Rodman after expanding the Louisville races, taking first pick in North Carolina senior defender Emily Fox, who graduated from Stone Bridge High in Ashburn, Virginia, who passed the project. FC Virginia Club
Rodman, the 5ft 10 star, is a U.S. national team under-20, but after her junior season in Washington this past fall was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, she decided to enter. draft
She also explored opportunities in Europe. But there are plans to sign a contract with Spirit and report to training camp next month.
Her leap to professionalism came nearly four years after Mallory Park, a member of the 2019 US World Cup, took a similar route by registering at UCLA without signing off. Played, then joined Spirit at the age of 19, however, since then, Pugh has been traded twice and has not met expectations.
Most of the US female players competed at the college level for four years before progressing to a pro career in the NWSL or in Europe.Those days began to change as professional opportunities in the U.S. and abroad improve.
“As a coronavirus, I was stuck,” said Rodman, who planned to wear her father’s number 91, with the Chicago Bulls at Washington State. I know right now I’m at a point where I can be at that level to get even better than I was in college. I was like: ‘Let’s go! I want to be better, let’s go! ”
Rodman is from Newport Beach, Calif. She doesn’t have much of a relationship with her father. Her mother, Michelle, was Dennis’s third wife. Trinity DJ’s brother is a sophomore basketball player in Washington State.
Trinity said she has played a number of sports since growing up. But football is her favorite thing.
“Football, for me, felt like home,” she said. “I was really comfortable playing. … Football has always been embedded in my brain and I can’t stop thinking about it. I was like: ‘I want to go out and play football. I want to learn more I want to play with my feet. ‘I fell in love with this game.’
Rodman scored nine goals in seven appearances for the Under-20s at the Concacaf in February and March in the Dominican Republic. She has four matches against Honduras, two in the semi-finals with the host team and two in a 4-1 victory over Mexico.
Rodman is the latest player from the US U-20 program drafted by Spirit in recent years. She said she understands that it takes time to develop and play.
“It’s great for the younger players to go. [pro early] Because the faster you go, the better, ”she said.“ I don’t think. ‘Oh, I’ll start playing every minute.’ I’m thinking, I’ll learn every minute I’m there. ‘
Rodman added, “I’m always very critical. Actually, I prefer to receive negative feedback rather than positive, because I love to learn from it. Enter an environment with smarter, older and more experienced players. I will learn a lot. ”
The Spirit was again picked up in the first round, 8th overall in trade with New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC, and used it to get Southern California senior Tara McKeown. In the second round, Washington picked Boston University attacker Anna Heilferty, the 2017 All-Met Player of the Year, from Stuart High (now Justice High) in Falls Church, Virginia.
Players have until January 22 to decide whether to play the NCAA spring, made after the fall cancellation or reported to the NWSL.
The league is planning to hold a bubble competition in April and begin the regular season in May.The Spirit expects to split 12 home matches between Audi Field in DC and Segra Field in Leesburg, Va.