Soccer

DeMelo, Talley selected in NWSL Draft

USC has had multiple players selected in five of the last six drafts.

A photo of Savannah DeMelo in a white uniform dribbling a white and orange soccer ball. Oregon State players in orange uniforms are in the background, as well as a crowd of USC fans.

USC women’s soccer’s Savannah DeMelo and Jada Talley were selected in the 2022 NWSL Draft on Saturday. It is the fifth time in the last six years that multiple Trojans have had their names called in the draft.

DeMelo was taken with the No. 4 overall pick by Racing Louisville FC, the highest a USC player has been selected since Morgan Andrews went No. 3 overall in 2017.

In her illustrious career at USC, DeMelo earned four All-Pac-12 nods, including two first teams, and one All-America selection.

Even though she missed the entire 2019 season with an Achilles injury, the USC captain racked up 28 assists β€” third most in Trojan history, and 62 career points β€” good enough for 10th all-time.

The All-Pac-12 midfielder has an impressive U.S. youth national team resumΓ© as well. DeMelo scored four goals in the 2018 U-20 World Cup, including a hatrick against Paraguay. She also played in the 2016 U-20 World Cup and captained the U-18 side in a friendly against Mexico.

She will join former youth national teammate and No. 2 overall pick Jaelin Howell out of Florida State in Louisville.

Talley was picked by the Orlando Pride in the third round with the No. 31 overall selection. She was originally claimed by Louisville after the 2021 draft but chose to transfer to USC for her final year of eligibility.

In her lone season with the Trojans, Talley played in 18 games, scoring three goals β€” all game-winners β€” and notching a pair of assists.

Prior to transferring to USC, Talley put together a decorated resumΓ© at Arizona. She scored 24 goals with 16 assists and earned All-Pac-12 honors three times including a first team selection in 2019.