Jan. 14, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Over the course of her Florida State soccer career, Amanda DaCosta established herself as one of the most decorated players in program history, in large part due to her selflessness on the field.
That's an attribute that should suit the All-American midfielder well in her next endeavor, which will come in the WPS (Women's Professional Soccer). DaCosta, the first four-time All-ACC player in Florida State history, was drafted in the third round by the Washington Freedom - the 17th selection overall - on Friday.
"I'm excited," DaCosta said, shortly after receiving word that she had been selected. "It's a really good opportunity; something I've wanted to do my whole life. I still have to go in and prove myself and prove that I deserve to stay on the team. I'm excited to keep working and get into preseason."
DaCosta has a proven track record for performing at a high level. A four-year starter for the Seminoles, she served as the team captain in 2010 and led the team to a 16-6-1 mark and a sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. The Katonah, N.Y. native shared the FSU school record for career game-winning assists (10), ranked third in career assists (24) and is fourth in career games started (94).
FSU coach Mark Krikorian has no doubt DaCosta has what it takes to excel at the next level.
"Amanda is going to have a very good career in the WPS and Washington has a very good player in Amanda DaCosta," said Krikorian. "I have a sense that Amanda will go in and earn her way to a very competitive position and help her team do well. ... One of the qualities that she has is she makes all of the players around her better. Every coach wants great players, but the special ones are the ones who make the players around them better."
DaCosta should see several familiar faces in the WPS, where former Seminoles are popping up in growing numbers on the rosters throughout the seven-team league. Recent FSU graduates Becky Edwards, India Trotter and Mami Yamaguchi are all active players in the league.
Those numbers figure to grow as the Seminoles continue to turn out top-flight players from a program that is now considered a perennial power. DaCosta was one of six Atlantic Coast Conference players selected among the first 18 in Friday's draft.
"There's a big (senior) class coming up with Toni Pressley and Tiff McCarty and I know that they're going to be where I am," said DaCosta, who shared Friday's big news with her former teammates.
She is expected to join the Freedom in training camp in March.