Trinity Rodman becomes youngest player drafted in NWSL history


Trinity Rodman has set her sights on becoming a pro like dad.

The Washington State forward, daughter of former NBA star Dennis Rodman, was amongst the group of players available for selection in the NWSL Draft on Wednesday, and didn't last long. 

The Washington Spirit selected Rodman with the No. 2 pick in the 2021 NWSL Draft. 

The 18-year-old is now the youngest player drafted in league history after the Portland Thorns selected then-teenager Sophia Smith with the No. 1. pick last year. She was 19.

Rodman was poised to lead the 2019 Cougars program that is coming off a program-record 16 games and a deep playoff run that ended in a loss to No. 5 North Carolina in the school’s first ever trip to the College Cup. Now, she has chosen to leave Pullman after not suiting up in a single game for the Cougars due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Rodman, who was tabbed the No. 1 high school forward in the country, has extensive experience playing for U.S. Soccer at both the U-17 and U-20 level. In the 2020 CONCACAF under-20 women’s championship last March, Rodman scored eight goals and six assists. She also scored two goals in the championship game vs. Mexico.

Portland was thought to be potential landing spot for Rodman, but it appears she is now headed to D.C. The Thorns have one pick in the first round (No. 7 overall), one in the second (No. 12), one in the third (No. 22) and two in the fourth (Nos. 32 and 37).


Last year, Portland selected Sophia Smith and Morgan Weaver with the top two overall picks. Weaver also played soccer at Washington State, recording 43 goals, 98 points, nine multi-goal games and 85 matches-- all good for second in school history. The Cougar legend also finished first in post-season goals with six and first in shots with 363. She is also the highest-ranked soccer player in program history.

Weaver immediately made an impact for Portland scoring the game-winning goal against defending champion North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the NWSL Challenge Cup last summer. 

Now, Rodman will look to follow in her fellow Cougs' footsteps.