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Kiana Palacios Selected in Fourth Round of NWSL Draft



PHILADELPHIA, Pa. --- With the fifth pick in the fourth round NWSL Draft, Sky Blue FC selected Big West Midfielder of the Year, Kiana Palacios.

The senior midfielder has became the first Big West Midfielder of the Year this season adding to her multiple Big West Offensive Player of the Week accolades and three times joining the All-Big West squad, and now can add NWSL draft selection to her resume.

Palacios joins the CoCo Goodson, 13th overall pick in 2012, and Tanya Taylor, 24th overall pick in 2010, as the third Anteater drafted to the NWSL.

Palacios will join Cami Privett, member of the Houston Dash since 2015, as the two UC Irvine representatives in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). Palacios is also continuing her role with the Mexican Women's National team which she joined a year ago after successful runs with the under-20 squad during the under-20 Women's World Cup.

The NWSL has not set its schedule yet, but the season is slated to start in April of this year.

Courtesy of UC Irvine Athletics