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Jan, 2023

Brianna Martinez selected #17 overall in 2023 NWSL Draft.

Former NM Rush and Univ. of Norte Dame standout Brianna Martinez has been selected in tonight's 2023 NWSL Draft by Racing Louisville FC.  Bri played for NM Rush Soccer Club from the age of U9 through U19 winning multiple NMYSA State Cup Championships for NM Rush 00G (2K) and head coach Pancho Macias (USSF B). 

Following her stellar youth career Bri took her game to the nationally ranked Univ. of Norte Dame women's soccer program.  Bri for years has been involved in the US National Team program most recently competing on the US U18, U20 and U23 WNT teams. 

As a senior this fall Bri played in 23 matches for the Irish helping them to at 17-3-3 record and a NCAA Elite 8 finish in the 2022 NCAA College Cup.   Over the course of her college soccer career Bri appeared in more than 90 matches as midfielder and defender scoring 2 goals and adding 4 assists for a total of 10 points. Brianna is the third New Mexico Rush Soccer Club product to be selected in a top domestic soccer league draft since 2017 along with Justin Schmidt (2017 MLS selection #35 overall / NM Rush 94B) and Sergio Rivas (2019 MLS selection #26 overall / NM Rush 98B).  

About Racing Louisville FC's No. 17: Brianna Martinez (Defender, Notre Dame).  The Albuquerque, New Mexico, native anchored the defense for a powerhouse Irish team last season, appearing in all 23 games. Notre Dame earned a No. 1 NCAA tournament seed and advanced to the quarterfinals. Internationally, Martinez has already been called up to the United States’ U-23 squad after previously playing at the U-18 through U-20 levels. 

Racing Louisville FC official draft information. 


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