(Editors Note: We profiled Jill Oakes shortly before the start of the WPS season. A high school and college soccer standout, Jill just wrapped her first season as a pro and will be a regular contributor to Pretty Tough as she, and the league, gear up for a second season).
As I reflect on the roller-coaster ride I like to call the inaugural WPS season, my own personal journey reads with the same dramatic exclamations of a thrilling 1920’s newspaper headline. “Fame! Discovery! Tragedy! Struggle! Defeat! Opportunity! Triumph!” Or perhaps I’ve just watched the movie “Chicago” way too many times, which is after all one of my top five all-time favorite movies, and ok, maybe I secretly envision myself dancing those legendary Bob Fosse moves on the broadway stage. As it happens, I ended up with my own CHICAGO story, playing for the Chicago Red Stars.
Oct 6, 2008: Fame!
Going in to the WPS Draft, I was the #2 Overall pick. After the National Team player allocation and International Player draft, I was the Bay Area FC Gold Pride’s FIRST choice! My face was splashed all over the soccer presses, right in between #1 Sarah Huffman and #3 Becky Sauerbrunn.