St. Louis Scott Gallagher and Metro United alumni Rachel Tejada was picked today with the 5th pick in the fourth round of the NWSL draft by Chicago Red Stars. Tejada is the 25th All time leading goal scorer in NCAA Division 1 history and a 2012 graduate of the club. “I tell people this all the time… It doesn’t matter if I was picking a bowling or badmitten team, I would pick Rachel first. She is such an incredible athlete and has such a desire to compete and win, that she would figure it out and eventually be the best.” youth coach Mitch Bohnak stated. “She always had the ability to take a team on her shoulders and power them to a win. I am thrilled for Rachel and the Tejada family. I know she will work hard and do very well in this league. She is a winner in every sense of the word”!
“I’m so happy and honored to have the opportunity to continue my soccer career at the next level. I owe much of my success to my years of playing for SLSG Metro. Go Red Stars!”
“When you watch her play, the first thing you notice is just the competitive edge that she brings,” Former ISU and current Purdue coach Drew Roff said. “She’s a catalyst for what we did at ISU. She’s was our leader,” Roff said. “She’s a superstar. That’s what she is.”
“Rachel is one of the most competitive players I have been associated with. She has a burning desire to win games, that competitive nature pushes her to score goals. Obviously she has tremendous athletic qualities and an incredible knack for scoring goals. But her dogged determination to win, drives her.” —SLSG IL Program Director, Dale Schilly.