The 2023 NWSL Draft is today! In our second interview this season, McKenzie Weinert let’s us know a little about herself before the draft. Let’s get into a few numbers, and hear what she has to say.
McKenzie Weinert – Forward – University of Washington
5th year graduate student
57 career starts, with 6074 minutes played
50 career points
A career high 21 points in 2019 (9 goals and 3 assists), and a career high 5 assists this past season with Washington
Made an All-Pac12 team as a Sophomore at Oregon State
Weinert transferred to Washington after a successful career at Oregon State, and continued to be a productive player up front for the Huskies. She shows the ability to score and create with either foot, a talent to beat opponents off the dribble, and the speed to get forward in the attacking third. Take a look at her highlights below.
Let’s get to some questions!
What led to your transfer from Oregon State to Washington after receiving your degree? Do you feel like it has been a successful change for you?
I decided to transfer from Oregon State after earning my degree to further my education in communications and to challenge myself on the field. I do believe my transfer to Washington was successful as it brought me new challenges and taught me how to integrate into a developed team. Each program helped me grow tremendously as both a player and a person.
What’s one technical aspect of your game that you take pride in and how has it led to on field success?
I take pride in my 1v1 abilities and dribbling at pace, which has led me to create goal scoring opportunities for both myself and my teammates.
Do you have a favorite formation or position? One where you feel particularly successful?
My preferred position is winger, which gives me the ability to use my 1v1 skills, my speed, and my combination play.
Are there any players you’ve fashioned your game after? Any players you look up to?
Growing up, Alex Morgan was a player I would always watch and look up to. I would analyze how she used her speed and how I could implement her movement and skills into my own game.
Are there any changes you’d like to see in the NWSL?
I have been fortunate to watch preceding players evolve the league into what it is today. With that, there is always room for further development and expansion within the NWSL.
Look for McKenzie in the draft today, and expect more interviews to come!