2023 NWSL Draft tracker: Complete list of picks as phenom Alyssa Thompson goes No. 1 to Angel City FC

The 2023 NWSL Draft noticed California highschool ahead Alyssa Thompson go first general to Angel City FC thanks to a sequence of wild trades made within the days main up to the draft. Only 18, the Los Angeles native is anticipated to contribute instantly and has limitless potential if Angel City is ready to develop Thompson properly. In a standard draft, a excessive schooler going first general would’ve been the wildest factor to occur, however on this 2023 NWSL draft, it was something however regular.

Duke star ahead Michelle Cooper went No. 2 whereas the primary defender off the board was Emily Madril of Florida State, who landed with the Orlando Pride at No. 3 overalls.

With a report 12 trades through the draft, the Washington Spirit had been ready to take management of the draft within the third spherical after the North Carolina Courage used their draft capital to accumulate 4 first-rounders. There are lots of methods to construct a roster within the NWSL however the draft, particularly this one, has expertise up and down. With COVID permitting gamers to have a fifth 12 months of eligibility and in some circumstances switch to different faculties, like Penelope Hocking of Penn State, it is a polished class and groups wished to add depth, and lots of did simply that.

They’ll want that depth when core gamers head to the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand this summer time, which is why not solely had been lots of goalkeepers chosen however some groups just like the Kansas City Current basically chosen completely new backlines. Hocking additionally noticed her twin sister Iliana head to NJ/NY Gotham FC creating a brand new sibling rivalry within the league. It was an thrilling, record-setting draft, one which noticed the US girls’s nationwide group ahead Lynn Williams traded.

Here are the entire draft outcomes:

Draft outcomes

Round 1

  • 1. Angel City FC — Alyssa Thompson, FWD (Harvard-Westlake Prep)
  • 2. Kansas City Current — Michelle Cooper, FWD (Duke University)
  • 3. Orlando Pride — Emily Madrid, DEF (Florida State University)
  • 4. NJ/NY Gotham — Jenna Nightswonger, MID (Florida State University)
  • 5. Portland Thorns FC — Reyna Reyes, DEF/MID (University of Alabama)
  • 6. North Carolina Courage — Olivia Wyngate, FWD (Notre Dame University)
  • 7. Chicago Red Stars — Penelope Hocking, MID/FWD (Penn State University)
  • 8. North Carolina Courage — Sydney Collins, DEF/MID (University of California)
  • 9. North Carolina Courage — Clara Robbins, MID/FWD (Florida State University)
  • 10. Kansas City Current — Alexa Spaanstra, MID/FWD (University of Virginia)
  • 11. North Carolina Courage — Haley Hopkins, FWD (University of Virginia)
  • 12. Portland Thorns FC — Izzy D’Aquila, FWD (Santa Clara University)

Round 2

  • 13. San Diego Wave — Sierra Enge, DEF/MID (Stanford)
  • 14. Chicago Red Stars — Grace Yochum, MID (Oklahoma State)
  • 15. Kansas City Current — Gabrielle Robinson, DEF/MID/FWD (West Virginia University)
  • 16. Racing Louisville FC — Kayla Fischer, MID/FWD (Ohio State University)
  • 17. Racing Louisville FC — Brianna Martinez, DEF/MID (University of Notre Dame)
  • 18. Kansas City Current — Jordan Silkowitz, GK (Iowa State University)
  • 19. OL Reign — Shea Holmes, DEF (University of Washington)
  • 20. Houston Dash — Sophie Hirst, MID (Harvard University)
  • 21. Orlando Pride — Messiah Bright, FWD (Texas Christian University)
  • 22. Houston Dash — Jylissa Harris, DEF/MID (University of South Carolina)
  • 23. Chicago Red Stars — Allison Schlegel, MID/FWD (Penn State University)
  • 24. Portland Thorns FC — Lauren DeBeau, MID/FWD (Michigan State University)

Round 3

  • 25. Orlando Pride — Tori Hansen, DEF (University of North Carolina)
  • 26. Washington Spirit — Nicole Douglas, FWD (Arizona State University)
  • 27. Angel City FC — Angelina Anderson, GK (University of California)
  • 28. Washington Spirit — Lyza Bosselmann, GK (Gonzaga)
  • 29. Racing Louisville FC — Jaydn Edwards, MID/FWD (University of New Mexico)
  • 30. Washington Spirit — Riley Tanner, MID/FWD (University of Alabama)
  • 31. Racing Louisville FC — Riley Mattingly Parker, MID/FWD (University of Alabama)
  • 32. Portland Thorns — Lauren Kozal, GK (Michigan State University)
  • 33. San Diego Wave FC — Lauren Brzykcy, GK (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • 34. Washington Spirit — Lena Silano, FWD (Long Beach State University)
  • 35. Kansas City Current — Mykiaa Minniss, DEF (Washington State University)
  • 36. Houston Dash — Lindsey Jennings, DEF (Louisiana State University)

Round 4

  • 37. Washington Spirit — Civana Kuhlmann, FWD (University of Colorado)
  • 38. Kansas City Current — Ella Shamburger, DEF (Vanderbilt University)
  • 39. Orlando Pride — Summer Yates, MID/FWD (University of Washington)
  • 40. Washington Spirit — Delaney Graham, DEF/MID/FWD (Duke University)
  • 41. Orlando Pride — Kristen Scott, MID/FWD (University of Central Florida)
  • 42. Kansas City Current — Rylan Childers, MID (University of Kansas)
  • 43. Chicago Red Stars — Sophie Jones, MID (Duke University)
  • 44. NJ/NY Gotham FC — Iliana Hocking, DEF/MID (University of Arizona)
  • 45. San Diego Wave FC — Giovanna Demarco, MID (Wake Forest University)
  • 46. ​​OL Reign — Natalie Viggiano, MID/FWD (University of Wisconsin)
  • 47. Kansas City Current — Ashley Orkus, GK (University of Mississippi)
  • 48. Houston Dash — Madelyn Desiano DEF (University of California, Los Angeles)


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