Angel City makes Alyssa Thompson the first HS player taken first overall

Alyssa Thompson is staying in Los Angeles with Angel City, and all it took was some NWSL Draft historical past to make it occur.

With the first overall decide of the 2023 NWSL Draft, Angel City made the Harvard-Westlake ahead the first highschool athlete to listen to her identify referred to as first in the league’s 10-year historical past.

Thompson’s choice was extensively anticipated after Angel City acquired the first overall decide from NJ/NY Gotham FC final week in a deal that noticed it commerce its pure No. 5 picks and a second-round decide in 2024, plus $200,000 in allocation cash, to Portland Thorns FC for Yazmeen Ryan, then ship Ryan and $250,000 to Gotham.

That deal made the 18-year-old Thompson primarily the most costly player in league historical past, as the earlier most-expensive deal by allocation cash was the San Diego Wave’s acquisition of USWNT star Alex Morgan for $275,000, per the Los Angeles Times.

What’s extra, Thompson’s brokers informed the Times’ Luca Evans that she has signed a three-year take care of Angel City they are saying is the largest for any NWSL player below 25.

Angel City is definitely anticipating the worth to be value it. Thompson, who was beforehand dedicated to play at Stanford, gained the prestigious Gatorade High School Player of the Year award in 2021 after scoring 48 targets in 18 video games. No, that statistic will not be a typo.

Thompson can also be considered one of the high highschool sprinters in the state of California and made her USWNT senior crew debut final 12 months.

Alyssa Thompson seems like a future star for Angel City and the USWNT. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Thompson will not be solely unprecedented as a high player coming into the NSWL with out faculty expertise, as Washington Spirit star Trinity Rodman joined her crew in 2021 after not taking part in a sport in her faculty profession at Washington State. That transfer has greater than labored out for the Spirit.

2023 NWSL first-round draft picks

  1. Angel City FC: Alyssa Thompson, F, Harvard-Westlake High School

  2. Kansas City Current: Michelle Cooper, F, Duke

  3. Orlando Pride: Emily Madrid, D, Florida State

  4. NJ/NY Gotham FC: Jenna Nightswonger, M, Florida State

  5. Portland Thorns FC: Reyna Reyes, D, Alabama

  6. North Carolina Courage: Olivia Wingate, F, Notre Dame

  7. Chicago Red Stars: Penelope Hocking, F, Penn State

  8. North Carolina Courage: Sydney Collins, D, University of California

  9. North Carolina Courage: Clara Robbins, M, Florida State

  10. Kansas City Current: Alexa Spaanstra, F, Virginia

  11. North Carolina Courage: Haley Hopkins, F, Virginia

  12. Portland Thorns FC: Izzy D’Aquila, F, Santa Clara

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