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2023 NWSL Draft recap


Author: Kate MagdziukPublished: 01/13/23

The 2023 NWSL Draft is officially in the books! The four-round draft took place during the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia and had plenty of surprises in store.

It was a historic draft, too, where forward Alyssa Thompson became the first player in league history to be drafted as the No. 1 overall pick — STRAIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. What. A. Baller. Angel City FC secured the first overall pick in this year's draft from the NJ/NY Gotham FC in a trade earlier this January.

Here's the moment she was selected:

Some fun facts about this year's No. 1 overall pick:

  • She and her sister Gisele were the first high school athletes to sign a NIL deal with Nike.

  • Alyssa Thompson has WHEELS. She ran the second-fastest 100m dash in the state of California in 2022.

  • She was the youngest player to earn a call-up for a USWNT camp since legend Sophia Smith back in April 2017 (h/t Just Women's Sports). She got her first playing time for the USWNT senior team to the team subbing in for forward Megan Rapinoe back in October of 2022. Rapinoe is 19 years and 125 days her senior, per ESPN, accounting for the largest age gap between any two USWNT players to appear in the same game.

Congratulations to Alyssa and the entire list of incredibly talented players that heard their names called on Thursday night. Is the NWSL Draft a perfect system? No (André Carlisle explained why here). However, it's what we have. And for now, I'm just here to celebrate the recognition of talent.

Now, here's a look at the full list of 2023 NWSL Draft picks!

2023 NWSL first-round picks

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

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

3. Orlando Pride: Emily Madril, Defender, Florida State

4. NJ/NY Gotham FC: Jenna Nighswonger, Midfielder, Florida State

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

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

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

8. North Carolina Courage: Sydney Collins, Defender, California

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

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

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

12. Portland Thorns FC: Izzy D'Aquila, Forward, Santa Clara

See how the first round stood up in comparison to André Carlisle's NWSL mock draft 1.0 and 2.0! 👀

2023 NWSL second-round picks

13. San Diego Wave FC: Sierra Enge, Midfielder, Stanford

14. Chicago Red Stars: Grace Yochum, Midfielder, Oklahoma State

15. Kansas City Current: Gabrielle Robinson, Defender, WVU

16. Racing Louisville FC: Kayla Fischer Forward, Ohio State

17. Racing Louisville FC: Brianna Martinez, Defender, Notre Dame

18. Kansas City Current: Jordan Silkowitz, Goalkeeper, Iowa State

19. OL Reign: Shea Holmes, Defender, Washington

20. Houston Dash: Sophie Hirst, Midfielder, Harvard

21. Orlando Pride: Messiah Bright, Forward, TCU

22. Houston Dash: Jylissa Harris, Defender, South Carolina

23. Chicago Red Stars: Ally Schlegel, Forward, Penn State

24. Portland Thorns FC: Lauren DeBeau, Forward, Michigan State

2023 NWSL third-round picks

25. Orlando Pride: Tori Hansen, Defender, North Carolina

26. Washington Spirit: Nikole Douglas, Forward, Arizona State

27. Angel City FC: Angelina Anderson, Goalkeeper, California

28. Washington Spirit: Lyza Bosselmann, Goalkeeper, Gonzaga

29. Racing Louisville FC: Jadyn Edwards, Midfielder, New Mexico

30. Washington Spirit: Riley Tanner, Forward, Alabama

31. Racing Louisville FC: Riley Mattingly Parker, Forward, Alabama

32. Portland Thorns FC: Lauren Kozal Goalkeeper, Michigan State

33. San Diego Wave FC: Lauren Brzykcy, Goalkeeper, UCLA

34. Washington Spirit: Lena Silano, Forward, Long Beach State

35. Kansas City Current: Mykiaa Minniss, Defender, Washington State

36. Houston Dash: Lindsi Jennings, Defender, LSU

2023 NWSL fourth-round picks

37. Washington Spirit: Civana Kuhlmann, Forward, Colorado

38. Kansas City Current: Ella Shamburger, Defender, Vanderbilt

39. Orlando Pride: Summer Yates, Midfielder, Washington

40. Washington Spirit: Delaney Graham, Defender, Duke

41. Orlando Pride: Kristen Scott, Forward, UCF

42. Kansas City Current: Rylan Childers, Midfielder, Kansas

43. Chicago Red Stars: Sophie Jones, Midfielder, Duke

44. NJ/NY Gotham FC: Iliana Hocking, Midfielder, Arizona

45. San Diego Wave FC: Giovanna DeMarco, Midfielder, Wake Forest

46. OL Reign: Natalie Viggiano, Midfielder, Wisconsin

47. Kansas City Current: Ashley Orkus, Goalkeeper, Ole Miss

48. Houston Dash: Madelyn Desiano, Defender, UCLA


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