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2023 NWSL Draft: live updates

Angel City FC selected Alyssa Thompson with the first overall pick.

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Angel City FC kicked off the 2023 NWSL Draft by selecting 18-year-old Alyssa Thompson with the No. 1 overall pick on Thursday night in Philadelphia. The move came as no surprise after Angel City acquired the top pick from NJ/NY Gotham FC a week prior in exchange for Yazmeen Ryan and a quarter-million dollars in allocation money.

Thompson, an LA native, debuted for the U.S. in October and had previously committed to Stanford, but declared for the NWSL Draft on Jan. 6. When she made the roster to face England and Spain, Thompson became the youngest player called up for a full national team camp since 16-year-old Sophia Smith.

Round 1

Pick 1, Angel City FC: Alyssa Thompson, Prep School

Pick 2, Kansas City Current (via Gotham FC): Michelle Cooper, Duke University
The Kansas City Current traded veteran forward Lynn Williams to Gotham FC for the second overall pick.
“I knew I wanted to be in the NWSL someday, but Kansas City is just a great fit and I’m super excited for that,” Cooper told The Equalizer.

Pick 3, Orlando Pride: Emily Madril, Florida State

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

Pick 5, Portland Thorns FC: Reyna Reyes, Alabama

Pick 6, North Carolina Courage: Olivia Wingate, Notre Dame
“It’s been incredible, obviously, that we have this league here and that we’re building something so special and so powerful for women in sports. I’m just very, very grateful to have to be a part of that,” Wingate told The Equalizer.

Pick 7, Chicago Red Stars: Penelope Hocking, Penn State

Pick 8, North Carolina Courage: Sydney Collins, University of California, Berkeley

Pick 9, North Carolina Courage: Clara Robbins, Florida State

Pick 10, Kansas City Current: Alexa Spaanstra, Virginia

Pick 11, North Carolina Courage: Haley Hopkins, Virginia
“Being able to play soccer at the highest possible level, to be physically able to and mentally and emotionally, is definitely challenging. It makes this moment so much sweeter and me that much more appreciative of what I’ve been through to get to this moment. I speak for everyone who dreamed about when we were kids. This is very surreal,” Hopkins told The Equalizer.

Pick 12, Portland Thorns FC: Isabella (Izzy) D’Aquila, Santa Clara

Round 2

Pick 13, San Diego Wave FC: Sierra Enge, Stanford

Pick 14, Chicago Red Stars: Grace Yochum, Oklahoma State

Pick 15, Kansas City Current: Gabrielle Robinson, West Virginia

Pick 16, Racing Louisville FC: Kayla Fischer, The Ohio State

Pick 17, Racing Louisville FC: Brianna Martinez, Notre Dame

Pick 18, Kansas City Current: Jordan Silkowitz, Iowa State

Pick 19, OL Reign: Shae Holmes, Washington

Pick 20, Houston Dash: Sophie Hirst, Harvard

Pick 21, Orlando Pride: Messiah Bright, Texas Christian University

Pick 22, Houston Dash: Jyllissa Harris, South Carolina

Pick 23, Chicago Red Stars: Ally Schlegel, Penn State

Pick 24, Portland Thorns FC: Lauren DeBeau, Michigan State

Round 3

Pick 25, Orlando Pride: Tori Hansen, North Carolina
“It’s definitely been a goal growing up with the courage so close to me. I’ve been to so many of their games and their head coach used to be my club coach. So I’ve been very familiar with the NWSL for a long time. It’s a dream come true that I’m finally in it, in the league,” Hansen told The Equalizer.

Pick 26, Washington Spirit: Nicole Douglas, Arizona State

Pick 27, Angel City FC: Angelina Anderson, University of California, Berkeley

Pick 28, Washington Spirit (via Racing Louisville FC): Lyza Bosselmann, Gonzaga
The Washington Spirit traded $30,000 in allocation money to Racing Louisville FC for the No. 28. Racing Louisville received the No. 29 pick.

Pick 29, Racing Louisville FC (via Washington Spirit): Jadyn Edwards, New Mexico

Pick 30, Washington Spirit: Riley Tanner, Alabama

Pick 31, Racing Louisville FC: Riley Mattingly Parker, Alabama

Pick 32, Portland Thorns FC (via Houston Dash): Lauren Kozal, Michigan State
Portland traded $20,000 and the No. 36 pick to Houston for the No. 32 pick.

Pick 33, San Diego Wave FC: Lauren Brzykcy, UCLA

Pick 34, Washington Spirit: Lena Silano, Long Beach State

Pick 35, Kansas City Current: Mykiaa Minniss, Washington State

Pick 36, Houston Dash: Lindsi Jennings, Louisiana State

Round 4

Pick 37, Washington Spirit: Civana Kuhlmann, Colorado

Pick 38, Kansas City Current: Ella Shamburger, Vanderbilt

Pick 39, Orlando Pride: Summer Yates, Washington

Pick 40, Washington Spirit: Delaney Graham, Duke

Pick 41, Orlando Pride: Kristen Scott, Central Florida

Pick 42, Kansas City Current: Rylan Childers, Kansas

Pick 43, Chicago Red Stars: Sophie Jones, Duke

Pick 44, NJ/NY Gotham FC: Iliana Hocking, Arizona

Pick 45, San Diego Wave FC: Giovanna DeMarco, Wake Forest

Pick 46, OL Reign: Natalie Viggiano, Wisconsin

Pick 47, Kansas City Current: Ashley Orkus, Mississippi

Pick 48, Houston Dash (via Portland Thorns FC): Madelyn Desiano, UCLA
Houston traded a natural third-round pick in 2024 and $10,000 in allocation money to Portland.)

As the 2023 NWSL Draft continues, stay tuned to this page for highlights. Also, make sure you are following Equalizer Soccer on Twitter for real-time updates from our staff on the ground at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Here is a final list of registered players from the NWSL


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