2023 NWSL Draft Tracker: Alyssa Thompson goes No. 1 to Angel City FC.

The 2023 NWSL draft saw California high school forward Alyssa Thompson go first overall to Angel City FC thanks to a series of wild trades made in the days leading up to the draft. The 18-year-old, Los Angeles native is expected to contribute right away, and the Angel City has unlimited potential if they can develop Thompson well. In a normal draft, a high schooler going first overall would have been a cruel thing to do, but in this 2023 NWSL draft, it was normal.

Duke star forward Michelle Cooper went No. 2, while Florida State’s Emily Madril was the first defender on the board, landing No. 3 overall with the Orlando Pride.

With 12 trades recorded during the draft, the North Carolina Courage were able to take control of the Washington Spirit draft in the third round after using their draft capital to accumulate four first-rounders. There are plenty of ways to build a roster in the NWSL, but the draft, especially this one, has talent up and down. With Covid allowing players to qualify for a fifth year and sometimes transfer to other schools, such as Penn State’s Penelope Hocking, it was a polished class and teams wanted to add depth, and many did.

They’ll need that depth as key players head to the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand this summer, which is why plenty of goalkeepers have been selected, but some teams like the Kansas City Current are opting for entirely new backlines. Hocking also saw his twin sister, Ileana, form a new sibling rivalry in the league for NJ/NY Gotham FC. It was an exciting, record-breaking draft that saw the U.S. Women’s National Team look forward Lynn Williams traded.

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Here are the complete draft results:

Draft results

Round 1

  • 1. Angel City FC — Alyssa Thompson, FWD (Harvard-Westlake Prep)
  • 2. Kansas City Current — Michael Cooper, FWD (Duke University)
  • 3. Orlando Pride — Emily Madrill, DEF (Florida State University)
  • 4. NJ/NY Gotham — Jenna Nicewonger, MID (Florida State University)
  • 5. Portland Thorns FC — Reyna Reyes, DEF/MIT (University of Alabama)
  • 6. North Carolina Courage — Olivia Wingate, FWD (University of Notre Dame)
  • 7. Chicago Red Stars — Penelope Hocking, MID/FWD (Penn State University)
  • 8. North Carolina Courage — Sidney Collins, DEF/MID (University of California)
  • 9. North Carolina Courage — Clara Robbins, MID/FWD (Florida State University)
  • 10. Kansas City Current — Alexa Sponstra, 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 — Where Sierra, DEF/MID (Stanford)
  • 14. Chicago Red Stars — Grace Yochum, MIT (Oklahoma State)
  • 15. Kansas City Current — Gabriel Robinson, DEF/MID/FWD (West Virginia University)
  • 16. Racing Louisville FC — Kayla Fischer, MIT/FTW (Ohio State University)
  • 17. Racing Louisville FC — Brianna Martinez, DEF/MID (Notre Dame University)
  • 18. Kansas City Current — Jordan Silkowitz, GK (Iowa State University)
  • 19. OL Reign — Shea Holmes, DEF (University of Washington)
  • 20. Houston Dash — Sophie Hirst, MIT (Harvard University)
  • 21. Orlando Pride — Messiah Pride, FWD (Texas Christian University)
  • 22. Houston Dash — Jillissa 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)
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Round 3

  • 25. Orlando Pride — Torey 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 — Lisa Poselman, GK (Gonzaga)
  • 29. Racing Louisville FC — Jayden 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 Gossell, GK (Michigan State University)
  • 33. San Diego Wave FC — Lauren Praziksi, GK (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • 34. Washington Spirit — Lena Silano, FWD (Long Beach State University)
  • 35. Kansas City Current — Miciah Minnis, DEF (Washington State University)
  • 36. Houston Dash — Lindsey Jennings, DEF (Louisiana State University)

Round 4

  • 37. Washington Spirit — Sivana Kuhlman, 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 — Delanie Graham, DEF/MID/FWD (Duke University)
  • 41. Orlando Pride — Kristen Scott, MID/FWD (University of Central Florida)
  • 42. Kansas City Current — Rylan Childers, MIT (University of Kansas)
  • 43. Chicago Red Stars — Sophie Jones, MIT (Duke University)
  • 44. NJ/NY Gotham FC — Ileana Hocking, DEF/MID (University of Arizona)
  • 45. San Diego Wave FC — Giovanna DeMarco, MIT (Wake Forest University)
  • 46. ​​OL reign — Natalie Viggiano, MID/FWD (University of Wisconsin)
  • 47. Kansas City Current — Ashley Orcus, GK (University of Mississippi)
  • 48. Houston Dash — Madeleine Desiano DEF (University of California, Los Angeles)
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