The National Women’s Soccer League welcomed 48 new players to the league as athletes heard their names called at the 2023 NWSL Draft in Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Headlined by high school star Alyssa Thompson, who was selected by Angel City FC with the No. 1 overall pick, the NWSL’s newest draft class features players from more than 30 U.S. universities.

This year’s event saw a record 10 draft-day trades, including a blockbuster exchange between the Kansas City Current and NJ/NY Gotham FC, which sent forward Lynn Williams to the New Jersey club and the No. 2 overall selection to KC. The Current selected Duke University standout and 2022 MAC Hermann Award winner Michelle Cooper.

Emily Madril, who signed a professional contract with the league last August, rounded out the top three of the draft, heading to the Orlando Pride.

The North Carolina Courage made four picks in the first round, tying the record for most first-round selections.

Twin sisters Iliana and Penelope Hocking made history as the first siblings to be selected in the same NWSL draft. Penelope was chosen by the Chicago Red Stars with the seventh overall pick while Iliana was taken by Gotham FC with the 44th selection.

This year’s draft also saw first-time selections for three universities, including Iowa State University, University of Arizona and University of New Mexico. Virginia and Stanford continue their streaks of having at least one pick in every draft, and with one pick in the third round of the 2023 event.

UCLA is the all-time leader in draft picks with 22 selections.



Angel City FC
  Alyssa Thompson – Harvard-Westlake Prep
2 Kansas City Current Michelle Cooper – Duke University
3 Orlando Pride Emily Madril – Florida State  University
4 NJ/NY Gotham FC Jenna Nighswonger – Florida State University 5
5 Portland Thorns FC Reyna Reyes – University of   Alabama
6 North Carolina Courage  Olivia Wingate – University of Notre Dame
7 Chicago Red Stars Penelope Hocking – Penn State University
8 Houston Dash Sydney Collins – University of California
9 North Carolina Courage  Clara Robbins – Florida State University
10 NJ/NY Gotham FC  Alexa Spaanstra – University of Virginia4
11   North Carolina CourageHaley Hopkins – University of Virginia
12 Portland Thorns FC Isabella D’Aquila – Santa Clara  University
13  NJ/NY Gotham FCSierra Enge – Stanford University6
14 Washington Spirit  Grace Yochum – Oklahoma State3
15  Kansas City CurrentGabrielle Robinson – West Virginia
16 Racing Louisville FC  Kayla Fisher – Ohio State
17 Racing Louisville FC  Brianna Martinez – Notre Dame University
18 Kansas City Current  Jordan Silkowitz – Iowa State University
19 Chicago Red StarsShae Holmes – University of Washington 7
20 Houston Dash Sophie Hirst – Harvard University
21 Orlando Pride Messiah Bright – Texas Christian University 2
22 Houston Dash Jylissa Harris – University of South Carolina
23 Kansas City Current  Allison Schlegel – Penn State7
24  Portland Thorns FC Lauren DeBeau – Michigan State University


25  Orlando PrideTori Hansen – UNC
26  Washington Spirit Nicole Douglas – Arizona State
27   Angel City FCAngelina Anderson – University of California – Berkeley
28  Racing Louisville FC Lyza Bosselmann – Gonzaga University –
29 Orlando Pride  Jadyn Edwards – University of Mexico
30 Houston Dash Riley Tanner – Alabama
31  Racing Louisville FCRiley Parker – Alabama
32 OL Reign Lauren Kozal – Michigan State
33 San Diego Wave FCLauren Brykcy – UCLA
34 Orlando PrideLena Silano – Long Beach State
35 Kansas City CurrentMykiaa Minniss – Washington State University
36 Portland Thorns FC Lindsi Jennings – LSU
37 Washington SpiritCivana Kuhlmann – University of Colorado
38 Kansas City Current Ella Shamburger – Vanderbilt
39 Orlando Pride Summer Yates – University of Washington
40 Racing Louisville FC Delaney Graham – Duke University
41 Orlando Pride Kristen Scott – University of Central Florida
42 Kansas City Current Rylan Childers – University of Kansas
43 Chicago Red StarsSophie Jones – Duke University
44 NJ/NY Gotham FCIliana Hocking – University of Arizona
45 San Diego Wave FCGiovanna DeMarco – Wakeforest University
46 OL Reign Natalie Viggiano – The University of Wisconsin-Madison
47 Kansas City CurrentAshley Orkus – University of Mississippi
48 Portland Thorns FC Madelyn Desiano – UCLA
1 Under the terms of a December 23, 2020 trade, Orlando will receive Washington’s natural first round pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft. (Orlando traded this pick to Gotham FC on January 5, 2023)
2 Under the terms of a November 29, 2021 trade, Orlando will receive San Diego’s natural 2nd round pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft.
3 Under the terms of a December 18, 2021 trade, Chicago will receive Washington’s highest 2nd round pick at 5pm ET the day prior to the 2023 NWSL Draft.
4 KC receives $200,000 allocation money, higher of RGN’s 2023 natural 1st round draft pick or NJY’s second highest 2023 1st round pick as of 5pm ET the day before the 2023 NWSL Draft.
5 Under the terms of a January 12, 2023 trade, NJ/NY Gotham FC receives the fourth round pick and Racing Louisville FC recieves $150,000 in allocation money, 2023 International slot and rights to Paige Monaghan.
6 Under the terms of a January 12, 2023 trade, NJ/NY Gotham FC aquires $100,000 in allocation money and San Diego Wave FC receives the thirteenth round pick.
7Under the terms of a January 12, 2023, Chicago Red Stars have acquired the 11th pick in the 2nd round, OL’s natural 2024 3rd round pick and a 2023 international slot. In exchange, OL Reign have acquired the 7th pick in the 2nd round of the 2023 NWSL Draft.