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.
2023 NWSL DRAFT ORDER AND PICKS
Alyssa Thompson – Harvard-Westlake Prep
|2||Michelle Cooper – Duke University|
|3||Emily Madril – Florida State University|
|4||Jenna Nighswonger – Florida State University 5|
|5||Reyna Reyes – University of Alabama|
|6||Olivia Wingate – University of Notre Dame|
|7||Penelope Hocking – Penn State University|
|8||Sydney Collins – University of California|
|9||Clara Robbins – Florida State University|
|10||Alexa Spaanstra – University of Virginia4|
|11||Haley Hopkins – University of Virginia|
|12||Isabella D’Aquila – Santa Clara University|
|13||Sierra Enge – Stanford University6|
|14||Grace Yochum – Oklahoma State3|
|15||Gabrielle Robinson – West Virginia|
|16||Kayla Fisher – Ohio State|
|17||Brianna Martinez – Notre Dame University|
|18||Jordan Silkowitz – Iowa State University|
|19||Shae Holmes – University of Washington 7|
|20||Sophie Hirst – Harvard University|
|21||Messiah Bright – Texas Christian University 2|
|22||Jylissa Harris – University of South Carolina|
|23||Allison Schlegel – Penn State7|
|24||Lauren DeBeau – Michigan State University|
|25||Tori Hansen – UNC|
|26||Nicole Douglas – Arizona State|
|27||Angelina Anderson – University of California – Berkeley|
|28||Lyza Bosselmann – Gonzaga University –|
|29||Jadyn Edwards – University of Mexico|
|30||Riley Tanner – Alabama|
|31||Riley Parker – Alabama|
|32||Lauren Kozal – Michigan State|
|33||Lauren Brykcy – UCLA|
|34||Lena Silano – Long Beach State|
|35||Mykiaa Minniss – Washington State University|
|36||Lindsi Jennings – LSU|
|37||Civana Kuhlmann – University of Colorado|
|38||Ella Shamburger – Vanderbilt|
|39||Summer Yates – University of Washington|
|40||Delaney Graham – Duke University|
|41||Kristen Scott – University of Central Florida|
|42||Rylan Childers – University of Kansas|
|43||Sophie Jones – Duke University|
|44||Iliana Hocking – University of Arizona|
|45||Giovanna DeMarco – Wakeforest University|
|46||Natalie Viggiano – The University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|47||Ashley Orkus – University of Mississippi|
|48||Madelyn Desiano – UCLA|
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.