LIVE: NWSL Draft tracker, picks results — Alyssa Thompson goes No. 1 Angel City FC; Michelle Cooper No. 2

The National Women’s Soccer League will introduce the world to the next crop of talent on Thursday night. The 2023 NWSL Draft will begin at 6 p.m. ET in Philadelphia and you can catch all the action on Paramount+ and CBS Sports HQ. CBS Sports Network will air the first hour of the draft at 6 p.m. ET.

California high schooler Alyssa Thompson went first overall to Angel City FC thanks to a series of wild trades made in the days leading up to the draft. 

There are 256 players who will be available for only 48 selections, which means teams will still be on the lookout for undrafted free agents over the next few days after the draft comes to a close. 

Be sure to check out our mock draft for the first round along with the rule updates of what has changed this year. We’ll be tracking the order and the picks made below — and while you’re at it, sign up for our new newsletter covering the beautiful game in all its glory, including updates three times a week, here.

Draft order and results

Round 1

  • 1. Angel City FC — Alyssa Thompson, FWD (Harvard-Westlake Prep)
  • 2. Kansas City Current — Michelle Cooper, FWD (Duke University) *Acquired via trade with NJ/NY Gotham
  • 3. Orlando Pride — Emily Madril, DEF (Florida State University) 
  • 4. NJ/NY Gotham — Jenna Nighswonger, MID (Florida State University)
  • 5. Portland Thorns FC — Reyna Reyes, DEF/MID (University of Alabama)
  • 6. North Carolina Courage — Olivia Wyngate, FWD (Notre Dame University)
  • 7. Chicago Red Stars — Penelope Hocking, MID/FWD (Penn State University) 
  • 8. North Carolina Courage — Sydney Collins, DEF/MID (California University)
  • 9. North Carolina Courage — Clara Robbins, MID/FWD (Florida State University)
  • 10. Kansas City Current — Alexa Spaanstra, 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 — Sierra Enge, DEF/MID (Stanford) *Acquired in draft day trade with NJ/NY Gotham FC
  • 14. Chicago Red Stars — Grace Yochum, MID (Oklahoma State)
  • 15. Kansas City Current — Gabrielle Robinson, DEF/MID/FWD (West Virginia University)
  • 16. Racing Louisville FC — Kayla Fischer, MID/FWD (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, MID (Harvard University)
  • 21. Orlando Pride — Messiah Bright, FWD (Texas Christian University)
  • 22. Houston Dash — Jyllissa 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)

Round 3

  • 25. Orlando Pride — Tori 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 — Lyza Bosselmann, GK (Gonzaga) *Acquired in draft day trade with Racing Louisville FC
  • 29. Racing Louisville FC — Jaydn Edwards, MID/FWD (University of New Mexico) *Acquired in draft day trade with Orlando Pride 
  • 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 Kozal, GK (Michigan State University) *Acquired in draft day trade with Houston Dash
  • 33. San Diego Wave FC — Lauren Brzykcy, GK (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • 34. Washington Spirit — Lena Silano, FWD (Long Beach State University)
  • 35. Kansas City Current — Mykiaa Minniss, DEF (Washington State University)
  • 36. Houston Dash — Lindsi Jennings, DEF (Louisiana State University)

Round 4

  • 37. Washington Spirit — Civana Kuhlmann, 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 — Delaney Graham, DEF/MID/FWD (Duke University) *Acquired in draft day trade with Racing Louisville
  • 41. Orlando Pride — Kristen Scott, MID/FWD (University of Central Florida)
  • 42. Kansas City Current — Rylan Childers, MID (Kanas University)
  • 43. Chicago Red Stars — Sophie Jones, MID (Duke University)
  • 44. NJ/NY Gotham FC — Iliana Hocking, DEF/MID (University of Arizona)
  • 45. San Diego Wave FC — Giovanna Demarco, MID (Wake Forest University)
  • 46. OL Reign — Natalie Viggiano, MID/FWD (University of Wisconsin)
  • 47. Kansas City Current — Ashley Orkus, GK (University of Mississippi)
  • 48. Portland Thorns FC

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