The 2018 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) held its sixth college draft on Thursday, January 18, at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.
As expected, Andi Sullivan was selected as the No. 1 overall pick by the Washington Spirit. South Carolina’s Savannah McCaskill is headed to Boston as the No. 2 overall pick. Rounding out the top three, Duke’s Rebecca Quinn will join Sullivan in Washington. The full list of selections is below.
Duke showed up big, with six players chosen at this year’s draft, equaling the number of players drafted in a single draft set by UCLA at the 2015 NWSL College Draft.
2018 NWSL College Draft Results
The draft consisted of four rounds with 10 selections per round.
A blockbuster of a trade happened during the draft that resulted in some shuffling of the draft order.
To understand the Notes section better, here is the breakdown of the trade:
1. The Chicago Red Stars sent Christen Press, the No. 7 pick, and a 2018 international roster spot to the Houston Dash in exchange for Carli Lloyd, Janine Beckie, and the No. 6 and No. 24 picks.
Got it? Okay, here is what happened next:
2. Chicago traded Lloyd, Beckie, Jen Hoy, the No. 6 and No. 13 picks to Sky Blue FC in exchange for Sam Kerr, Nikki Stanton, and the No. 15 pick.
Okay, now here are the full draft results:
The 2018 NWSL College Draft in Images
All images by the terrific Monica Simoes.