Sights: 2018 NWSL College Draft; Spirit Take Sullivan at No. 1

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:

1Andi SullivanStanfordWashington SpiritMtwitter iconinstagram icon
2Savannah McCaskillSouth CarolinaBoston BreakersM, Ftwitter icon
3Rebecca QuinnDuke Washington Spirit ?D, Ftwitter iconinstagram icon
4Michaela AbamWest VirginiaSky Blue FC ?D, M, Finstagram icon
5Imani DorseyDukeSky Blue FCM, Ftwitter icon
6Amandine Pierre-LouisWest VirginiaSky Blue FC ?M, Ftwitter icon
7Haley HansonNebraskaHouston Dash ?D, M, Ftwitter icon
8Sandra YuNotre DamePortland Thorns FCM, F
9Gabby SeilerFloridaPortland Thorns FCD, M, Ftwitter icon
10Frannie CrousePenn State North Carolina CourageM, Ftwitter icon
11Schuyler DeBreeDukeWashington SpiritD, M, Finstagram icon
12Kimberly KeeverWashingtonHouston DashM, F
13Casey MurphyRutgers Sky Blue FC ?GKtwitter icon
14Taylor IsomBrigham Young Utah Royals FCDtwitter icon
15Emily BoydUC BerkeleyChicago Red Stars ?GKtwitter iconinstagram iconinstagram icon
16Mallory EubanksMississippi StateWashington SpiritD, M, Ftwitter icon
17Elizabeth WengerGeorgetownBoston BreakersD
18Indigo GibsonUC BerkeleyChicago Red StarsDtwitter icon
19Brianna VisalliPepperdine Chicago Red StarsM, Ftwitter icon
20Rebecca RasmussenColoradoNorth Carolina CourageM, F
21Brittany BasingerPenn StateWashington SpiritDtwitter icon
22Ashton MillerDukeBoston BreakersM
23Nadia GomesBrigham Young Orlando PrideFtwitter icon
24Megan BuckinghamNorth CarolinaChicago Red Stars ?D, M twitter icon
25Allyson HaranWake Forest Seattle Reign FC ?D
26Maddie HusterWake Forest Washington SpiritD, Mtwitter icon
27Zoey GoralskiUCLAChicago Red StarsD, M, Ftwitter icon
28Veronica LatskoVirginiaPortland Thorns FCM, Ftwitter icon
29Annabella GeistOregon StatePortland Thorns FC ?GKtwitter iconinstagram icon
30Abby ElinskyNorth CarolinaHouston DashD, M, Ftwitter iconinstagram icon
31Rachel MooreThe College of William and MaryWashington SpiritD, M, F
32Joanna BoylesNorth CarolinaBoston BreakersM
33Sarah ShimerWashingtonHouston DashGKtwitter icon
34EJ (Emma Jane) ProctorDukeUtah Royals FCGK
35Kiana PalaciosUC IrvineSky Blue FCM, Ftwitter icon
36Celia Jiménez DelgadoAlabamaSeattle Reign FCD, M, Finstagram icon
37Alexa BenDePaulChicago Red StarsM, Ftwitter icon
38Morgan ReidDukeNorth Carolina CourageDinstagram icon
39Carlin HudsonYaleNorth Carolina CourageD
40Ryan WilliamsTexas ChristianNorth Carolina CourageDtwitter icon


The 2018 NWSL College Draft in Images

All images by the terrific Monica Simoes.