Pair of mega trades sends Lloyd to Sky Blue, Kerr to Chicago, Press to Houston

NewsJanuary 19

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NWSL College DraftJanuary 18

Spirit select Andi Sullivan with the No. 1 pick in the College Draft

NewsJanuary 18

List: Every draft pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft

NWSL College DraftJanuary 18

Update: Final list of players eligible for the 2018 NWSL College Draft

NWSL College DraftJanuary 18

2018 College Draft Order

NWSL College DraftJanuary 17

Zerboni, O’Sullivan, Speck to return to Courage in 2018

NewsJanuary 17

Spirit trade Dunn’s rights to Courage in exchange for Hatch and Smith

NewsJanuary 16

Spirit acquire No. 3 draft pick from Dash in exchange for Agnew, No. 6 pick

NewsJanuary 16

2018 season to begin weekend of March 24-25; schedule format announced

NewsJanuary 16

Notebook: Daly called in by England, Corboz named to France roster

NewsJanuary 16

Portland acquires Andressinha in trade, Jordan to Houston

NewsJanuary 12

Pair of trades sends Long to Seattle, the rights to Foord to Portland, Johnson and Stott to NJ

NewsJanuary 11

Becky Sauerbrunn ruled out of USWNT camp

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Updated preliminary list of players eligible for the 2018 NWSL College Draft

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NWSL to live stream 2018 College Draft; Broadcast details revealed

NWSL College DraftJanuary 11

College Draft: Team-by-team preview

NWSL College DraftJanuary 10

Notebook: Stanley retires; Sullivan wins Hermann Trophy; more NWSL news

NewsJanuary 08

Lisa Cole joins the Houston Dash as assistant coach

NewsJanuary 05

Updated preliminary list of players eligible for the 2018 NWSL College Draft

NWSL College DraftJanuary 05

Tobin Heath undergoes ankle surgery, out 8-12 weeks

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NWSL College DraftJanuary 04

Corsie named to Scotland roster; Jonsdottir named to Iceland roster

NewsJanuary 04

Jill Ellis calls in 21 NWSL players for USWNT training camp

USWNTJanuary 03

Morgan Brian signs with Lyon

NewsJanuary 03

Gunnhildur Jonsdottir signs with Utah Royals FC

NewsJanuary 03

Three NWSL players called in for U.S. U-23 training camp

NewsJanuary 02

Royals acquire O’Hara, Lytle from Sky Blue FC in exchange for Groom, Gibbons, No. 4 draft pick

NewsDecember 29

Leah Galton signs with FC Bayern Munich

NewsDecember 22

NWSL releases preliminary list of players eligible for the 2018 NWSL College Draft

NewsDecember 21

Royals officially introduce Becky Sauerbrunn

NewsDecember 21

SheBelieves Cup schedule announced

NewsDecember 21

Julie Ertz named U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year

NewsDecember 20

10 NWSL players named to CONCACAF Female Best XI

NewsDecember 19

Alex Morgan named CONCACAF Female Player of the Year

NewsDecember 18

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StatsDecember 15

Thaisa signs with Sky Blue FC

NewsDecember 13

Six NWSL players nominated for Canada’s Player of the Year Award

CANWNTDecember 06

2018 Algarve Cup groups announced

NewsDecember 06

Briana Scurry named Washington Spirit assistant coach

NewsDecember 06

Lydia Williams re-signs with Seattle Reign FC

NewsDecember 06

Ertz, Horan, Mewis, Morgan, Rapinoe nominated for U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year

USWNTDecember 05

Utah Royals FC name, logo, season ticket information revealed

NewsDecember 01

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NewsNovember 29

Sam Kerr named AFC Women’s Player of the Year

NewsNovember 29

Four NWSL players called in for U.S. U-23 training camp

NewsNovember 29

USWNT to open 2018 vs. Denmark in San Diego

USWNTNovember 29

Houston Dash name Vera Pauw as new head coach

NewsNovember 28

Sinclair nets goal No. 169 in Canada’s 3-2 comeback win over Norway

CANWNTNovember 28

Pair of mega trades sends Lloyd to Sky Blue, Kerr to Chicago, Press to Houston

Three teams, two trades, big shakeups to the rosters of Sky Blue, Red Stars, Dash

(L-R) Carli Lloyd, Sam Kerr and Christen Press (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)

Philadelphia — Sky Blue FC already had the 4th and 5th picks coming into Thursday’s NWSL College Draft, and made their selections early in the morning. But then NWSL Managing Director of Operations Amanda Duffy announced that Sky Blue would also be on the clock for the No. 6 pick … which had been the property of the Houston Dash.

Something was brewing — and that something was a pair of enormous trades. At the time it was first revealed, the trade was only listed as picks and “players to be named later” — but the full scope of the trade was made official on Friday morning.

The details:

First, the Red Stars traded forward Christen Press, the seventh pick in this year’s draft and a 2018 international roster spot to the Houston Dash in exchange for forward Carli Lloyd, forward Janine Beckie and the sixth and 24th picks in this year’s draft.

Then, the Red Stars traded Lloyd, Beckie, forward Jen Hoy and the sixth and 13th picks in this year’s draft to Sky Blue FC in exchange for forward Sam Kerr, midfielder Nikki Stanton and the 15th pick in this year’s draft.

“[Kerr] is a player that any team in the league would jump to get,” Red Stars coach Rory Dames said in a Red Stars statement after the trade was made official. “She is a young and eager forward that has proven to be one of the best in the world. Then we get [Stanton], who for us can be a solid 6 or 8 and really push our current mix of players. We couldn’t be happier to have both Sam and Nikki in Chicago.”

At the end of the day, a blockbuster, mega set of trades that shakes up the core rosters of three teams and brings even more intrigue to the upcoming NWSL season. With only a month until preseason begins, many rosters are looking quite different.

Three of the players involved in Friday’s trade are among the NWSL’s all-time top scorers.

Kerr is, of course, coming off one of the most outstanding seasons in NWSL history. She won the MVP and Golden Boot awards after scoring a record 17 goals last season. She’s the league’s all-time leading goal scorer, with 43 goals in five NWSL seasons with Sky Blue and the Western New York Flash.

“Let’s get it [Chicago Red Stars],” Kerr wrote on Instagram shortly after the trade was announced.

Lloyd, a former Rutgers star, returns to New Jersey and Yurcak Field. She has 27 career goals in five NWSL seasons with the Houston Dash and Western New York Flash. She previously played for Sky Blue FC of Women’s Professional Soccer in 2010.

“A big Thank You to the Dash fans! You have welcomed me with open arms and have been the best fans to play in front of! Lastly, I would like to thank my teammates. I have cherished my time with each and every one of you,” Lloyd wrote in a long statement posted on Twitter on Friday. “While this has been a bittersweet moment at this juncture of my career, I am ready to come home to NJ, be with my husband and live in our home together. I’m super excited to be able to play for Sky Blue and to return back to my Alma Mater.”

Press scored 11 goals in 2017, fourth best in the NWSL. She has 35 career scores in 60 regular season games over four NWSL seasons, all with the Chicago Red Stars. Press is tied for second in the regular season goal-scoring category, behind only Kerr. Press joined the Red Stars and the NWSL in 2014.

“For three and a half years Christen did everything we asked her to do,” Dames said. “We can’t thank you enough for her time here, but we had run our course together and mutually agreed it was time. Her time that she gave to this club and this city is invaluable and we wish her the best of luck in Houston.”

Beckie, a first round pick of the Dash in 2016, had spent two seasons in Houston, tallying five goals and three assists.

“To the Houston Dash, thank you for giving me two years of growth and memories, I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have represented this city. Change comes with the territory in this profession. It’s time for a new challenge and a new journey,” Beckie wrote in a post shared on social media Thursday night. “To the east coast I go! Thank you [Sky Blue FC] for the chance at a new start, I am very excited to get started! Much love, H-Town.”

Hoy was selected in the fourth round by the Red Stars in the 2013 inaugural NWSL College Draft. Over five seasons, all in Chicago, she scored 15 goals and 10 assists.

“Jen was someone that has been with us since the beginning,” Dames said. “Her commitment to this team and organization has been top class and I can’t thank Jen enough for everything.”

In four seasons in the midfield for Sky Blue FC, Stanton appeared in 41 games with one assist.

The Dash and Sky Blue FC had already been involved in major player trades this offseason. Just last week, Houston sent midfielder Andressinha to Portland in exchange for Savannah Jordan. Two days before the draft, the Dash traded down from the third pick to the sixth (the one they eventually moved in the trade that brought them Press), acquiring Lindsay Agnew in the process. On December 29, Sky Blue dealt Kelley O’Hara, Taylor Lytle and a draft pick to Utah in exchange for Shea Groom, Christina Gibbons and the No. 4 overall pick in Thursday’s draft.

The Red Stars jumped into the busy NWSL offseason with their pair of trades this week and ended up acquiring the reigning league MVP in Kerr.

In 2017, the Chicago Red Stars finished fourth and made the playoffs, but fell in the semifinal on a late goal to the Courage. It was their third-straight semifinal loss. Sky Blue FC finished in sixth place, six points out of a playoff spot. The Dash finished in eighth place.

Preseason in the NWSL begins in exactly one month on February. The league will kick off its first games the weekend of March 24-25.

This story has been updated with additional player reaction.

Draft Recap: NWSL welcomes its newest members on busy day in Philly

Sullivan, McCaskill, Quinn go 1-2-3

Two new members of the Chicago Red Stars, goalkeeper Emily Boyd and defender Indigo Gibson. (Photo credit: Howard C. Smith/isiphotos.com)

By Lauren Green

Philadelphia — The 2018 NWSL College Draft was the next career step for 40 players on Thursday. For some, it will be a journey with a familiar face in the professional ranks.

Duke University had six players drafted, including two in the first five picks with Rebecca Quinn heading to the Washington Spirit (No. 3 overall) and Imani Dorsey to Sky Blue FC (No. 5 overall).

Dorsey, the first player selected who was in attendance at this year’s draft, made the nearly eight-hour drive on Thursday morning from Durham, N.C., to Philadelphia, P.A., the site of the draft, after she had multiple flights canceled.

“It’s snowing in Durham right now so my flight got canceled,” Dorsey said. “Then I booked another flight and that got canceled. I booked another flight and that got moved to 10 a.m. today. My assistant coach Erwin was like ‘Hey, I’m still here. Let’s drive.’ The conditions in North Carolina were very scary, but it was smooth sailing [once we got to Virginia].”

Within about 15 minutes of Dorsey’s selection, two trades were announced, which, among other things, left Sky Blue FC with three picks in row in the first round. The trade sent the No. 6 and No. 24 picks to the Chicago Red Stars plus two players to be named later and the No. 7 pick, an international slot and a player to be named later to Houston. The Red Stars then sent the No. 6 and No. 13 picks to Sky Blue plus three players to be named later. The full details of that trade have yet to be officially announced.

In the meantime, Dorsey was thrilled with a different trade—one that reunited her with a former teammate.

“The fact that I’m going to Sky Blue and getting to play with my former teammate Christina Gibbons makes me so happy,” Dorsey said. (Gibbons, a second-year NWSL player out of Duke, was traded by Utah Royals FC to Sky Blue FC on December 29.)

Sky Blue FC also added a pair of Mountaineers with the No. 4 and No. 6 picks selecting Michaela Abam and Amandine Pierre-Louis.

Dorsey isn’t the only Duke player  who will have a familiar face alongside them on the field in their rookie season. The Washington Spirit drafted a pair of Blue Devils—Quinn in the third spot and Schuyler Debree at No. 11 overall.

“I’m so happy. Especially this year, we’ve gotten a lot closer. … [Quinn’s] probably the best player I’ve ever played with,” Debree said.

Thanks to the pair of trades that happened Thursday morning, the Chicago Red Stars had to wait until the second round to make their first picks of the day. The Red Stars used two of those picks to select  another pair of teammates—this time from the West Coast in California-Berkley goalkeeper Emily Boyd and defender Indigo Gibson.

“We have an amazing connection on the field and we’ve been dreaming about this since we were little, so I’m really excited. It will be fun to play with [Boyd],” Gibson said.

Earlier in the day, as expected, the Washington Spirit selected Andi Sullivan with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft and soon after, the Boston Breakers added South Carolina product Savannah McCaskill to their roster.

Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard expects that McCaskill will potentially be competing for a starting spot immediately.

“What I like about her is her movement. Just her understanding of when to drop, when to pull off a shoulder. She doesn’t just score simple goals, she scores some great goals as well,” Beard said. “Last year on occasions we created good chance. We just didn’t take the chances and I feel Savannah is a player who can do that. I think she’s going to have a great future in the NWSL and on the national team because she scores goals.”

Both Sullivan and McCaskill are currently in camp with the U.S. women’s national team and were unable to attend the draft in person, but recorded video messages that were shared after their selections.

The Washington Spirit were also busy before the draft, dealing the rights to forward Crystal Dunn to North Carolina in exchange for Taylor Smith and Ashley Hatch. Jim Gabarra’s squad also grabbed the No. 3 pick in a trade with Houston that sent Canadian international Lindsay Agnew and the No. 6 pick to the Houston Dash.

With that third overall pick, Gabarra selected Quinn. Hatch and Smith, plus Mallory Pugh, Sullivan and Quinn will form the core of a young Spirit squad in 2018.

“What we went through last year where we were struggling to field enough players to play to now where you’ve got competition two and three deep at every spot,” Gabarra said. “It’s going to be important with our league having 10 stable teams now, rosters are really difficult to make.”

Spirit select Andi Sullivan with the No. 1 pick in the College Draft

The Stanford captain and USWNT midfielder is the sixth ever No. 1 pick in NWSL history

Stanford midfielder, and new member of the Washington Spirit, Andi Sullivan. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

Philadelphia — No surprises to start this year’s draft. With the first pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft, the Spirit selected Stanford midfielder Andi Sullivan. The widely expected pick was made official on Thursday morning in Philadelphia.

Sullivan, currently in camp with the U.S. women’s national team in Carson, California, addressed the room in a video message after NWSL Managing Director of Operations Amanda Duffy announced her name as the No. 1 overall pick.

“I’m so excited to come back home to the DMV and play with the team that I watched growing up and to come give back to the soccer community that helped me so much throughout my youth,” she said in the video.

Sullivan also spoke to reporters on a conference call late Wednesday night, when it became official that the Spirit organization and general manager and coach Jim Gabarra would select her with the first overall pick.

I was kind of hoping to be picked first. I mean, you don’t really know. There are a lot of good players in the draft,” Sullivan said. “Today was kind of the first real moment of taking pictures with the jersey and stuff like that. It was like, ‘Oh this is actually happening.’ Pretty cool.”

Sullivan, who grew up in the Virginia area, says she’s looking forward to returning to the area. Sullivan played on local youth teams, and even on a youth side associated with the Washington Freedom of the WUSA in 2002, Gabarra said.

“Having the No. 1 pick and having the ability to pick Andi is huge because not only a local player, but a high quality person that could be a player that we build our franchise around for years to come,” Gabarra said on the call.

It’s been a long road to the NWSL for Sullivan, who tore her ACL in the fall of 2016 shortly after receiving her first caps with the U.S. women’s national team. But in 2017, she returned to the field for Stanford and the U.S. women’s national team.

Sullivan, Stanford’s captain, finished off her college career with the the NCAA tournament trophy in her hands, helping to lead the Cardinal to the title. In her college career, she registered 20 goals and 19 assists. On January 5, Sullivan won the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy, awarded to the best player in college soccer.

Sullivan said she took some down time after the end of the college season and it was after receiving the award that she decided to officially enter the NWSL draft.

“The individual honor was obviously very nice, and a great turning point from college to professional,” she said. “Just kind of thought things over. I want to be here and playing in the NWSL, so I signed up and I’m doing it.”

Sullivan’s name, however, did not appear on a list of players registered for the draft until Wednesday night, the day before the draft.

“I was just kind of taking some time off from the soccer world just before I entered. I didn’t mean to frazzle anybody, so sorry about that if you were worried,” she said

There was also the question of whether she would head to Europe to play, as players like Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence have done after college. Sullivan said she considered it, but ultimately decided to stay in the United States.

“Yeah, absolutely something I considered,” she said. “For me, personally, I just thought the timing wasn’t quite right. I wanted to stay here in the U.S. for now, but definitely could see myself playing in Europe in the future. It all just kind of depends. I really wanted to be here in the U.S. and help grow the league here. And also be as available for camps as possible. That was something that was pretty important to me. Especially with qualifying coming up and wanting to be in this environment. “

Sullivan is the sixth ever No. 1 overall pick in the NWSL draft and the second player selected No. 1 overall by the Washington Spirit, joining Crystal Dunn (2014).

“[Sullivan’s] proven at the national team level that she can play in the 6 role, she can play in the 8 role. She’s a really good fit for what our style of play is with the Spirit and that’s possession oriented,” Gabarra said. “She can link the defensive line to the forward line and she can also get forward into the attack and become dangerous in scoring chances.

“But again, we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves and just say, ‘She’s our savior and she’s going to come in there and turn everything around.’”

The NWSL preseason begins February 19 and the first games will take place the weekend of March 24-25. Until then, Sullivan will be preparing for the next level and the day in, day out of soccer at the professional level — all while at USWNT camp with a game vs. Denmark on Sunday.

“Being able to come into a few national team camps will help kind of translate my play from college to the league, playing with some of those players that play in the league and seeing how much higher the level is. I hope my passing ability will be able to stay strong in the league,” Sullivan said. “Being able to connect passes and kind of see the rhythm of the game, but I think that will be challenged just by the physicality and speed of play. It’s obviously a level up. Definitely some things I would like to work on.”

Also on the national team front, the SheBelieves tournament will take place in early March, shortly after the start of the NWSL preseason and shortly before the first games. The United States also has the Tournament of Nations coming up this summer, and likely additional games still to be scheduled. Then in October, after the NWSL season is complete, the USWNT will take part in the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup 2018, the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

All in Sullivan’s first professional season.

“We also have to be aware of managing her through the stress levels of being called into national team camps and getting ready for qualifications. Give her time to experience and grow and learn about our league because it is extremely challenging,” he said.

“The quality of every team in the league is extremely high now that we’re ten teams with pretty stable rosters and different styles. It’s very competitive every single day.”

Sullivan also joins a Spirit team that was involved in one the biggests trade of the offseason so far earlier this week. In a blockbuster deal, the Spirit sent the rights to Dunn, the 2015 NWSL MVP, to the North Carolina Courage in exchange for defender Taylor Smith and the reigning Rookie of the Year in forward Ashley Hatch.

Washington finished in last place in 2017 with a 5-15-4 record, but, just this week, have acquired several key players to address their needs. They also selected Duke midfielder Rebecca Quinn with the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft, having traded up earlier in the week for the pick.

List: Every draft pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft

Sullivan and McCaskill go 1 and 2 in the 2018 NWSL College Draft

Imani Dorsey was drafted by Sky Blue FC in the first round of the 2018 NWSL College Draft. (Photo credit: Howard C. Smith/isiphotos.com)

The Washington Spirit selected Stanford midfielder Andi Sullivan with the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft. With the second pick, the Boston Breakers selected the University of South Carolina midfielder Savannah McCaskill. From there it was a busy day of picks and trades.

Catch up on every pick and every trade made in Thursday’s draft:


2018 NWSL College Draft

Round 1

  1. Andi Sullivan | Stanford University (Washington Spirit)
  2. Savannah McCaskill |University of South Carolina (Boston Breakers)
  3. Rebecca Quinn | Duke University (Washington Spirit)&
  4. Michaela Abam | West Virginia University (Sky Blue FC)***
  5. Imani Dorsey | Duke University (Sky Blue FC)
  6. Amandine Pierre-Louis | West Virginia University (Sky Blue FC)** &^
  7. Haley Hanson | University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Houston Dash) **^
  8. Sandra Yu | University of Notre Dame (Portland Thorns FC)
  9. Gabby Seiler | University of Florida (Portland Thorns FC)
  10. Frannie Crouse | Penn State University (North Carolina Courage)

Round 2

  1. Schuyler DeBree | Duke University (Washington Spirit)
  2. Kimberly Keever | University of Washington (Houston Dash)
  3. Casey Murphy | Rutgers University (Sky Blue FC)^
  4. Taylor Isom | Brigham Young University (Utah Royals FC)
  5. Emily Boyd | University of California Berkeley (Chicago Red Stars)^
  6. Mallory Eubanks | Mississippi State University (Washington Spirit)
  7. Elizabeth Wenger | Georgetown University (Boston Breakers)
  8. Indigo Gibson | University of California, Berkeley (Chicago Red Stars)
  9. Brianna Visalli | Pepperdine University (Chicago Red Stars)
  10. Rebecca Rasmussen | University of Colorado Boulder (North Carolina Courage)


Round 3

  1. Brittany Basinger | Penn State University (Washington Spirit)
  2. Ashton Miller | Duke University (Boston Breakers)
  3. Nadia Gomes | Brigham Young University (Orlando Pride)
  4. Megan Buckingham | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chicago Red Stars)*^
  5. Allyson Haran | Wake Forest University (Seattle Reign FC)***%
  6. Maddie Huster | Wake Forest University (Washington Spirit)
  7. Zoey Goralski | University of California Los Angeles (Chicago Red Stars)
  8. Veronica Latsko | University of Virginia (Houston Dash)
  9. Annabella Geist | Oregon State University (Portland Thorns FC)#
  10. Abby Elinsky | University of North Carolina (Houston Dash)

Round 4

  1. Rachel Moore | The College of William and Mary (Washington Spirit)
  2. Joanna Boyles | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Boston Breakers)
  3. Sarah Shimer | University of Washington (Houston Dash)
  4. EJ (Emma Jane) Proctor | Duke University (Utah Royals FC)
  5. Kiana Palacios | UC Irvine (Sky Blue FC)
  6. Celia Jiménez Delgado | University of Alabama (Seattle Reign FC)
  7. Alexa Ben | DePaul University (Chicago Red Stars)
  8. Morgan Reid | Duke University (North Carolina Courage)
  9. Carlin Hudson | Yale University (North Carolina Courage)
  10. Ryan Williams | Texas Christian University (North Carolina Courage)

^On January 18, Houston Dash acquired the 7th pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft, an international roster spot and a player to be named later from the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for the 6th and 24th overall picks in the 2018 NWSL College Draft and two players to be named later. In a subsequent trade, Sky Blue FC acquired three players to be named and the 6th and 13th picks in the 2018 NWSL Draft from the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for two players to be named later and the 15th pick.

%On January 18, Seattle Reign FC acquired the 25th pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft and defender Yael Averbuch from Utah Royals FC in exchange for midfielder Diana Matheson.

#On January 18, Portland Thorns FC acquired the 29th pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft from the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for Portland’s natural third round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft

* Houston Dash will receive FCKC’s highest third round draft pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft to be set at the conclusion of the 2017 NWSL Season.

**Washington Spirit will receive Chicago Red Stars’ highest 2018 first round draft pick available on 8.21.2017 (CRS and SRFC’s natural pick) at the conclusion of the 2017 NWSL Season

***Sky Blue FC receives the No. 4 pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft; Utah Royals FC receives the No. 25 pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft; Details of the trade announced on December 29

&Washington Spirit receives the No. 6 pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft; Houston Dash receives the No. 6 pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft; Details of the trade announced on January 16

Update: Final list of players eligible for the 2018 NWSL College Draft

The 2018 NWSL College Draft will take place on Jan. 18

The 2018 NWSL College Draft in Philadelphia. (Photo credit: Jose L. Argueta/isiphotos.com)

Update as of 9:45 a.m. ET on January 18: Shortly before the 2018 NWSL College Draft, the NWSL released the final list of players who have registered and are eligible for this year’s draft, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. ET at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.

Preliminary list of players registered for the 2018 NWSL College Draft, in alphabetical order:

Name | College/University | Position(s) Played | Birthplace | Citizenship | Youth Club

Michaela Abam | West Virginia University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Houston, Texas | United States Texas Rush

Jade Abarca | Lipscomb University | Forward, Midfielder | Dallas, Texas | United States | Sting 96 ECNL

Kayla Adamek | University of Central Florida | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Ottawa, Ontario | Canadian | Ottawa Fury

Chidera Akubuilo | University of Nevada Las Vegas | Forward, Defender | Harbor City, California | Canada | Beach Futbol Club

Alex Anthony | University of Southern California, University of Maryland | Forward, Midfielder | Denver, Colorado United States Real Colorado

Gudrun Arnardottir | Santa Clara University | Defender | Iceland | Iceland | Breidablik

Tara Austin | Belmont University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Beaumont, Texas | United States | Houston Express

Caroline Bado | Auburn | Midfielder, Defender | Tampa, Florida | United States | Tampa Bay United

Brishti Bagchi | Oklahoma City University | Midfielder | India Bangalore (India)

Noel Baham | UC Irvine | Forward, Midfielder | Redlands, California | United States | Arsenal and Fram

Elizabeth Ball | Pennsylvania State University | Forward, Defender | Richmond | United States | Richmond Strikers ECNL

Hanna Barker | Stephen F. Austin State University | Forward, Midfielder | Plano, Texas | United States Dfeeter’s ECNL

Brittany Basinger | Penn State University | Defender | Purcellville, Virginia | United States | FC Virginia

Dara Battistoni | Fairleigh Dickinson University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Poughkeepsie, New York | United States | New York Soccer Club

Alexa Ben | DePaul Universty | Forward, Midfielder | Elk Grove, Illinois | United States | Eclipse Select

Lauren Berman | Boston College (Transfer from UMaryland) | Forward, Midfielder | Canton, Massachusetts | United States | Scorpions Soccer Club (FC Boston)

Morgan Bertsch | California State University Fullerton | Goalkeeper | Simi Valley, California | United States | Valley United Soccer Club

Rachel Blankenship | The University of Tulsa | Forward, Midfielder | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | United States | Oklahoma Futbol Club 96

Rachel Bloznalis | Boston University | Defender | Worcester, Massachusetts | United States | New England Football Club

Alyssa Bolger | Susquehanna University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Denville, New Jersey | United States | Dynamo FC

Dominique Bond-Flasza | University of Washington | Defender | New Rochelle, New York | United States/Jamaica | So Cal Blues

Emily Boyd | University of California Berkeley | Goalkeeper | Seattle, Washington | United States | Crossfire Premier ECNL

Joanna Boyles | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Midfielder | Raleigh, North Carolina | United States | ’94 CASL Chelsea Ladies

Brooke Braden | University of Northern Colorado | Forward, Midfielder | Denver, Colorado | United States | Colorado Pride Predators 97

Gabriela Braga | Franklin Pierce University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | New York | Brazil | Gremio Futebol Porto Alegrense

Amy Brewer | University of Alabama at Birmingham | Midfielder, Defender | Lawrenceville, Georgia | United States | Concorde Fire

Megan Buckingham | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Midfielder, Defender | Dearborn, Michigan | United States | Michigan Hawks

Madeline Burdick | University of Northern Colorado | Goalkeeper | San Diego, California | United States | Albion Soccer Club

Connie Caliz | NCAA | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Beverly Hills, California | United States | Legends FC

Bridget Callahan | University of Central Florida | Midfielder, Defender | Hollywood, Florida | United States | Weston FC

Kristen Cardano | University of Florida | Defender | Tampa, Florida | United States | TSC Hurricane

Mackenzie Cerda | University of California | Los Angeles | Forward, Defender | Long Beach, California | United States | Slammers FC

Simone Charley | Vanderbilt University | Forward, Midfielder | Boston, Massachusetts | United States of America | Birmingham Legends ’95

Jamie Cheslik | Michigan State University | Forward, Midfielder | Southfield, Michigan | United States | Michigan Hawks

Caitlyn Clem | University of Wisconsin | Goalkeeper | Lansing, MI USA | United States | Michigan Hawks Black

Lauren Clem | Northwestern University | Goalkeeper | St. Joseph, Michigan | United States | Kalamazoo Kingdom

Sarah Collins | Stetson University | Forward, Midfielder | Loxahatchee, Florida | United States | Team Boca

Anna Conklin | University of South Carolina | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Denville, New Jersey | United States | PDA Slammers

Shea Connors | St. Johns University | Forward | New Haven, Connecticut | United States | Yankee United, Yankee Ladies WPSL

Bailey Corbin | Nova Southeastern University | Defender | Indianapolis, Indiana | United States | Penn Fusion

Rachel Corboz | Georgetown University | Midfielder | Mobile, Alabama | United States | PDA Slammer

Sophia Cortes | University of Nevada, Las Vegas | Midfielder | Newhall, California | United States | Select Cities Soccer Club

Katy Couperus | University of Cincinnati | Midfielder, Defender | Fort Collins, Colorado | United States | Arsenal Colorado

Madison Cox | Grand Canyon University | Forward, Defender | Tampa Bay, Florida | United States | Tampa Bay United

Christine Creighton | University of Central Florida | Forward, Midfielder | Palm Beach Gardens, Florida | United States | FC Florida, MagicJack

Hannah Crofut | Bryant University | Midfielder, Defender | Buffalo, New York | United States | Empire United Soccer Academy

Frannie Crouse | Penn State University | Forward, Midfielder | Jeannette, Pennsylvania | United States | Beadling Soccer Club

Jennifer Cudjoe | University of Maine at Fort Kent | Midfielder | Ghana | Ghana | Hassaca ladies FC

Gabriella Cuevas | Monmouth University | Midfielder, Defender | Wayne, New Jersey | United States | World Class Arsenal 2009-2011

Aline De Lima | Baylor University | Midfielder | Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil | Brazil | Atlético Mineiro

Cristina De Zeeuw | Vanderbilt University | Defender | Kansas City, Missouri | United States/Colombia | Sporting Blue Valley ECNL

Schuyler DeBree | Duke University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Charlotte, North Carolina | United States | PDA Slammers

Myra Delgadillo | California State University Fresno | Forward, Midfielder | Redwood City, California | United States | Mountain View Los Altos (Lightening)

Chatham DeProspo | University of Alabama | Midfielder, Defender | Warwick, New York | United States | IMG Academy & World Class ECNL

Kristin Desmond | Hofstra University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Huntington, New York | United States | Northport High School Varsity Soccer, SUSA HBC Stars United

Hannah Diaz | Saint Mary’s College of California | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Hidden Valley Lake, California | United States | Santa Rosa United

Elizabeth Donovan | Simmons College | Midfielder, Defender | Manchester, New Hampshire | United States | Nashua World Cup

Michaela Dooley | University of Kentucky | Midfielder, Defender | San Diego, California | United States | SC del Sol

Imani Dorsey | Duke University | Forward, Midfielder | Elkridge, Maryland | United States | Maryland United FC

Molly Dwyer | Furman University | Forward, Midfielder | Bellingham, Washington State | United States | FC Alliance

Julia Edelstein | North Dakota State University | Goalkeeper | Omaha, Nebraska | United States | Omaha FC Gold 95/96

Abby Elinsky | University of North Carolina | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | West Chester, Pennsylvania | United States | Penn Fusion/Cleveland United

Katarina Elliott | University of South Florida | Goalkeeper | Bradenton, Florida | United States | Clearwater Chargers

Mallory Eubanks | Mississippi State University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Greenville, Mississippi | United States | Lexington FC

Linnea Faccenda | Duquesne University | Forward, Midfielder | Downingtown, Pennsylvania | United States | FC Continental

Daniella Famili | Coastal Carolina University | Forward, Midfielder | Stockholm, Sweden | Sweden | Bele Barkarby FF

Kathellen Feitoza | University of Central Florida | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Santos, Brazil | Brazil Sao Vicente- Futsal

Morgan Ferrara | University of Central Florida | Forward, Midfielder | Tampa, Florida | United States | West Florida Flames

Saga Fredriksson | University of Central Florida | Defender | Malmö, Sweden | Sweden | LdB FC Malmö (Rosengård FC)

Kelly Fitzgerald | University of California Berkeley | Midfielder | Mission Viejo, California | United States | Southern California Blues

Monica Flores | University of Notre Dame | Midfielder, Defender | Livingston, New Jersey | United States/ Mexico | PDA Slammers

Sonest Furtado | University of Hawaii at Manoa | Forward, Midfielder | Honolulu, Hawaii | United States | Leahi 96 Premier

Annabella Geist | Oregon State University | Goalkeeper | Milwaukie | United States | OSSA Crossfire/LOSC

Mallory Geurts | University of Wisconsin Milwaukee | Goalkeeper | Green Bay, Wisconsin | United States | Allouez Stride

Indigo Gibson | University of California, Berkeley | Defender | Mission Viejo, California | United States | Slammers FC

Vanessa Gilles | University of Cincinnati | Defender | Montreal, Quebec | Canada | Capital United Soccer Club

Sonja Giraud | University of San Francisco | Forward | Muehlacker, Germany | Germany | SC Freiburg

Nadia Gomes | Brigham Young University | Forward | Viseu, Portugal | United States | Murray Sc

Zoey Goralski | University of California Los Angeles | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Naperville, Illinois | United States | Team Chicago

Vanessa Gregoire | Princeton University | Midfielder | Montreal, Quebec | Canada | Lakeshore Soccer Club

Isabella Habuda | Liberty University | Forward, Midfielder | Windsor, Ontario | Canada | Michigan Vardar

Madison Hall | Stephen F. Austin State University | Forward, Midfielder | Dallas, Texas | United States | Dfeeters

Kendall Ham | Bucknell University | Forward | Portsmouth, New Hampshire | United States | Seacoast United Soccer Club

Macy Hamblin | Northern Kentucky University | Forward, Midfielder | Fairfield, Ohio | Canada | Tristate Futbol Alliance

Wesley Hamblin | Utah State University | Forward | Walnut Creek, California | United States | Utah Avalanche

Devyn Hannis | Old Dominion University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Macungie, Pennsylvania | United States | Continental FC ( FC Delco)

Haley Hanson | University of Nebraska-Lincoln | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Shawnee, Kansas | United States | Sporting Blue Valley

Jessica Hamrick | University of South Florida | Forward, Midfielder | Orlando, FL | United States | Orlando City ECNL

Allyson Haran | Wake Forest University | Defender | Stratford, Ontario, Canada | United States | Michigan Hawks

Meagan Harbison | Pepperdine University | Midfielder, Defender | San Diego, California | United States | San Diego Surf

Rio Hardy | University of South Alabama | Forward, Midfielder | Workington, England | United Kingdom | Blackburn Rovers

Steffi Hardy | University of South Alabama | Defender | England, Workington |United Kingdom | Blackburn Rovers

Kendall Harmon | Stetson University | Defender | Tampa, Florida | United States | Tampa Bay United

Kristin Haugstad | La Salle University | Forward, Midfielder | Oslo, Norway | Norway | Vålerenga (Oslo, Norway)

Caitlin Hayes | Mississippi College | Defender | Warrington, England | United Kingdom | Manchester United

Kristin Hayman | Providence College | Forward, Midfielder | Bellevue, Washington | United States | Eastside FC

Paige Hayward | Texas Southern University | Forward, Midfielder | Sydney, Australia | Australia | Apia Leichhardt Tigers FC

Emma Heckendorn | Texas Christian University | Forward, Midfielder | Arlington, Texas | United States | Dallas Sting Soccer Club

Annabelle Hegeman | University of Akron | Goalkeeper | Cumberland, Maryland | United States | F.C. Frederick

Megan Hinz | University of Michigan | Goalkeeper | Baltimore, Maryland | United States | Maryland United

Dörthe Hoppius | San José State University | Forward, Midfielder | Dorsten, North Rhine-Westphalia | Germany | Bochum Side

Shannon Horgan | Clemson University | Forward, Defender | Long Beach, NY | United States | Albertson Soccer Club

Kassi Hormuth | Texas State University | Forward, Midfielder | Atin, Texas | United States | Lonestar Soccer Club

Carlin Hudson | Yale University | Defender | Berkley, California | United States | Bay Oaks

Courtney Hueston | Florida Institute of Technology | Forward, Midfielder | Miami, Florida | United States | Cutler Ridge

Maddie Huster | Wake Forest University | Midfielder, Defender | Cincinnati, Ohio | United States | Ohio Elite Soccer Academy

Taylor Isom | Brigham Young University | Defender | Logan, Utah | United States | Utah Avalanche

Celia Jiménez Delgado | University of Alabama | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Alcaudete, Jaén | Spain | Sevilla FC

Alani Johnson | Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) | Forward, Midfielder | San Diego, California | United States | Richmond Kickers Elite aka Richmond United

Haley Johnson | University of Nebraska at Omaha | Goalkeeper | Sandy, Utah | United States | Forza Futbol Club

Ashlynn Jones | University of South Alabama | Forward, Midfielder | Westerville, Ohio | United States | Blast FC

Heather Kaleiohi | West Virginia University | Forward, Midfielder | San Diego, California | United States | Albion SC

Kimberly Keever | University of Washington | Forward, Midfielder | Santa Monica, California | United States | Beach FC

Alexis Kiehl | University of Dayton | Forward, Midfielder | Cincinnati, Ohio | United States | Kings Hammer Academy

Chloe Knott | Georgetown University | Midfielder, Defender | England, United Kingdom | United Kingdom/ New Zealand | Forrest Hill Milford

Emily Kuefler | Villanova University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Stow, Massachusetts | United States | FC Stars of MA

Alexandria Lamontagne | Syracuse University | Forward, Defender | Richmondhill, Ontario | Canada | Ajax FC

Lindsey Lane | University of South Carolina | Midfielder | Californiamp Lejeune, North Carolina | United States | Maryland United ECNL

Savannah LaRicci | McNeese State University | Forward, Midfielder | Sugar Land, Texas | United States | Space City Futbol Club

Veronica Latsko | University of Virginia | Forward, Midfielder | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | United States | Beadling Soccer Club

Ariela Lewis | Alabama State University | Forward, Midfielder | Anchorage, Alaska | United States | Cook Inlet Soccr Club

Haley Lukas | University of California, Berkeley Midfielder, Defender Pleasanton, California United States Mustang Fury

Alli Magaletta | West Virginia University | Midfielder | Chesterfield, Missouri | United States | St. Louis Scott Gallagher

Emily (Emmy) Manset | Willamette University | Forward, Midfielder | Ventura, California | United States | Eagles Soccer Club

Marissa Martin | Youngstown State University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Youngstown | United States | Ohio Premier ECNL

Anita Maryskova | Northwest Nazarene University | Forward, Midfielder | Liberec, Czech Republic | Czech FFC Dresden

Gabrielle Matulich | University California, Los Angeles | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Los Gatos, California | United States | Mountain View Los Altos (MVLA)

Savannah McCaskill | University of South Carolina | Forward, Midfielder | Sumter, South Carolina | United States | Carolina Elite Soccer Academy

Rachel McCloskey | Menlo College, University of Minesota | Midfielder, Defender | Altoona, Iowa | United States | Iowa Rush

Tara Meier | University of San Diego | Midfielder, Defender | Clovis, California | United States | San Diego Surf Soccer

Suvannah Melton | Tulsa Spirit Women’s Soccer | Forward, Midfielder | Tyler, Texas | United States | Sting ETX 96′

Gabriella Mencotti | Grand Valley State University | Forward | Novi, Michigan | United States | Michigan Rush

Belicia Mendiola | Belmont University | Forward, Midfielder | McKinney | United States | FC Dallas ECNL 96

Andrea Mensen | UC Irvine | Midfielder, Defender | Rancho Cucamonga, CA | United States | Fram FC

Katlyn Merino | Molloy College | Midfielder | Queens, New York | United States | Manhattan Kickers SC

Ashton Miller | Duke University | Midfielder | Silver Spring, Maryland | United States | Michigan Hawks and Wolves

Alexsondra Moar | St. John’s University | Midfielder | Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | Canada | Portage Trail Soccer Club

Nicole Molen | University of Southern California | Midfielder, Defender | Thousand Oaks, California | United States | Real So Cal

Julia Moore | University of Central Florida | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Fort Lauderdale, Florida | United States | Orlando City ECNL 94/95 (2013), Coral Springs Renegades 93/94 (2009-2012)

Rachel Moore | The College of William and Mary | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Washington, DC | United States | Braddock Road Youth Club

Brooke Murphy | University of New Hampshire | Forward, Midfielder | Worcester, Massachusetts | United States | FC Stars of Massachusetts

Casey Murphy | Rutgers University | Goalkeeper | Bridgewater, New Jersey | United States | Players Development Academy

Rebekah O’Brien | Texas Tech University | Midfielder, Defender | Houston, TX | United States | Albion Hurricanes FC

Claire Oates | Southern Methodist University | Midfielder | Long Beach, California | United States | Slammers FC

Doyinsola Ogunsami | Drexel University | Goalkeeper | Cherry Hill, New Jersey | United States | Continental FC Delco

Jocelyn Orejel | Colorado University | Defender | FountainValley, California | United States | So Cal Blues

Kiana Palacios | UC Irvine | Forward, Midfielder | Mission Viejo, California | United States | Slammers FC

Aaran Parry | University of Tennessee | Forward, Midfielder | Frederick, Maryland | United States | Bethesda Soccer Club, F.C.Frederick

Kellie Peay | Santa Clara University | Midfielder, Defender | Phoenix, Arizona | United States | Sereno Soccer Club

Catalina Perez | Mississippi State University | Goalkeeper | Bogota, Colombia | United States | Team Boca

Selena Peters | University of Houston | Forward, Midfielder | Houston, Texas | United States | Albion Hurricanes FC

Amandine Pierre-Louis | West Virginia University | Forward, Midfielder | Montreal, Quebec | Canada | St-léonard soccer club

Carla Portillo | West Virginia University | Midfielder | Mississauga, Ontario | Canada | Burlington Bayhawks

Darian Powell | Marquette University | Forward, Midfielder | Waterloo, Iowa | United States | Shattuck St. Mary’s

Kendra Prince | University of New Hampshire | Forward, Defender | Ajax, Ontario | United States/Canada | Toronto Lynx

EJ (Emma Jane) Proctor | Duke University | Goalkeeper | Greenville, North Carolina | United States | CASL ’95 ECNL

Kimberly Quiles | Springfield College | Forward | Poughkeepsie, New York | United States | Ketcham Indians

Rebecca Quinn | Duke University | Midfielder, Defender | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Canada | Erin Mills Eagles

Noriana Radwan | Hofstra University | Forward, Midfielder | Wappinger Falls | United States | Quickstrike FC, New York Soccer Club (WPSL Summer league 2017)

Dominique Randle | University of Southern | California | Defender | Seattle, Washington | United States | Eastside FC ’93

Rebecca Rasmussen | University of Colorado Boulder | Forward, Midfielder | Englewood, Colorado | United States | Colorado Rush

Morgan Reid | Duke University | Defender | Cleveland, Ohio | United States | CASL Chelsea ’94

Jessica Reinhardt | Farileigh Dickinson University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Bad Nauheim, Hesse | German | FFC Frankfurt

Haley Roberson | Troy University | Midfielder, Defender | Okinawa, Japan | United States | VSA Heat Blue 94

Rebecca Rodgers | Drake University | Forward, Midfielder | Fort Hood, Texas | United States | Chicago Inter Soccer Club – Homer Glen

Amanda Rooney | University of Southern California | Forward, Midfielder | New Hyde Park, New York | United States | Albertson Soccer Club

Ani Sarkisian | Univeristy of Michigan | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Teaneck, New Jersey | United States | PDA

Helen Seed | Carson Newman University | Defender | Preston, England | United Kingdom | Blackburn Rovers Ladies FC

Gabby Seiler | University of Florida | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Fort Hood, Texas | United States | Concorde Fire South

Jermaine Seoposenwe | Samford University | Forward, Midfielder | Cape Town, South Africa | South Africa | Santos Ladies Soccer Club

Sarah Shimer | University of Washington | Goalkeeper | Seattle, Washington | United States | Washington Premier FC

Sierra Shugarts | Western Washington University | Defender | Federal Way, Washington | United States | Washington Premier Futbol Club ECNL

Lydia Simmons | Vanderbilt University | Midfielder | Memphis, Tennessee | United States | Seacoast United (NH) / FC Stars of Mass (MA)

Shannon Simon | University of Washington | Forward, Midfielder | Torrance, California | United States | Beach Futbol Club

Tori Singstock | Indiana Tech | Forward, Midfielder | Southfield, Michigan | United States | Michigan Hawks

Sydney Sladek | University of Southern California | Midfielder, Defender | Chandler, Arizona | United States | Players Soccer Club

Anna Smalley | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Milwaukee, Wisconsin | United States | North Shore United

Tori Smith | Utah Valley University | Forward, Midfielder | Boise, Idaho | United States | Sparta United

Andi Sullivan | Stanford University | Midfielder | Honolulu, Hawaii | United States | McLean ECNL/Bethesda Soccer Club

Sherifatu Sumaila | University of Maine at Fort Kent | Forward | Ghana | Ghana | Lepo Ladies, Ghana

Allyson Swaby | Boston College | Forward, Defender | Weset Hartford, Connecticut | United States/Jamaica | Connecticut Football Club

Martha Thomas | Charlotte | Forward, Midfielder | Malmesbury, England | United Kingdom | Weston FC

Tiina Trutsi | University of South Alabama | Forward, Midfielder | Tallinn, Estonia | Estonia | FC Flora Tallinn

Madison Turner | University of Maryland | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Silver Spring, Maryland | United States | Carmel United Soccer Club

Madison Vasquez | Siena College | Midfielder, Defender | New Hyde Park, New York | United States | Massapequa Stars

Ariel Viera | University of Portland | Midfielder, Defender | Hillsboro, Oregon | United States | F.C. Portland Academy

Jessica Vincent | California State University Long Beach | Forward, Midfielder | Torrance, California | Canada | Beach FC

Brianna Visalli | Pepperdine University | Forward, Midfielder | San Jose, California | United States | De Anza Force

Adrian Vitello | Lehigh University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Newton, New Jersey | United States | NJ Wildcats

Lauren Wade | Carson Newman University | Forward, Midfielder | Ballymoney, Northern Ireland | Great Britain | Glentoran Woman

Mikela Waldman | Brown University | Forward, Midfielder | Los Angeles, California | United States | Marin FC

Elizabeth Wenger | Georgetown University | Defender | Lititz, Pennsylvania | United States | Pennsylvania Classics

Myia Wilkes | San José State University | Defender | Calgary, Alberta | Canada | Calgary Rangers FC 96

Madison Williams | Purdue University | Forward | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | United States | Greater Toledo Futbol Club

Chloe Williams | Eastern Washington University | Forward, Midfielder | Spokane, Washington | United States | Spokane Shadow

Ryan Williams | Texas Christian University | Defender | Hoton, Texas | United States | Colorado Rush

Claire Winter | University of Califoria, Los Angeles | Midfielder | Lafayette, California | United States | Lamorinda Soccer Club/ Mustang ECNL

Harriet Withers | Murray State University | Forward, Midfielder | Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | Australia | Palm Beach Soccer Club, Australia

Savanna Wojtanowski | Michigan State University | Goalkeeper | Wayne, Michigan | United States | North Storm

Maya Worth | University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill | Midfielder, Defender | Cary | United States | Capital Area Soccer League

Loran Wyrough | Wilmington University | Forward | Hamilton, New Jersey | United States | Hibernian Xcel

Sandra Yu | University of Notre Dame | Forward, Midfielder | Middleburg Heights, Ohio | United States | Internationals Soccer Club

Kelli Zickert | Illinois State University | Forward, Midfielder | Arlington Heights, Illinois | United States | FCX Barrington

2018 College Draft Order

The 2018 NWSL College Draft will take place on Thursday, January 18, at 10 a.m. ET

Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan at the 2017 NWSL College Draft. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

The 2018 NWSL College Draft will take place on Thursday, January 18, at 10 a.m. ET at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia. The draft, which is open to the public and media, will be held in the CC Grand Ballroom at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

It will be live streamed on Facebook.com/NWSLYouTube.com/NWSL and NWSLsoccer.com/CollegeDraft(Download the NWSL App: iTunes App Store | Google Play).

Check out the 2018 NWSL College Draft Order below.

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2018 NWSL College Draft Order

Round 1

  1. Washington Spirit
  2. Boston Breakers
  3. Washington Spirit&
  4. Sky Blue FC***
  5. Sky Blue FC
  6. Houston Dash** &
  7. Chicago Red Stars**
  8. Portland Thorns FC
  9. Portland Thorns FC
  10. North Carolina Courage

Round 2

  1. Washington Spirit
  2. Houston Dash
  3. Chicago Red Stars
  4. Utah Royals FC
  5. Sky Blue FC
  6. Washington Spirit
  7. Boston Breakers
  8. Chicago Red Stars
  9. Chicago Red Stars
  10. North Carolina Courage

Round 3

  1. Washington Spirit
  2. Boston Breakers
  3. Orlando Pride
  4. Houston Dash*
  5. Utah Royals FC***
  6. Washington Spirit
  7. Chicago Red Stars
  8. Houston Dash
  9. Chicago Red Stars
  10. Houston Dash

Round 4

  1. Washington Spirit
  2. Boston Breakers
  3. Houston Dash
  4. Utah Royals FC
  5. Sky Blue FC
  6. Seattle Reign FC
  7. Chicago Red Stars
  8. North Carolina Courage
  9. North Carolina Courage
  10. North Carolina Courage

* Houston Dash will receive FCKC’s highest third round draft pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft to be set at the conclusion of the 2017 NWSL Season.

**Washington Spirit will receive Chicago Red Stars’ highest 2018 first round draft pick available on 8.21.2017 (CRS and SRFC’s natural pick) at the conclusion of the 2017 NWSL Season

***Sky Blue FC receives the No. 4 pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft; Utah Royals FC receives the No. 25 pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft; Details of the trade announced on December 29

&Washington Spirit receives the No. 6 pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft; Houston Dash receives the No. 6 pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft; Details of the trade announced on January 16

Zerboni, O’Sullivan, Speck to return to Courage in 2018

North Carolina announced the signings on Wednesday

Courage midfielder McCall Zerboni was named to the 2017 NWSL Best XI. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)

McCall Zerboni, Denise O’Sullivan and Meredith Speck are all returning to the North Carolina Courage, the team announced Wednesday.

The re-signings come a day after North Carolina’s blockbuster trade for forward Crystal Dunn, in which they traded away defender Taylor Smith and reigning Rookie of the Year Ashley Hatch in exchange for the 2015 NWSL MVP in Dunn.

Zerboni was named to the NWSL Best XI last year, her fifth season in the league, playing all but one match in the Courage midfield as North Carolina made it to the NWSL Championship. She finished off her year with her first cap for the U.S. women’s national team in October, in front of her home fans at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.

O’Sullivan joined the Courage from the Dash midway through the regular season, but etched her name in the NWSL and North Carolina history books with her 89th minute game-winning goal in the semifinals to give the Courage a 1-0 win over the Red Stars.

Speck saw limited action in 2017, her second year in the league. She totaled 197 minutes over two games.

Spirit trade Dunn’s rights to Courage in exchange for Hatch and Smith

Dunn won the 2015 NWSL MVP award

(L-R): Crystal Dunn, Taylor Smith, Ashley Hatch (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)

Crystal Dunn is headed back to the NWSL — as part of a major trade between the Washington Spirit and the North Carolina Courage. 2017 NWSL Rookie of the Year forward Ashley Hatch and defender Taylor Smith are headed to the Spirit in exchange for the rights to the 2015 NWSL MVP in Dunn, who spent last season playing for Chelsea L.F.C. in England. North Carolina will also receive an international roster spot in the deal.

“I’m really excited to be back in an area that means so much to me,” Dunn, who played college soccer for the University of North Carolina, said in a Courage news release. “I know I am joining a great team and a club with an incredible history. I am just excited to get started and meet my new teammates.”

“Bringing Crystal back to [North Carolina] has always been a goal of the franchise, and it’s incredible to see it come to fruition,” Courage coach Paul Riley said in the statement.

Dunn won the 2015 NWSL MVP award after scoring 15 goals for the Spirit. In 2016, she notched two goals and five assists in the regular season. She scored two goals in the 2016 NWSL Championship, when Washington fell in penalty kicks to the Western New York Flash. She has 22 goals in 57 games for the U.S. women’s national team. Dunn scored three goals in 11 appearances with Chelsea.

“We are thrilled to welcome Crystal Dunn to the North Carolina Courage,” Courage President and GM Curt Johnson. said “It’s a fantastic homecoming for her. Her career at UNC and with our U.S. national team speaks for itself. She is one of the greats in the history of the UNC program and returns to NWSL in the prime of her career. At the same time, it’s a heartfelt thank you and good luck to Taylor and Ashley. They are both great pros, teammates and people. They will be missed.”

The Courage now have the 2015 and 2016 NWSL Most Valuable Players on their roster. Lynn Williams won the award with the Western New York Flash in 2016.

Smith appeared in every game for the Courage last season, registering two assists from the outside back position.

“Taylor has developed into one of the best right backs in the NWSL,” Spirit GM and coach Jim Gabarra said in a Spirit news release. “She has performed very well both with the national team and the Courage, and has been part of winning teams her entire career. She will be a difference maker for us.”

Hatch won the 2017 NWSL Rookie of the Year award after tying a rookie record with seven goals in her first professional season.

 “Ashley had tremendous success in her rookie season and it is rare that any player achieves what she did in their first season in the NWSL,” Gabarra said. “Her natural ability to score goals is something all teams search for. Taylor and Ashley are not only top players, they are both quality people and we are elated to have them join our club.”
Both coaches wished their departing players well after the trade was announced.
“It’s been a very difficult few days,” Riley said. “We lost two fabulous players who have been a massive part of our culture. Taylor’s growth and improvement over the past two years has been remarkable, and we will continue to watch her development with great pride. Hatchy had a tremendous rookie season and Washington have a proven goal scorer in their midst with a thirst for training and improving. I want to sincerely thank both for giving our club, our fans and myself everything, every day, all the time.”

“Crystal’s contributions to the Spirit have been massive,” Gabarra said. “She is the definition of an impact player in the NWSL. We thank Crystal for all she has done for our club and wish her good luck in North Carolina.”

Spirit acquire No. 3 draft pick from Dash in exchange for Agnew, No. 6 pick

The Spirit now hold two of the top three picks in this year's draft

Lindsay Agnew in action for the Spirit in 2017. (Photo credit: Robyn W. McNeil/isiphotos.com)

The Washington Spirit have acquired the No. 3 pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft from the Houston Dash in exchange for forward/defender Lindsay Agnew and the No. 6 pick in the draft.

The Spirit already have the No. 1 pick, so they now hold two of the top three picks in this year’s draft, which will take place on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET. The Dash move down a few spots, from third to sixth, in the trade.

Agnew played in eight games for the Spirit last year after being selected in the second round (No. 19 overall pick). She recorded her first assist in a road win over Sky Blue FC in September.

“We want to thank Lindsay for all she did for the Spirit,” Spirit coach Jim Gabarra said in a Spirit news release about the trade. “We are happy for her with this new opportunity in Houston and wish her good luck.”

The 2018 NWSL College Draft will take place on Thursday, January 18, at 10 a.m. ET in Philadelphia.

2018 season to begin weekend of March 24-25; schedule format announced

NWSL Game of the Week to Air Saturdays on Lifetime

Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and Courage defender Abby Erceg meet for the coin toss before a game. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)

The National Women’s Soccer League issued the following news release on Tuesday:

CHICAGO (Jan. 16, 2018) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the league will play a 24-game schedule for the 2018 NWSL season. For the second-consecutive season, and third time overall, NWSL teams will play 12-home and 12-away regular-season games.

“We are pleased to enter the league’s sixth season with a 24-game format for the 2018 season,” said NWSL Managing Director of Operations Amanda Duffy. “Maintaining the same competition structure with an earlier start allows teams to continue delivering exciting, world-class soccer to fans, concentrate on business development initiatives, and ensure the completion of the regular season, semifinals and championship in advance of the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying.”

The 2018 preseason training camps will begin on Monday, Feb. 19 while the regular season will kick off the weekend of March 24-25, decreasing the amount of time between the NWSL College Draft and the start of team activities.

The 2018 NWSL regular season will then culminate the weekend of September 8-9 and be followed by the playoffs, including two semifinal matches on September 14-16 and the championship on Saturday, September 22.

The upcoming season will once again feature the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime on Saturdays during the regular season as well as livestreams of matches on the go90 app and website. International fans will also be able to watch all of the games on the NWSL app and NWSLsoccer.com.

For more information about the National Women’s Soccer League, visit the league’s official website at NWSLsoccer.com, like us on Facebook.com/NWSL and follow us on twitter @NWSL and on Instagram /NWSL.

 

Notebook: Daly called in by England, Corboz named to France roster

Plus, Weatherholt signs new contract, Scott introduced by Utah

Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly in action. (Photo credit: Wilf Thorne/isiphotos.com)

It’s been a busy week with several major trades and draft preparation, but here are few more stories from around the NWSL:

Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly has been called up to England’s squad ahead for a ten day camp in Spain. England interim coach Mo Marley named the 30-player roster.

New Seattle Reign FC forward Jodie Taylor was also called into the camp.

Daly is listed as a defender on the roster, where she has played often over her career, including at times for the Dash in 2017. Daly scored five goals and two assists last season.


Sky Blue FC midfielder Daphne Corboz has been called into camp for France’s women’s national team by head coach Corinne Diacre.

Corboz is currently playing in France on loan to FC Fleury 91. She scored one goal and five assists for Sky Blue FC last season, her first in the NWSL.

It’s the first call up to France’s senior team for Corboz. Corboz’s parents are French and she holds dual-citizenship with the United States and France.

Corboz replaces the injured Sandie Toletti on the roster. France will face Italy on Saturday.


The Orlando Pride announced last week that they’ve re-signed midfielder Dani Weatherholt.

“We’re delighted to have agreed to a new deal with Dani,” Pride coach Tom Sermanni said in a team news release. “Dani had a terrific 2017 season and has taken great steps in her development over her two years with us. We look forward to seeing her continuing to grow and contributing to the Pride in 2018.”

Last season, Weatherholt’s second in the league, she scored her first NWSL goal and added an assist.


Utah Royals FC officially introduced midfielder Desiree Scott as a member of the squad on Monday.

“Desiree is a proven talent in the league,” Utah Royals FC head coach Laura Harvey said in the team’s announcement. “She is the glue to any team she plays for. Her performances last season and throughout her career to this point were excellent, and I’m so excited she will be part of our team this season.”

Scott spent three seasons with FC Kansas City (2013, 2016 and 2017).

Portland acquires Andressinha in trade, Jordan to Houston

It's the second trade in two days for the Thorns

Andressinha spent three seasons in the midfield for the Houston Dash. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)

Andressinha is headed to Portland Thorns FC and Savannah Jordan is going to the Houston Dash, in a trade announced by the two teams on Friday. The deal is a straight swap of the two players.

Last season with the Dash, Andressinha scored two goals and three assists, winning Player of the Week in Week 13. The midfielder also recorded 46 chances created, according to Opta, trailing only Marta and Nahomi Kawasumi in that category. She spent three seasons in Houston after joining the NWSL in 2015.

“Andressinha is a smart and creative midfielder that brings the ability to control and dictate the tempo of a game,” Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons said in a statement released by the Thorns. “She can score special goals from distance and has the intelligence to create opportunities for others out of nothing. Her experience in the NWSL, and internationally as a key player for Brazil, make her a strong addition to the club.”

On Thursday, the Thorns completed a trade for the rights to Australian forward Caitlin Foord in exchange for Allie Long. The deals for Foord and Andressinha give Portland international replacements for forward Nadia Nadim and midfielder Amandine Henry, who left the Thorns this offseason to play in Europe.

Andressinha played in every game for Brazil at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics (in which Brazil finished fourth). She scored twice in Brazil’s 4-3 loss to the United States at the 2017 Tournament of Nations.

The Thorns selected Jordan with the 18th overall pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft and signed her to the roster in August. After spending time on the disabled list with a stress reaction in her left foot, she appeared as a late substitute in two games for the Thorns, totaling nine minutes.

Before joining Portland, Jordan played for Glasgow City in Scotland and scored hat tricks in her first two games. In college at the University of Florida, Jordan scored 81 goals, second only to Abby Wambach all-time. She also competed for the United States at the 2014 FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup.

Pair of trades sends Long to Seattle, the rights to Foord to Portland, Johnson and Stott to NJ

Long spent the past five seasons in Portland

(L-R): Caitlin Foord, Allie Long, Katie Johnson (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)

A pair of NWSL trades announced Thursday has a number of players on the move.

First, Sky Blue FC traded the rights to Australian international Caitlin Foord to Seattle Reign FC in exchange for defender Rebekah Stott and forward Katie Johnson. Then, Seattle traded the rights to Foord and a conditional second round pick in the 2020 College Draft to Portland Thorns FC for midfielder Allie Long.

Long is an original member of the Thorns and scored 30 goals and 13 assists while appearing in 100 career games for Portland. She started 17 of her 21 regular season appearances for the Thorns last year, and came on as a substitute in both of Portland’s two postseason matches.

“We are very appreciative of Allie’s contributions to the club over the past five seasons,” Thorns FC general manager and president of soccer Gavin Wilkinson said in a Thorns news release. “She accomplished a great deal during her time in Portland, winning two NWSL Championships and achieving her goal of making it to the national team, and we wish her all the best.”

“Strengthening our midfield with a world-class player like Allie Long is a big step forward for our squad,” Reign FC head coach Vlatko Andonovski said in a Reign news release. “Allie has been a massively impactful player for Portland over the past five years and we believe she can have a similar impact in our team.”

Foord spent three seasons with Sky Blue FC, but has not appeared in the NWSL since 2015. Sky Blue retained her rights as she spent the last two years playing in Japan and the W-League in Australia. If she returns to the NWSL to join Portland, it would give the Thorns a replacement offensive player after losing Nadia Nadim this offseason. Foord has 10 goals in 57 international appearances for Australia. She would also join her fellow Australian forward Hayley Raso on the Thorns.

“Caitlin is one of the most explosive and exciting players in the world,” Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons said in Portland’s announcement. “She has the ability to create and finish in various ways. Her enthusiasm and tireless work rate on both sides of the ball will bring a new dimension to our team.”

Update: Thursday night, Foord posted on social media about the trade.

Stott brings a veteran presence to a young defensive line in New Jersey, having represented New Zealand on the international level since 2012. Johnson (4 goals, 2 assists in her rookie 2017 season) joins a large group of forwards on Sky Blue’s roster: Shea Groom, Maya Hayes and 2017 NWSL MVP Sam Kerr. Johnson has represented Mexico at the international level since 2015, but will not require an international spot on Sky Blue’s roster as she has dual citizenship with the United States and Mexico.

“I am really excited about internationals Stott and Johnson coming to Sky Blue FC,” Sky Blue FC head coach Denise Reddy said in Sky Blue FC’s announcement of the trade. “Stott is a proven back in this league, and her ability on the ball and running a defensive line are top level. Johnson is an attacking powerhouse with the movement, awareness and technical ability to be a top forward in this league.”

Long joins her women’s national team teammate Megan Rapinoe in Seattle and a midfield that features NWSL Best XI midfielder Jess Fishlock. The Reign, under new head coach Andonovski, also recently signed English forward and Euro 2017 Golden Boot winner Jodie Taylor.

Since the league started, Vlatko has been a coach whose style of play is something I have always admired and respected. The fact he is at Seattle with some of the best players in the world is a dream scenario,” Long said in Seattle’s announcement. “I know this is exactly what I need to become the best player I can be. I am excited for the next challenge in my career – the best is yet to come. This team is special and it’s an honor to be a part of it. I can’t wait to make it reign.”

Becky Sauerbrunn ruled out of USWNT camp

The U.S. women's national team will take on Denmark on Jan. 21

U.S. women's national team captain Becky Sauerbrunn (Photo credit: Michael Janosz/isiphotos.com)

Utah Royals FC defender Becky Sauerbrunn has a stress reaction in her left foot and will require several weeks of rest, U.S. Soccer announced Thursday.

Sauerbrunn had been called into camp by the U.S. women’s national team, which began on January 6 in Carson, California, and her condition was discovered during medical evaluations, U.S. Soccer said in the announcement

Former Red Stars midfielder Morgan Brian, who recently signed with Olympique Lyon, will also miss the camp because of injury.

U.S. Soccer said that neither player would be replaced on the roster. The USWNT will face Denmark on January 21 in San Diego. (Full roster)

Updated preliminary list of players eligible for the 2018 NWSL College Draft

The 2018 NWSL College Draft will take place on Jan. 18

NWSL Managing Director of Operations Amanda Duffy at the 2017 NWSL College Draft. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

With one week remaining until the 2018 NWSL College Draft, the NWSL has released an updated preliminary list of players who have registered and are eligible for this year’s draft, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. ET at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.

Notable updates to the list include Duke University and Canadian national team midfielder/defender Rebecca Quinn.

This is not the final list of players who are eligible to be drafted, and players have until the end of the day on January 17 to register for this year’s draft.

More NWSL College Draft information, including how players can register for the draft to add their names to the below list, can be found here.

Preliminary list of players registered for the 2018 NWSL College Draft, in alphabetical order:

Name | College/University | Position(s) Played | Hometown | Citizenship | Youth Club

Michaela Abam | West Virginia University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Houston, Texas | United States Texas Rush

Jade Abarca | Lipscomb University | Forward, Midfielder | Dallas, Texas | United States | Sting 96 ECNL

Kayla Adamek | University of Central Florida | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Ottawa, Ontario | Canadian | Ottawa Fury

Chidera Akubuilo | University of Nevada Las Vegas | Forward, Defender | Harbor City, California | Canada | Beach Futbol Club

Alex Anthony | University of Southern California, University of Maryland | Forward, Midfielder | Denver, Colorado United States Real Colorado

Tara Austin | Belmont University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Beaumont, Texas | United States | Houston Express

Caroline Bado | Auburn | Midfielder, Defender | Tampa, Florida | United States | Tampa Bay United

Noel Baham | UC Irvine | Forward, Midfielder | Redlands, California | United States | Arsenal and Fram

Elizabeth Ball | Pennsylvania State University | Forward, Defender | Richmond | United States | Richmond Strikers ECNL

Hanna Barker | Stephen F. Austin State University | Forward, Midfielder | Plano, Texas | United States Dfeeter’s ECNL

Brittany Basinger | Penn State University | Defender | Purcellville, Virginia | United States | FC Virginia

Alexa Ben | DePaul Universty | Forward, Midfielder | Elk Grove, Illinois | United States | Eclipse Select

Morgan Bertsch | California State University Fullerton | Goalkeeper | Simi Valley, California | United States | Valley United Soccer Club

Rachel Blankenship | The University of Tulsa | Forward, Midfielder | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | United States | Oklahoma Futbol Club 96

Rachel Bloznalis | Boston University | Defender | Worcester, Massachusetts | United States | New England Football Club

Alyssa Bolger | Susquehanna University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Denville, New Jersey | United States | Dynamo FC

Dominique Bond-Flasza | University of Washington | Defender | New Rochelle, New York | United States/Jamaica | So Cal Blues

Emily Boyd | University of California Berkeley | Goalkeeper | Seattle, Washington | United States | Crossfire Premier ECNL

Joanna Boyles | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Midfielder | Raleigh, North Carolina | United States | ’94 CASL Chelsea Ladies

Gabriela Braga | Franklin Pierce University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | New York | Brazil | Gremio Futebol Porto Alegrense

Amy Brewer | University of Alabama at Birmingham | Midfielder, Defender | Lawrenceville, Georgia | United States | Concorde Fire

Megan Buckingham | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Midfielder, Defender | Dearborn, Michigan | United States | Michigan Hawks

Bridget Callahan | University of Central Florida | Midfielder, Defender | Hollywood, Florida | United States | Weston FC

Kristen Cardano | University of Florida | Defender | Tampa, Florida | United States | TSC Hurricane

Mackenzie Cerda | University of California | Los Angeles | Forward, Defender | Long Beach, California | United States | Slammers FC

Simone Charley | Vanderbilt University | Forward, Midfielder | Boston, Massachusetts | United States of America | Birmingham Legends ’95

Jamie Cheslik | Michigan State University | Forward, Midfielder | Southfield, Michigan | United States | Michigan Hawks

Caitlyn Clem | University of Wisconsin | Goalkeeper | Lansing, MI USA | United States | Michigan Hawks Black

Lauren Clem | Northwestern University | Goalkeeper | St. Joseph, Michigan | United States | Kalamazoo Kingdom

Sarah Collins | Stetson University | Forward, Midfielder | Loxahatchee, Florida | United States | Team Boca

Anna Conklin | University of South Carolina | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Denville, New Jersey | United States | PDA Slammers

Bailey Corbin | Nova Southeastern University | Defender | Indianapolis, Indiana | United States | Penn Fusion

Sophia Cortes | University of Nevada, Las Vegas | Midfielder | Newhall, California | United States | Select Cities Soccer Club

Katy Couperus | University of Cincinnati | Midfielder, Defender | Fort Collins, Colorado | United States | Arsenal Colorado

Madison Cox | Grand Canyon University | Forward, Defender | Tampa Bay, Florida | United States | Tampa Bay United

Christine Creighton | University of Central Florida | Forward, Midfielder | Palm Beach Gardens, Florida | United States | FC Florida, MagicJack

Hannah Crofut | Bryant University | Midfielder, Defender | Buffalo, New York | United States | Empire United Soccer Academy

Frannie Crouse | Penn State University | Forward, Midfielder | Jeannette, Pennsylvania | United States | Beadling Soccer Club

Jennifer Cudjoe | University of Maine at Fort Kent | Midfielder | Ghana | Ghana | Hassaca ladies FC

Aline De Lima | Baylor University | Midfielder | Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil | Brazil | Atlético Mineiro

Cristina De Zeeuw | Vanderbilt University | Defender | Kansas City, Missouri | United States/Colombia | Sporting Blue Valley ECNL

Schuyler DeBree | Duke University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Charlotte, North Carolina | United States | PDA Slammers

Myra Delgadillo | California State University Fresno | Forward, Midfielder | Redwood City, California | United States | Mountain View Los Altos (Lightening)

Chatham DeProspo | University of Alabama | Midfielder, Defender | Warwick, New York | United States | IMG Academy & World Class ECNL

Kristin Desmond | Hofstra University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Huntington, New York | United States | Northport High School Varsity Soccer, SUSA HBC Stars United

Hannah Diaz | Saint Mary’s College of California | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Hidden Valley Lake, California | United States | Santa Rosa United

Elizabeth Donovan | Simmons College | Midfielder, Defender | Manchester, New Hampshire | United States | Nashua World Cup

Imani Dorsey | Duke University | Forward, Midfielder | Elkridge, Maryland | United States | Maryland United FC

Abby Elinsky | University of North Carolina | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | West Chester, Pennsylvania | United States | Penn Fusion/Cleveland United

Katarina Elliott | University of South Florida | Goalkeeper | Bradenton, Florida | United States | Clearwater Chargers

Mallory Eubanks | Mississippi State University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Greenville, Mississippi | United States | Lexington FC

Linnea Faccenda | Duquesne University | Forward, Midfielder | Downingtown, Pennsylvania | United States | FC Continental

Kathellen Feitoza | University of Central Florida | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Santos, Brazil | Brazil Sao Vicente- Futsal

Morgan Ferrara | University of Central Florida | Forward, Midfielder | Tampa, Florida | United States | West Florida Flames

Kelly Fitzgerald | University of California Berkeley | Midfielder | Mission Viejo, California | United States | Southern California Blues

Monica Flores | University of Notre Dame | Midfielder, Defender | Livingston, New Jersey | United States/ Mexico | PDA Slammers

Sonest Furtado | University of Hawaii at Manoa | Forward, Midfielder | Honolulu, Hawaii | United States | Leahi 96 Premier

Annabella Geist | Oregon State University | Goalkeeper | Milwaukie | United States | OSSA Crossfire/LOSC

Mallory Geurts | University of Wisconsin Milwaukee | Goalkeeper | Green Bay, Wisconsin | United States | Allouez Stride

Indigo Gibson | University of California, Berkeley | Defender | Mission Viejo, California | United States | Slammers FC

Vanessa Gilles | University of Cincinnati | Defender | Montreal, Quebec | Canada | Capital United Soccer Club

Sonja Giraud | University of San Francisco | Forward | Muehlacker, Germany | Germany | SC Freiburg

Nadia Gomes | Brigham Young University | Forward | Viseu, Portugal | United States | Murray Sc

Zoey Goralski | University of California | Los Angeles | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Naperville, Illinois | United States | Team Chicago

Vanessa Gregoire | Princeton University | Midfielder | Montreal, Quebec | Canada | Lakeshore Soccer Club

Isabella Habuda | Liberty University | Forward, Midfielder | Windsor, Ontario | Canada | Michigan Vardar

Madison Hall | Stephen F. Austin State University | Forward, Midfielder | Dallas, Texas | United States | Dfeeters

Kendall Ham | Bucknell University | Forward | Portsmouth, New Hampshire | United States | Seacoast United Soccer Club

Macy Hamblin | Northern Kentucky University | Forward, Midfielder | Fairfield, Ohio | Canada | Tristate Futbol Alliance

Devyn Hannis | Old Dominion University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Macungie, Pennsylvania | United States | Continental FC ( FC Delco)

Haley Hanson | University of Nebraska-Lincoln | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Shawnee, Kansas | United States | Sporting Blue Valley

Allyson Haran | Wake Forest University | Defender | Stratford, Ontario, Canada | United States | Michigan Hawks

Meagan Harbison | Pepperdine University | Midfielder, Defender | San Diego, California | United States | San Diego Surf

Rio Hardy | University of South Alabama | Forward, Midfielder | Workington, England | United Kingdom | Blackburn Rovers

Steffi Hardy | University of South Alabama | Defender | England, Workington |United Kingdom | Blackburn Rovers

Kristin Haugstad | La Salle University | Forward, Midfielder | Oslo, Norway | Norway | Vålerenga (Oslo, Norway)

Caitlin Hayes | Mississippi College | Defender | Warrington, England | United Kingdom | Manchester United

Kristin Hayman | Providence College | Forward, Midfielder | Bellevue, Washington | United States | Eastside FC

Paige Hayward | Texas Southern University | Forward, Midfielder | Sydney, Australia | Australia | Apia Leichhardt Tigers FC

Emma Heckendorn | Texas Christian University | Forward, Midfielder | Arlington, Texas | United States | Dallas Sting Soccer Club

Annabelle Hegeman | University of Akron | Goalkeeper | Cumberland, Maryland | United States | F.C. Frederick

Megan Hinz | University of Michigan | Goalkeeper | Baltimore, Maryland | United States | Maryland United

Dörthe Hoppius | San José State University | Forward, Midfielder | Dorsten, North Rhine-Westphalia | Germany | Bochum Side

Shannon Horgan | Clemson University | Forward, Defender | Long Beach, NY | United States | Albertson Soccer Club

Kassi Hormuth | Texas State University | Forward, Midfielder | Atin, Texas | United States | Lonestar Soccer Club

Carlin Hudson | Yale University | Defender | Berkley, California | United States | Bay Oaks

Maddie Huster | Wake Forest University | Midfielder, Defender | Cincinnati, Ohio | United States | Ohio Elite Soccer Academy

Taylor Isom | Brigham Young University | Defender | Logan, Utah | United States | Utah Avalanche

Celia Jiménez Delgado | University of Alabama | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Alcaudete, Jaén | Spain | Sevilla FC

Haley Johnson | University of Nebraska at Omaha | Goalkeeper | Sandy, Utah | United States | Forza Futbol Club

Heather Kaleiohi | West Virginia University | Forward, Midfielder | San Diego, California | United States | Albion SC

Kimberly Keever | University of Washington | Forward, Midfielder | Santa Monica, California | United States | Beach FC

Alexis Kiehl | University of Dayton | Forward, Midfielder | Cincinnati, Ohio | United States | Kings Hammer Academy

Emily Kuefler | Villanova University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Stow, Massachusetts | United States | FC Stars of MA

Alexandria Lamontagne | Syracuse University | Forward, Defender | Richmondhill, Ontario | Canada | Ajax FC

Lindsey Lane | University of South Carolina | Midfielder | Californiamp Lejeune, North Carolina | United States | Maryland United ECNL

Savannah LaRicci | McNeese State University | Forward, Midfielder | Sugar Land, Texas | United States | Space City Futbol Club

Veronica Latsko | University of Virginia | Forward, Midfielder | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | United States | Beadling Soccer Club

Ariela Lewis | Alabama State University | Forward, Midfielder | Anchorage, Alaska | United States | Cook Inlet Soccr Club

Haley Lukas | University of California, Berkeley Midfielder, Defender Pleasanton, California United States Mustang Fury

Emily (Emmy) Manset | Willamette University | Forward, Midfielder | Ventura, California | United States | Eagles Soccer Club

Anita Maryskova | Northwest Nazarene University | Forward, Midfielder | Liberec, Czech Republic | Czech FFC Dresden

Gabrielle Matulich | University California, Los Angeles | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Los Gatos, California | United States | Mountain View Los Altos (MVLA)

Savannah McCaskill | University of South Carolina | Forward, Midfielder | Sumter, South Carolina | United States | Carolina Elite Soccer Academy

Rachel McCloskey | Menlo College, University of Minesota | Midfielder, Defender | Altoona, Iowa | United States | Iowa Rush

Tara Meier | University of San Diego | Midfielder, Defender | Clovis, California | United States | San Diego Surf Soccer

Gabriella Mencotti | Grand Valley State University | Forward | Novi, Michigan | United States | Michigan Rush

Andrea Mensen | UC Irvine | Midfielder, Defender | Rancho Cucamonga, CA | United States | Fram FC

Katlyn Merino | Molloy College | Midfielder | Queens, New York | United States | Manhattan Kickers SC

Ashton Miller | Duke University | Midfielder | Silver Spring, Maryland | United States | Michigan Hawks and Wolves

Alexsondra Moar | St. John’s University | Midfielder | Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | Canada | Portage Trail Soccer Club

Nicole Molen | University of Southern California | Midfielder, Defender | Thousand Oaks, California | United States | Real So Cal

Julia Moore | University of Central Florida | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Fort Lauderdale, Florida | United States | Orlando City ECNL 94/95 (2013), Coral Springs Renegades 93/94 (2009-2012)

Brooke Murphy | University of New Hampshire | Forward, Midfielder | Worcester, Massachusetts | United States | FC Stars of Massachusetts

Casey Murphy | Rutgers University | Goalkeeper | Bridgewater, New Jersey | United States | Players Development Academy

Rebekah O’Brien | Texas Tech University | Midfielder, Defender | Houston, TX | United States | Albion Hurricanes FC

Claire Oates | Southern Methodist University | Midfielder | Long Beach, California | United States | Slammers FC

Doyinsola Ogunsami | Drexel University | Goalkeeper | Cherry Hill, New Jersey | United States | Continental FC Delco

Jocelyn Orejel | Colorado University | Defender | FountainValley, California | United States | So Cal Blues

Kiana Palacios | UC Irvine | Forward, Midfielder | Mission Viejo, California | United States | Slammers FC

Aaran Parry | University of Tennessee | Forward, Midfielder | Frederick, Maryland | United States | Bethesda Soccer Club, F.C.Frederick

Kellie Peay | Santa Clara University | Midfielder, Defender | Phoenix, Arizona | United States | Sereno Soccer Club

Selena Peters | University of Houston | Forward, Midfielder | Houston, Texas | United States | Albion Hurricanes FC

Amandine Pierre-Louis | West Virginia University | Forward, Midfielder | Montreal, Quebec | Canada | St-léonard soccer club

Carla Portillo | West Virginia University | Midfielder | Mississauga, Ontario | Canada | Burlington Bayhawks

Darian Powell | Marquette University | Forward, Midfielder | Waterloo, Iowa | United States | Shattuck St. Mary’s

Kendra Prince | University of New Hampshire | Forward, Defender | Ajax, Ontario | United States/Canada | Toronto Lynx

EJ (Emma Jane) Proctor | Duke University | Goalkeeper | Greenville, North Carolina | United States | CASL ’95 ECNL

Kimberly Quiles | Springfield College | Forward | Poughkeepsie, New York | United States | Ketcham Indians

Rebecca Quinn | Duke University | Midfielder, Defender | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Canada | Erin Mills Eagles

Dominique Randle | University of Southern | California | Defender | Seattle, Washington | United States | Eastside FC ’93

Morgan Reid | Duke University | Defender | Cleveland, Ohio | United States | CASL Chelsea ’94

Jessica Reinhardt | Farileigh Dickinson University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Bad Nauheim, Hesse | German | FFC Frankfurt

Haley Roberson | Troy University | Midfielder, Defender | Okinawa, Japan | United States | VSA Heat Blue 94

Amanda Rooney | University of Southern California | Forward, Midfielder | New Hyde Park, New York | United States | Albertson Soccer Club

Ani Sarkisian | Univeristy of Michigan | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Teaneck, New Jersey | United States | PDA

Helen Seed | Carson Newman University | Defender | Preston, England | United Kingdom | Blackburn Rovers Ladies FC

Gabby Seiler | University of Florida | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Fort Hood, Texas | United States | Concorde Fire South

Jermaine Seoposenwe | Samford University | Forward, Midfielder | Cape Town, South Africa | South Africa | Santos Ladies Soccer Club

Sarah Shimer | University of Washington | Goalkeeper | Seattle, Washington | United States | Washington Premier FC

Sierra Shugarts | Western Washington University | Defender | Federal Way, Washington | United States | Washington Premier Futbol Club ECNL

Lydia Simmons | Vanderbilt University | Midfielder | Memphis, Tennessee | United States | Seacoast United (NH) / FC Stars of Mass (MA)

Shannon Simon | University of Washington | Forward, Midfielder | Torrance, California | United States | Beach Futbol Club

Sydney Sladek | University of Southern California | Midfielder, Defender | Chandler, Arizona | United States | Players Soccer Club

Tori Smith | Utah Valley University | Forward, Midfielder | Boise, Idaho | United States | Sparta United

Sherifatu Sumaila | University of Maine at Fort Kent | Forward | Ghana | Ghana | Lepo Ladies, Ghana

Allyson Swaby | Boston College | Forward, Defender | Weset Hartford, Connecticut | United States/Jamaica | Connecticut Football Club

Martha Thomas | Charlotte | Forward, Midfielder | Malmesbury, England | United Kingdom | Weston FC

Madison Vasquez | Siena College | Midfielder, Defender | New Hyde Park, New York | United States | Massapequa Stars

Ariel Viera | University of Portland | Midfielder, Defender | Hillsboro, Oregon | United States | F.C. Portland Academy

Jessica Vincent | California State University Long Beach | Forward, Midfielder | Torrance, California | Canada | Beach FC

Brianna Visalli | Pepperdine University | Forward, Midfielder | San Jose, California | United States | De Anza Force

Lauren Wade | Carson Newman University | Forward, Midfielder | Ballymoney, Northern Ireland | Great Britain | Glentoran Woman

Mikela Waldman | Brown University | Forward, Midfielder | Los Angeles, California | United States | Marin FC

Elizabeth Wenger | Georgetown University | Defender | Lititz, Pennsylvania | United States | Pennsylvania Classics

Myia Wilkes | San José State University | Defender | Calgary, Alberta | Canada | Calgary Rangers FC 96

Madison Williams | Purdue University | Forward | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | United States | Greater Toledo Futbol Club

Chloe Williams | Eastern Washington University | Forward, Midfielder | Spokane, Washington | United States | Spokane Shadow

Ryan Williams | Texas Christian University | Defender | Hoton, Texas | United States | Colorado Rush

Claire Winter | University of Califoria, Los Angeles | Midfielder | Lafayette, California | United States | Lamorinda Soccer Club/ Mustang ECNL

Harriet Withers | Murray State University | Forward, Midfielder | Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | Australia | Palm Beach Soccer Club, Australia

Savanna Wojtanowski | Michigan State University | Goalkeeper | Wayne, Michigan | United States | North Storm

Loran Wyrough | Wilmington University | Forward | Hamilton, New Jersey | United States | Hibernian Xcel

Sandra Yu | University of Notre Dame | Forward, Midfielder | Middleburg Heights, Ohio | United States | Internationals Soccer Club

Kelli Zickert | Illinois State University | Forward, Midfielder | Arlington Heights, Illinois | United States | FCX Barrington

NWSL to live stream 2018 College Draft; Broadcast details revealed

The 2018 NWSL College Draft will be live streamed on Facebook, YouTube, NWSLSoccer.com and the NWSL app

NWSL on Lifetime analyst Aly Wagner at last year's NWSL College Draft. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

CHICAGO (Jan. 10, 2018) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) will live stream the 2018 NWSL College Draft via Facebook, YouTube, NWSLsoccer.com and NWSL app on Thursday, Jan. 18, from the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.

NWSL teams will take turns picking the best of the draft eligible talent over four rounds beginning at 10 a.m. ET. Fans can watch the draft live by visiting: Facebook.com/NWSL, YouTube.com/NWSL and NWSLsoccer.com/CollegeDraft. (Download the NWSL App: iTunes App Store | Google Play)

Host Marisa Pilla, analyst Aly Wagner, analyst Jen Cooper and reporter Jordan Angeli will call the College Draft live from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, providing fans will the latest news, information and insight on each selection. They will also be joined on the live stream by the draft picks, NWSL head coaches and NWSL general managers as well as several special guests.

Marisa Pilla is a sports reporter working in her hometown of Philadelphia. For the last two seasons, she has covered the Philadelphia Union as the sideline reporter and the host of the pregame and halftime shows. Her work has been seen on NBCS Philadelphia, NBCS Washington and recently covered the Big East men’s soccer championship on FS2. In addition to soccer, Marisa has covered the NFL, NBA, college basketball, and college football for multiple outlets.

Aly Wagner is an analyst for Lifetime’s NWSL Game of the Week and FOX Sports as well as a former U.S. Women’s National Team player who won two Olympic gold medals and represented the U.S. at a pair of FIFA Women’s World Cups. Wagner, the No. 1 overall pick at the 2003 Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) Draft, was also a member of the 2001 NCAA Division I national champion Santa Clara Broncos and was named the 2002 Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy winner as the country’s top women’s college player.

Jen Cooper is the host of The Mixxed Zone, a weekly women’s soccer podcast hosted by Whatahowler.com, and has served as the color commentator for Houston Dash home broadcasts. She is also the editorial director for the NWSL “Game of the Week” on Lifetime and previously served as an analyst for the 2016 and 2017 NWSL Drafts.

Jordan Angeli is a former NWSL player who spent two seasons in the league and also represented the United States at the U-20 Women’s World Cup. She has now been working in broadcasting for six years including calling NWSL, Colorado Rapids in MLS, USL games along with PAC-12, SEC, WAC and ACC games. She is the founder of THE ACL CLUB, helping athletes through the mental and emotional side of ACL recovery, and hosts the weekly podcast “Show Your Scars” in which she interviews athletes about injury recovery.

The draft will be held in the CC Grand Ballroom at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and will be open to the public and media.

The latest order for the 2018 College Draft can be found here. You can also find the selections from the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 drafts on NWSLsoccer.com.

College Draft: Team-by-team preview

What each team may be looking for on January 18

(L-R): Chicago Red Stars coach Rory Dames and Orlando Pride coach Tom Sermanni (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

By Celia Balf

We’re nearly a week away from the 2018 NWSL College Draft, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. ET at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia. The registered players list continues to be updated, and coaches are preparing for the league’s sixth college draft.

The ten NWSL teams will select their prospects in Philadelphia, with the Washington Spirit holding the first pick. They’ll be followed by the Boston Breakers (#2), Houston Dash (#3), Sky Blue FC (#4, #5), Washington Spirit (#6), Chicago Red Stars (#7), Portland Thorns FC (#8, #9) and the North Carolina Courage (#10). (Full draft order)

In preparation for the big day, here’s a look at how each team can help themselves with the right selection in the upcoming draft. Also, be sure to check out 11 players to watch in next week’s draft.


Washington Spirit

 Jim Gabarra’s squad holds the first and sixth pick in Round 1 of the draft, so if the event goes as one would suspect, 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy winner Andi Sullivan is headed to Washington. The Spirit struggled in 2017 to string together games, even with a roster bolstered by a talented group of players like U.S. women’s national team forward Mallory Pugh and a duo of 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medalists in Shelina Zadorksy and Stephanie Labbé. Sullivan could give the Spirit a controlled midfield which would bring a flow to the Spirit’s game that has been missing. With their second pick in the round, the Spirit would be keen to add another threatening attack player.


Boston Breakers

Last year, the Breakers had the first pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft and selected Wisconsin’s Rose Lavelle. Though she battled a hamstring injury, when she was on the field, Lavelle did not disappoint in her rookie season, adding a new dimension and flare to the once-struggling Breakers midfield. This year, the Breakers hold the No. 2 pick, and South Carolina’s Savannah McCaskill seems the likely choice. Adding a rookie like McCaskill who can not only hold the ball, but can also distribute and turn on a dime will help give the Breakers an extra step to help them out of their struggles. The Breakers have a steady line-up of players in each position that can do their job; Angela Salem can patrol the midfield, Julie King can hold down the backline, and Abby Smith can make big saves. But what the Breakers really need is a star power forward or midfielder that can work with Lavelle in a one-two passing rhythm and, most importantly, get the ball in the back of the net.


Houston Dash

The Dash are already taking new strides this season with the addition of Vera Pauw as head coach. Pauw brings over 15 years of international experience to Houston, and as a former defender in her own right for the Dutch national team she will surely look to piece together a roster that is sufficient from top to bottom. Last season, the Dash selected USWNT goalkeeper Jane Campbell out of Stanford in the first round. This year, Michaela Abam, a forward/midfielder/defender out of West Virginia, would be a solid choice for the Dash given her versatility. Kealia Ohai was a key forward for the Dash before tearing her ACL last year, so with a healthy knee she will be a key piece to their offense this season. Abam and Ohai would work well together up top as Abam has an act for drawing defenders in with her 1v1 pace, while Ohai knows where to position herself to score.


Sky Blue FC

Sky Blue FC begins the 2018 season under a new head coach, Denise Reddy, who has unique international coaching experience in Sweden, Denmark and the United States. The New Jersey team has the No. 4 and No. 5 pick which puts them in a great position to change their course of being a mid-pack team to a club in the running for an NWSL Championship. Last year, the club chose two defenders out USC, Mandy Freeman and Kayla Mills, so perhaps a switch-up this year and a duo of forwards or midfielders that can get some goals flowing. Kathellen Sousa out of UCF or Brianna Visalli from Pepperdine would both fit in nicely with Sky Blue. Sousa is a technical midfielder who would be able to find 2017 NWSL MVP Sam Kerr, who scored a record-breaking 17 goals last season, with a single-look. Visalli would add depth to the attack—she’s a workhorse with a vision for the game you can’t teach.


Chicago Red Stars

The Chicago Red Stars may not get talked about as much as the Pride’s offense or the smothering defenses of the Thorns and Courage, but the Red Stars are top quality and made the playoffs last season. Chicago holds the No. 7 pick and then No. 13, No. 18 and No. 19 and, lucky for them, the stars could align nicely with the amount of choices in the first two rounds. Given the depth of national team experience in Chicago’s midfield and up-top, a player like Indigo Gibson out of California could be their first pick. Gibson is a lockdown center back who played every minute for the Golden Bears in 2017. The All-American led her team to a five-game shutout streak and has earned 39 shutouts in her career. Adding a defender like Gibson who could hop in next to Casey Short almost instantaneously and make an impact could be a key move to help keep the Red Stars near the top of the table.


Portland Thorns FC

There’s a saying that goes a little something like, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and this should be the mindset of the Thorns looking at 2018. The 2017 NWSL Champions get the No. 9 and No. 10 pick in the draft and there’s no way that any rookies actually hurt them this year. There is definitely room for a top defender and forward to be added to the mix—perhaps a player like Duke’s Imani Dorsey, who casually chipped in 14 goals this past season for the Blue Devils and helped her team ranked second nationally for its offense. A stellar rookie forward to balance out the lockdown defense of Emily Sonnett, Emily Menges and goalkeeper Adrianna Franch would be a solid first choice for Portland.


North Carolina Courage

The reigning NWSL Shield winners will approach the draft looking to add players that will match the impact 2017 Rookie of the Year Ashley Hatch brought to the team. Hatch tied a league record with seven goals in her first season. The Courage hold the tenth pick in the draft and, after exercising options on 12 players in the offseason, head coach Paul Riley is bringing back the core of his team. The Courage could look to add a midfielder into the mix to support Samantha Mewis and keep the team quick on transition. A player like Rebecca Quinn out of Duke would be a steal if she is still available that late in the draft. Quinn played a key role in the 2016 Rio Olympics for team Canada and dominated the defensive midfield for the Blue Devils this past season.


Utah Royals FC

Welcome to the show, Utah Royals FC! Utah inherited the players from FC Kansas City after the club ceased its operations in November, in addition to the draft spots. However, after a trade with Sky Blue FC to acquire Kelley O’Hara and Taylor Lytle in an exchange for Shea Groom, Christina Gibbons and the No. 4 draft pick, the new franchise will not get to choose until the second round at No. 14. Assuming a player like Gabby Seiler out of Florida hasn’t already been scooped up yet, head coach Laura Harvey could want to bring a versatile player like her into the mix. Seiler had a decorated career at Florida in the midfield, yet also has experience playing as a center back and outside back. Utah is looking good defensively with the recent additions of Becky Sauerbrunn and O’Hara, so a midfielder or forward is also likely on Harvey’s prospect list.


Orlando Pride

As long as Marta and Alex Morgan are on the field for the Pride, any additional attacking player added to the squad will be stacking the deck. Choosing a defender would be a smart move for the Pride, and doable given this year’s draft is defender-heavy. (Unfortunately for the Pride, but fortunately for everyone else, Tom Sermanni’s team doesn’t get a pick until the third round of the draft.) If Penn State’s Brittany Basinger hasn’t been selected in the first two rounds, she would be a steal for the Pride. The Nittany Lion defender helped her team to 13 shutouts in 2017 and, given her experience with the U.S. Under-23 WNT over the years, Basinger could help out the Pride defense.


Seattle Reign FC

Seattle Reign FC has been in the spotlight for much of the offseason from Laura Harvey parting ways with the club she led to back-to-back NWSL Shields, to a huge international signing of England forward and UEFA Women’s Euro tournament Golden Boot winner, Jodie Taylor. The Reign have proven to be a top competitor each season, however it will be interesting to see if new head coach Vlatko Andonovski continues to add players who fit with their existing exciting, yet fairly non-traditional, style of play. Andonovski and Seattle will have to wait it out until the fourth and final round of the draft to make their lone selection, so it’ll be a toss-up to see who is still available for Andonovski to roll the dice on.


The 2018 NWSL College Draft will take place on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. ET at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.

Notebook: Stanley retires; Sullivan wins Hermann Trophy; more NWSL news

Caroline Stanley played for Sky Blue FC, Seattle Reign FC and the Orlando Pride

The latest news from around the NWSL:

Goalkeeper Caroline Stanley announced on Sunday that she is retiring from professional soccer.

Stanley started 11 games for Sky Blue FC in 2016. She also appeared in one game for the Orlando Pride in 2017 and was a member of Seattle Reign FC in 2015.

“I’m very proud and humbled that I was able to make my childhood dreams come true,” Stanley wrote on social media in her retirement announcement.


Stanford senior midfielder Andi Sullivan won the MAC Hermann Trophy on Friday night, awarded to the best player in college soccer. The honor caps off a season in which Sullivan won an NCAA title a year after tearing her ACL.

Sullivan is a potential high draft pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft on January 18. She also has seven caps with the U.S. women’s national team.

The midfielder finished her Stanford career with 20 goals and 19 assists.


Thorns FC midfielder Dagný Brynjarsdóttir is pregnant, her agent announced on Friday. In a statement posted on Twitter Friday, Neverland Management said she plans to return to soccer at the end of 2018.


2017 NWSL MVP Sam Kerr delighted three young fans in Australia last week, joining them for a game of soccer in the park.

TEN Eyewitness News, an Australian news station, caught up with the boys after Kerr posted about the game on social media.

The Sky Blue FC forward posted on Twitter last week that the boys knocked on her door and asked her to play.

Lisa Cole joins the Houston Dash as assistant coach

The former Breakers head coach joins Vera Pauw's coaching staff

The home of the Houston Dash, BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo credit: Wilf Thorne for isiphotos.com)

The Houston Dash have hired former Breakers head coach Lisa Cole as assistant coach, the club announced Friday. She will start immediately, the team said, and assist new head coach Vera Pauw ahead of January 18’s NWSL College Draft.

Pauw said in her introductory press conference that she wanted to bring in a “very experienced” assistant coach who was familiar with American players. Cole was the head coach of the Boston Breakers in 2013 (6-7-5 record before being let go near the end of the season) and an assistant coach under Tony DiCicco for the Breakers of Women’s Professional Soccer. She is also a former college head coach as well.

“I am delighted to have found an experienced female coach with an extensive network in America,” Pauw said in a story posted on the Dash’s official website. “I know that many coaches bring their own assistants, but so far I have always chosen to work with a local assistant. An assistant should fill the gaps that a coach brings with her or him; only then can an assistant truly add value to the team. Lisa is an expert in college soccer and knows the NWSL really well. She will bring a lot to our team beginning with the draft.”

“I am thrilled to join Vera in Houston. It’s an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Cole said. “To be able to work with a coach at her level is very exciting. I am also looking forward to being back in the league and on the field with professionals every day in an organization that is committed to growing the game.”

Cole most recently served as coach of Papua New Guinea’s U-20 women’s national team. At the same time, Pauw was head of the FIFA technical study group during the U-20 Women’s World Cup, held in Papua New Guinea. She also served as head coach at the University of Rhode Island and had assistant coach stints at the University of Mississippi, University of Connecticut and Florida State University.

“I have seen her working with Papua New Guinea. Her perseverance and enthusiasm for the players touched me. They were the underdogs in this tournament, yet Lisa achieved to keep players motivated and they gave the best they had. She kept adding structure to the team while supporting her players continuously in a very calm way, under a lot of pressure as the host nation,” Pauw said. “That is exactly the atmosphere we need in Houston. In the heat and humidity, we need warriors on the pitch and a staff that goes that a little further than the heat and the pressure allows you to. Lisa will undoubtedly go above and beyond. And there is one more thing that is important: I like her as a person. Modest but clear in what she wants. I am looking forward to work with her.”

Updated preliminary list of players eligible for the 2018 NWSL College Draft

The 2018 NWSL College Draft will take place on Jan. 18

Last year's NWSL College Draft. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

The NWSL has released an updated preliminary list of registered players for the 2018 NWSL Draft, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. ET at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.

This is not the final list of players who are eligible to be drafted, and there is still time for players to add their names to the list over the next two weeks.

More NWSL College Draft information, including how players can register for the draft to add their names to the below list, can be found here.

Preliminary list of players registered for the 2018 NWSL College Draft, in alphabetical order:

Name | College/University | Position(s) Played | Hometown | Citizenship | Youth Club

Michaela Abam | West Virginia University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Houston, Texas | United States Texas Rush

Jade Abarca | Lipscomb University | Forward, Midfielder | Dallas, Texas | United States | Sting 96 ECNL

Kayla Adamek | University of Central Florida | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Ottawa, Ontario | Canadian | Ottawa Fury

Alex Anthony | University of Southern California, University of Maryland | Forward, Midfielder | Denver, Colorado United States Real Colorado

Tara Austin | Belmont University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Beaumont, Texas | United States | Houston Express

Caroline Bado | Auburn | Midfielder, Defender | Tampa, Florida | United States | Tampa Bay United

Noel Baham | UC Irvine | Forward, Midfielder | Redlands, California | United States | Arsenal and Fram

Elizabeth Ball | Pennsylvania State University | Forward, Defender | Richmond | United States | Richmond Strikers ECNL

Hanna Barker | Stephen F. Austin State University | Forward, Midfielder | Plano, Texas | United States Dfeeter’s ECNL

Brittany Basinger | Penn State University | Defender | Purcellville, Virginia | United States | FC Virginia

Morgan Bertsch | California State University Fullerton | Goalkeeper | Simi Valley, California | United States | Valley United Soccer Club

Rachel Blankenship | The University of Tulsa | Forward, Midfielder | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | United States | Oklahoma Futbol Club 96

Rachel Bloznalis | Boston University | Defender | Worcester, Massachusetts | United States | New England Football Club

Alyssa Bolger | Susquehanna University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Denville, New Jersey | United States | Dynamo FC

Dominique Bond-Flasza | University of Washington | Defender | New Rochelle, New York | United States/Jamaica | So Cal Blues

Emily Boyd | University of California Berkeley | Goalkeeper | Seattle, Washington | United States | Crossfire Premier ECNL

Joanna Boyles | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Midfielder | Raleigh, North Carolina | United States | ’94 CASL Chelsea Ladies

Gabriela Braga | Franklin Pierce University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | New York | Brazil | Gremio Futebol Porto Alegrense

Amy Brewer | University of Alabama at Birmingham | Midfielder, Defender | Lawrenceville, Georgia | United States | Concorde Fire

Megan Buckingham | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Midfielder, Defender | Dearborn, Michigan | United States | Michigan Hawks

Bridget Callahan | University of Central Florida | Midfielder, Defender | Hollywood, Florida | United States | Weston FC

Kristen Cardano | University of Florida | Defender | Tampa, Florida | United States | TSC Hurricane

Mackenzie Cerda | University of California | Los Angeles | Forward, Defender | Long Beach, California | United States | Slammers FC

Simone Charley | Vanderbilt University | Forward, Midfielder | Boston, Massachusetts | United States of America | Birmingham Legends ’95

Jamie Cheslik | Michigan State University | Forward, Midfielder | Southfield, Michigan | United States | Michigan Hawks

Caitlyn Clem | University of Wisconsin | Goalkeeper | Lansing, MI USA | United States | Michigan Hawks Black

Lauren Clem | Northwestern University | Goalkeeper | St. Joseph, Michigan | United States | Kalamazoo Kingdom

Anna Conklin | University of South Carolina | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Denville, New Jersey | United States | PDA Slammers

Sophia Cortes | University of Nevada, Las Vegas | Midfielder | Newhall, California | United States | Select Cities Soccer Club

Katy Couperus | University of Cincinnati | Midfielder, Defender | Fort Collins, Colorado | United States | Arsenal Colorado

Christine Creighton | University of Central Florida | Forward, Midfielder | Palm Beach Gardens, Florida | United States | FC Florida, MagicJack

Frannie Crouse | Penn State University | Forward, Midfielder | Jeannette, Pennsylvania | United States | Beadling Soccer Club

Jennifer Cudjoe | University of Maine at Fort Kent | Midfielder | Ghana | Ghana | Hassaca ladies FC

Aline De Lima | Baylor University | Midfielder | Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil | Brazil | Atlético Mineiro

Cristina De Zeeuw | Vanderbilt University | Defender | Kansas City, Missouri | United States/Colombia | Sporting Blue Valley ECNL

Schuyler DeBree | Duke University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Charlotte, North Carolina | United States | PDA Slammers

Myra Delgadillo | California State University Fresno | Forward, Midfielder | Redwood City, California | United States | Mountain View Los Altos (Lightening)

Chatham DeProspo | University of Alabama | Midfielder, Defender | Warwick, New York | United States | IMG Academy & World Class ECNL

Kristin Desmond | Hofstra University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Huntington, New York | United States | Northport High School Varsity Soccer, SUSA HBC Stars United

Hannah Diaz | Saint Mary’s College of California | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Hidden Valley Lake, California | United States | Santa Rosa United

Elizabeth Donovan | Simmons College | Midfielder, Defender | Manchester, New Hampshire | United States | Nashua World Cup

Imani Dorsey | Duke University | Forward, Midfielder | Elkridge, Maryland | United States | Maryland United FC

Abby Elinsky | University of North Carolina | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | West Chester, Pennsylvania | United States | Penn Fusion/Cleveland United

Katarina Elliott | University of South Florida | Goalkeeper | Bradenton, Florida | United States | Clearwater Chargers

Mallory Eubanks | Mississippi State University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Greenville, Mississippi | United States | Lexington FC

Kathellen Feitoza | University of Central Florida | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Santos, Brazil | Brazil Sao Vicente- Futsal

Morgan Ferrara | University of Central Florida | Forward, Midfielder | Tampa, Florida | United States | West Florida Flames

Kelly Fitzgerald | University of California Berkeley | Midfielder | Mission Viejo, California | United States | Southern California Blues

Monica Flores | University of Notre Dame | Midfielder, Defender | Livingston, New Jersey | United States/ Mexico | PDA Slammers

Sonest Furtado | University of Hawaii at Manoa | Forward, Midfielder | Honolulu, Hawaii | United States | Leahi 96 Premier

Annabella Geist | Oregon State University | Goalkeeper | Milwaukie | United States | OSSA Crossfire/LOSC

Indigo Gibson | University of California, Berkeley | Defender | Mission Viejo, California | United States | Slammers FC

Vanessa Gilles | University of Cincinnati | Defender | Montreal, Quebec | Canada | Capital United Soccer Club

Sonja Giraud | University of San Francisco | Forward | Muehlacker, Germany | Germany | SC Freiburg

Nadia Gomes | Brigham Young University | Forward | Viseu, Portugal | United States | Murray Sc

Zoey Goralski | University of California | Los Angeles | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Naperville, Illinois | United States | Team Chicago

Isabella Habuda | Liberty University | Forward, Midfielder | Windsor, Ontario | Canada | Michigan Vardar

Madison Hall | Stephen F. Austin State University | Forward, Midfielder | Dallas, Texas | United States | Dfeeters

Kendall Ham | Bucknell University | Forward | Portsmouth, New Hampshire | United States | Seacoast United Soccer Club

Devyn Hannis | Old Dominion University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Macungie, Pennsylvania | United States | Continental FC ( FC Delco)

Haley Hanson | University of Nebraska-Lincoln | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Shawnee, Kansas | United States | Sporting Blue Valley

Allyson Haran | Wake Forest University | Defender | Stratford, Ontario, Canada | United States | Michigan Hawks

Meagan Harbison | Pepperdine University | Midfielder, Defender | San Diego, California | United States | San Diego Surf

Rio Hardy | University of South Alabama | Forward, Midfielder | Workington, England | United Kingdom | Blackburn Rovers

Steffi Hardy | University of South Alabama | Defender | England, Workington |United Kingdom | Blackburn Rovers

Kristin Haugstad | La Salle University | Forward, Midfielder | Oslo, Norway | Norway | Vålerenga (Oslo, Norway)

Caitlin Hayes | Mississippi College | Defender | Warrington, England | United Kingdom | Manchester United

Kristin Hayman | Providence College | Forward, Midfielder | Bellevue, Washington | United States | Eastside FC

Paige Hayward | Texas Southern University | Forward, Midfielder | Sydney, Australia | Australia | Apia Leichhardt Tigers FC

Emma Heckendorn | Texas Christian University | Forward, Midfielder | Arlington, Texas | United States | Dallas Sting Soccer Club

Annabelle Hegeman | University of Akron | Goalkeeper | Cumberland, Maryland | United States | F.C. Frederick

Megan Hinz | University of Michigan | Goalkeeper | Baltimore, Maryland | United States | Maryland United

Dörthe Hoppius | San José State University | Forward, Midfielder | Dorsten, North Rhine-Westphalia | Germany | Bochum Side

Shannon Horgan | Clemson University | Forward, Defender | Long Beach, NY | United States | Albertson Soccer Club

Kassi Hormuth | Texas State University | Forward, Midfielder | Atin, Texas | United States | Lonestar Soccer Club

Carlin Hudson | Yale University | Defender | Berkley, California | United States | Bay Oaks

Maddie Huster | Wake Forest University | Midfielder, Defender | Cincinnati, Ohio | United States | Ohio Elite Soccer Academy

Taylor Isom | Brigham Young University | Defender | Logan, Utah | United States | Utah Avalanche

Celia Jiménez Delgado | University of Alabama | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Alcaudete, Jaén | Spain | Sevilla FC

Kimberly Keever | University of Washington | Forward, Midfielder | Santa Monica, California | United States | Beach FC

Alexis Kiehl | University of Dayton | Forward, Midfielder | Cincinnati, Ohio | United States | Kings Hammer Academy

Emily Kuefler | Villanova University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Stow, Massachusetts | United States | FC Stars of MA

Alexandria Lamontagne | Syracuse University | Forward, Defender | Richmondhill, Ontario | Canada | Ajax FC

Lindsey Lane | University of South Carolina | Midfielder | Californiamp Lejeune, North Carolina | United States | Maryland United ECNL

Savannah LaRicci | McNeese State University | Forward, Midfielder | Sugar Land, Texas | United States | Space City Futbol Club

Veronica Latsko | University of Virginia | Forward, Midfielder | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | United States | Beadling Soccer Club

Ariela Lewis | Alabama State University | Forward, Midfielder | Anchorage, Alaska | United States | Cook Inlet Soccr Club

Haley Lukas | University of California, Berkeley Midfielder, Defender Pleasanton, California United States Mustang Fury

Emily (Emmy) Manset | Willamette University | Forward, Midfielder | Ventura, California | United States | Eagles Soccer Club

Anita Maryskova | Northwest Nazarene University | Forward, Midfielder | Liberec, Czech Republic | Czech FFC Dresden

Gabrielle Matulich | University California, Los Angeles | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Los Gatos, California | United States | Mountain View Los Altos (MVLA)

Savannah McCaskill | University of South Carolina | Forward, Midfielder | Sumter, South Carolina | United States | Carolina Elite Soccer Academy

Rachel McCloskey | Menlo College, University of Minesota | Midfielder, Defender | Altoona, Iowa | United States | Iowa Rush

Tara Meier | University of San Diego | Midfielder, Defender | Clovis, California | United States | San Diego Surf Soccer

Gabriella Mencotti | Grand Valley State University | Forward | Novi, Michigan | United States | Michigan Rush

Andrea Mensen | UC Irvine | Midfielder, Defender | Rancho Cucamonga, CA | United States | Fram FC

Katlyn Merino | Molloy College | Midfielder | Queens, New York | United States | Manhattan Kickers SC

Ashton Miller | Duke University | Midfielder | Silver Spring, Maryland | United States | Michigan Hawks and Wolves

Nicole Molen | University of Southern California | Midfielder, Defender | Thousand Oaks, California | United States | Real So Cal

Julia Moore | University of Central Florida | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Fort Lauderdale, Florida | United States | Orlando City ECNL 94/95 (2013), Coral Springs Renegades 93/94 (2009-2012)

Brooke Murphy | University of New Hampshire | Forward, Midfielder | Worcester, Massachusetts | United States | FC Stars of Massachusetts

Casey Murphy | Rutgers University | Goalkeeper | Bridgewater, New Jersey | United States | Players Development Academy

Claire Oates | Southern Methodist University | Midfielder | Long Beach, California | United States | Slammers FC

Rebekah O’Brien | Texas Tech University | Midfielder, Defender | Houston, TX | United States | Albion Hurricanes FC

Jocelyn Orejel | Colorado University | Defender | FountainValley, California | United States | So Cal Blues

Kiana Palacios | UC Irvine | Forward, Midfielder | Mission Viejo, California | United States | Slammers FC

Aaran Parry | University of Tennessee | Forward, Midfielder | Frederick, Maryland | United States | Bethesda Soccer Club, F.C.Frederick

Kellie Peay | Santa Clara University | Midfielder, Defender | Phoenix, Arizona | United States | Sereno Soccer Club

Selena Peters | University of Houston | Forward, Midfielder | Houston, Texas | United States | Albion Hurricanes FC

Amandine Pierre-Louis | West Virginia University | Forward, Midfielder | Montreal, Quebec | Canada | St-léonard soccer club

Carla Portillo | West Virginia University | Midfielder | Mississauga, Ontario | Canada | Burlington Bayhawks

Darian Powell | Marquette University | Forward, Midfielder | Waterloo, Iowa | United States | Shattuck St. Mary’s

Kendra Prince | University of New Hampshire | Forward, Defender | Ajax, Ontario | United States/Canada | Toronto Lynx

EJ (Emma Jane) Proctor | Duke University | Goalkeeper | Greenville, North Carolina | United States | CASL ’95 ECNL

Kimberly Quiles | Springfield College | Forward | Poughkeepsie, New York | United States | Ketcham Indians

Dominique Randle | University of Southern | California | Defender | Seattle, Washington | United States | Eastside FC ’93

Morgan Reid | Duke University | Defender | Cleveland, Ohio | United States | CASL Chelsea ’94

Jessica Reinhardt | Farileigh Dickinson University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Bad Nauheim, Hesse | German | FFC Frankfurt

Haley Roberson | Troy University | Midfielder, Defender | Okinawa, Japan | United States | VSA Heat Blue 94

Amanda Rooney | University of Southern California | Forward, Midfielder | New Hyde Park, New York | United States | Albertson Soccer Club

Ani Sarkisian | Univeristy of Michigan | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Teaneck, New Jersey | United States | PDA

Helen Seed | Carson Newman University | Defender | Preston, England | United Kingdom | Blackburn Rovers Ladies FC

Gabby Seiler | University of Florida | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Fort Hood, Texas | United States | Concorde Fire South

Jermaine Seoposenwe | Samford University | Forward, Midfielder | Cape Town, South Africa | South Africa | Santos Ladies Soccer Club

Sarah Shimer | University of Washington | Goalkeeper | Seattle, Washington | United States | Washington Premier FC

Sierra Shugarts | Western Washington University | Defender | Federal Way, Washington | United States | Washington Premier Futbol Club ECNL

Lydia Simmons | Vanderbilt University | Midfielder | Memphis, Tennessee | United States | Seacoast United (NH) / FC Stars of Mass (MA)

Sydney Sladek | University of Southern California | Midfielder, Defender | Chandler, Arizona | United States | Players Soccer Club

Sherifatu Sumaila | University of Maine at Fort Kent | Forward | Ghana | Ghana | Lepo Ladies, Ghana

Martha Thomas | Charlotte | Forward, Midfielder | Malmesbury, England | United Kingdom | Weston FC

Madison Vasquez | Siena College | Midfielder, Defender | New Hyde Park, New York | United States | Massapequa Stars

Ariel Viera | University of Portland | Midfielder, Defender | Hillsboro, Oregon | United States | F.C. Portland Academy

Brianna Visalli | Pepperdine University | Forward, Midfielder | San Jose, California | United States | De Anza Force

Lauren Wade | Carson Newman University | Forward, Midfielder | Ballymoney, Northern Ireland | Great Britain | Glentoran Woman

Madison Williams | Purdue University | Forward | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | United States | Greater Toledo Futbol Club

Chloe Williams | Eastern Washington University | Forward, Midfielder | Spokane, Washington | United States | Spokane Shadow

Ryan Williams | Texas Christian University | Defender | Hoton, Texas | United States | Colorado Rush

Claire Winter | University of Califoria, Los Angeles | Midfielder | Lafayette, California | United States | Lamorinda Soccer Club/ Mustang ECNL

Harriet Withers | Murray State University | Forward, Midfielder | Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | Australia | Palm Beach Soccer Club, Australia

Savanna Wojtanowski | Michigan State University | Goalkeeper | Wayne, Michigan | United States | North Storm

Loran Wyrough | Wilmington University | Forward | Hamilton, New Jersey | United States | Hibernian Xcel

Sandra Yu | University of Notre Dame | Forward, Midfielder | Middleburg Heights, Ohio | United States | Internationals Soccer Club

Tobin Heath undergoes ankle surgery, out 8-12 weeks

Heath underwent the surgery Thursday in Los Angeles

Portland Thorns FC midfielder Tobin Heath in action during the 2017 season. (Photo credit: Craig Mitchelldyer/isiphotos.com)

Portland Thorns FC midfielder Tobin Heath underwent minor ankle surgery on Thursday in Los Angeles and is expected to be out 8-12 weeks, U.S. Soccer announced.

U.S. Soccer said in a story on their website that the surgery was a “clean-up procedure” to remove a bone growth from her right ankle and that she would have been in camp with the U.S. women’s national team this month if not for the surgery.

“It’s been bothering me for a while now and we tried to rehab, but I wasn’t progressing so it was time to address it surgically,” Heath said in the story. “I want to make sure it’s not a hindrance moving forward so I can get back on the field and have great preparation for a big year ahead.”

Heath missed most of the 2017 NWSL season with a back injury, but returned for Portland’s final games and the Thorns’ run to the championship. She suffered an ankle injury in the NWSL Championship and missed the USWNT’s final games of the year.

College Draft Preview: 11 players to watch

Sullivan, McCaskill expected to be top picks at the 2018 NWSL College Draft

Stanford midfielder Andi Sullivan and South Carolina forward Savannah McCaskill (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)

By Celia Balf

When Amanda Duffy steps to the podium on January 18th in Philadelphia to announce the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft, few would be surprised if the name announced is Andi Sullivan, the talented midfielder for the 2017 National Champion Stanford Cardinal. Then again it’s a draft, and a deep one at that. So, stay tuned. Surprises happen. 

The Washington Spirit hold the first pick and will be followed in the Round 1 selection order by the Boston Breakers (#2), Houston Dash (#3), Sky Blue FC (#4, #5), Washington Spirit (#6), Chicago Red Stars (#7), Portland Thorns FC (#8, #9) and the North Carolina Courage (#10).

As the big selection day draws near, and the preliminary list of draft eligible players continues to be studied, here are 11 players to watch for.  

The 2018 NWSL College Draft will take place on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. ET.

Andi Sullivan, Stanford (Midfielder)

It was a fairytale ending to Sullivan’s career at Stanford. The U.S. women’s national team midfielder suffered an ACL tear in the fall of 2016 which kept her out of the game for over a year. This season, she came back stronger than ever. She played for the U.S. women’s national team in a pair of wins over Switzerland and got to hoist the national championship trophy with Stanford. Sullivan was not on the draft’s preliminary list (released Dec. 21), but she is a clear top pick. Sullivan’s biggest strength is her ability to stay poised on the ball in the highest of pressure situations. She is a sound decision maker who reads the game well beyond her years. 

Savannah McCaskill, South Carolina (Forward, Midfielder)

McCaskill led South Carolina to its first College Cup and will enter the draft as the Gamecocks only three-time All-American. She finished her career with 114 points and 17 game-winning goals. Any team who gets McCaskill will benefit from not only her ability to finish, but also her distribution and strength on the ball. The MAC Hermann Trophy finalist led the SEC with nine-assists in her senior campaign.

Casey Murphy, Rutgers (Goalkeeper)

Murphy had one more year left of NCAA eligibility, but has declared for the NWSL Draft. The Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year redshirted her junior season to play for the Under-20 USWNT in the Women’s World Cup, which makes her a graduating senior this year and eligible to enter the NWSL. Murphy is a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist, and two-time All-American. She stands at 6’1” and has the international experience to gear her for the competition in the NWSL. 

Michaela Abam, West Virginia (Forward, Midfielder, Defender)

Last year it was hard to imagine what West Virginia soccer would be like without 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy winner Kadeisha Buchanan, yet Abam continued to keep the Mountaineers on the map thanks to her 10-goal season. Abam led West Virginia to the NCAA tournament and finished her career with 42 goals and 16 assists. Abam will be an asset to any team with her pace up top and ability to either hold the ball and post-up, or run at any backline testing them 1v1.

Rachel Corboz, Georgetown (Midfielder)

Corboz was named Big East Midfielder of the Year and finished the season with nine goals and 12 assists. The senior tabbed seven multi-point games and ranked second in the country in assists. Corboz was named a MAC Hermann semifinalist, becoming the seventh Georgetown player in the past eight years to be recognized with the honor. Corboz will adjust seamlessly to the NWSL; she’s technical, reads the game well and will compete with the best in the league in the midfield. 

Rebecca Quinn, Duke (Midfielder)

You might remember Quinn from the 2016 Rio Olympics where she helped the Canadian national team to a bronze medal, or maybe you are just getting to know the defensive midfielder for the Blue Devils after this season. Quinn redshirted last year due to injury, but this year she was impossible to miss with her ability to disrupt an attack and recover defensively. Quinn finished the season with three goals and four assists, three of those assists coming in the NCAA tournament.

Indigo Gibson, California (Defender)

Center backs don’t typically go early in the draft, but if there were a player that could go in the first round, it would be Gibson. The All-America center back played every minute for the Golden Bears this season and led Cal to a 13-6-1 record. She helped the Golden Bears to a five-streak of shutouts in Pac-12 play this season and 39 shutouts in her career. Gibson is a shutdown defender who has the size, pace and skill set to see the field as a center back in the league.

Imani Dorsey, Duke (Forward)

Dorsey chipped in 14 goals for the Blue Devils this season to double what she scored as a junior. The forward also added 10 assists for 38 total points in her senior campaign. After dominating the year in every possible angle, Dorsey picked up the award of USC National Scholar Athlete of the Year. Dorsey helped pace the Blue Devils attack, which ranked second nationally. Her standout season puts her on pace to make an immediate impact in the league.

Gabby Seiler, Florida (Forward, Midfielder, Defender)

As an All-SEC first team player for the past three years, Seiler finished her career at Florida as one of the top-ranked midfielders in the game. Seiler transferred from Georgia after the 2014 season and sat out the 2015 season due to SEC transfer rules. Come 2016, Seiler was ready to make a splash with the Gators and started every match. Her versatility will make her a huge asset to the league. Seiler can play midfielder, center or outside back. She has experience playing at all three positions and has spent some time with the youth national teams over the past few years.

Kathellen Sousa, UCF (Midfielder)

Sousa was an integral part of the UCF team this past season, joining the Knights for her senior year after spending time at Louisville and Monroe College prior. Sousa is a technical midfielder who is equally strong offensively as she is defensively. She reads the game well and, at 5’10”, she is a presence on the pitch. The Sao Vincente-Brazil native was named to the All-Southeast Region First Team, American Athletic Conference First Team and was named the AAC’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

Brianna Visalli, Pepperdine (Forward, Midfielder)

Visalli started every game for the Waves in her senior season and became the only player from a mid-major school to be named a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist this year. Visalli led her team in points (34), points per game (1.62), goals per game (.67) assists (6), game-winning goals (6) and shots (76.) Her stats speak for themselves, however it is always a treat to see mid-major programs rise the ranks with national team-caliber players like Visalli. Who knows? We could have a future Lynn Williams on our hands.

Corsie named to Scotland roster; Jonsdottir named to Iceland roster

Scotland and Iceland will both play January friendlies in Spain

Rachel Corsie in action for Seattle Reign FC. (Photo credit: Sam Ortega/isiphotos.com)

Seattle Reign FC defender Rachel Corsie has been named to Scotland’s roster for a pair of upcoming friendlies.

Corsie and Scotland will take on Norway on January 19 and Russia on January 22 in Spain.

In other international roster news, new Utah Royals FC signing Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir has been called in by Iceland for a friendly in Spain. Iceland will take on Norway on January 23.

The midfielder was signed by the Royals on January 3.

Both Scotland and Iceland will resume their 2019 Women’s World Cup qualification schedule in April.

Jill Ellis calls in 21 NWSL players for USWNT training camp

The USWNT will face Denmark on Jan. 21

Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz celebrates a goal for the U.S. women's national team in 2017. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

Twenty-one NWSL players have been called in by head coach Jill Ellis for the U.S. women’s national team’s first training camp of the year, beginning Jan. 6 in Carson, California, U.S Soccer announced Wednesday. Twenty-six players in total will be in for the camp, which will end with a match vs. Denmark in San Diego on Jan. 21 (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Two potential high draft picks in the upcoming 2018 NWSL College Draft are also on the roster: midfielder Andi Sullivan (Stanford) and forward Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina). Both could be two of the top picks on Jan. 18 in Philadelphia. (The Spirit hold the first pick and the Breakers hold the second.) Sullivan has seven USWNT caps and McCaskill has yet to make her international debut.

Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz is back in camp for the first time since being named 2017 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year.

Thorns defender Emily Sonnett, who was called in to the USWNT’s last camp of 2017, has been called in again. She is currently playing in the W-League in Australia for Sydney FC. Fellow Thorns defender Meghan Klingenberg is back in camp for the first time since appearing for the U.S. vs. Sweden and Norway last summer.

Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, the 2017 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year, is one of three uncapped players on the roster (along with McCaskill and Stanford’s Tierna Davidson). The other goalkeepers on the roster are Jane Campbell (Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Pride) and Alyssa Naeher (Red Stars).

Morgan Brian, who recently signed with Olympique Lyon after playing for the Red Stars and Dash last season, has also been called into camp.

U.S. Soccer said that Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath (ankle), Rose Lavelle (hamstring) and Sam Mewis (knee) are not on the roster because of injuries, though Lavelle will be in Carson for light training and rehab.

Next up for the USWNT after the game vs. Denmark is the SheBelieves Cup in March vs. Germany, England and France.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position (Caps/Goals):

GOALKEEPERS (4): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 2/0), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 14/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 23/0)

DEFENDERS (9): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 13/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 0/0), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC; 73/3), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 104/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 135/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 19/0), Taylor Smith (NC Courage; 7/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 12/0)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 69/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 57/14), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 43/4), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 246/98), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 33/6), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; 7/0)

FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC, ENG; 57/22), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina; 0/0), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 134/80), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 96/44), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 29/6), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 129/34), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 15/4)

Morgan Brian signs with Lyon

Brian played for the Red Stars and Dash in 2017

Morgan Brian in action for the Red Stars in 2017. (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)

Morgan Brian is headed to Lyon.

The U.S. women’s national team midfielder, who joined the Red Stars last season in a midseason trade, was announced alongside former Portland Thorns FC midfielder Amandine Henry on Monday as the newest signings of Olympique Lyonnais.

Lyon said Morgan’s contract runs until June 30, 2020. Chicago will retain her NWSL rights, the Red Stars said. She appeared in two games for the Red Stars last season after being traded from the Dash.

“We knew when we traded for Morgan that she had a strong desire to go overseas and play for Lyon,” Red Stars coach Rory Dames said in a statement issued Wednesday by the team. “We wish her the best of luck with Lyon, and will always welcome her back as we retain her rights. Our goal stays the same ahead of the 2018 season and we look forward to moving forward in a positive direction.”

Brian was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft by the Houston Dash and spent two and a half seasons in Houston before being traded to the Red Stars on August 30.

Gunnhildur Jonsdottir signs with Utah Royals FC

Jonsdottir joins the Utah roster for the 2018 season

Utah Royals FC announced the signing of Iceland international midfielder Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir on Wednesday. The move is pending her P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.

Jonsdottir has 48 appearances for Iceland and most recently scored twice for Iceland in a 2019 Women’s World Cup qualifier vs. the Faroe Island in October. She also played all 90 minutes in Iceland’s next game — a historic 3-2 upset of Germany in Women’s World Cup qualification.

“[Jonsdottir] is a player that I think will transition well into the NWSL, as she has played at international levels and numerous leagues around Europe. Her experience will be great for the group,” Reign coach Laura Harvey said in the Royals news release about the signing. “Her enthusiasm on the field is infectious. I’m glad we could complete this deal as I think it is another huge statement for our club.”

Jonsdottir has spent the last five seasons playing in Norway.

“My goal is to come in and give everything I can to this club and my teammates, and hopefully help us win a championship,” Jonsdottir said. “I have followed the NWSL and I know it is a difficult league to win, but I am an Icelandic and we always have big dreams and know that anything is possible. I believe this will be something special and I can’t wait to get started.”

The signing comes days after Utah traded for Kelley O’Hara and Taylor Lytle from Sky Blue FC. They also officially introduced Becky Sauerbrunn as a member of the team in December.

Three NWSL players called in for U.S. U-23 training camp

Purce, Jenkins and Green have been called in

Breakers forward Margaret Purce in action for Boston during the 2017 season. ( Jose Argueta/isiphotos.com)

Three NWSL players have been called in by head coach B.J. Snow for the U.S. Under-23 women’s national team’s first training camp of 2018, which will take place from Jan 4-11 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Camp in Carson, California.

The NWSL players called in for the camp are Breakers forward Margaret Purce, Courage forward Darian Jenkins and Red Stars forward Summer Green.

In addition, several potential 2018 NWSL College Draft picks have been invited to the camp, including: Emily Boyd (goalkeeper, California), Casey Murphy (goalkeeper, Rutgers), Indigo Gibson (defender, California), Hailey Harbison (defender, Pepperdine) and midfielder Brianna Visalli (midfielder, Pepperdine). The 2018 NWSL College Draft will take place on January 18 in Philadelphia. 

Purce appeared in 22 games in her rookie season for the Breakers, registering a goal and two assists for Boston. Jenkins was drafted by the Courage with the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft, but missed the season because of a left ankle dislocation/fracture. Green made six appearances for the Red Stars in 2017.

Royals acquire O’Hara, Lytle from Sky Blue FC in exchange for Groom, Gibbons, No. 4 draft pick

Utah will also receive the No. 25 overall pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft

Kelley O'Hara in action for Sky Blue FC in 2017. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)

Kelley O’Hara is headed west in a major trade between Utah Royals FC and Sky Blue FC, the teams announced Friday.

The Royals have acquired O’Hara, midfielder Taylor Lytle and the No. 25 overall pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft from Sky Blue in exchange for forward Shea Groom, midfielder/defender Christina Gibbons and the No. 4 overall pick in the upcoming draft.

O’Hara joins her fellow U.S. women’s national team defender Becky Sauerbrunn in Utah. While playing at defender and forward, O’Hara scored 15 goals and 18 assists in 75 NWSL games over five seasons, all with Sky Blue. O’Hara is also a longtime veteran of the USWNT. She earned her 100th cap this past year and has two international goals. Lytle had five assists for Sky Blue last season and has five goals and 11 assists in her NWSL career.

[O’Hara’s] talent, work ethic and winning mentality is something I think will be infectious throughout the team. Kelley is in the prime of her career and I feel coming to Utah is a great move for both her and the Royals,” Utah head coach Laura Harvey said in the Royals news release about the trade. “In [Lytle], we have a player who has been a stalwart for Sky Blue over five seasons; whenever I would coach against her, she would always cause my team problems, so I’m now very glad that we are on the same team. She is a player I have admired for a while now.”

“I am excited to start a new adventure playing for an organization that is invested in building a championship club within the NWSL,”  O’Hara said in the news release. “In my time with the USWNT, playing in Salt Lake has always been a top-notch experience with amazing facilities and a dedicated fan base. I grew up coming to Utah as a kid and I’m looking forward to calling the mountains home.”

In Groom, Sky Blue acquires a forward to pair alongside the reigning MVP in Sam Kerr. In three seasons with FC Kansas City, Groom scored 17 goals and 7 assists (including a team-high five assists in 2017). Gibbons started her NWSL career as a defender, but moved into the midfield in the middle of the season and finished with a goal and three assists. Her breakout game on offense came against her new team — she scored her first goal and first assist at Sky Blue on July 8.

After acquiring the No. 4 pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft, Sky Blue now has two first round picks, back-to-back at 4th and 5th. They also have the 15th and 36th picks. Utah now holds the 14th, 25th and 34th draft picks.

Groom has an incredible attacking presence and can be a difference maker, especially in the final third. Gibbons has the ability to make a major impact at multiple positions on the field,” Sky Blue FC head coach Denise Reddy said in a club news release about the trade.

It’s the first trade of the NWSL offseason and the first for both coaches with their new teams. Reddy was named Sky Blue FC’s head coach in early November and Laura Harvey took over in Utah a few weeks later. Utah Royals FC joined the NWSL in November and inherited the roster and 2018 draft spots from FC Kansas City, which ceased operations.

It also follows other recent roster moves for both sides. Last week, the Royals officially introduced Sauerbrunn as a member of the team and Sky Blue announced the signing of Brazilian midfielder Thaisa on December 13.

”Very exciting moves as we continue strengthening our roster in advance of preseason by obtaining highly talented players like [O’Hara] and [Lytle],” Royals general manager Craig Waibel said. “We look to properly balance the roster in the coming months in order to align with the attacking-oriented combination and possession-based style Laura wants to play.”

All of the players involved in Friday’s trade have only played for one team in their NWSL careers. O’Hara and Lytle are original members of Sky Blue FC. Groom was drafted in 2015 and spent three seasons with FC Kansas City. Gibbons had just completed her rookie season after being picked with the fifth pick in last year’s college draft.

I would like to wish [Groom] and [Gibbons] all the best in the future and I want to thank them for everything they have done for FC Kansas City and this league. It’s always hard to lose talented players,” Harvey said.

“On behalf of everyone here at Sky Blue FC, we also want to thank [O’Hara] and [Lytle] for all they have done over the past five seasons. They made major contributions to our club, both on and off the field, and they played significant roles in helping to develop professional women’s soccer here in New Jersey,” Sky Blue FC president and GM Tony Novo said in the Sky Blue FC news release.

Leah Galton signs with FC Bayern Munich

Galton spent the past two seasons with Sky Blue FC

Sky Blue FC forward Leah Galton in action during the 2017 season. (Photo credit: Mike Gridley/isiphotos.com)

Sky Blue FC forward Leah Galton is leaving the NWSL and has signed with FC Bayern Munich in Germany, Galton and Sky Blue announced Friday.

After being drafted in the second round of the 2016 NWSL College Draft, Galton spent the past two seasons in New Jersey and scored five goals and five assists in 30 games.

“Sky Blue FC has been not only my team, but also my family for the past two seasons. The decision to leave was by far the hardest I have had to make in my career to date,” Galton said in a Sky Blue FC news release.

“Thank you to the Sky Blue FC players, coaches, staff and fans who welcomed me into the team fresh out of college and helped me grow over the past two seasons. I will always be very grateful. I wish the girls all the best this season and look forward to watching Sky Blue FC challenge for the playoffs. Beez up!”

NWSL releases preliminary list of players eligible for the 2018 NWSL College Draft

The 2018 NWSL College Draft will take place on Thursday, January 18, in Philadelphia

The NWSL Draft. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

Thursday afternoon, the NWSL released the preliminary list of registered players for the 2018 NWSL Draft, which will take place on Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. ET (one hour than previously announced) at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.

This is not the final list of players who are eligible to be drafted, and there is still time for players to add their names to the list.

More NWSL College Draft information, including how players can register for the draft can be found here.

Preliminary list of players registered for the 2018 NWSL College Draft, in alphabetical order:


Name | College/University | Position(s) Played | Hometown | Citizenship | Youth Club


Michaela Abam | West Virginia University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Houston, Texas | United States | Texas Rush

Jade Abarca | Lipscomb University | Forward, Midfielder | Dallas, Texas | United States | Sting 96 ECNL

Kayla Adamek | University of Central Florida | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Ottawa, Ontario | Canadian | Ottawa Fury

Caroline Bado | Auburn | Midfielder, Defender | Tampa, Florida | United States | Tampa Bay United

Noel Baham | UC Irvine | Forward, Midfielder | Redlands, California | United States | Arsenal and Fram

Elizabeth Ball | Pennsylvania State University | Forward, Defender | Richmond | United States | Richmond Strikers ECNL

Hanna Barker | Stephen F. Austin State University | Forward, Midfielder | Plano, Texas | United States | Dfeeter’s ECNL

Morgan Bertsch | California State University Fullerton | Goalkeeper | Simi Valley, California | United States | Valley United Soccer Club

Rachel Blankenship (Thun) | The University of Tulsa | Forward, Midfielder | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | United States | Oklahoma Futbol Club 96

Rachel Bloznalis | Boston University | Defender | Worcester, Massachusetts | United States | New England Football Club

Alyssa Bolger | Susquehanna University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Denville, New Jersey | United States | Dynamo FC

Dominique Bond-Flasza | University of Washington | Defender | New Rochelle, New York | United States/Jamaica | So Cal Blues

Emily Boyd | University of California Berkeley | Goalkeeper | Seattle, Washington | United States | Crossfire Premier ECNL

Joanna Boyles | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Midfielder | Raleigh, North Carolina | United States | ’94 CASL Chelsea Ladies

Bridget Callahan | University of Central Florida | Midfielder, Defender | Hollywood, Florida | United States | Weston FC

Kristen Cardano | University of Florida | Defender | Tampa, Florida | United States | TSC Hurricane

Mackenzie Cerda | University of California Los Angeles | Forward, Defender | Long Beach, California | United States | Slammers FC

Jamie Cheslik | Michigan State University | Forward, Midfielder | Southfield, Michigan | United States | Michigan Hawks

Caitlyn Clem | University of Wisconsin | Goalkeeper | Lansing, MI USA | United States | Michigan Hawks Black

Anna Conklin | University of South Carolina | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Denville, New Jersey | United States | PDA Slammers

Katy Couperus | University of Cincinnati | Midfielder, Defender | Fort Collins, Colorado | United States | Arsenal Colorado

Christine Creighton | University of Central Florida | Forward, Midfielder | Palm Beach Gardens, Florida | United States | FC Florida, MagicJack

Frannie Crouse | Penn State University | Forward, Midfielder | Jeannette, Pennsylvania | United States | Beadling Soccer Club

Jennifer Cudjoe | University of Maine at Fort Kent | Midfielder | Ghana | Ghana | Hassaca ladies FC

Aline De Lima | Baylor University | Midfielder | Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil | Brazil | Atlético Mineiro

Kathellen Feitoza | University of Central Florida | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Santos, Brazil | Brazil | Sao Vicente- Futsal

Morgan Ferrara | University of Central Florida | Forward, Midfielder | Tampa, Florida | United States | West Florida Flames

Kelly Fitzgerald | University of California Berkeley | Midfielder | Mission Viejo, California | United States | Southern California Blues

Sonest Furtado | University of Hawaii at Manoa | Forward, Midfielder | Honolulu, Hawaii | United States | Leahi 96 Premier

Indigo Gibson | University of California, Berkeley | Defender | Mission Viejo, California | United States | Slammers FC

Vanessa Gilles | University of Cincinnati | Defender | Montreal, Quebec | Canada | Capital United Soccer Club

Nadia Gomes | Brigham Young University | Forward | Viseu, Portugal | United States | Murray Sc

Zoey Goralski | University of California Los Angeles | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Naperville, Illinois | United States | Team Chicago

Isabella Habuda | Liberty University | Forward, Midfielder | Windsor, Ontario | Canada | Michigan Vardar

Madison Hall | Stephen F. Austin State University | Forward, Midfielder | Dallas, Texas | United States | Dfeeters

Rio Hardy | University of South Alabama | Forward, Midfielder | Workington, England | United Kingdom | Blackburn Rovers

Steffi Hardy | University of South Alabama | Defender | England, Workington | United Kingdom | Blackburn Rovers

Caitlin Hayes | Mississippi College | Defender | Warrington, England | United Kingdom | Manchester United

Kristin Hayman | Providence College | Forward, Midfielder | Bellevue, Washington | United States | Eastside FC

Paige Hayward | Texas Southern University | Forward, Midfielder | Sydney, Australia | Australia | Apia Leichhardt Tigers FC

Emma Heckendorn | Texas Christian University | Forward, Midfielder | Arlington, Texas | United States | Dallas Sting Soccer Club

Kassi Hormuth | Texas State University | Forward, Midfielder | Atin, Texas | United States | Lonestar Soccer Club

Carlin Hudson | Yale University | Defender | Berkley, California | United States | Bay Oaks

Maddie Huster | Wake Forest University | Midfielder, Defender | Cincinnati, Ohio | United States | Ohio Elite Soccer Academy

Taylor Isom | Brigham Young University | Defender | Logan, Utah | United States | Utah Avalanche

Alexis Kiehl | University of Dayton | Forward, Midfielder | Cincinnati, Ohio | United States | Kings Hammer Academy

Emily Kuefler | Villanova University | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Stow, Massachusetts | United States | FC Stars of MA

Alexandria Lamontagne | Syracuse University | Forward, Defender | Richmondhill, Ontario | Canada | Ajax FC

Savannah LaRicci | McNeese State University | Forward, Midfielder | Sugar Land, Texas | United StatesMax Points PossibleSpace City Futbol Club

Veronica Latsko | University of Virginia | Forward, Midfielder | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | United States | Beadling Soccer Club

Ariela Lewis | Alabama State University | Forward, Midfielder | Anchorage, Alaska | United States | Cook Inlet Soccr Club

Haley Lukas | University of California, Berkeley | Midfielder, Defender | Pleasanton, California | United States | Mustang Fury

Emily (Emmy) Manset | Willamette University | Forward, Midfielder | Ventura, California | United States | Eagles Soccer Club

Savannah McCaskill | University of South Carolina | Forward, Midfielder | Sumter, South Carolina | United States | Carolina Elite Soccer Academy

Tara Meier | University of San Diego | Midfielder, Defender | Clovis, California | United States | San Diego Surf Soccer

Gabriella Mencotti | Grand Valley State University | Forward | Novi, Michigan | United States | Michigan Rush

Katlyn Merino | Molloy College | Midfielder | Queens, New York | United States | Manhattan Kickers SC

Ashton Miller | Duke University | Midfielder | Silver Spring, Maryland | United States | Michigan Hawks and Wolves

Nicole Molen | University of Southern California | Midfielder, Defender | Thousand Oaks, California | United States | Real So Cal

Brooke Murphy | University of New Hampshire | Forward, Midfielder | Worcester, Massachusetts | United States | FC Stars of Massachusetts

Casey Murphy | Rutgers University | Goalkeeper | Bridgewater, New Jersey | United States | Players Development Academy

Claire Oates | Southern Methodist University | Midfielder | Long Beach, California | United States | Slammers FC

Jocelyn Orejel | Colorado University | Defender | FountainValley, California | United States | So Cal Blues

Kiana Palacios | UC Irvine | Forward, Midfielder | Mission Viejo, California | United States | Slammers FC

Aaran Parry | University of Tennessee / West Virgnina University | Forward, Midfielder | Frederick, Maryland | United States | Bethesda Soccer Club, F.C.Frederick

Carla Portillo | West Virginia University | Midfielder | Mississauga, Ontario | Canada | Burlington Bayhawks

Kendra Prince | University of New Hampshire | Forward, Defender | Ajax, Ontario | United States/Canada | Toronto Lynx

EJ (Emma Jane) Proctor | Duke University | Goalkeeper | Greenville, North Carolina | United States | CASL ’95 ECNL

Dominique Randle | University of Southern California | Defender | Seattle, Washington | United States | Eastside FC ’93

Morgan Reid | Duke University | Defender | Cleveland, Ohio | United States | CASL Chelsea ’94

Haley Roberson | Troy University | Midfielder, Defender | Okinawa, Japan | United States | VSA Heat Blue 94

Gabby Seiler | University of Florida | Forward, Midfielder, Defender | Fort Hood, Texas | United States | Concorde Fire South

Jermaine Seoposenwe | Samford University | Forward, Midfielder | Cape Town, South Africa | South Africa | Santos Ladies Soccer Club

Sarah Shimer | University of Washington | Goalkeeper | Seattle, Washington | United States | Washington Premier FC

Sherifatu Sumaila | University of Maine at Fort Kent | Forward | Ghana | Ghana | Lepo Ladies, Ghana

Martha Thomas | Charlotte | Forward, Midfielder | Malmesbury, England | United Kingdom | Weston FC

Madison Vasquez | Siena College | Midfielder, Defender | New Hyde Park, New York | United States | Massapequa Stars

Ariel Viera | University of Portland | Midfielder, Defender | Hillsboro, Oregon | United States | F.C. Portland Academy

Brianna Visalli | Pepperdine University | Forward, Midfielder | San Jose, California | United States | De Anza Force

Ryan Williams | Texas Christian University | Defender | Hoton, Texas | United States | Colorado Rush

Harriet Withers | Murray State University | Forward, Midfielder | Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | Australia | Palm Beach Soccer Club, Australia

Savanna Wojtanowski | Michigan State University | Goalkeeper | Wayne, Michigan | United States | North Storm

Royals officially introduce Becky Sauerbrunn

The newest NWSL team will play their first game in 2018

Utah Royals FC defender Becky Sauerbrunn (Photo credit: Utah Royals FC)

Utah Royals FC officially introduced defender Becky Sauerbrunn as a Royals player on Thursday, the first major player announcement for the NWSL’s newest team.

In a video posted on social media, the Royals shared a look at Sauerbrunn’s visit to Utah and her tour of the facilities.

“I’m incredibly excited to start this new adventure in Utah,” Sauerbrunn said in a story posted on Utah’s website. “To me it’s very clear the ownership wants to provide the team with the best chance to win a championship. Everything is going to be world class and it’s a really exciting thing to be a part of.”

After joining the NWSL, the Royals inherited the players from the roster from FC Kansas City, which ceased operations in November. They also hold all of FCKC’s former 2018 draft spots, including the fourth overall pick at the 2018 NWSL Draft on Jan. 18 in Philadelphia.

In November, Utah hired former Seattle Reign FC coach Laura Harvey to manage the team, so Sauerbrunn will be playing for the coach she twice beat in the NWSL Championship (2014 and 2015).

“I was really fortunate I got to visit and meet [owner] Dell Loy Hansen, [general manager] Craig Waibel and talk to Laura Harvey. Meeting the staff of the organization really cemented my decision,” Sauerbrunn said.

SheBelieves Cup schedule announced

The tournament will take place in March in Columbus, New Jersey and Orlando

United States vs. France at the 2017 SheBelieves Up (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

The United States, Germany, England and France will meet in Columbus, New Jersey and Orlando in March for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, U.S. Soccer announced Thursday.

It’s the third time the tournament is taking place, and features the same four teams who competed in the previous two. Four of the top six teams in the most recent FIFA World Rankings are in the tournament: the United States (No. 1), Germany (No. 2), England (No. 3) and France (No. 6).

It will also be the first time the United States will play at Orlando City Stadium, home of the Orlando Pride.

France won the tournament last year with wins over England and the United States. The 3-0 win over the USWNT came on the final day of the tournament thanks to a pair of goals from Camille Abily and another from Eugénie Le Sommer.


Full SheBelieves Cup Schedule:

March 1 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio

England vs. France | 4 p.m. ET

USA vs. Germany | 7 p.m. ET  | ESPN2

March 4 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

USA vs. France  | Noon ET | ESPN2

Germany vs. England  | 3 p.m. ET

March 7 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida

France vs. Germany | 4 p.m. ET

USA vs. England | 7 p.m. ET | ESPNews

Julie Ertz named U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year

Ertz scored four goals for the Red Stars in 2017

Chicago Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz was named to the 2017 NWSL Second XI. (Photo credit: Craig Mitchelldyer/isiphotos.com)

Chicago Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz has been voted the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year, U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday.

Ertz moved into midfield this year for the Red Stars, playing 22 regular games as Chicago made the playoffs. She scored four goals and added three assists along the way. Her 84th minute game-winning header vs. the Courage won the Week 19 Goal of the Week. Ertz was named to the 2017 NWSL Second XI.

Ertz also took over in defensive midfield for the U.S. women’s national team, beginning at the Tournament of Nations. She scored the game-winning goal in the United States’ dramatic 4-3 comeback win over Brazil and made a stellar defensive save at the goal line in the USWNT’s next game vs. Japan. She finished the year with five goals, second-best on the USWNT.

“I want to give a big thanks to everyone who voted,” Ertz said in a U.S. Soccer news release. “This was a really unique year for me with a lot of different challenges, but it means so much to have the support of my husband, my family, my coaches and my teammates. I’m honored and thankful from the bottom of my heart and I’m really looking forward to next year and as we have some big goals to accomplish.”

Ertz received 51.6% of the votes and Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe finished second in the voting, U.S. Soccer said. The award is voted on by national team coaches/staff, national team players who appeared in 2017, NWSL/MLS/NASL coaches,  select members of the media, former players and administrators.

10 NWSL players named to CONCACAF Female Best XI

Franch named CONCACAF Goalkeeper of the Year

Thorns defender Emily Menges and goalkeeper Adrianna Franch led the league's stingiest defense in 2017. (Photo credit: Craig Mitchelldyer/isiphotos.com)

Portland Thorns FC goalkeeper Adrianna Franch leads a list of 10 NWSL players named to the CONCACAF Female Best XI, announced on Tuesday. Franch was also named CONCACAF Female Goalkeeper of the Year.

The honor caps off a record-breaking 2017 for Franch, who won the NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year award after recording 11 regular season clean sheets. She also earned a shutout in Portland’s 1-0 win over North Carolina in the NWSL Championship.

Pride forward Alex Morgan, who was named Female Player of the Year on Sunday, was also named to the Best XI.

NWSL players joining Morgan and Franch on the roster: Defenders Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC) and Emily Menges (Portland Thorns FC); Midfielders Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC); and forward Marta (Orlando Pride).

UCLA and Canada midfielder Jessie Fleming was the only non-NWSL player named to the squad.

Pride midfielder Camila‘s long-distance score vs. the Dash on June 17 finished second in Goal of the Year voting.

The awards were voted on by CONCACAF coaches and captains, media and fans.

Alex Morgan named CONCACAF Female Player of the Year

Morgan scored nine goals in 13 games for the Pride this season

Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan scored nine goals in 13 games this season. (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com)

Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan has been named 2017 CONCACAF Female Player of the Year, the association announced Sunday. The award was revealed at the Premios Univision Deportes in Miami, Florida.

The honor caps off a year in which Morgan scored 33 total goals for the U.S. women’s national team, the Orlando Pride and Olympique Lyon.

After returning to the Pride following her stint with Olympique Lyon and a hamstring injury, Morgan scored nine goals in 13 regular season games, adding four assists along the way. She made her season debut on July 1, scored her first goal on July 15 and was named to the NWSL Second XI.

Morgan was named the NWSL Player of the Month in August after scoring in five straight games and three straight game-winning goals. She finished the month with seven goals and two assists as the Pride went 4-0-1, on their way to their first playoff appearance.

While playing in France during the first half of the year, Morgan scored 17 goals in 15 games for Lyon. She and Lyon won the French league title, French Cup and the Champions League.

Morgan also led the USWNT in 2017 with seven goals, all in the team’s final seven games of the year.

Outside the Box Scores: Rookies in 2017

The rookie stats that shaped the 2017 season

Houston Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell and North Carolina Courage forward Ashley Hatch following a game in 2017. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)

The 2017 season was a big one for NWSL rookies. From Rookie of the Year Ashley Hatch, to Rose Lavelle winning April Player of the Month, to late game-winning goals from Katie Johnson, Mallory Pugh and Rachel Hill, newcomers to professional soccer made their mark this past season.

Overall, rookies combined for 35 goals, 23 assists, one Player of the Month and one Player of the Week. In addition, a rookie won Goal of the Week once and Save of the Week once.

The latest rookie goal came at 90+6′ when Nichelle Prince scored for Houston vs. Orlando on June 17. One of three goals for the Dash rookie in 2017.

The earliest rookie goal title is held by two players, who both scored in third minute: Madison Tiernan for Sky Blue at Chicago on June 25 and Katie Johnson for Seattle at Sky Blue on August 19. (Tiernan’s goal officially came about six seconds before Johnson’s.)

As for goalkeepers, Jane Campbell, Kailen Sheridan and Sammy Jo Prudhomme combined for 168 saves and nine clean sheets (three each). Prudhomme’s clean sheets came in a string of 337 consecutive scoreless minutes, a Breakers franchise record.


More 2017 rookie highlights:

No. 1 overall draft pick Rose Lavelle led Boston to a 2-1-0 start in April, and earned Player of the Month honors. She notched her first career goal and her first career assist in the Breakers’ two wins. It’s the first time a rookie has ever been named NWSL Player of the Month following her first month in the league.


Eventual Rookie of the Year winner Ashley Hatch didn’t get her first start for the Courage until June 3, but she made it count. Starting in place of Jess McDonald, Hatch scored her first professional goal in the 67th minute vs. FC Kansas City when she finished off a perfectly placed pass from Lynn Williams. The No. 2 overall draft pick scored her first career goal in front of her home fans — and in the Game of the Week on Lifetime. She scored seven goals and one assist in 22 appearances.


Hatch’s fellow Rookie of the Year finalists — Mallory Pugh and Jane Campbell — also made their impact in the NWSL beginning in the month of June. Pugh, who left UCLA to join the NWSL in May, scored her first pro goal on June 3. A month later, she recorded a brace vs. the Pride and scored the equalizing goal each time, including a 90th minute penalty kick to salvage a 2-2 draw. Late in the season, she scored an 85th minute goal in a 2-1 win that eliminated Sky Blue FC from the playoffs. Despite missing a handful of games with an ankle injury, Pugh recorded five goals in 16 games for the Spirit.

Campbell took over as the starting goalkeeper for the Dash on June 17 and earned her first clean sheet on June 24 in a 2-0 win in Orlando. She went on to record three shutouts in 16 starts for Houston. Along the way she was nominated for Save of the Week nine times and won in Week 19 for her penalty kick stop vs. the Reign.


Rookie goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan made 11 saves, an NWSL club record for Sky Blue FC in a 2-0 loss to the Courage on May 24. Sheridan earned three clean sheets in 22 starts and was named to the May Team of the Month.

Sheridan was just one of several rookies to earn big minutes for Sky Blue FC in 2017. She was joined by midfielder Madison Tiernan (20 games, 1,036 minutes, 3 goals), defender Kayla Mills (16 games, 1,162 minutes, 29 interceptions) and defender Mandy Freeman (21 games, 1,802 minutes, 71 clearances, 42 interceptions).


Katie Johnson scored a game-winning goal in the 92nd minute for the Reign over the Red Stars — one of four goals for the rookie forward in 23 appearances. Her fellow rookie on the Reign — defender Kristen McNabb — made 18 appearances on defense. She registered 88 clearances and 35 interceptions in 1,307 minutes.

Johnson and McNabb also both scored their first career goals in the same game, a 5-1 win at home over the Dash.


The 86th minute proved to be a magic minute for Orlando Pride rookies.

On April 22, Danica Evans scored the game-tying goal in a 1-1 draw with the Spirit when the Pride played their first game in the new Orlando City Stadium. Evans’ first NWSL goal came in front of 14,452 fans in Orlando.

Then on June 28, Rachel Hill’s header capped off a road comeback in New Jersey. Hill’s first professional goal came in front of her family, who had driven in from Pennsylvania to see the game. Hill scored three goals in her first season, including a quick brace vs. the Breakers late in season.


Pugh’s rookie teammates of Meggie Dougherty Howard and Arielle Ship also made big contributions for the Spirit.

Dougherty Howard appeared in 23 games and played 1,911 minutes. She was a key part of the midfield and tallied a goal and an assist for Washington. Ship had her breakout performance in a 4-1 win over Sky Blue FC — recording her first goal and her first two assists in the game. Dougherty Howard also scored her first career goal in the game.

Ship was named Week 15 Player of the Week for the win, but was lost for the season after tearing her ACL a few weeks later.


Christina Gibbons, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft, appeared in every game for FC Kansas City — playing defense and midfield in her rookie season. After starting out at left back, Gibbons was moved into the midfield on July 8 vs. Sky Blue FC. She recorded her first goal and first assist in that game and remained a fixture in the midfield for the rest of the season (24 games, 2,083 minutes).


Thorns rookie forward Tyler Lussi’s first goal was a 39th minute game-winner in a 2-1 win over the Dash in front of the home Portland crowd. Lussi also assisted on the game’s first goal as the Thorns caught fire in the second half of the season on their way to a the No. 2 seed in the playoffs.

Thaisa signs with Sky Blue FC

The Women’s World Cup and Olympic veteran is headed to New Jersey

Brazil midfielder Thaisa in action vs. the United States in 2015. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

Brazilian midfielder Thaisa has signed with Sky Blue FC, the club announced Wednesday. The move is pending the receipt of her P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

Thaisa’s international career began in 2013, and she has four goals in 49 appearances. She started every game at the 2016 Olympics, when Brazil finished fourth in front of their home fans. She also featured at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

“Thaisa is a distinguished international with outstanding ability on both sides of the ball,” Sky Blue FC coach Denise Reddy said in the team’s official announcement. “Her experience and expertise as a midfield motor will be a huge addition to our roster.”

It’s the first major move for Reddy, who was named Sky Blue FC head coach on November 15. Thaisa will be teamed up with reigning NWSL MVP Sam Kerr in the 2018 season.

“Needless to say, we are incredibly excited to have Thaisa coming to New Jersey,” Sky Blue FC president and general manager Tony Novo said in the news release. “She is an internationally accomplished player who will provide a huge boost as our roster continues to take shape for the 2018 season. Her leadership and style of play will be a tremendous addition to our team.”

On the club side, Thaisa has played in Brazil, Sweden and — most recently — Iceland with the club Grindavík. She played college in the United States (2007-2010) — first at Feather River College and then at Florida International University.

Six NWSL players nominated for Canada’s Player of the Year Award

The winner will be announced in the second week of December

Janine Beckie and Christine Sinclair in action for Canada in 2017. (Photo credit: Canada Soccer)

Janine Beckie, Stephanie Labbé, Adriana Leon, Desiree Scott, Christine Sinclair and Shelina Zadorsky are among the 11 women’s nominees for Canada’s Player of the Year Award, Canada Soccer announced.

The award is voted on by media and coaches, and Canada’s Players of the Year (women’s and men’s) will be announced on December 14 and 15.

Sinclair has won the award 13 times in her career. In the NWSL this season, she started every game and scored eight regular season goals as the Thorns went on to win their second NWSL Championship. In Canada’s final international game of the year, Sinclair scored her 169th international goal, good for second all-time as she continues to chase Abby Wambach’s record of 184.

Beckie scored twice and added an assist for the Dash this season. She scored a hat trick for Canada on June 11 in Toronto. The feat came in the first 21 minutes of Canada’s 6-0 win over Costa Rica. Leon tallied six goals and six assists in 24 games for the Breakers in 2017. Her six assists were tied for second in the NWSL. Most recently, Leon scored the equalizing goal for Canada in a 1-1 draw with the United States in Vancouver on November 9.

Labbé made 66 saves and earned two clean sheets in 17 starts for the Spirit this season. Scott anchored FC Kansas City’s midfield in 2017, playing in 21 games and was one of the league’s best passers with an 82.7% passing accuracy. Zadorsky made 101 clearances while appearing in 21 games on the backline for the Spirit.

2018 Algarve Cup groups announced

Canada, Australia, Japan and more are set for the 12-team tournament

Australia forward Sam Kerr in action vs. Japan at the 2017 Tournament of Nations. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

The official 2018 Algarve Cup groups were announced Wednesday for the 12-team tournament that will take place in Portugal early next year. The tournament will take place from February 28 to March 7.

Group 1 features Australia, Norway, South Korea and Portugal. Australia won the 2017 Tournament of Nations earlier this summer with wins over the  United States, Japan and Brazil. The Matildas are flying high after a strong end to the season and reigning NWSL MVP in Sam Kerr’s scoring streak.

In Group 2, we’ll see Sweden, Canada, China and Russia. Canada finished second in 2017 after winning the tournament in 2016. Canada is coming off a comeback 3-2 win over Norway in Spain earlier this month as Thorns forward Christine Sinclair scored her 169th international goal

Rounding out the tournament in Group 3: the Euro 2017 champion Netherlands, as well as Japan, Denmark and Iceland.

Group 1

Australia

Norway

South Korea

Portugal

Group 2

Sweden

Canada

China

Russia

Group 3

Netherlands

Japan

Denmark

Iceland

Briana Scurry named Washington Spirit assistant coach

The 2017 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee will be on the Spirit sideline in 2018

Briana Scurry served as honorary captain for the Spirit at a game in 2016. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

Women’s World Cup champion Briana Scurry is joining the Washington Spirit coaching staff, the club announced Wednesday. Scurry will be first assistant coach for the Spirit and the technical advisor for the Spirit Academy in Maryland and Virginia.

“I’ve always been a loyal fan of the Washington Spirit and now I have the wonderful opportunity to truly be a part of the team,” Scurry said in a Washington Spirit news release. “I’m excited to bring my experiences and knowledge to our players, and to contribute in an effective and positive manner to the culture of the team and organization as a whole.”

The former U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame this year. She won two Olympic gold medals (1996 and 2004) and the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1999. She competed in the WUSA as a member of the Atlanta Beat and spent two WPS seasons with the Washington Freedom.

“We could not possibly be more excited and grateful to have Bri join our Spirit family,” Spirit head coach and general manager Jim Gabarra said in the release. “Bri brings an immense level of resources and experience that will help our players grow and develop. I look forward to working with her and helping her in her own personal growth and development.”

Scurry joins the Spirit coaching staff following the departure of Denise Reddy, who left last month to become head coach of Sky Blue FC.

Lydia Williams re-signs with Seattle Reign FC

Williams was acquired in a trade with the Dash during the 2017 season

Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper Lydia Williams allowed two goals in three games for the Reign in 2017. (Photo credit: Jane Gershovich/isiphotos.com)

Lydia Williams is headed back to Seattle Reign FC. The club announced on Tuesday that the Australian goalkeeper has been re-signed for the 2018 season.

Williams is currently playing in the W-League in Australia for Melbourne City. In a team news release, new Reign FC head coach Vlatko Andonovski called re-signing Williams one of the “main goals” for the club. 

“I’m excited to be joining the Reign right from the beginning for the 2018 season,” Williams said in the team’s official announcement. “The club has a specific direction in mind, and I think we will play an entertaining style of football. We will be ready to compete from day one.”

Williams joined the team near the end of the season after a trade with the Dash. She immediately started the next three games for the Reign. She recorded one shutout and allowed two goals in those games.

Williams is the fourth international to be re-signed by the team in the last two weeks. Of the six players listed as having been extended new contract offers at the end of the season, only Lauren Barnes and Carson Pickett remain not yet re-signed.

Ertz, Horan, Mewis, Morgan, Rapinoe nominated for U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year

All five players had strong NWSL seasons

Chicago Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz celebrates her goal for the USWNT in New Orleans. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

Julie Ertz, Lindsey HoranSamantha Mewis, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe are the five nominees for the 2017 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year award, U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday.

The award is voted on by national team coaches/staff, USWNT players who appeared in 2017, the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, U.S. Soccer’s Athlete Council, NWSL coaches, select college coaches and select members of the media.

In league play, Mewis was named to the NWSL Best XI and was also a finalist for NWSL MVP in 2017. Mewis scored six goals and added three assists while appearing in every game as the Courage made it to the NWSL Championship. Rapinoe was also an MVP finalist, and was named to the NWSL Second XI. Despite missing time because of an injury late in the season, Rapinoe scored 12 goals and one assist in 18 games for the Reign.

Ertz, Horan and Morgan were all named to the NWSL Second XI in 2017 and all three made the NWSL Playoffs. Moved into a midfield role for the Red Stars, Ertz tallied four goals and three assists. Horan started every game for the Thorns and contributed four goals and two assists in the midfield. Morgan, who the award in 2012, was named August Player of the Month after a blistering stretch for the Pride in which she scored seven goals in five games. Morgan finished the season with nine goals and four assists in 13 appearances after rejoining the Pride midway through the season.

On the national team side, Mewis started every game and finished second on the USWNT in minutes. Morgan led the team with seven goals in 2017 and Ertz finished second with six. In assists, Rapinoe (five) and Horan (four) led the way.

Utah Royals FC name, logo, season ticket information revealed

Utah Royals FC will play their first home game in April 2018 at Rio Tinto Stadium

Utah Royals FC. That’s the name for the new Real Salt Lake team, joining the NWSL for the 2018 season, the club announced Friday. Utah Royals FC will play their home games at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

In addition to the team name, Utah also announced season ticket information and their logo. The news capped off a week in which the Royals also revealed their inaugural head coach — former Seattle Reign FC coach Laura Harvey.

The logo — in colors of gold, red and blue — features a Lioness head and the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, with a crown resting atop of the crest. The club said the first batch of t-shirts with the new logo will go on sale in two stores in Utah on Saturday (locations) and that more merchandise would be revealed this month. They also said the new home and away NIKE jerseys would be revealed prior to the 2018 NWSL College Draft on January 18, along with additional roster and front office moves.

For fans wishing to check out the new NWSL team in person, the club announced Friday that Real Salt Lake season ticket members who have signed up at www.RSL.com/NWSL will gain access to priority seat locations at Rio Tinto Stadium for one week, beginning on Monday, December 4. The general public sale will begin on Monday, December 11. Season ticket prices start at $120 for 12 games, beginning in April 2018.

The Utah Royals FC Supporters Group section will be behind the north goal at Rio Tinto Stadium and season ticket prices will be $120 for the 2018 season.

Full season ticket information can be found at www.utahroyalsfc.com and on the team’s new social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Re-signings continue across the league during offseason

The latest re-signings from a busy NWSL offseason

Jess Fishlock, Rumi Utsugi and Nahomi Kawasumi celebrate during Seattle Reign FC's comeback win over the Chicago Red Stars in 2017. (Photo credit: Daniel Bartel/isiphotos.com)

Here’s a look at all the latest re-signings around the NWSL:

Seattle Reign FC

The final week of November has been a busy one for new Reign coach Vlatko Andonovski as the team has moved to re-sign three of the key internationals on the team for next season:

Rumi Utsugi

Utsugi appeared in 20 games in 2017 and was named Reign team MVP. She scored a goal and added two assists for Seattle.

“Rumi is probably one of the most creative players in the league,” Andonovski said in the team’s official announcement. “Her decisions in the build-up phase are superb. She is very comfortable on the ball and is always an option for her teammates. She’ll have a crucial role in establishing the style of play.”

Jess Fishlock

Fishlock finished the season with seven goals and two assists in 20 games for the Reign. She was named to the NWSL Best XI for her season, and also appeared in her 100th career NWSL game.

“It is an honor to re-sign with this club. Seattle Reign is in my heart and I am excited for the future,” Fishlock said when the Reign announced the news. “I hope to bring this club back to its prior success – it is a dream of mine.”

Nahomi Kawasumi

Kawasumi led the league in assists with nine, just one short of the record of 10, set by Tobin Heath in 2016. She set an NWSL record with four assists in one game, in a 6-2 win over the Spirit in May. She also set a record in that game as the first player to be directly involved in five goals in one game.

“Naho has been successful in this league for several years – her service and technical abilities will always be welcome on our team,” Vlatko Andonovski said in the announcement. “I think that she will fit in perfectly with our style of play and we’re all very excited to have her back for another season.”


Houston Dash

The Dash re-signed Rachel Daly ahead of the of the 2018 season, the team announced last week. In 2017, her second year in the NWSL, Daly scored five goals (winning Goal of the Week twice) and had two assists.


Boston Breakers

In her second season in the league, Christen Westphal played in 13 games for the Breakers in 2017. She recorded an assist, before missing the end of the season with right foot nerve damage. The team announced her re-signing on November 14.

“Christen was having an excellent season for us until she got injured and she was a big loss,” Breakers coach Matt Beard said in Boston’s official release. “She had done so well last year, and I’m delighted that she has re-signed as I feel she has a big future at Boston and in soccer.”

Earlier this offseason, the Breakers also announced the re-signing of four players: Angela Salem, Brooke Elby, Katie Stengel and Tiffany Weimer.

Highlights: NWSL on international duty

Big goals and big wins in the final international games of 2017

Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr, Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair and North Carolina Courage forward Denise O'Sullivan (photo credit: isiphotos.com)

Another international break is in the books and it saw no shortage of NWSL players making the scoresheets across the globe. Sam Kerr (who else?) scored four goals and added an assist. Denise O’Sullivan and Ireland came away with a huge point in their World Cup qualifier vs. the Netherlands, the reigning Euro champs. Christine Sinclair scored her 169th international goal. Marta notched a goal and three assists.  Debinha returned to the field and scored a goal after being injured in the NWSL playoffs.

Plus, Spirit midfielder Estefanía Banini represented Argentina at the 2017 Women’s Futsal World Cup. Banini scored nine goals and three assists as Argentina finished second in the tournament. Read more

It’s been a busy two weeks of international games for NWSL players. Here’s a look at all the highlights and results.


Wednesday, November 22

Australia vs. China

Sam Kerr continued her strong 2017 as the reigning NWSL MVP scored twice for Australia in a 3-0 win over China. Highlights

NWSL players on Australia’s roster: Steph Catley (Orlando Pride), Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride), Sam Kerr (Sky Blue FC), Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns FC), Larissa Crummer (Seattle Reign FC) and Lydia Williams (Seattle Reign FC)


Friday, November 24

Wales vs. Kazakhstan (Women’s World Cup Qualifier)

Wales scored the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute of their World Cup qualifier vs. Kazakhstan. Reign midfielder Jess Fishlock started for Wales in the 1-0 win. Match report

NWSL players on Wales’ roster: Jess Fishlock (Seattle Reign FC)


England vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina (Women’s World Cup Qualifier)

England topped Bosnia and Herzegovina 4-0 in their Women’s World Cup qualifier. Jodie Taylor, recently signed by Seattle Reign FC, did not feature in the match. Match report

NWSL players on England’s roster: Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign FC)


Jordan vs. Japan

Japan beat Jordan 2-0 in a friendly. Match report

NWSL players on Japan’s roster: Rumi Utsugi (Seattle Reign FC)


Saturday, November 25

Costa Rica vs. Mexico

Raquel Rodriguez scored the game-winner in the 90th minute as Costa Rica topped Mexico 3-2.

NWSL players on Costa Rica’s roster: Raquel Rodriguez (Sky Blue FC)


Chile vs. Brazil

Marta converted a penalty kick and added an assist in Brazil’s 4-0 win over Chile. Andressinha also tallied an assist and Debinha, who dislocated her left elbow in the Courage’s 1-0 NWSL semifinal win in October, returned to the field.

NWSL players on Brazil’s roster: Andressinha (Houston Dash), Debinha (North Carolina Courage), Marta (Orlando Pride) and Monica (Orlando Pride)


Thailand vs. New Zealand

New Zealand and Thailand played to a 0-0 draw in Bangkok. Match report

NWSL players on New Zealand’s roster: Rebekah Stott (Seattle Reign FC) and Katie Bowen (new Utah NWSL team)


Sunday, November 26

Australia vs. China

Another game, another brace for Sam Kerr. After falling behind early, Australia rallied to beat China 5-1 in their final game of the year. Kerr also added an assist and Lydia Williams made several big saves for Australia. The Matildas finished off a strong 2017 with seven straight wins. Highlights

NWSL players on Australia’s roster: Steph Catley (Orlando Pride), Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride), Sam Kerr (Sky Blue FC), Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns FC), Larissa Crummer (Seattle Reign FC) and Lydia Williams (Seattle Reign FC)


Monday, November 27

Costa Rica vs. Mexico

Costa Rica fell to Mexico 2-0 in the second of two friendlies between the teams. Match report

Tuesday, November 28

Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Wales (Women’s World Cup Qualifier)

A 1-0 win for Wales in their World Cup qualifier vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina. With three wins and a draw through four games, Wales sits on top of their qualifying group. Match report

NWSL players on Wales’ roster: Jess Fishlock (Seattle Reign FC)


Netherlands vs. Republic of Ireland (Women’s World Cup Qualifier)

Denise O’Sullivan and Ireland earned a 0-0 draw on the road vs. the Netherlands, the reigning Euro champs. Match report

NWSL players on Ireland’s roster: Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage)


England vs. Kazakhstan (Women’s World Cup Qualifier)

England topped Kazakhstan 5-0 in their World Cup Qualifier. Match report

NWSL players on England’s roster: Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign FC)


Chile vs. Brazil

Brazil topped Chile 3-0 in their final game of the year. Debinha scored and Marta assisted on Brazil’s first two goals in the win.

NWSL players on Brazil’s roster: Andressinha (Houston Dash), Debinha (North Carolina Courage), Marta (Orlando Pride) and Monica (Orlando Pride)


Canada vs. Norway

Canada fell behind 2-0 in the first half, but rallied to beat Norway 3-2. Christine Sinclair scored international goal No. 169 in the win, Canada’s seventh of the year. Janine Beckie and Adriana Leon also scored. Maegan Kelly earned her first international assist. Match report

NWSL players on Canada’s roster: Stephanie Labbé (Washington Spirit), Lindsay Agnew (Washington Spirit), Adriana Leon (Boston Breakers), Allysha Chapman (Boston Breakers), Shelina Zadorsky (Washington Spirit), Desiree Scott (new Utah NWSL team), Janine Beckie (Houston Dash), Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash) and Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC).


Thailand vs. New Zealand

Katie Bowen scored a goal and earned a penalty kick for the Ferns as New Zealand beat Thailand 5-0. Match report

NWSL players on New Zealand’s roster: Rebekah Stott (Seattle Reign FC) and Katie Bowen (new Utah NWSL team)

Sam Kerr named AFC Women’s Player of the Year

The 2017 NWSL MVP wins another award this year

Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr in action for Australia at the Tournament of Nations this summer. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

The 2017 NWSL MVP can add another award to her shelf. Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr has been named the Asia Football Confederation’s Women’s Player of the Year. Kerr received the honor on Wednesday in Bangkok, Thailand, at the AFC Annual Awards.

Kerr has scored in six straight games for Australia, tallying 11 goals over that span. She recently finished off the year with braces in back-to-back games vs. China. Earlier this year, Kerr scored a hat trick vs. Japan in the Tournament of Nations, where the Matildas finished in first place. In the NWSL, Kerr won the Golden Boot and was named MVP after scoring a league-record 17 goals this season. Kerr was also named the MVP of the W-League in Australia for the 2016/2017 season.

“Firstly, I’d just like to say congratulations to the two other nominees on a great year. Secondly, thanks to AFC for this wonderful night,” Kerr said as she accepted the award, in remarks shared in a Sky Blue FC news release. “It’s been a bit of a crazy year, but I just want to say thank you to every one of my support staff that helped me throughout this year; they know who they are. And most importantly to my teammates because without them none of this would have been possible, so thank you.”

Four NWSL players called in for U.S. U-23 training camp

It's the final training camp of the year for the Under-23 team

Four NWSL players have been called in by head coach B.J. Snow for the U.S. Under-23 women’s national team’s final training camp of 2017. The camp will take place in Orlando, Florida, from Nov. 28  to Dec. 4.

The four NWSL players are goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland (North Carolina Courage), defender Sydney Miramontez (new Utah NWSL team), forward Darian Jenkins (North Carolina Courage) and forward Michele Vasconcelos (Chicago Red Stars). View the full roster

Rowland earned eight shutouts for the Courage this year and was one of three finalists for the NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year award. She was named to the 2017 NWSL Second XI. Miramontez joined FC Kansas City late in the season, playing every minute of all five of her starts for the Blues.

Jenkins was drafted by the Courage with the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft, but missed the season because of a left ankle dislocation/fracture. The Red Stars drafted Vasconcelos with the first pick in the second round (11th overall), but she missed last season due to the birth of her child.

USWNT to open 2018 vs. Denmark in San Diego

The game will take place on January 21

The U.S. women's national team in action earlier this year. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

The U.S. women’s national team’s first game of 2018 will be vs. Denmark on January 21 at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium in San Diego, California (7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN). Ticket info

Denmark finished second at the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro tournament last summer, falling in the final to the host nation Netherlands. It’s the first meeting between the two teams since a 5-3 Denmark win at the 2014 Algarve Cup. The USWNT is 16-5-3 all-time vs. Denmark.

Denmark will likely feature a player familiar with NWSL fans in Nadia Nadim, the former Portland Thorns FC forward who joined Manchester City this offseason. Nadim scored twice in six games for Denmark at the Euro tournament this summer.

Houston Dash name Vera Pauw as new head coach

Former Dutch international most recently coached South Africa in the 2016 Olympics

Vera Pauw, formerly the head coach of South Africa as pictured here, is the newest head coach of the Houston Dash. (Photo credit: Robin Alam/isiphotos.com)

Additional reporting by Jacqueline Purdy

On Tuesday, the Houston Dash made their new head coach official. The Dash named Vera Pauw as the second head coach in team history.

Pauw comes to Houston with a wealth of international coaching experience, most recently with the South African women’s national team. She guided Banyana Banyana through the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, as well as the 2014 Confederation of African Football Women’s Championship. Before that, she served as the technical director for the Russian women’s national team – as well as a brief stint as an interim head coach for Russia – as well as the head coach for her home nation of the Netherlands and Scotland.

“I’m very excited. It’s just a dream come true, isn’t it? To be able to be coach and play in facilities like BBVA Compass Stadium and in such a competitive league,” Pauw said in Houston’s official press release. “Soccer is an evolving sport here in the U.S. with a unique background, and I am very excited about the opportunity ahead to work with a very talented roster. We have a solid core of players that will be key in reaching our goals for 2018 and beyond.”

Pauw joins new Utah head coach Laura Harvey and Sky Blue FC’s Denise Reddy as the only women head coaches in the league this year.

“We have a vast experience and we bring as much if not more than the male applicants,” she said on a conference call with the media, mentioning Reddy and Harvey. “That’s a good sign because it means that there’s a future in the USA for women to become a coach as a profession. Not only at university level, but also at the pro league.”

Before joining the team, Pauw said that she spoke with Dash forward Carli Lloyd to discuss her training style, which she says is different from what the players are used to. Since arriving in Houston, she said she’s been able to talk to more of the players on the phone and that they are all “willing and happy to step into this new process.”

In her playing days, Pauw earned 89 caps for the Netherlands as a defender before retiring in 1998. She was the first woman to earn a UEFA Pro License from the Royal Dutch Football Association, passing in 2005 with the highest rates ever. Twelve years later, she was honored by that same association as a Knight prior to the 2017 UEFA Women’s Championship for her contributions to the game.

In 2016, Pauw made the shortlist of 10 candidates for the 2016 edition of the Best FIFA Women’s Coach, thanks to the Olympic qualification of South Africa.

While she has not coached at the club level before, she said it will be similar to her time with South Africa, as the team was in camp for nine months leading up to the Olympics. Pauw also said she is looking to bring in a “very experienced” assistant coach with a knowledge of American players as she prepares for the January NWSL College Draft.

“I think this team has enthusiasm to show to everybody; because of the qualities that we have in the team, the diversity that we have in the team and we can bring something to soccer in the United States,” Pauw said as a message to Dash fans.“We need to emit that to Houston and the rest of the league. What I would like from the fans is to support us in that, because together we can create a soccer fest of it. A year in which things are developing to a stage where people want to come, not only the fans that have always supported us, but you create a new fan base as well. If there is a full-stadium for the Dynamo like last night, then why not for the Dash? It’s our task to show people that it is worthwhile to come and that you can become as passionate as we are to win this league, maybe not this year, but very soon.”

Pauw said she was attracted by the NWSL’s competitive balance. “There’s no easy game at all in the whole league. Every single minute is competitive,” she told the media on the conference call. “I am very much fond of [the salary cap rules] and maybe that surprises people, but I think that is necessary for a competitive league that is sustainable into the future. But that means also that my salary is not what I got in other places. But I’m not coming for the salary. I’m coming for the challenge. That is why I think players want to be there.”

And for Houston Dash defender Janine Van Wyk, the new head coach means a reunion. “I have worked with Vera Pauw for two and a half years and she is probably the best coach I have ever worked with in my career,” Van Wyk said in comments released by the Dash. “What I admire most about her is her professionalism, organization and her knowledge of the game. She is able to bring out the best in every single player. I’m excited to work with her again.”

With Houston’s hire, the final open coaching spot has now been filled for the 2017-2018 off-season. Pauw and her staff will now turn their focus to the 2018 NWSL College Draft. The Dash have six picks in January, including the third overall selection.

“We are thrilled to have Vera as the next Dash head coach and look forward to her making positive contributions to the club,” Dash president Chris Canetti said in the team’s release. “She brings a wealth of experience at the highest level, a strong record of success, and a passion for the game. She also has a strong desire to be a part of our club and believes in what we are building here in Houston.”

Sinclair nets goal No. 169 in Canada’s 3-2 comeback win over Norway

Canada went 7-3-2 in 2017

Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair prior to a USA vs. Canada game in San Jose, California. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

Christine Sinclair scored her 169th international goal as Canada came from behind to beat Norway 3-2 in a friendly in Marbella, Spain. With the win, Canada finishes 2017 with a 7-3-2 record.

Canada fell behind 2-0 after conceding first half goals to Ina Gausdal and Caroline Graham Hansen and needed a big second half to turn things around.

And it didn’t take long for the comeback to start.

Canada got on the scoresheet for the first time in the 52nd minute thanks to their captain. Sinclair capitalized on a bad back pass from the Norwegian defense and made no mistake with her right-footed shot. The goal was Sinclair’s 169th career international goal. The Thorns forward is the world’s second all-time leading scorer, and sits just 15 behind the retired Abby Wambach’s record of 184.

In the 64th minute, Dash forward Janine Beckie took advantage of another defensive giveaway by Norway to even the game at 2-2.

Canada took the 3-2 lead just two minutes later. Ashley Lawrence passed to Maegan Kelly (new Utah NWSL team) streaking down the right sideline. Kelly’s cross into the box was right to Breakers forward Adriana Leon, who buried it to complete the comeback.

The assist is Kelly’s first international assist. She made her debut for Canada just two games ago vs. the United States in Vancouver, nearly scoring in her first cap.

The win wrapped up the year for Canada, and was their seventh of the campaign. Their only losses this year were to the United States, Germany and Spain. Canada  finished second at the Algarve Cup at the beginning of this year.