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Spirit select Lavelle with first pick in dispersal draft; Full dispersal draft results
The Washington Spirit acquired the first pick in a trade with Sky Blue FC
Rose Lavelle during the 2017 season. (Photo credit: Mike Gridley/isiphotos.com)
Rose Lavelle during the 2017 season. (Photo credit: Mike Gridley/isiphotos.com)

Rose Lavelle was selected first by the Washington Spirit in the 2018 NWSL Dispersal Draft, which took place on Tuesday afternoon. Players from the Boston Breakers, which ceased operations on Sunday, were available for selection by the league’s nine teams.

The Spirit acquired the first pick in a trade with Sky Blue FC, who had held the first pick after Monday’s weighted draw. In exchange for the pick, the Spirit sent No. 2 overall pick in the dispersal draft and a conditional first-round and natural second pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft to Sky Blue FC. With the second pick in the dispersal draft, Sky Blue selected Savannah McCaskill. McCaskill was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft earlier this month.

Four players listed on the retired list were selected: Kyah Simon by the Houston Dash, Whitney Engen by the Chicago Red Stars, Lindsay Elston by Seattle Reign FC and Amanda DaCosta by Utah Royals FC. Per the 2018 roster rules, players listed on the retired list will count against the teams roster for the 2018 season. The rest of the players selected in Tuesday’s draft were under contract or a 2018 NWSL College Draft Pick. Teams are able to have up to four of those players not count against their 2018 roster. Full 2018 roster rules

 

Full results of the dispersal draft:

 

First Round

  1. Rose Lavelle (FED-USA) | Washington Spirit (via Sky Blue FC)
  2. Savannah McCaskill | Sky Blue FC (via Washington Spirit)
  3. Megan Oyster | Seattle Reign FC
  4. Margaret Purce | Portland Thorns FC
  5. Abby Smith | Utah Royals FC
  6. Rights to Kyah Simon (INTL-AUS) | Houston Dash
  7. Rosie White (INTL-NZL) | Chicago Red Stars
  8. Elizabeth Addo (INTL-GHA) | Seattle Reign FC (via Orlando Pride)  
  9. Julie King | North Carolina Courage

Second Round

  1. Allysha Chapman (FED-CAN) | North Carolina Courage
  2. Morgan Andrews | Seattle Reign FC (via Orlando Pride)
  3. Ashton Miller | Chicago Red Stars
  4. Lotta Ökvist (INTL-SWE) | Houston Dash
  5. Katie Stengel | Utah Royals FC
  6. Angela Salem | Portland Thorns FC
  7. Christen Westphal | Seattle Reign FC
  8. Elizabeth Wenger | Washington Spirit
  9. Adriana Leon (INTL-CAN) | Sky Blue FC

Third Round

  1. Amanda Frisbie | Sky Blue FC
  2. Tiffany Weimer | Washington Spirit
  3. Rights to Lindsay Elston | Seattle Reign FC
  4. Ifeoma Onumonu | Portland Thorns FC
  5. Brooke Elby | Utah Royals FC
  6. Sammy Jo Prudhomme | Houston Dash
  7. Joanna Boyles | Chicago Red Stars
  8. Orlando Pride passed (per the rules of the draft, once a team passed on a pick, they forfeited the remainder of their picks in the draft)
  9. North Carolina Courage passed

Fourth Round

  1. North Carolina Courage passed
  2. Orlando Pride passed
  3. Rights to Whitney Engen | Chicago Red Stars
  4. Houston Dash passed
  5. Rights to Amanda DaCosta | Utah Royals FC
  6. Portland Thorns FC passed
  7. Seattle Reign FC passed
  8. Washington Spirit passed
  9. Sky Blue FC passed
Fifth Round
  1. Sky Blue FC passed
  2. Washington Spirit passed
  3. Seattle Reign FC passed
  4. Portland Thorns FC passed
  5. Utah Royals FC passed
  6. Houston Dash passed
  7. Chicago Red Stars passed

The draft concluded once every team had passed.


Players not selected in the draft:

 

Contracted Players

Hayley Dowd

Natasha Dowie (INTL-ENG)

 

Retired Players

Mollie Pathman

Louise Schillgard (INTL-SWE)

 


Teams had up until 1 p.m. ET Tuesday to trade their picks, after the order was set via a weighted random draw that took place on Monday morning at the NWSL office in Chicago.

 

Before the deadline, Sky Blue FC traded the No. 1 overall pick in the dispersal draft to the Washington Spirit in return for the No. 2 overall pick in the dispersal draft and a conditional first-round and natural second pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft.

 

Also, the Orlando Pride traded the No. 8 and No. 11 picks in the dispersal draft to Seattle Reign FC in exchange for Seattle’s natural first-round in the 2019 NWSL College Draft.

 

The draft was a “snake” draft, meaning the order of the picks reversed after each round. The first round was picks 1 through 9 and then the second round was 9 through 1, and so on. Full 2018 roster rules, dispersal draft rules, the original draft order and available players can be found here.

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