The National Women’s Soccer League will stream its ninth annual draft exclusively on Twitch at 6 p.m. and all 40 selections will be made virtually.
Rules leading up to draft day were unclear as the league attempted to manage COVID-19. After the NCAA approved a waiver allowing student-athletes to decide if they would report to their NWSL team before or after the spring season, some of the NCAA’s best coaches were confused on how to best advise their players.
In an effort to expand the number of draft-eligible players, the league removed the registration requirement automatically making all Division I players who exhausted three years of intercollegiate soccer eligibility prior to the 2020-2021 academic year eligible.
The NWSL has since announced a list of 50 registered players, 10 more than the number of selections over the four rounds.
Arthurs, Carli| Stephen F. Austin State University | F,M,D | Lewisville, TX | Solar Chelsea Soccer Club | United States
Ashworth-Clifford, Lucy| Lamar University | F | Cheshire, England | Manchester City | United Kingdom
Badawiya, Rola| California Baptist University | F, M | Riverside, CA | Pateadores | United States
Baltrip-Reyes, Carina| University of Florida | D |Pflugerville, TX | Dallas Texans Soccer Club | United States
Baumbick, Alyssa| Ohio State University | M | Avon Lake, OH | Cleveland Internationals Soccer Club | United States
Berg, Haley| University of Texas at Austin | F, M | Celina, TX | Solar | United States
Betfort, Hannah| Wake Forest University | F, D |Wake Forest University | Charleston, SC | United Soccer Academy Mount Pleasant | United States
Bryan, Sabrina| Hofstra University | F, M | Cecil, PA | Pittsburgh Riverhounds Academy | United States
Cassalia, Sydney| Army West Point | GK |Omaha, NE| Elite Girls Academy | United States
Collins, Kaylie|University of Southern California | GK | Clayton, CA | Mustang ECNL | United States
Del Valle, Yasmin| West Virginia University Institution of Technology | F, M, D | Orlando Florida | ACYS | United States
Drawdy, Morgan| Austin Peay State University | F, M | Merritt Island, FL |Northwest United FC | United States
Ekic, Emina | University of Louisville | F, M | Louisville, KY | Javanon FC | United States
Fagundes, Larissa| Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi | F, M | Rio Do Sul, Brazil | Felej | Brazil
Ford, Harlie| Webber International University | M, D | Poinciana, FL | Stetson FA | United States
Gorzak, Alissa| University of Virginia | F | Naperville, IL | Eclipse Select Soccer Club | United States
Gyau, Mia-Irene | Duke University | F, M, D | Silver Spring, MD| McLean U-18 ECNL | United States
Hall, Kyleigh| Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi | GK | Mansfield, TX | Dallas Texans | United States
Heilferty, Anna| Boston University | F, M | Falls Church, VA | Annandale United FC (VA) | United States
Hipp, Jenny| University of Massachusetts | F, M | Frankfurt, Germany | FFC Turbine Potsdam | Germany
Kallash, Anika| Central Methodist University | F, M | Troy, MO | Missouri Thorns | United States
Kurosaki, Yuuka| University of Oklahoma | M | Kitakyushu-Shi, Fukuoka | Fujieda Junshin High School | Japan
Kurz, Lena| University of Illinois | GK | Ludwigshafen, Germany | TSV Neckarau | Germany
Larisey, Clarissa| University of Memphis | F | Ottawa, ON | Otawa South United | Canada
Lebelt, Amanda| Centenary University | F, M | Milford, NJ | FC Copa | United States
Lino, Samara| University of Montevallo | M | Montevallo, AL | Palo Alto | Brazil & Portugal
Lopes, Julia| West High School Torrance | F, M | Torrance, CA | La Roca | United States & Brazil
Marshall, Amber| Utah State University | M, D | Syracuse, UT | Santa Rosa United | United States
McCain, Addie| Texas A&M University| M | Lavon, TX | FC Dallas | United States
McMillan, Caylon| Stephen F. Austin State University | M | Forney, TX | ECNL 98G FC Dallas | United States
Mitchell, Taylor| Duke University | D | Tarzana, CA | Real So Cal | United States
Moyer, Shea| Penn State University | M | Wyomissing, PA | FC Revolution | United States
Nabweteme, Sandra| Southwestern Oklahoma State University | F | Kampala, Uganda | Kawempe Muslim ladies team | Uganda
Otto, Taylor| University of North Carolina | M,D | Apex, NC | CASL | United States
Parker, Lucy| University of California, Los Angeles | D | Cambridge, England | Arsenal Women FC | United Kingdom
Pickett, Victoria| University of Wisconsin-Madison | M | Barrie, ON | Glen Shields Football Club | Canada
Pickett, Kiara “Kiki”| Stanford University | F, M, D | Santa Barbara, CA | Camarillo Eagles Soccer Club | United States
Pinto, Brianna| University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | F, M | Durham, NC | NTH TopHat (USDA) / CASL (ECNL) | United States
Prathapa, Jenna| Xavier University | F, M, D | Upper Saddle River, NJ | FNew Jersey Stallions Dynamite | United States
Rodman, Trinity| Washington State University | F | Newport Beach, CA | Socal Blues | United States
Rodriguez, Karina| UCLA | M, D | Torrance, CA | So Cal Blues S.C. | United States
Rosette, Samantha| Villanova University | F, M, D | Bronx, NY | NJ Stallions Dynamite | United States
Ryan, Yazmeen| Texas Christian University | F, M, D | Norman, OK | Oklahoma Celtic | United States
Schnurr, Kristin| Penn State University | F, M | Bristow, VA | McClean ECNL | United States
Sheehan, Delanie| University of California, Los Angeles | M, D | Brentwood, CA | West Coast Soccer Club | United States
Sornpao, Tiffany| Kennesaw State University | GK | Duluth, GA | UFA of Norcross| United States
Talbot, Madeline| Stephen F. Austin State University | GK | Shreveport, LA | Shreveport United | United States
Termini, Katelyn| Stephen F. Austin | F, M | Frisco, TX | Solar Chelsea ECNL | United States
Toth, MaKayla | University of Central Missouri | F, M | Wichita, KS | Sporting Kaw Valley | United States
Vasey, Elisabeth| University of Wisconsin – Green Bay | F, M, D | Phoenix, AZ | Sereno ECNL | United States
The Chicago Red Stars made significant moves ahead of the draft as coach Rory Dames expressed uncertainty about the 2021 draft class.
Mallory Pugh and Sarah Killion Woldmoe were acquired from Sky Blue FC for the fourth and eighth overall selections in the 2021 draft, a conditional first-round pick in the 2022 draft and an international slot for 2021 and 2022. Dames said he was confident this trade would add more to the Red Stars than any selection he made in the 2021 draft.
The team also announced it acquired $35,000 in Allocation Money and the North Carolina Courage’s natural second-round selection in the 2022 National Women’s Soccer League Draft in exchange for a 2021 International Slot.
Racing Louisville FC has the No. 1 overall pick in tonight’s draft, followed by the Washington Spirit, two picks by Sky Blue FC, and one more from Louisville to round out the top-five draft selections.
The Red Stars have four picks in tonight’s draft: 6th overall, 18th, 25th and 35th.