National Women's Soccer League

NWSL Draft: Round-by-round recap

Round 1

As expected, the Houston Dash selected Virginia midfielder Morgan Brian as the first overall pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft. The first round was quick and predictable until the Boston Breakers traded their 9th and 11th overall picks for Stephanie McCaffrey. McCaffrey, a Boston College product, will provide crucial firepower to a Boston side that lost much of its attack this offseason. The Flash selected Sam Mewis, Lynn Williams and defenders Abby Dahlkemper and Jaelene Hinkle with the club’s four first-round picks.

Round 2

A three-way trade between the Portland Thorns, Houston Dash, and Washington Spirit defined a lengthy second round of the 2015 NWSL College Draft.

The Thorns, who arrived in Philadelphia with no draft picks, traded a player to be named later for the Dash’s 13th overall pick and the Dash’s second round pick in 2016.That player to be named is Jessica McDonald. McDonald previously played in Chicago and Seattle before playing in Portland during 2014.

Before the Thorns used their pick, they traded their 13th pick overall in 2015 and their two second round picks in 2016 to the Spirit for English international Jodie Taylor. Taylor, who was the leading goal-scorer for the Spirit in 2014, played in one World Cup qualifying match for the English national team.

The Spirit drafted UCLA defender Megan Oyster. FC Kansas City had three draft picks in the second round and used two of them to draft players from Texas A&M, including hometown girl Shea Groom.

Round 3*CORRECTION: 26.  Jessica Ayers

The final trade of the morning came in the opening pick of the third round. FC Kansas City sent the No. 19 pick to Washington in exchange for the Spirit’s two highest second round picks in 2016. The Spirit used the pick to select the versatile Caprice Dydasco from UCLA. She was the sixth Bruin selected in the draft. Other notable selections were midfielder Daphne Corboz (Sky Blue FC) and Canadian international Nicole Setterlund.

Round 4The fourth round saw three members of the Stanford Cardinal selected, Penn State defender Whitney Church reuniting with Christine Nairn in Washington and a handful of local ties headed to Kansas City, Chicago and Boston.

Check back soon for more draft coverage on a team-by-team basis.


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