NWSL announce results of the 2018 Dispersal Draft; Washington Spirit Select Rose Lavelle as No. 1 overall pick
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has announced the results of the 2018 Dispersal Draft. U.S. international Rose Lavelle, previously the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 NWSL College Draft, was the first player taken Tuesday during the Dispersal Draft.
The Washington Spirit traded up prior to the start of the draft to take the 22-year-old midfielder – sending the No. 2 overall pick in the Dispersal Draft as well as a conditional first-round selection and their natural second-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft to Sky Blue FC in exchange for the top spot.
Lavelle had two goals and one assist in 10 appearances during an injury-shortened rookie campaign in 2017 in which she was named the NWSL Player of the Month for April.
Sky Blue FC used the No. 2 overall pick in the Dispersal Draft to select forward Savannah McCaskill – also the No. 2 overall selection in the 2018 NWSL College Draft out of South Carolina. McCaskill registered eight goals and nine assists for the Gamecocks in 23 games during her senior season as she led South Carolina to the first Final Four appearance in program history.
Seattle Reign FC opted to bolster their backline as they utilized the No. 3 pick in the Dispersal Draft to take Megan Oyster. The 25-year-old defender, who has earned two caps for the U.S. Women’s National Team, was a big part of Boston’s improved defense last year as the Breakers allowed 12 fewer goals in four more games than the previous season.
Other notable selections included Portland Thorns FC taking Margaret Purce with the No. 4 pick and Utah Royals FC improving their depth at goalkeeper with the selection of Abby Smith with the No. 5 pick.
Meanwhile, Australia international Kyah Simon was taken by the Houston Dash with the No. 6 pick, New Zealand international Rosie White was selected by the Chicago Red Stars with the No. 7 pick, Ghana international Elizabeth Addo was grabbed by Seattle with the No. 8 pick, and Canada international Allysha Chapman was snagged by the North Carolina Courage with the No. 11 pick.
2018 Dispersal Draft Results
|— Round 1 —|
|No. 1||Lavelle, Rose (FED – USA)||Washington Spirit (via NJ)|
|No. 2||McCaskill, Savannah||Sky Blue FC (via WAS)|
|No. 3||Oyster, Megan||Seattle Reign FC|
|No. 4||Purce, Margaret||Portland Thorns FC|
|No. 5||Smith, Abby||Utah Royals FC|
|No. 6||Simon, Kyah (INTL – AUS)||Houston Dash|
|No. 7||White, Rosie (INTL – NZL)||Chicago Red Stars|
|No. 8||Addo, Elizabeth (INTL – GHA)||Seattle Reign FC (via ORL)|
|No. 9||King, Julie||North Carolina Courage|
|— Round 2 —|
|No. 10||Chapman, Allysha (FED – CAN)||North Carolina Courage|
|No. 11||Andrews, Morgan||Seattle Reign FC (via ORL)|
|No. 12||Miller, Ashton||Chicago Red Stars|
|No. 13||Okvist, Lotta (INTL – SWE)||Houston Dash|
|No. 14||Stengel, Katie||Utah Royals FC|
|No. 15||Salem, Angela||Portland Thorns FC|
|No. 16||Westphal, Christen||Seattle Reign FC|
|No. 17||Wenger, Elizabeth||Washington Spirit|
|No. 18||Leon, Adriana (INTL – CAN)||Sky Blue FC|
|— Round 3 —|
|No. 19||Frisbie, Amanda||Sky Blue FC|
|No. 20||Weimer, Tiffany||Washington Spirit|
|No. 21||Elston, Lindsay||Seattle Reign FC|
|No. 22||Onumonu, Ifeoma||Portland Thorns FC|
|No. 23||Elby, Brooke||Utah Royals FC|
|No. 24||Prudhomme, Sammy Jo||Houston Dash|
|No. 25||Boyles, Joanna||Chicago Red Stars|
|No. 26||Pass||Orlando Pride|
|No. 27||Pass||North Carolina Courage|
|— Round 4 —|
|No. 28||Pass||North Carolina Courage|
|No. 29||Pass||Orlando Pride|
|No. 30||Engen, Whitney||Chicago Red Stars|
|No. 31||Pass||Houston Dash|
|No. 32||DaCosta, Amanda||Utah Royals FC|
|No. 33||Pass||Portland Thorns FC|
|No. 34||Pass||Seattle Reign FC|
|No. 35||Pass||Washington Spirit|
|No. 36||Pass||Sky Blue FC|
|— Round 5 —|
|No. 37||Pass||Sky Blue FC|
|No. 38||Pass||Washington Spirit|
|No. 39||Pass||Seattle Reign FC|
|No. 40||Pass||Portland Thorns FC|
|No. 41||Pass||Utah Royals FC|
|No. 42||Pass||Houston Dash|
|No. 43||Pass||Chicago Red Stars|
The following players were not selected in the draft:
Natasha Dowie (INTL-ENG)
Louise Schillgard (INTL-SWE)
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