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NWSL Draft live tracker, stream, player picks, order for 2022 season

NWSL Draft live tracker, stream, player picks, order for 2022 season

The NWSL is heading into its most competitive season yet with two ambitious new expansion teams joining the league. And before a ball is even kicked in 2022, the competition is already ramping up this offseason when it comes to player signings. 

The last few weeks and days have been busy with a number of star players making moves and squad shakeups happening around the league. Now just two days after the Expansion Draft, all 12 teams will be jockeying for position to acquire young talent through the NWSL Draft (live Draft Tracker below).

As is customary, expansion sides San Diego Wave FC and Angel City FC will get the first crack at picking players. Last year’s champions Washington Spirit didn’t have a pick until the end of the third round, but then they traded with Wave FC and OL Reign for the No. 14 and No. 15 picks.

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NWSL Draft tracker, order & picks

The full NWSL four-round draft order follows below and will be updated with each pick as they happen.

Round 1

Round 2

Pick Club Player Position College
13 Portland Thorns FC Sydny Nasello FW South Florida
14 Washington Spirit Tinaya Alexander FW LSU
15 Washington Spirit Madison Elwell MF/FW Vanderbilt
16 Racing Louisville FC Charme Morgan DF Oklahoma State
17 Kansas City Current      
18 Chicago Red Stars      
19 Chicago Red Stars      
20 OL Reign      
21 Houston Dash      
22 Portland Thorns FC      
23 Chicago Red Stars      
24 NJ/NY Gotham FC      
25 San Diego Wave*      
26 Racing Louisville FC*      

Round 3

Pick Club Player Position College
27 San Diego Wave FC      
28 Angel City FC      
29 Orlando Pride      
30 Racing Louisville FC      
31 Orlando Pride      
32 OL Reign      
33 OL Reign      
34 NJ/NY Gotham FC      
35 Chicago Red Stars      
36 Angel City FC      
37 Chicago Red Stars      
38 Washington Spirit      

Round 4

Pick Club Player Position College
39 Angel City FC      
40 San Diego Wave FC      
41 Kansas City Current      
42 Racing Louisville FC      
43 Kansas City Current      
44 Houston Dash      
45 North Carolina Courage      
46 NJ/NY Gotham FC      
47 OL Reign      
48 Portland Thorns      
49 Chicago Red Stars      
50 Washington Spirit      

How to watch the NWSL Draft

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 18
  • Time: 2 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: CBS Sports Network
  • Streaming: fuboTV, Paramount+, CBS Sports HQ, Twitch (CBS Sports HQ), YouTube (CBS Sports HQ)

The 2022 NWSL Draft will be televised by CBS Sports Network which is available to stream on fuboTV. New users can sign up for fuboTV with a free 7-day trial.

The stream is also available on multiple other channels, including Twitch, YouTube and Paramount+.

NWSL Draft rules

The draft will be conducted as a standard four-round draft, with a few tweaks regarding the pair of expansion teams:

  • San Diego Wave FC hold the No. 1 draft pick thanks to a coin flip, but since there are two expansion teams in this draft, they will rotate the top spot in each of the four rounds, meaning Wave FC will pick first in Rounds 1 & 3, while Angel City will pick first in Rounds 2 & 4.
  • The two expansion sides will get two extra picks at the end of Round 2, giving the draft an even 50 overall picks. Angel City traded its pick to Houston Dash, which in turn traded it to Racing Louisville FC.

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Several picks have already been traded, including two of the top three picks: Racing Louisville has Angel City FC’s first round pick (No. 2 overall) from the trade involving Christen Press, and NC Courage has Kansas City Current’s first round pick (No. 3 overall) from the trade involving Sam Mewis.

NWSL Draft player list

Here are the 190 players registered and eligible to be selected in the NWSL SuperDraft (selected players in bold):

Name College Position Citizenship
Adams, Haileigh Colorado – Boulder DF USA
Adams, Leslie Siena College GK USA
Alexander, Tinaya LSU FW UK
Anderson, Taylor Richmond MF USA
Arthurs, Carli Stephen F. Austin State FW / DF USA
Aviza, Shannon St. John’s MF / DF USA
Bardes, Erica Central Conn. State MF / DF USA
Bass, Jasmine New Jersey City FW / MF USA
Beckman, Natalie University of Denver FW / MF USA
Beletic, Isabella Incarnate Word MF / DF USA
Belisle, Mollie Georgia FW USA
Bennett, Elyse Washington State FW USA
Bentick, Aysha Louisiana – Monroe MF / DF UK
Berry, Olivia Benedictine College GK USA
Bike, Jenna Boston College FW USA
Bloomer, Jordyn Wisconsin – Madison GK USA
Bostard, Haley Grand Canyon MF / DF USA
Bova, Marisa Purdue GK USA
Breslin, Hope Illinois FW / MF USA
Briede, Belle Stanford FW / MF USA
Brown, Ryanne Wake Forest  FW / MF / DF USA
Brummett, Gabi University of Portland FW / MF USA
Bruster, Kayla University of Georgia DF USA
Caffey, Tiana LSU MF / DF USA
Cahalan, Claire University of Toledo FW / MF USA
Camberos, Scarlett California – Irvine FW / MF USA/MEX
Campbell, Raenah Drexel University FW USA
Canales, Marley UCLA MF USA
Cardozo, Ashley Utah State FW / MF USA
Cavanaugh, Meghan South Florida FW / MF USA
Chang, Lauren South Carolina MF USA
Cherry, Mackenzie Coastal Carolina MF / DF USA
Cleverley, Daisy Georgetown  MF NZ
Coleman, Gabriella Oklahoma State FW USA
Cook, Ava Michigan State  FW USA
Correa De Oliveira, Julia Chicago State FW / MF BRA
Cosme, Caitlin Duke DF USA
Cowart, Jessika Washington MF / DF USA
Cummings, Sydney Georgetown DF USA
Curran, Chardonnay Oregon MF / DF USA
DeMelo, Savannah USC FW / MF USA
Dennis, Chyanne South Florida MF / DF USA/JAM
DePriest, Peyton Middle Tennessee State FW / MF USA
Dickey, Claudia North Carolina GK USA
Dierickx, Natalie Western Washington GK USA
DiGenova, Marissa Temple FW / MF / DF USA
Doyle, Darby Western Washington MF USA
Doyle, Julie Santa Clara FW / MF / DF USA
Edwards, Hannah Grand Canyon DF USA
Elwell, Madison Vanderbilt FW / MF / DF USA
Enciso, Sabrina Arizona DF USA
Fishel, Mia UCLA FW / MF USA
Fisher, Samantha Notre Dame FW / MF USA
Fregulia, Kaitlin Cal State – Long Beach DF USA
Frerker, Andrea SIUE MF / DF USA
Gareis, Ryan South Carolina FW USA
Gee, Tatum Princeton FW / MF / DF USA
Girma, Naomi Stanford DF USA
Golob, Lana Virginia Commonwealth DF SLO
Grant, Jazmin Houston FW / MF USA
Gray, Emily Virginia Tech MF USA
Green, Deanna South Alabama MF / DF USA
Griffith, Sarah Purdue FW / MF USA
Grosso, Julia Kentucky MF / DF USA
Guion, Renee Clemson DF USA
Halvorsen, Kaile Santa Clara FW / MF USA
Hancuff, Hensley Clemson GK USA
Hand, Jacqueline Colorado College FW / MF NZ
Hansen, Taylor Montana DF USA
Harber, Jojo Stanford FW / DF USA
Harding, Audrey UNC – Wilmington FW / MF USA
Harkleroad, Emma South Dakota GK USA
Harr, Jordie Texas Tech FW / MF USA
Harriot, Madiya Vanderbilt MF / DF USA
Harris, Tiana Kent State DF CAN
Heckman, Isabel Murray State DF USA
Hopcroft, Shanade Colorado – Boulder FW / MF UK
Howell, Jaelin Florida State MF USA
Hussen, Ameera Washington FW / MF USA
Hylton-Pelaia, Jayda Arizona State DF CAN
Ikeda, Angelique SIUE MF / DF USA
Irwin, Jamie New Hampshire DF USA
Jacobs, Karen San Bernardino Valley FW UUSA
Jacobsen, Eden University of Utah MF USA
Kajan, Zsanett St. John’s FW / MF HUN
Kearse-Thomas, Olivia Arizona State  FW / MF / DF USA
Kelley-Lusk, Hannah West Texas A&M FW USA
Kershner, Emma Virginia Commonwealth FW / MF / DF USA
Killman, Jenna Western Washington  FW / MF USA
Kirton, Alexa New Mexico MF USA
Knox, Alexus Georgia State DF USA
Kowalski, Amanda Butler University MF / DF USA
Kouzelos, Gabrielle Louisville GK USA
Kuehn, Athena LSU FW / MF / DF USA/GER
LaMacchia, Elaina Wisconsin – Milwaukee FW / MF / DF / GK USA
Lampe, Brooke North Texas FW / MF / DF / GK USA
Laurendeau, Marika College of Saint Rose GK CAN
Layne, Emerson Loveland High School FW / MF USA
Leal, Amanda Cal State – Stanislaus GK USA
Lee, Shannon Claire George Mason DF USA
Lewis, Sofia Minot State  FW / MF USA
Livingstone, Kelly Ann Georgetown MF / DF USA
Loughman, Raleigh Michigan MF USA/ARG
Lucci, Carolina Chowan University FW USA
Lundgren, Jenna Western Illinois FW / MF / DF USA
Martin, Molly Mississippi FW / MF USA
Mayer, Anna Missouri Western State GK USA
McCarthy, Robyn Cal State – Fresno MF / DF USA
McClure, Megan Arkansas State GK UUSA
McKeon, Kayla Arkansas MF USA
McLaughlin, Christine Christendom College FW / MF / DF USA
McManus, Mikenna Northeastern DF USA
McMillan, Caylon Stephen F. Austin State MF USA
McNally, Natalie Western Carolina DF USA
McNulty, Hannah Providence FW USA
Medina, Jodi Alabama A&M GK USA
Menta, Jenna Wake Forest FW / MF USA
Miagkova, Alina Syracuse DF RUS
Mitchell, Alexis South Dakota MF USA
Morgan, Charme Oklahoma State DF USA
Moser, Louisa George Mason FW / GK GER
Murnin, Madison Central Florida MF / DF USA
Myers, Erica Tennessee – Martin GK USA
Nabet, Lily Duke MF USA
Nasello, Sydny South Florida FW USA
Ochoa Rodriguez, Paola Missouri Valley College FW / MF USA
Ordonez, Diana Virginia FW USA
Palacios, Randi Liberty GK USA
Pantaleao, Ermelinda Louisiana – Monroe DF BRA
Pedroza, Siera Hope International FW / MF / GK USA
Perez, Maia Hartford GK USA
Peters, Sarah Kansas GK USA
Peterson, Karstyn Utah State FW / DF USA
Philpotts, Rachel Wisconsin – Milwaukee MF / DF USA
Potts, Nicola Ball State FW / MF UK
Proulx, Lysianne Syracuse GK CAN
Provenzano, Gabby Rutgers MF / DF USA
Pulver, Sydney Washington State  MF / DF USA
Pursey, Valentine Western Carolina FW / MF / DF UK
Rabot, Iris James Madison MF FRA
Reiss de Araujo, Thais North Florida FW / MF / DF BRA
Reyes, Calista Pepperdine FW / MF / DF USA
Ries, Taryn Portland FW USA
Ritchie-Williams, Chiara LSU MF / DF UK
Rockwell, Jenna Cumberlands DF USA
Rodriguez, Izzy Ohio State MF / DF USA
Roelfsema, Mijke Rice MF / DF NED
Ross, Julianne Northeastern DF USA
Salvador, Romane California Baptist GK FRA
Santos, Ashley Illinois State MF / DF USA
Sapp, Mercedes North Florida GK USA
Schill, MacKenzie Wisconsin – Milwaukee FW / MF USA
Schimmer, Marleen Grand Canyon FW / MF GER
Sever, Jelena Wisconsin – Milwaukee FW / MF USA
Shepherd, Lucy Hofstra University FW UK
Silva Santos, Ana Paula William Carey MF BRA
Skiba, Bridgette Oregon State GK USA
Sodoma, Sarah Arkansas State MF / DF USA
Stackpole, Haleigh Mississippi FW / MF USA
Stauffer, Annie Transylvania University MF / DF USA
Steigleder, Regan Northwestern FW / MF / DF USA
Steinwascher, Cecelia Grand Valley State MF / DF USA
Stephan, Dani Michigan State MF / DF USA
Stevenson, Erin UMBC MF / DF USA
Suarez Quevedo, Sara Chicago State FW / MF ESP
Talbot, Madeline Stephen F. Austin State GK USA
Talley, Jada USC FW USA
Taylor, Miriael Hofstra FW / MF / DF UK
Thomas, Haley Boston College MF / DF USA
Thompson, Jordan Gonzaga  DF USA
Thompson, Kayla Brown GK USA
Thron, Julietta Northwestern MF / DF USA
Tripp, Amber Utah Valley FW / MF USA
Van der Jagt, Olivia Washington MF USA
Villagrana, Yossimar Butler Community College MF USA
Walker, Ellie Portland DF USA
Wandt, Jennifer Baylor GK USA
Weaver, Camille Colorado College MF / DF USA
Wegener, Emory Georgia GK USA
West, Alex Vermont MF / DF USA
Westin, Emma Cal – Berkeley FW / MF SWE
Whitmore, Lindsey SMU FW / MF USA
Winebrenner, Jenna TCU DF USA
Wiseman, Ebony James Madison MF UK
Wolfbauer, Madison Bowling Green FW / MF USA
Zamiela, Chloe South Florida FW / DF USA
Zerva, Theoni Louisiana – Monroe MF / DF GRE
Zullo, Luciana South Carolina FW / MF USA
Zuniga, Jenna Cal State – Stanislaus MF / DF USA

NWSL Draft prospects & top talents

Nearly 200 players have registered for the draft hoping to be one of the 50 picks at the event. The college ranks were bursting with talent this past season, but it’s not as top-heavy as in recent years. Nonetheless, there is an upper echelon, with the following players likely to go early in the draft.

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Jaelin Howell (MF, Florida State)

All the buzz has Howell going first overall to San Diego Wave, having proven her worth over a number of years at one of the best teams in the NCAA. Howell made three College Cups over her four years, won a MAC Hermann Trophy (and could win another), and has senior USWNT experience. A natural No. 8, one would be hard-pressed to find a more experienced and battle-tested player in this entire draft.

Naomi Girma (DF, Stanford)

Unanimously the top defender in the draft, Girma was injured last year and chose to stay in college for another season at one of the country’s most vaunted programs. Stanford’s season was somewhat of a disappointment, but her talent is undeniable, finishing as a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist two years in a row as a defender, an impressive feather in the cap.

Mia Fishel (FW, UCLA)

A two-time All American at UCLA, Fishel is only a junior but took the opportunity to leave early with a chance to go high in the draft. She scored 36 times in 59 matches across her three seasons at UCLA. The payoff for that performance was an October 2020 callup into senior USWNT camp, and being named a finalist for the 2020 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year award.

Claudia Dickey (GK, North Carolina)

We are entering sleeper territory, and Dickey is the top goalkeeper in the draft. Goalkeepers aren’t quite as prioritized in the draft as the outfield positions, but Dickey is a veteran with USWNT buzz (although the position is quite logjammed at the moment). She had fabulous numbers at UNC, sporting a 75.5 percent save percentage and 131.5 mins/goal conceded mark in her senior season.

Gi DeMarco (MF, Wake Forest)

One of the pure talents in the draft, DeMarco was a fixture for Wake Forest and provides a versatility that is difficult to find. What keeps DeMarco down the list is primarily her injury history, but a classic No. 8 who can play as a No. 6, DeMarco has calm ball control abilities and fabulous field vision. She’s not a flashy player, preferring to do the dirty work in midfield for a possession-oriented style of play, but she will pop up on the scoresheet every so often.

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