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Washington Spirit acquires top pick in NWSL Dispersal Draft via trade with Sky Blue FC

Boyds, MD (January 30, 2018) – The Washington Spirit has acquired the top overall pick in today’s NWSL Dispersal Draft from Sky Blue FC.

In exchange, Sky Blue FC receives the No. 2 pick in today’s Dispersal Draft, as well as a conditional first round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft, and the Spirit’s natural selection in the second round of the College Draft.

The Dispersal Draft will take place at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jan. 30. All Breakers players – including players selected in the 2018 College Draft – will be placed into a Dispersal Draft pool and will be available for selection by NWSL teams.

2018 Dispersal Draft Order

First Round

  1. Washington Spirit (via NJ)
  2. Sky Blue FC (via WAS)
  3. Seattle Reign FC
  4. Portland Thorns FC
  5. Utah Royals FC
  6. Houston Dash
  7. Chicago Red Stars
  8. Seattle Reign FC (via ORL)  
  9. North Carolina Courage

Second Round

  1. North Carolina Courage
  2. Seattle Reign FC (via ORL)
  3. Chicago Red Stars
  4. Houston Dash
  5. Utah Royals FC
  6. Portland Thorns FC
  7. Seattle Reign FC
  8. Washington Spirit
  9. Sky Blue FC

Third Round

  1. Sky Blue FC
  2. Washington Spirit
  3. Seattle Reign FC
  4. Portland Thorns FC
  5. Utah Royals FC
  6. Houston Dash
  7. Chicago Red Stars
  8. Orlando Pride
  9. North Carolina Courage

Fourth Round

  1. North Carolina Courage
  2. Orlando Pride
  3. Chicago Red Stars
  4. Houston Dash
  5. Utah Royals FC
  6. Portland Thorns FC
  7. Seattle Reign FC
  8. Washington Spirit
  9. Sky Blue FC  

Draft Rules

Assets available via draft include the following:

  • Players under contract with NWSL whose rights are assigned to Boston (including allocated players)
  • Players whose rights are controlled by Boston (including retired players)
  • Rights to players on Boston’s Discovery List

The Dispersal Draft will last until all teams have passed or no players or other assets are available for selection.

  • Each team will have two (2) minutes to make its selection.
  • No time-outs will be permitted.
  • Teams may not make trades during the draft.
  • Teams are permitted to “pass” when it is their turn to make a selection. Once a team has passed on a selection, the team forfeits the remainder of its selections in the dispersal draft.