Washington Spirit Draft History and Preview

Washington Spirit  |   January 10, 2023
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Get ready for the 2023 NWSL Draft presented by Ally with some Spirit draft facts.

All 12 NWSL clubs will gather at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center this week for this season’s draft. Scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 12, this year’s draft will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network, Paramount+ and CBS Sports HQ for the first hour until moving to Paramount+ and CBS Sports HQ at 7 p.m.

The Spirit will be hosting a watch party at Metrobar from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST on Thursday. The watch party will feature Spirit drink specials, giveaways and more. This year’s event will also be the first in-person NWSL draft in three years. After the 2020 meeting in Baltimore, the past two ceremonies were held remotely. The draft is free to attend and open to the public, with seating on a first come, first served basis.

The Washington Spirit currently holds the 26th and 37th overall picks of Thursday night’s NWSL Draft after the side dealt its first and second round picks as part of previous trades. Washington’s 2023 first round pick (second overall) was sent to Orlando in December 2020 as part of the trade that brought defender Emily Sonnett to the Spirit. The Spirit traded its 2023 second round pick (14th overall) to Chicago in December 2021 in exchange for the 23rd overall pick in last season’s draft.

Thirteen current Spirit players entered the NWSL through the draft. See when and where they were taken below (all selections were made by the Spirit unless otherwise noted):

  • 2013
    • Amber Brooks, 24th overall (by Portland)
  • 2016
    • Emily Sonnett, first overall (by Portland)
  • 2017
    • Ashley Hatch, second overall (by North Carolina)
  • 2018
    • Andi Sullivan, first overall
  • 2019
    • Jordan Baggett, third overall
    • Sam Staab, fourth overall
    • Dorian Bailey, eighth overall
    • Bayley Feist, 17th overall
  • 2020
    • Ashley Sanchez, fourth overall
    • Camryn Biegalski, 16th overall (by Chicago)
  • 2021
    • Trinity Rodman, second overall
    • Tara McKeown, eighth overall
    • Anna Heilferty, 19th overall
  • 2022
    • Maddie Elwell, 15th overall

More detailed information on the 2023 NWSL Draft presented by Ally, including the draft order and registered players list, can be found here.

The 2023 NWSL regular season begins Saturday, March 25. Fans can secure their tickets to all 2023 Spirit home matches with a season membership. Available here, the season membership grants fans access to priority seating, an exclusive gift from the Spirit, access to special events throughout the season and more.

About The Washington Spirit

The Washington Spirit is the professional women’s soccer team based at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. Launched in 2012, the Spirit plays in the National Women’s Soccer League, the premier women’s soccer competition in North America. For more information about the Spirit, visit www.WashingtonSpirit.com, follow the club on Twitter @WashSpirit and on Facebook at facebook.com/washingtonspirit.

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