Washington Spirit Acquires Fifth Overall Pick in 2024 NWSL Draft in Trade with North Carolina Courage

Washington Spirit  |   January 12, 2024
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Spirit sends midfielder Ashley Sanchez to Courage in exchange for a 2024 first round pick and allocation money 


Washington, D.C. (01/12/2024) – The Washington Spirit has agreed to trade terms with the North Carolina Courage ahead of Friday night’s 2024 NWSL Draft, the club announced today. The Spirit will trade midfielder Ashley Sanchez to the North Carolina Courage in exchange for North Carolina’s first round pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft (no. five overall) and $250,000 in allocation money. 


“Ashley is an exceptionally gifted player with an intense competitive drive,” said President of Soccer Operations/General Manager Mark Krikorian. “We are grateful for everything she brought to DC as both a player and a professional and wish her the best in this next step of her career.” 


Originally from Monrovia, California, Sanchez was drafted by the Spirit with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NWSL College Draft. With the Spirit, Sanchez tallied 17 goals and eight assists across 88 appearances (all competitions) and played a crucial role in bringing the club its first NWSL Championship in 2021. She was also named the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup Future Legend as the best rookie in the tournament. In 2023, Sanchez became the first player in Spirit history to score in four consecutive regular season appearances. At the senior international level, she has three goals and four assists in 27 caps competing for the United States. 


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 WashingtonSpirit.com and follow the club on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

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