2018 NWSL Dispersal Draft

The 2018 NWSL Dispersal Draft was held by the National Women's Soccer League on January 30, 2018, after the Boston Breakers ceased operations on January 28, 2018.[1] The draft order is determined using a random weighted draw based on teams' playoffs qualification in the 2017 NWSL season.

Eligible players include Boston's contracted players, 2018 NWSL College Draft selections, players on its Discovery List, and all other players whose NWSL rights were held by Boston. Eligible players who opt out of the draft would not be eligible to play in the 2018 NWSL season.

Contracted players and 2018 draftees, if selected, will not count against a team's roster size limit, salary cap, or international player limit for the 2018 NWSL season. Any players who opted to participate in the draft but were not selected immediately become discovery eligible.

Available players for selection

Announced on January 29, 2018.[2]

Contracted players

No. Position Player Nation
Forward Elizabeth Addo  Ghana
25 Midfielder Morgan Andrews  United States
2 Defender Allysha Chapman  Canada
33 Forward Hayley Dowd  United States
9 Forward Natasha Dowie  England
3 Defender Brooke Elby  United States
17 Defender Amanda Frisbie  United States
8 Defender Julie King  United States
11 Midfielder Rose Lavelle  United States
19 Forward Adriana Leon  Canada
7 Defender Lotta Ökvist  Sweden
22 Forward Ifeoma Onumonu  United States
4 Defender Megan Oyster  United States
15 Goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme  United States
21 Forward Midge Purce  United States
26 Midfielder Angela Salem  United States
14 Goalkeeper Abby Smith  United States
23 Forward Katie Stengel  United States
18 Forward Tiffany Weimer  United States
20 Defender Christen Westphal  United States
10 Midfielder Rosie White  New Zealand

2018 draftees

No. Position Player Nation
Midfielder Joanna Boyles  United States
Forward Savannah McCaskill  United States
Midfielder Ashton Miller  United States
Defender Elizabeth Wenger  United States

Retired players' rights

No. Position Player Nation
Midfielder Amanda DaCosta  Portugal
Midfielder Lindsay Elston  United States
Defender Whitney Engen  United States
Defender Mollie Pathman  United States
Midfielder Louise Schillgard  Sweden
Forward Kyah Simon  Australia

Player selections

Conducted on January 30, 2018.[3]

Round 1

Pick Drafting Team Player
1Washington Spirit1Rose Lavelle
2Sky Blue FC1Savannah McCaskill
3Seattle Reign FCMegan Oyster
4Portland Thorns FCMargaret Purce
5Utah Royals FCAbby Smith
6Houston DashKyah Simon
7Chicago Red StarsRosie White
8Seattle Reign FC2Elizabeth Addo
9North Carolina CourageJulie King

Round 2

Pick Drafting Team Player
1North Carolina CourageAllysha Chapman
2Seattle Reign FC2Morgan Andrews
3Chicago Red StarsAshton Miller
4Houston DashLotta Ökvist
5Utah Royals FCKatie Stengel
6Portland Thorns FCAngela Salem
7Seattle Reign FCChristen Westphal
8Washington SpiritElizabeth Wenger
9Sky Blue FCAdriana Leon

Round 3

Pick Drafting Team Player
1Sky Blue FCAmanda Frisbie
2Washington SpiritTiffany Weimer
3Seattle Reign FCLindsay Elston
4Portland Thorns FCIfeoma Onumonu
5Utah Royals FCBrooke Elby
6Houston DashSammy Jo Prudhomme
7Chicago Red StarsJoanna Boyles
8Orlando PridePASS
9North Carolina CouragePASS

Round 4

Pick Drafting Team Player
1Chicago Red StarsWhitney Engen
2Houston DashPASS
3Utah Royals FCAmanda DaCosta
4Portland Thorns FCPASS
5Seattle Reign FCPASS
6Washington SpiritPASS
7Sky Blue FCPASS

Round 5

Pick Drafting Team Player
1Utah Royals FCPASS
2Chicago Red StarsPASS


  1. Sky Blue FC traded the No. 1 overall pick in the dispersal draft to the Washington Spirit in return for the No. 2 overall pick in the dispersal draft and a conditional first-round and natural second pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft.
  2. The Orlando Pride traded the No. 8 and No. 11 picks in the dispersal draft to Seattle Reign FC in exchange for Seattle's natural first-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft.

See also


  1. "NWSL announces Boston Breakers to cease operations". NWSL. 28 January 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  2. "NWSL announces dispersal draft order and available players". NWSL. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  3. "Spirit select Lavelle with first pick in dispersal draft; Full dispersal draft results". NWSL. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  4. Purdy, Jacqueline (30 January 2018). "Final order set for dispersal draft". NWSL. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
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