Angel City acquires No. 1 NWSL draft pick in 3-team trade

Angel City acquired the top overall pick in the upcoming National Women’s Soccer League draft in a three-team trade on Thursday.

Angel City was expected to use the pick to select Alyssa Thompson, an 18-year-old forward out of Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles — but she has not yet declared for the Jan. 12 draft. The team’s interest in Thompson was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Thompson made her debut with the U.S. senior national team last year while also playing for the under-17 Total Futbol Academy boys’ team in MLS NEXT. She has committed to Stanford.

Thompson has until Monday to declare for the draft.

Angel City acquired midfielder Yazmeen Ryan from the Portland Thorns in exchange for the fifth overall pick this year and a 2024 second-round selection, and $200,000 in allocation money. Angel City then sent Ryan to NY/NJ Gotham with $250,000 in allocation money for the No. 1 pick.

Angel City did not make the playoffs last year as an expansion team but has higher expectations for this season. The team could see the return this spring of forward Christen Press, who tore her ACL last season.

“We know that in order to achieve these goals, we have to set ourselves up for on-field success for many years to come, which is why we wanted to be able to control our destiny with the No. 1 overall draft pick of the 2023 Draft,” Angel City general manager Angela Hucles said in a statement. “We are focused on making as big of an impact on the field as possible, and we look forward to being able to do so in our second season.”


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Peterson, based in Portland, Oregon, has been with The Associated Press for more than 30 years. She has covered five Olympic Games and five total World Cups. In addition to covering international soccer, she covers the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon and Oregon State.