Washington Spirit select Stanford's Andi Sullivan with No. 1 pick in NWSL draft

The Washington Spirit selected midfielder Andi Sullivan out of Stanford with the first pick in the National Women's Soccer League draft on Thursday. Draft day also featured a high-profile three-team trade.

A person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press that Sky Blue FC acquired Carli Lloyd in a trade that sent fellow U.S. national team teammate Christen Press to the Houston Dash and Australian Sam Kerr to the Chicago Red Stars. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been officially announced.


The deal sends Lloyd, the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year, to her home state, New Jersey. She played three seasons in Houston.

Lloyd's move was first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.


Stanford won the NCAA College Cup championship last season. Sullivan scored in the 3-2 Cardinal victory over UCLA. She also won the Mac Hermann Trophy for the nation's best soccer player.

Sullivan has made seven appearances with the U.S. national team and has been called into January training camp as the team begins to prepare for World Cup qualifying in the fall.

Sullivan is a native of Lorton, Va., and played youth soccer in Bethesda.

“I was kind of hoping to be picked first. I mean, you don't really know. There are a lot of good players in the draft,” Sullivan said Wednesday night after the Spirit confirmed they would select her with the first pick. “Today was kind of the first real moment of taking pictures with the jersey and stuff like that. It was like, `Oh this is actually happening.’ Pretty cool.”


The Spirit also had the third overall pick, which they used to select midfielder Rebecca Quinn out of Duke.

The Boston Breakers took forward Savannah McCaskill out of South Carolina with the No. 2 overall pick.

In another draft-day trade deal, the Seattle Reign sent midfielder Diana Matheson to the Utah Royals in exchange for veteran defender Yael Averbuch.

Round 1

1. Washington, Andi Sullivan, Stanford

2. Boston, Savannah McCaskill, South Carolina

3. Washington (from Chicago through Houston), Rebecca Quinn, Duke

4. Sky Blue FC (from Utah), Michaela Abam, West Virginia

5. Sky Blue FC, Imani Dorsey, Duke

6. Sky Blue FC (from Houston through Chicago), Amandine Pierre-Louis, West Virginia

7. Houston (from Chicago), Haley Hanson, Nebraska

8. Portland, Sandra Yu, Notre Dame

9. Portland, Gabby Seiler, Florida

10. North Carolina, Frannie Crouse, Penn State

Round 2

11. Washington, Schuyler DeBree, Duke

12. Houston, Kimberly Keever, Washington

13. Sky Blue FC (from Chicago), Casey Murphy, Rutgers

14. Utah, Taylor Isom, BYU

15. Chicago (from Sky Blue), Emily Boyd, California

16. Washington, Mallory Eubanks, Mississippi State

17. Boston, Elizabeth Wenger, Georgetown

18. Chicago, Indigo Gibson, California

19. Chicago, Brianna Visalli, Pepperdine

20. North Carolina, Rebecca Rasmussen, Colorado

Round 3

21. Washington, Brittany Basinger, Penn State

22. Boston, Ashton Miller, Duke

23. Orlando, Nadia Gomes, BYU

24. Chicago (from Houston), Megan Buckingham, North Carolina

25. Seattle (from Utah), Allyson Haran, Wake Forest

26. Washington, Maddie Huster, Wake Forest

27. Chicago, Zoey Goralski UCLA

28. Houston, Veronica Latsko, Virginia

29. Portland (from Chicago), Annabella Geist, Oregon State

30. Houston, Abby Elinsky, North Carolina

Round 4

31. Washington, Rachel Moore, William & Mary

32. Boston, Joanna Boyles, North Carolina

33. Houston, Sarah Shimer, Washington

34. Utah, EJ Proctor, Duke

35. Sky Blue FC, Kiana Palacios, UC Irvine

36. Seattle, Celia Jiménez Delgado, Alabama

37. Chicago, Alexa Ben, DePaul

38. North Carolina, Morgan Reid, Duke

39. North Carolina, Carlin Hudson, Yale

40. North Carolina, Ryan Williams, TCU

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