2020 NWSL College Draft: Sophia Smith Goes #1, Mallory Pugh Traded to Sky Blue

As expected, Stanford sophomore forward Sophia Smith was selected by Portland Thorns FC as the overall #1 pick in this year’s NWSL College Draft.  What was unexpected was the series of trades that saw Sky Blue acquire USWNT forward Mallory Pugh from the Washington Spirit and the Chicago Red Stars acquire forward Rachel Hill from the Orlando Pride.  Oh, and Portland also ended up with the #2 overall pick, which they used to acquire Washington State forward Morgan Weaver.With the #3 overall pick, Orlando selected Colorado’s towering forward Taylor Kornieck, while Washington picked UCLA junior midfielder Ashley Sanchez fourth overall.  Rounding out the top five is South Florida striker Evelyne Viens, who was selected by Sky Blue.

The full list of players drafted is included below, both in overall numerical order and by NWSL team.  Highlight videos for all nine 1st Round picks are included at the bottom of the article.

A summary of the known draft day trades is also included in this article.

A full replay of the draft broadcast is available on the NWSL’s YouTube channel (skip to 23:20 for actual start).

For the full list of players who made themselves available for the draft, see  NWSL College Draft 2020: The Final List of Eligible Players.


DRAFT DAY TRADES

  • Chicago ↔ Sky Blue (16-Jan-2020)
    • Picks #2 and #3 of 2020 College Draft → Chicago
    • Picks #4 and #5 of 2020 College Draft → Sky Blue
    • Allocation Money → Sky Blue
  • Washington ↔ Sky Blue (16-Jan-2020)
    • Mallory Pugh → Sky Blue
    • Picks #4, #13, #17 of 2020 College Draft → Washington
    • Sky Blue’s 1st Round Pick of 2021 College Draft → Washington
  • Chicago ↔ Portland (16-Jan-2020)
    • Pick #2 of 2020 College Draft → Portland
    • Picks #15 and #16 of 2020 College Draft → Chicago
    • Allocation Money → Chicago
  • Orlando ↔ Chicago (16-Jan-2020)
    • Rachel Hill (NWSL profile) → Chicago
    • Pick #19 of 2020 College Draft → Chicago
    • Allocation Money → Chicago
    • Orlando’s Natural 1st Round Pick of 2021 College Draft → Chicago
    • Picks #3 and #26 of 2020 College Draft → Orlando Pride

2020 NWSL COLLEGE DRAFT – NUMERICAL
(School names link to collegiate profiles)

1. Sophia Smith (Stanford) – Portland Thorns FC
2. Morgan Weaver (Washington State) – Portland Thorns FC
3. Taylor Kornieck (Colorado) – Orlando Pride
4. Ashley Sanchez (UCLA) – Washington Spirit
5. Evelyne Viens (South Florida) – Sky Blue FC
6. Alleandra “Ally” Watt (Texas A&M) – North Carolina Courage
7. Courtney Petersen (Virginia) – Orlando Pride
8. Tziarra King (NC State) – Utah Royals FC
9. Kelcie Hedge (Santa Clara) – Reign FC

10. Konya Plummer (UCF/Jamaica WNT) – Orlando Pride
11. Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State) – Sky Blue FC
12. Kate Del Fava (Illinois State) – Utah Royals FC
13. Natalie Jacobs (USC/Notre Dame) – Washington Spirit
14. Phoebe McClernon (Virginia) – Orlando Pride
15. Julia Bingham (USC) – Chicago Red Stars
16. Camryn Biegalski (Wisconsin) – Chicago Red Stars
17. Averie Collins (Washington State) – Washington Spirit
18. Bridgette Andrzejewski (North Carolina – UNC) – Houston Dash

19. Zoe Morse (Virginia) – Chicago Red Stars
20. Amanda “Mandy” McGlynn (Virginia Tech) – Sky Blue FC
21. Cheyenne Shorts (University of Denver) – Orlando Pride
22. Chloe Castaneda (UCLA) – Houston Dash
23. Katie McClure (Kansas) – Washington Spirit
24. Ella Stevens (Duke) – Chicago Red Stars
25. Meaghan Nally (Georgetown) – Portland Thorns FC
26. Abigail “Abi” Kim (California) – Orlando Pride
27. Sinclaire Miramontez (Nebraska) – North Carolina Courage

28. Addisyn Merrick (Kansas) – North Carolina Courage
29. Chantelle Swaby (Rutgers/Jamaica WNT) – Sky Blue FC
30. Chelsee Washington (BGSU) – Orlando Pride
31. Cyera Hintzen (Texas) – Utah Royals FC
32. Kaiya McCullough (UCLA) – Washington Spirit
33. Samantha “Sam” Hiatt (Stanford) – Reign FC
34. Meg Brandt (Nebraska) – Reign FC
35. Aerial Chavarin (Yale/Yale WBB) – Chicago Red Stars
36. Brianne “Bri” Folds (Auburn) – North Carolina Courage


2020 NWSL COLLEGE DRAFT – BY NWSL TEAM

Chicago Red Stars (5)
15. Julia Bingham (USC)
16. Camryn Biegalski (Wisconsin)
19. Zoe Morse (Virginia)
24. Ella Stevens (Duke)
35. Aerial Chavarin (Yale)

Houston Dash (2)
18. Bridgette Andrzejewski (North Carolina – UNC)
22. Chloe Castaneda (UCLA)

North Carolina Courage (4)
6. Alleandra “Ally” Watt (Texas A&M)
27. Sinclaire Miramontez (Nebraska)
28. Addisyn Merrick (Kansas)
36. Brianne Folds (Auburn)

Orlando Pride (7)
3. Taylor Kornieck (Colorado)
7. Courtney Petersen (Virginia)
10. Konya Plummer (Central Florida)
14. Phoebe McClernon (Virginia)
21. Cheyenne Shorts (University of Denver)
26. Abigail “Abi” Kim (California)
30. Chelsee Washington (BGSU)

Portland Thorns FC (3)
1. Sophia Smith (Stanford)
2. Morgan Weaver (Washington State)
25. Meaghan Nally (Georgetown)

Reign FC (3)
9. Kelcie Hedge (Santa Clara)
33. Samantha “Sam” Hiatt (Stanford)
34. Meg Brandt (Nebraska)

Sky Blue FC (4)
5. Evelyne Viens (South Florida)
11. Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State)
20. Amanda “Mandy” McGlynn (Virginia Tech)
29. Chantelle Swaby (Rutgers)

Utah Royals FC (3)
8. Tziarra King (NC State)
12. Kate Del Fava (Illinois State)
31. Cyera Hintzen (Texas)

Washington Spirit (5)
4. Ashley Sanchez (UCLA)
13. Natalie Jacobs (USC)
17. Averie Collins (Washington State)
23. Katie McClure (Kansas)
32. Kaiya McCullough (UCLA)


HIGHLIGHTS VIDEOS – FIRST ROUND PICKS

Sophia Smith (#1, Portland)

 

Morgan Weaver (#2, Portland)

 

Taylor Kornieck (#3, Orlando Pride)

 

Ashley Sanchez (#4, Washington Spirit)

 

Evelyne Viens (#5, Sky Blue)

 

Ally Watt (#6, NC Courage)

 

Courtney Petersen (#7, Orlando Pride)

 

Tziarra King (#8, Utah Royals)

 

Kelcie Hedge (#9, Reign FC)

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