NWSL Draft results, trade tracker: San Diego Wave take Naomi Girma with No. 1 pick; OL Reign make four trades

The 2022 NWSL draft is in the books and with the first overall selection, the San Diego Wave FC team selected Stanford defender Naomi Jerma, followed by this year’s WAC winner Marilyn Shimmer of the Grand Canyon with their ninth selection. San Diego’s team counterpart, Angel City FC, didn’t make his first pick until the third round where he landed Illinois midfielder Hope Breslin.

In all, 50 college players were selected, with Racing Louisville FC and OL Reign winning the most shots (six) and Houston Dash the fewest (number 44 overall). for us First round winners and losers, click here.

No team had more first-round picks than North Carolina Courage, who came up with three majors to add to every major position on their roster. They addressed midfield by going with Virginia Tech quarterback Emily Gray in third, followed by attacking sixth with Virginia forward Diana Ordonez — who scored 45 goals over three collegiate seasons — and then back line with Long Beach State defender Kaitlyn Frigulia with selection Twelfth and final round.

No team has made more deals than OL Reign, as the front office staff likely spent the majority of the draft working on phones and finalizing four separate deals, including the one that sent them back into the first round and saw them take Hungarian striker Zsanett Kajan with Pick No. 8. All in all, Reign Kajan (No. 8), Ryanne Brown (No. 21), and Phoebe McClernon received allotment funds totaling $60,000 for picks 10 and 15 (Caitlin Cosme and Madison Elwell), and Kelcie Hedge, Lea Pruitt, Celia Jimenez, 1st and 2nd round in 2023. That’s a lot of moves – you can track them all with our trade tracker.

The second-round Washington Spirit traded twice — in back-to-back picks — to pick LSU forward Tenaya Alexander for 14th and Vanderbilt midfielder/forward Madison Elwell for 15th.

With the draft in the rearview mirror, it’s a busy period now for players who scored and weren’t picked on Saturday. Players who are not draftees will be designated as discovery-eligible by Sunday, but can also return to school and retain their collegiate eligibility within 72 hours of the end of the draft, according to NCAA rules.

You can follow every pick and trade made during the draft below, along with our commentary from Saturday’s picks:

Trade Tracker

OL Reign Get: No. 8 pick
NJ/NY Gotham FC gets: Natural selection from the first round in 2023 and $40,000 in allotment funds

Houston Dash gets: Midfielder Kelsey Hedge
OL Reign Get: No. 21 total pick (Ryanne Brown) and $15,000 in allotment money

Get Orlando Pride: 10 overall (Caitlin Cosmi), forward Lea Pruett, defender Celia Jimenez, and a natural selection in the second round in 2023
OL Reign Get: Defender Phoebe McClernon

Get Washington Spirit: number. 14 Public Choice (Tinaya Alexander)
San Diego Wave FC gets: $85,000 in allocating funds

Get Washington Spirit: No. 15 overall pick (Madison Elwell)
OL Reign Get: $85,000 in allocating funds

Chicago Red Stars get: $20,000 in allotment money and Spirit’s top pick for the second round in 2023
Get Washington Spirit: No. 23 General Pick (Lucy Shepherd)

Get Orlando Pride: NWSL rights for Canadian international Deanne Rose
Courage North Carolina Gets: No. 29 General Pick (Haleigh Stackpole)

round 1

1

San Diego Wave

Naomi Germa

d / m

stanford

2

Racing Louisville FC

Jaylene Howell

M

Florida

3

Brave North Carolina

Emily Gray

M

Virginia Tech

4

Racing Louisville FC

Savannah DiMelo

M

USC

5

Orlando Pride

Mia Fish

F

University of California

6

Brave North Carolina

Diana Ordonez

F

Virginia

7

Current Kansas City

Elise Bennett

F

Washington State

8

OL Reign

Zanet Kagan

F

St. John’s

9

San Diego Wave

Marilyn Shimmer

m / w

Grand Canyon

10

Orlando Pride

Caitlin Cosme

Dr

duke

11

Orlando Pride

Julie Doyle

F

Santa Clara

12

Brave North Carolina

Kaitlyn Frigulia

Dr

Long Beach

Round 2

13

Portland Thorns

sydney heck

F

South Florida

14

Washington Spirit

Tenaya Alexander

F

LSU

15

Washington Spirit

Madison Elwell

m / w

Vanderbilt

16

Racing Louisville FC

enchanted morgan

Dr

Oklahoma

17

Current Kansas City

Chardonnay Curran

m/d

Oregon

18

Chicago Red Stars

Ava Cook

F

Michigan State

19

Chicago Red Stars

Sammy Fisher

M

our lady

20

OL Reign

Claudia Dickey

A goal keeper

North Carolina

21

OL Reign

Ryan Brown

F

Wake Forest

22

Portland Thorns

Gabe Provenzano

d / m

Rutgers

23

Washington Spirit

Lucy Shepherd

millimeter

Hofstra

24

New Jersey / New York Gotham FC

Kelly Ann Livingston

Dr

George Town

25 San Diego Wave Sydney Bolver m/d Washington State
26 Racing Louisville FC Jordan Bloomer A goal keeper Wisconsin

Round 3

27

San Diego Wave

Bill Brady

millimeter

stanford

28

Angle City FC

Hope Priceline

M

Illinois

29

Brave North Carolina

Halle Stackpool

millimeter

Be a beauty queen

30

Racing Louisville FC

Gina Menta

F

Wake Forest

31

Orlando Pride

Jada Tully

F

USC

32

OL Reign

Kyle Halvorsen

millimeter

Santa Clara

33

OL Reign

Olivia van der Jagt

M

Washington

34

New Jersey / New York Gotham FC

Hensley Hankoff

A goal keeper

Clemson

35

Chicago Red Stars

Sarah Griffith

F

Bordeaux

36

Angle City FC

Lily Nabt

M

duke

37

Chicago Red Stars

Kayla McCune

M

Arkansas

38

Washington Spirit

Audrey Harding

millimeter

UNC-Wilmington

Round 4

39

Angle City FC

miriel taylor

F

Hofstra

40

San Diego Wave

Kayla Brewster

Dr

Georgia

41

Current Kansas City

Jenna Weinbrenner

Dr

TCU

42

Racing Louisville FC

Sydney Cummings

Dr

George Town

43

Current Kansas City

Izzy Rodriguez

Dr

Ohio State

44

Houston Dash

Ryan Garris

F

South Carolina

45

Brave North Carolina

Marisa Bova

A goal keeper

Bordeaux

46

New Jersey / New York Gotham FC

Logman Rally

M

Michigan

47

OL Reign

Marley Channels

M

University of California

48

Portland Thorns

Natalie Beckman

F

Denver

49

Chicago Red Stars

Jayda Hilton Pelea

Dr

Arizona

50

Washington Spirit

Jordan Thompson

Dr

Gonzaga

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