2016 NWSL Draft: Results, Reaction And More
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2016 NWSL Draft: Results, Reaction And More

A flurry of trades, including one blockbuster deal, highlighted what was a busy and intriguing 2016 NWSL College Draft.

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Scott Sinclair

The 2016 NWSL College Draft concluded earlier this afternoon. The day was highlighted by a flurry of trades, including a blockbuster deal between the Portland Thorns and Sky Blue FC, which saw the Sky Blue trade 2015 leading scorer Nadia Nadim in order to move up one spot and draft second overall.

For forty young women, it was a day to remember as they embark on their pro careers. Like any professional draft, some will become stars, others may never make a roster.  Virginia's Emily Sonnett was, as many thought she would be, the number one overall selection.

Below are the complete 2016 NWSL College Draft Results, as well as the trades that accompanied it: 

Round 1

No. 1 – Emily Sonnett – UVA (Portland Thorns FC)

No. 2 – Raquel Rodriguez – Penn State (Sky Blue FC)#

No. 3 – Christen Westphal – U. of Florida (Boston Breakers)*

No. 4 - Carson Pickett – Florida State (Seattle Reign FC)

No. 5 – Cari Roccaro – Notre Dame (Houston Dash)

No. 6 – Rachel Daly – St. John’s Univ. (Houston Dash)

No. 7 – Cheyna Williams – FSU (Washington Spirit)

No. 8 – Janine Beckie - Texas Tech (Houston Dash)

No. 9 – Michaela Hahn - Florida State University (WNY Flash)

No. 10 – Sam Witteman – UC Berkeley (Orlando Pride)

Round 2

No. 11 – Makenzy Doniak – UVA (WNY Flash)

No. 12 – Cali Farquharson – ASU (Washington Spirit)

No. 13 – Leah Galton – Hofstra (Sky blue FC)

No. 14 – Mallory Weber – Penn State (WNY Flash)

No. 15 – Christina Burkenroad – Cal State Fullerton (Orlando Pride)

No. 16 – Katie Bowen – UNC (FC Kansas City)

No. 17 – Brittany Ratcliffe – UVA (Boston Breakers)

No. 18 – Brianne Reed - Rutgers (FC Kansas City)

No. 19 – Katie Naughton – Notre Dame (Chicago Red Stars)

No. 20 – Alli Murphy – Texas Tech (Washington Spirit)

Round 3

No. 21 – McKenzie Beryhill – ASU (Portland Thorns FC)

No. 22 – Sarah Gorden – DePaul (Chicago Red Stars)

No. 23 – Erica Skroski – Rutgers (Sky Blue FC)

No. 24 – Laura Liedle – Stanford (WNY Flash)

No. 25 – Paige Nielson – UNC (Seattle Reign FC)

No. 26 – Britt Eckerstrom – Penn State (WNY Flash)

No. 27 – Abby Smith – Texas (Boston Breakers)&

No. 28 – Alexa Newfield – UNC (FC Kansas City)

No. 29 – Caroline Casey – William & Mary (Sky Blue FC)@

No. 30 – Summer Green – UNC (Seattle Reign FC)

Round 4

No. 31 – Dani Weatherholt – Santa Clara (Orlando Pride)

No. 32 – Courtney Raetzman - Kentucky (Chicago Red Stars)

No. 33 – Janelle Flaws – Illinois (Chicago Red Stars)  

No. 34 – Madalyn Schiffel – San Francisco (Washington Spirit)  

No. 35 – Adrienne Jordan – No. Colorado (Chicago Red Stars)

No. 36 – Candace Johnson – Univ. of Missouri (Chicago Red Stars)

No. 37 – Kara Wilson – Duke (Washington Spirit)

No. 38 – Alex Arlitt – LSU (FC Kansas City)

No. 39 – Ashleigh Ellenwood – Arkansas (Chicago Red Stars)

No. 40 – Lindsey Luke – Utah (Seattle Reign FC)

Trades

* = Portland Thorns FC traded the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NWSL Draft, No. 4 spot in the Allocation Ranking Order and future considerations to the Boston Breakers in exchange for the No. 1 spot in the Allocation Ranking Order.

# = Sky Blue FC acquired the No. 2 overall pick in 2016 NWSL Draft from Portland as well as a natural first-round and conditional fourth-round selection in the 2017 NWSL Draft. In exchange, Portland received the rights to Nadia Nadim and No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NWSL Draft and a natural second-round pick in the 2017 NWSL Draft

& = Chicago Red Stars have acquired the No. 32 and No. 35 overall picks in the 2016 NWSL Draft. In exchange, the Boston Breakers have acquired No. 27 overall pick in the 2016 NWSL Draft.

@ = Chicago Red Stars acquired No. 33 and No. 36 overall picks in the 2016 NWSL Draft. In exchange, Sky Blue FC received the No. 29 overall pick in the 2016 NWSL Draft

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