The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) held the 2018 NWSL College Draft on Thursday with 40 players being selected over four rounds at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia. The Washington Spirit selected Stanford midfielder Andi Sullivan with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
A Lorton, Va. native, Sullivan grew up in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and is set to play in front of her home fans. Her entry into the NWSL caps off what has been a whirlwind few months for the 22-year-old, who won the 2017 NCAA Division I National Championship with Stanford in December before being honored with the Hermann Trophy earlier in January as the top player in women's college soccer. She is the third Stanford player taken in the first round - and the first taken No. 1 overall.
Sullivan has seven caps to her name with the U.S. Women's National Team and is the fifth consecutive player with prior experience as a senior U.S. international to be selected with the first pick - joining Crystal Dunn (2014), Morgan Brian (2015), Emily Sonnett (2016) and Rose Lavelle (2017) as USWNT players to be taken with the top spot in the draft.
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