Angel City acquires No. 1 draft pick, is set to sign Alyssa Thompson

Angel City won the top pick in next week’s NWSL draft in a complicated three-team swap involving the Portland Thorns and NY/NJ Gotham FC and will reportedly use the pick to sign Harvard’s Alyssa Thompson -To sign Westlake, who has yet to sign up for the NWSL draft.

Angel City sent their natural first-round pick, No. 5 overall; his natural second-round pick in 2024; and $200,000 in allotment funds to Portland for midfielder Yazmeen Ryan. The team then sent Ryan and another $250,000 in allotment funds to Gotham FC for the top pick in the January 12 draft. A formal announcement of the moves is expected later Thursday.

The Gotham deal was the second most expensive in NWSL history in terms of allotment funds, behind only San Diego’s Wave’s acquisition of Alex Morgan last year for $275,000.

Angel City declined to comment publicly on the trade or who it hopes to take with the top pick, but sources close to the league said the team is focusing on US national team forward Thompson, an 18th-place finisher -year high school graduate. Thompson has verbally pledged to play at Stanford next year, but turning pro now could help her compete for a spot on the US team at this year’s World Championships in Australia/New Zealand.

Thompson has until 12:00 p.m. PST Monday to register for the NWSL draft.

Thompson, the 2021 Gatorade High School Player of the Year, made her senior international debut at age 17 in September, but was not called up to the US Team’s first training camp of the championship year.

Thompson is also a top sprinter, clocking the second-fastest 100-meter time of 11.74 seconds in California last year.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/soccer/angel-city-fc/story/2023-01-05/lafc-three-team-trade-sign-alyssa-thompson Angel City acquires No. 1 draft pick, is set to sign Alyssa Thompson

Emma Bowman

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