Women’s soccer league drafts high schooler Alyssa Thompson
Fred Jeter | 3/9/2023, 6 p.m.
Alyssa Thompson is an 18-year-old high school senior with a professional soccer contract.
On March 2, Thompson became the first high school girl to be drafted first overall by the National Women’s Soccer League.
Of Filipino and Peruvian ancestry, she was drafted No. 1 by her hometown NWSL team, Angel City FC. The pro season starts March 25.
The 5-foot-4 forward scored 48 goals in 18 games last season for Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles. She also played for Total Futbol Academy, and excelled in track, running one of the top 10 100-meter times in California.
Thompson, who had earlier committed to attend Stanford University, plans to finish high school online.