NWSL Draft Day: Quinn drafted third, Matheson traded to Utah
Posted on 19 January 2018 in Around the Soccer World
Rebecca Quinn became the highest Canadian draft pick in National Women’s Soccer League history while returning veteran Diana Matheson found a new home with the Utah Royals. Those were only two of the club moves that highlight a flurry of off-season activity in the lead up to the 2018 NWSL season.
Quinn was drafted third overall in the annual NWSL Draft by the Washington Spirit while Amandine Pierre-Louis was drafted sixth overall by Sky Blue FC. Both players will make their professional debuts this season after college careers with Duke University and West Virginia State University, respectively.
Matheson, who missed the 2017 season through injury, was traded on draft day from the Seattle Reign to NWSL newcomers Utah Royals. Matheson joins Desiree Scott, who transferred from outgoing FC Kansas City to the Utah Royals.
Also traded in the past week, sophomore Lindsay Agnew was traded from Washington to the Houston Dash while Janine Beckie was traded from Houston to Sky Blue FC.
The upcoming 2018 season will be the sixth for the NWSL. Last year, NC Courage won the NWSL Shield (featuring Canadian Sabrina D’Angelo) while Portland Thorns won their second NWSL Championship (led by captain Christine Sinclair).