NWSL draft 2023: Live first-round picks, trades, updates and analysis

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Draft day is supposed to be a momentous occasion in a young athlete’s life, but that moment of hope and possibility doesn’t always pan out. As Angel City’s Sydney Leroux remembers, her experience as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 WPS draft by the Atlanta Beat didn’t work out as the league shut down before she could play her first match.

Of course, she went on to win the NWSL Shield with the Seattle Reign in 2014 and a World Cup with the USWNT in 2015, so thinks worked out pretty well for her in the end.