Where EAST meets the Northwest
TALENTED THOMPSON. Alyssa Thompson, left, was the top pick in the National
Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) draft in January by Angel City FC, becoming the
first high school player to be selected in the history of the league. The
18-year-old forward out of Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles scored
her first NWSL in Angel City’s season-opening match against NJ/NY Gotham in late
March. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
From The Asian Reporter, V33, #4 (April 3, 2023), page 12.
High school student Thompson scores first NWSL goal
By Anne M. Peterson
The Associated Press
Alyssa Thompson was the top pick in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)
draft in January by Angel City FC (ACFC), becoming the first high school player
to be selected in the history of the league.
Thompson, an 18-year-old forward out of Harvard-Westlake High School in Los
Angeles, declared her eligibility for the draft in early January. She initially
committed to Stanford.
"It’s a crazy feeling," said Thompson, who watched the draft from her home in
Los Angeles. "And I’m so happy that I get to be surrounded by my friends and
family. I’m just really excited. My heart’s beating really fast."
Thompson, who has Filipino and Peruvian heritage, scored her first NWSL in
Angel City’s season-opening match, in which her team lost 1-2 to NJ/NY Gotham.
Thompson made her debut with the U.S. senior national team last year while
also playing for the under-19 Total Futbol Academy boys’ team in MLS NEXT.
Thompson and her younger sister, Giselle, also became the first high school
players to sign a name, image, and likeness deal with Nike last year.
"Alyssa Thompson, for us, is a phenom and generational player. She’s a player
who can make an immediate impact, but she’s also young and can develop and look
to be a player that we’re building a future off of, too," Angela Hucles Mangano,
ACFC’s general manager, said earlier this year. The team traded for the top pick
in order to land Thompson.
Angel City FC defeated the Orlando Pride, 2-1, over the weekend. After the
first two weeks of play, Angel City FC is in a four-way tie for fifth place.
Sitting atop the standings are the Portland Thorns and the San Diego Wave. Angel
City’s next match is scheduled for April 15 at 7:00pm against Racing Louisville
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