On Thursday, January 18, 2018, a new chapter began in the lives of U.S. WNT midfielder Andi Sullivan and U.S. WNT forward Savannah McCaskill when their names were called at the top of the 2018 NWSL College Draft in Philadelphia.
With both players currently participating in the U.S. WNT’s January Camp in California, Sullivan and McCaskill were unable to attend the draft, but watched the live stream from the courtyard of their hotel in Los Angeles with a cup of coffee in hand (it was just after 7 a.m. on the West Coast), feeling the anticipation and excitement of someone whose lifelong dream has finally become a reality.
The 22-year-old Sullivan, who led Stanford University to the 2017 NCAA title, became the fifth consecutive No. 1 overall pick to be drafted while concurrently participating in a WNT’s January Camp. The Lorton, Virginia native was taken by her home area Washington Spirit, where she’ll join U.S. teammate Mallory Pugh. Sullivan follows in the footsteps of former NWSL No. 1 picks and USA teammates – Crystal Dunn (2014), Morgan Brian (2015), Emily Sonnett (2016) and Rose Lavelle (2017).
Sullivan will get to return to an area and community that she loves deeply and helped her become the player she is today.
“Returning to the DMV will be very cool,” Sullivan said. “I was on the West Coast for four years so coming home will be special. To be near my family and friends will be fun. This is a place that gave me so much and I’m excited to give back to them.”