Described by her new staff Angel Metropolis as a “generational participant,” teenage sensation Alyssa Thompson made historical past on Thursday by changing into the primary highschool pupil to be drafted in Nationwide Girls’s Soccer League historical past.
Being drafted No. 1 total is one other large step in what has been an already spectacular fledgling profession.
Thompson already boasts two caps for the US Girls’s Nationwide Group (USWNT), having made her worldwide debut aged simply 17 in a pleasant towards European champion England in September at a offered out Wembley Stadium.
Now 18 years outdated, Thompson has been a extremely touted prospect for years, along with her talents on the sphere evident from an early age.
In 2020, she and her youthful sister, Gisele, moved to play for the Complete Futbol Academy, a boys’ membership within the Main League Soccer’s academy system, MLS NEXT.
Again in Might 2022, the Thompson sisters secured a historic multiyear deal to grow to be the primary highschool athletes to signal a reputation, picture and likeness take care of Nike.
A Los Angeles native, Thompson was named the 2021 Excessive Faculty Soccer Participant of the Yr after scoring 48 objectives in 18 video games with Harvard-Westlake Faculty, the place she remains to be a senior.
Thompson can also be no slouch, competing within the 100 meters throughout highschool and recording prime 10 occasions within the state of California throughout her three years working monitor.
In line with Angel Metropolis, she recorded the sixth quickest time within the state in 2022.
Capable of play in all three positions throughout the entrance line, in addition to in midfield, Thompson was in a position to showcase her skills to Angel Metropolis final 12 months when she joined the membership for preseason coaching camp.
“Coaching with the total staff and being in that atmosphere, I assumed: ‘Wow, I can do that,’” she instructed the Angel Metropolis web site.
Thompson had verbally agreed to play for Stanford subsequent 12 months, in response to ESPN, however selected to forgo her school eligibility and declared for the draft final week, a stipulation for highschool athletes in the event that they need to be thought of for the NWSL draft.
ESPN experiences that Thompson will full her senior 12 months of highschool at Harvard-Westlake by taking on-line courses as soon as the NWSL season will get underway on March 25, however will attend courses on the college when her schedule permits.
In line with ESPN, Thompson and her dad and mom stated learning for a level stays a precedence alongside pursuing her skilled soccer profession, one thing Angel Metropolis stated it’s going to assist Thompson arrange subsequent 12 months.
“From the start it’s at all times been one thing that if I’m going to go professional, I’m nonetheless going to get an training,” Thompson instructed ESPN. “I need to proceed to get higher, and since there’s alternative to nonetheless go to varsity, why wouldn’t I do it?”
Thompson’s historic choice at No. 1 within the draft continues her meteoric rise by means of the US Soccer ranks and she’s going to now recurrently be taking part in in entrance of just about 20,000 followers at Angel Metropolis’s Banc of California Stadium.
And with the Girls’s World Cup set to start on July 20 in Australia and New Zealand, don’t be stunned if Thompson earns herself a spot within the USWNT squad for the event.