Former LMVSC standout Andi Sullivan was recently drafted first in the 2018 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) draft by the Washington Spirit, where she will be joining a vetted professional roster including rising national team star, Mallory Pugh, right back Taylor Smith, and NWSL rookie of the year Ashley Hatch.
Just months earlier, Andi carried her Stanford University team to a national title, scoring the first goal in a 3-2 win over UCLA in Orlando. During her career at Stanford she amassed 20 goals and 19 assists from her midfield position, and an unceasing list of accolades and accomplishments. In 2017, she won the MAC Hermann Trophy, was the Pac-12 midfielder of the year, and the TopDrawerSoccer player of the year. A two time Mac Hermann Trophy finalist (2016-17), a three-time first team All American (2015-17), four times on the All-Pacific region team (2014-2017), and four times on the All Pac-12 First team, she has been consistently at the top of her game, and performing as one of the very best young players in the country.
Andi joined LMVSC early, beginning as a U8, and stayed with the club until she was 15. When asked about her recent success, and Washington Spirit selection, she explained her excitement to return home, “I loved growing up and playing in that area… it did a lot for me. I’m super excited to return to my roots.”
Andi has recently attended US National team camps, has already made seven national team appearances, and hopes to earn her place on the Women’s World Cup team in France Next Year. Washington Spirit general manager, Jim Gabarra, explained his excitement drafting Andi “I am really excited for the possibilities. The ability to draft Andi is huge because not only is she a local player, but a high-quality person that could be a player we build our franchise around for years to come.”