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San Diego Wave FC pick Sierra Enge in 2023 NWSL Draft

Versatile engine room player becomes latest Cardinal selection.

Italy v USA - Women’s U16 International Tournament
Enge (right) with the U.S. U-16s.
Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images

San Diego Wave FC traded up to get into the fray of the 2023 NWSL Draft on Thursday, and with their top selection, No. 1 in Round 2 (No. 13 overall), Wave FC selected midfielder/defender Sierra Enge.

Enge, a native of San Diego County, spent her college career at Stanford University, where she was teammates with current Wave FC players Naomi Girma and Belle Briede. As a redshirt freshman, Enge won the NCAA National Title, and won three Pac-12 titles in total. Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2022, Enge made 79 appearances with the Cardinal, scoring five goals and 13 assists across four seasons.

Cited as a versatile player who can be the “engine room” for a midfield, Enge could be a player who can provide depth at a variety of positions for San Diego and help shore up defensive midfield in particular. But first, training camp, and she’ll need to work for that professional contract. For a hometown product, it’ll be easy to root for her.

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