It marked the Royals’ first draft choice since being revived for the league’s expansion this year. Utah played in 2018-20 before ceasing operations.
Sentnor was a redshirt sophomore for the Tar Heels last season and was named ACC Midfielder of the Year as well as a third-team All-American by United Soccer Coaches. She led the team in goals (11), assists (seven) and points (29).
At No. 2 overall, expansion club Bay FC chose defender Savy King with the franchise’s first-ever draft pick.
King also played for North Carolina but is a California native. As a freshman in 2023, she started all 23 matches and led the team with 2,030 minutes.
Staab, 26, spent the past five NWSL seasons with the Spirit and totaled four goals over 93 appearances. She has earned NWSL Ironwoman honors three times, having played in every possible regular-season minute for her club three times, including in 2023.
Washington, who also received $250,000 in allocation money from the Courage, took Clemson midfielder Hal Hershfelt with the No. 5 pick.
The Red Stars then dealt longtime defender Arin Wright to Racing Louisville FC in exchange for the 15th overall pick and $125,000 in allocation money. Wright, 31, is a Kentucky native and requested to join her home state’s team, according to Chicago.
Information from Field Level Media was used in this report.