35: Becky Sauerbrunn

The experienced Sauerbrunn enjoyed a consistent season for new NWSL side Utah Royals under Laura Harvey. In what was always going to be a difficult first campaign for the team, Sauerbrunn’s composed defending helped them to eight clean sheets. She had to wait until April before making an appearance for USA, but became a more regular member of the team thereafter and showed that she still has plenty to give.

Laura Harvey, Utah Royals manager:

“Becky is a natural defender who understands the game and her role on the pitch so well. Having coached teams against her I knew she was good but it wasn’t until I coached her that I realized how good she is. Her ability to recognize danger defensively is world class. She also has the ability to play the way a modern CB has to play in the attack and she is constantly improving her game.”

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