45: Rachel Daly
It looked like being another “what if” year for Daly when the new Houston Dash manager, Vera Pauw, kept her in a full-back role. But she moved up front after a few games and never looked back, entering the top five of the NWSL scoring charts with 10 goals. Dash missed out on the play-offs despite Daly’s impressive form, which has continued with England. Phil Neville has made her a regular member of his team and she has found the net twice for her country in 2018.
Brian Ching, Houston Dash managing director:
“We are extremely proud of Rachel on this recognition of her career. She has worked tremendously hard and has been a blessing for our club. To see her on this list is a testament to her dedication and work ethic and we look forward to watching her climb this list in the years to come.”
Phil Neville, England head coach:
“I’ve been a big fan of Rachel since taking over in January. There’s a lot of discussion around her best position as she’s so versatile, which is a great asset to have in our squad. She’s worked so hard in the USA since the season finished, she’s been sending us her training data and it’s impressive. Rachel’s quite rightly sensed she has a major opportunity over the next seven months to take her game to the next level.”