65: Adrianna Franch

Franch split goalkeeping duties with Britt Eckerstrom for parts of Portland Thorns’ season but, once fully fit, asserted herself as one of the best in the NWSL. The Thorns missed out on their second consecutive title but she was voted NWSL goalkeeper of the year and justified that with some stunning saves at key moments. Despite several call-ups to the USA squad she is yet to make her debut, but if her form continues in this vein she has every chance of changing that in 2019.

Mark Parsons, Portland Thorns manager:

“Goalkeeper of the year for the second year in a row. Continues to show she is one of the very best at commanding her box and dealing with crosses. A calm leader with great communication who continues to improve at an incredible pace. Her 1st half performance in the semi final was world class and propelled the Thorns to a win over rivals Seattle.”

 

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