73: Alyssa Naeher

Naeher hammered home her claim to USA’s No 1 shirt in 2018 and looks sure to keep goal during their World Cup defence next summer. She kept 10 clean sheets during her country’s unbeaten year and helped Chicago Red Stars make the end of season NWSL play-offs. Seven clean sheets during the league season emphasised her value but there was little she could do as the Red Stars lost out to the eventual champions, North Carolina Courage.

Craig Harrington, Chicago Red Stars assistant manager:

“It is unbelievable the standard that she is able to work to and her willingness. She is always thinking to try to improve, improve, improve and improve for the team. Her performances have been brilliant.

 

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