92: Abby Dahlkemper
Having enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2017, Dahlkemper has consolidated this time around. She is a regular for the top club side in her country and for the national team, starring at the heart of North Carolina Courage’s defence alongside the experienced Abby Erceg. There was much to admire in her performances during the team’s NWSL success, while she was a mainstay of the USA team that went the whole of 2018 unbeaten, even though many of her 17 appearances came at right-back rather than her more natural centre-back position.
Paul Riley, North Carolina Courage manager:
“Top notch distribution with fantastic defensive acumen. She has developed her physical prowess over the last year and will be a valuable piece of the US team moving forward. Her passing ability is second to none and she is critical in the building stage of any attack.”