92. Raquel Rodriguez
Drafted as one of the next big talents of the NWSL in 2016 by Sky Blue FC, the underrated midfielder spent most of 2017 playing second fiddle to Sam Kerr in the USA, but still chipped in with four goals as Sky Blue FC solidified their spot as a consistent side in the league.
Her goal scoring record for Costa Rica is impressive in itself, and at 24 the former Penn State student has plenty of time to grow and improve as a player.
With Costa Rica hoping to make it to the 2019 World Cup, Rodriguez will undoubtedly play a large part in their hopes, recently showing her class in an end of season match against Mexico.
Amelia Valverde, Costa Rica national team head coach says:
“Raquel is a player who has been part of an important process for us since leaving university, being very important for her Penn State team, and then playing professional for Sky Blue FC. Raquel’s main characteristic are her seriousness and professionalism, as well as her awareness of the importance in all areas of performance.”
Christy Holly, former Sky Blue FC manager says:
“Rocky is one of the most naturally gifted players in the NWSL, she manipulates the ball in ways that no one even thinks of doing. This has made her very unpredictable for the opposition and a joy to coach. Rocky has tremendous vision in all areas of the field and is always looking to play her way out of trouble, one of her biggest assets is her ability to finish in front of goal. There is plenty more to come from her in the coming years as she continues to mature and grow as a player.”