98: Emily van Egmond
After dropping out of the rankings last year, an up and down 2018 sees Van Egmond edge back in at No 98. She began it in the W-League with Newcastle Jets before returning to the NWSL with Orlando Pride. Van Egmond only started 12 league matches during a frustrating domestic season but she played regularly in a solid year for the Matildas. Most recently, the midfielder popped up with both goals against Chile and she continues to be a creative spark from the middle of the park.
Tom Sermanni, former Orlando Pride manager:
“She’s an elegant footballer. Great vision with the technique to hit long, accurate and penetrating passes. She’s comfortable and confident in possession and has the vision and ability to make excellent forward runs from midfield into goal scoring positions but also able to compliment this with composed finishes. She’s a player that is also confident to take responsibility in pressure situations.”
Alex Morgan, Orlando Pride team mate:
“I love playing with Emily in that Emily wants to play, she wants to combine. She sees the game in a great way.”
Alanna Kennedy, Orlando Pride team mate:
“Emily reads the game very well. She’s someone who can dictate play through the middle and her passing range is exceptional.”