99: Alanna Kennedy
It has been a so-so year with a struggling Orlando Pride side for Kennedy after the high of winning the W-League with Melbourne City. She popped up with two goals and an assist during the course of the NWSL campaign, while three goals for Australia have seen her remain highly valued by Alen Stajcic. Now she has returned to her home country for the off-season, this time with Sydney FC. Kennedy could not have got off to a much better start, showing her quality with a super goal against Melbourne Victory recently even though her team went on to lose.
Tom Sermanni, former Orlando Pride manager:
“It’s difficult to imagine that Alanna is only 23 years old when you observe the maturity of her play and her understanding of the game. She is equally as comfortable as a centre back or in the centre of the midfield. She’s an accomplished passer, comfortable in possession and able to dictate the flow and tempo of the game. She is also outstanding in the air and a significant threat on set plays.”
Alex Morgan, Orlando Pride team mate:
“Alanna is one of the most reliable players I’ve ever played with. She shows so much leadership on the field, and what’s so impressive is that she is still so young.”
Emily van Egmond, Orlando Pride team mate:
“Alanna has a great understanding of the game and good technique with both her right and left foot. Her aerial presence and versatility are so valuable for both club and country.”