99. McCall Zerboni
Despite the fact midfielder McCall Zerboni takes 31 later this year, 2017 was finally the breakout year the North Carolina Courage star had been looking for.
After spending several years moving around NWSL. Zerboni played an important role for Western New York Flash before their relocation to North Carolina for 2017.
Zerboni was a regular in the team that won the NWSL Shield, and she was rewarded for her sparkling form this year with a call up to the senior US Women’s national team, making her debut in October against South Korea.
Not before time, Zerboni has become a star name of the NWSL and has put herself in the reckoning for future national team call ups.
Kristen Hamilton, Zerboni’s team mate at North Carolina Courage says:
“In my opinion, McCall is one of, if not the most underrated players in our league. Her consistency and work ethic are things that can’t be taught. She is an absolute work horse and will always give the team everything she has. She has had an incredible career and I hope she continues to get chances with the US Women’s national team.”
Jen Cooper, US women’s football writer says:
“McCall Zerboni made history in 2017 – and that was just her off-season. Zerboni became the oldest player in USWNT history to earn her first international cap, playing as a sub against South Korea in October on her club’s home field in North Carolina.
“A veteran of multiple pro leagues and one of the most dependable (yet overlooked) American midfielders, Zerboni combined with Carolina team mate Samantha Mewis to dominate the midfield week after week and led the Courage to the NWSL Shield, and an appearance in the NWSL Championship game.”