84. Aubrey Bledsoe
2019 was a much more positive year for the Spirit and part of that was down to the superb form of Bledsoe between the posts. The goalkeeper started every NWSL match this season, keeping clean sheets in nine of them and was named in team of the month three times as well as the NWSL Best XI at the end of the season, testament to her superb performances. Her save percentage was close to 80% and if her form continues into 2020 then a senior USA debut can’t be far away.
Richie Burke, Washington Spirit manager:
“Without wishing to sound disrespectful to other ‘keepers in the NWSL, especially since there are so many that are exceptional, I’d say that Aubrey is currently the most complete ‘keeper in the league. She reached incredible heights this year for the Washington Spirit. She deserved Goalkeeper of the Year for the NWSL this season, and her call up to the latest USWNT camp was an absolute no-brainer. An all-round athlete, Aubrey excels in shot-stopping, dealing with crosses and 1v1 duels like most of the top ‘keepers in the world. But the one area that sets her aside from all others is her ability to play with her feet. Whether she is pinging a 50-yarder into strikers’ feet or wide to full backs or even finding players between the lines of pressure, Aubrey’s feet and composure on the ball are second to none. Can’t wait to see her get her first international cap for the USA!”
|⇐ 85. Abby Erceg||83. Almuth Schult ⇒|