88. Ellie Carpenter
It’s incredibly hard to believe Ellie Carpenter is still only 19 given how long we’ve been hearing about her and it’s a testament quality that she is receiving the recognition for her talents despite still being a teenager. Her energy and driving force from full-back makes her a vital component for both the Thorns and the Matildas and that’s why she’s already a regular for both at such a young age. She played in all of Australia’s World Cup matches, claiming an assist on the way and returned to action in Portland just a week after Australia’s second round exit to Norway. At 19, Carpenter has the talent and ability to take her career where she wants and she’s already making an impression for Melbourne City back in the W-League during the current NWSL off-season.
Mark Parsons, Portland Thorns manager:
“Ellie is an all action, high energy attacking full back who is a constant threat on the dribble and when crossing the ball in the final third.”
Ante Milicic, Australia head coach:
“It is great that Ellie has been recognised as one of the top 100 female footballers in the world, but I suspect this won’t be the only year that she receives such an honour. Ellie is a joy to coach, with her great athletic capacity adding value to our team in both attack and defence. With nearly 40 caps to her credit at just 19 years of age, Ellie has time on her side to develop into one of the truly elite women’s footballers of the next decade.”
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