96. Jaelene Hinkle
A first appearance for one of the top left-backs anywhere in the world. Playing for now back-to-back reigning NWSL champions North Carolina Courage, Hinkle was a regular for her side, playing in and starting 24 games throughout the year. Her ability to combine attack with defence ensures she stands out from the crowd and Hinkle showed her contribution via six assists this season. With a national team career not on the horizon owing to controversial views on same-sex marriage, she’s been able to help her team to another title while others around the league were often on international duty and at 26 Hinkle is a full-back now very much coming into her peak years and top form to go with it.
Paul Riley, North Carolina Courage manager:
“Jaelene provides a major piece for the Courage. Pace, brilliant one on one ability, excellent crosser of the ball and her knowledge of the game is massive in our formation. Difficult player for opponents to deal with on the attacking side and the defensive aspects of her game continue to improve. Much more comfortable with and without the ball, consistent in her decision making and enjoyed a fabulous 2019 season being our iron lady playing very minute.”
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