43: Rachel Daly
Rachel Daly finally got the big breakthrough she had been waiting for in the USA this year. Always a consistent performer and one of the most versatile players in the world, the length of a normal season has often not allowed Daly to ever hold down any one position. But in the NWSL Challenge Cup, Daly got her chance to play solely as a forward and took it in style, her three goals and two assists pivotal in Houston Dash’s success in the tournament and gaining Daly worldwide recognition. It was also exciting to see her return to the FA WSL where she’s had a solid start for an inconsistent West Ham side, scoring twice in three league appearances. An incredible work ethic and determination, Daly deserved the year she has had.