National Women´s Soccer League announces 2018 Best XI

Submitted by Jenny on Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:09

Source: National Women´s Soccer League

CHICAGO (Sept. 2018) - The National Women's Soccer League announced Thursday the Best XI selections for the 2018 NWSL season.

NWSL Shield winners North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns FC led the way with four selections each to the squad followed by the Chicago Red Stars, Seattle Reign FC and Utah Royals FC with one member each on the team.

The Courage and Thorns FC are both set to feature in the 2018 NWSL Championship on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Providence Park in Portland, Ore. in a match broadcast nationally at 4:30 p.m. ET live on Lifetime.

Five players were voted to the Best XI for the second consecutive year - highlighted by Utah Royals FC defender Becky Sauerbrunn, who earned her sixth straight selection to the squad. Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr, North Carolina Courage defender Abby Dahlkemper, Portland Thorns FC goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, North Carolina Courage midfielder McCall Zerboni were the other players to repeat as selections from the 2017 Best XI.

Three players earned their first selection to the Best XI this year including North Carolina Courage defender Abby Erceg, Portland Thorns FC midfielder Lindsey Horan and Portland Thorns FC defender Emily Sonnett.

Erceg was also one of three players - along with Horan and Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe - that made the leap to the Best XI after making the Second XI last season.

Position             Player                            Club                     Country              Note

Goalkeeper        Adrianna Franch     Portland Thorns FC        USA               1.00 GAA

Defender           Emily Sonnett          Portland Thorns FC        USA               1 goal, 1 assist

Defender           Becky Sauerbrunn   Utah Royals FC              USA               1,720 minutes

Defender           Abby Erceg             North Carolina Courage   NZL               2 goals, 2 assists

Defender          Abby Dahlkemper    North Carolina Courage   USA               1,710 minutes

Midfielder         Tobin Heath              Portland Thorns FC         USA               7 goals, 7 assists

Midfielder         Lindsey Horan          Portland Thorns FC         USA              13 goals, 2 assists

Midfielder         McCall Zerboni         North Carolina Courage   USA               3 goals, 1 assist

Forward           Crystal Dunn             North Carolina Courage   USA               8 goals, 5 assists

Forward           Sam Kerr                  Chicago Red Stars           AUS              16 goals, 4 assists

Forward           Megan Rapinoe        Seattle Reign FC             USA                 7 goals, 6 assists

The NWSL awards are voted on by club officials, players, media that cover the league on a consistent basis and fans.

The NWSL Second XI is comprised of the next leading vote getters at each position that did not make the Best XI (listed by position):

Position               Player                              Club                   Country                     Note

Goalkeeper          Lydia Williams             Seattle Reign FC        AUS              10 Clean Sheets

Defender             Merritt Mathias      North Carolina Courage    USA               3 goals, 2 assists

Defender            Julie Ertz                Chicago Red Stars            USA               1,126 minutes

Defender            Emily Menges         Portland Thorns FC          USA               1,305 minutes

Defender            Steph Catley           Seattle Reign FC              AUS                3 assists

Midfielder            Debinha                North Carolina Courage     BRA               8 goals, 2 assists

Midfielder            Carli Lloyd              Sky Blue FC                     USA               4 goals, 1 assist

Midfielder           Christine Sinclair    Portland Thorns FC           CAN              9 goals, 6 assists

Forward              Lynn Williams        North Carolina Courage     USA             14 goals, 5 assists

Forward              Rachel Daly           Houston Dash                    ENG             10 goals, 2 assists

Forward              Sofia Huerta          Houston Dash                    USA                5 goals, 4 assists

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is a nine-team Division-I women's professional soccer league featuring national team players from around the world. The clubs are the Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, Orlando Pride, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, Utah Royals FC and the Washington Spirit.