May Player of the Month: Rachel Daly
Daly scored four goals in six games in May
Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly has four goals this season. (Photo credit: Daniel Bartel/
Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly has four goals this season. (Photo credit: Daniel Bartel/

Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly has been voted May Player of the Month by the NWSL Media Association.

Daly scored four goals in six games as the Dash went 3-1-2 and moved into fifth place in the NWSL standings. Most recently, Daly earned Week 9 Player of the Week honors after leading the Dash to two wins last week.

Her first goal of the month — and of the season — came in Houston’s first win of the season, a 3-2 victory over Sky Blue FC on May 5. In the 59th minute, she found the back of the net with a chip over Sky Blue goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan.

She got her second goal of the year on May 12 in a 2-2 draw with the Red Stars. In the 6th minute, Nichelle Prince found Daly on a breakaway and Daly hit a bending shot around goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher to give Houston an early lead. Daly also contributed to the second goal of the game, sending a low free kick to Kyah Simon, who passed to Kristie Mewis for a quick, set-piece strike.

Another Daly free kick led to a goal in Houston’s 2-1 win over Seattle Reign FC on May 23. After her service bounced in the box, Mewis tapped it home for the score. Daly was also involved in the passing sequence of Houston’s counter-attack goal that won the game in the 93rd minute that night.

Daly finished off the month with a brace, the first of her NWSL career, in Houston’s 3-2 win over the Washington Spirit. Her first goal was a one-time finish on an assist from Nichelle Prince. Her second came off of an assist from Thembi Kgatlana after Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe came well out of the penalty area to try to make a play.

Daly finished the month with four goals, nine shots on goal, and 11 chances created. She played every minute of all six of Houston’s games in the month.

Courage midfielder McCall Zerboni finished second in Player of the Month voting. Thorns forward Christine Sinclair was third.

The NWSL Player of the Month is selected each month of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis. For more information on the NWSL Media Association, follow them on Twitter.


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