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Rachel Daly named Budweiser Tournament MVP in 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup

This afternoon, the National Women’s Soccer League named Houston Dash captain and forward Rachel Daly the Budweiser Tournament MVP of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup.  

skillful, physical and intense forward, Daly has been a crucial piece to Houston’s success in the tournament. Of Houston’s six goals scored in the tournament, Daly has played a role in four, and she will be a key member of the club’s offensive attack when they take on Chicago Red Stars during the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup Final pres. by Budweiser. That match is set to kick off at 11:30 a.m. CDT and will be televised live on CBS (KHOU Ch. 11 in Houston).

“It’s a massive honor to be named the MVP of this tournament, but I wouldn’t be able to do it without my amazing teammates, staff, fans and the city of Houston”, said Daly. “Although it is a massive honor for me and my family, I came into this tournament with higher expectations and higher hopes – that is to bring the championship back to Houston.” 

Daly opened her stellar tournament run scoring a brace in the first game played against Utah Royals FC. The England international leads the team with three goals in the tournament and is tied with North Carolina Courage forward Lynn Williams in the tournament Golden Boot race with three goals and assist apiece. Daly can claim the Golden Boot with a goal or an assist in the Final on Sunday. 

This is thoroughly deserved for her play and leadership, and it wouldn’t be possible without the team”, said Dash Head Coach James Clarkson. “This is great recognition for her, the team and the Club.

Daly opened her stellar tournament run scoring a brace in the first game played against Utah Royals FC. The England international leads the team with three goals in the tournament and is tied with North Carolina Courage forward Lynn Williams in the tournament Golden Boot race with three goals and assist apiece. Daly can claim the Golden Boot with a goal or an assist in the Final on Sunday. 

This is thoroughly deserved for her play and leadership, and it wouldn’t be possible without the team”, said Dash Head Coach James Clarkson. “This is great recognition for her, the team and the Club.” 

As the team captain, the Harrogate, England native has helped instill a strong team mentality throughout the tournament, constantly reminding the squad that our circle does not break” 

Daly joined the Dash in 2016 after being selected as the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NWSL College Draft and has held at least a share of the team’s Golden Boot award in each of the last three years. She scored three game-winning goals in 2019 and played a key role in Houston’s fast start to the season under then-first-year head coach Clarkson.  

Daly scored a career-high 10 goals in her third season with the club and finished with three NWSL Team of the Month honors in 2018. The forward was named to the NWSL Second XI at the end of the season and named the club’s Most Valuable Player. The forward led the team in goals with five in 2017 despite playing as a defender for a portion of the season. 

Daly brings experience in tournament-style competition, having played in the semifinal game at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup as part of the England Women’s National Team. During the Lionesses’ run in France last summer, she saw action in five of England’s seven matches and started in two, including the semifinal against the United States. Daly has scored three goals and earned 29 caps with the Lionesses while splitting time as a forward and outside back.