Former St. John’s Star Daly Named To England World Cup Squad

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Rachel Daly. Photo: Lionesses Twitter page.

When looking at the record books of St. John’s women’s soccer program the name Rachel Daly sits atop many offensive categories.

A member of head coach Ian Stone’s team from 2013 to 2015, the native of Harrogate, England, has reached another milestone. She was named to England’s World Cup squad for this year’s tournament in France, which kicks off June 7.

On Wednesday, May 8, Daly was named to the 23-player squad by team head coach Phil Neville. She is one of 11 players on the Three Lionesses roster who will be playing in their first World Cup.

Rachel Daly, World Cup“This is an absolute dream come true!” Daly wrote on Twitter. “Playing for my country in the World Cup. Wow. This is what I’ve worked for and dreamt of every day since I can remember! Honoured to be a part of this amazing squad. Proud day for my family.”

Currently a member of the Houston Dash in the NWSL, Daly earned her first cap in 2016. She scored her first national team goal in June 2016 in a 7-0 win over Serbia during a Euro 2017 qualifying match.

During her time as a member of the Red Storm, Daly was one of the top women soccer players at the Division I level. In 2015 she was named an NSCAA First Team All-American. In 60 appearances (59 starts) she scored 50 goals and had 11 assists. Her career goal total and total points (111) are most in school history. She also holds the career mark for shots with 303.

Daly also holds several individual season records including goals (23 in 2013), points (50 in 2013) and shots (120 in 2015).