Former St. John’s Star Daly Named Houston Dash MVP

Rachel Daly
Rachel Daly. Photo: Wilf Thorne/

Following her breakout season with the Houston Dash, Rachel Daly has been named the team’s most valuable player.

The former St. John’s star from Harrogate, England, received the award following the 2018 season in which she scored 10 goals and added two assists in 24 games. Her goal total led Houston and was fifth in the NWSL.

Following the announcement of the award, competitors took to social media to congratulate the Houston Dash star. Paul Riley, head coach of the NWSL Champion North Carolina Courage said on Twitter, “Completely deserved. Absolute handful. Plays with tremendous passion, intelligence and skill.”

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This past season marked her third with the Dash. Coming into 2018, Daly over her first two seasons appeared in 35 matches for Houston with seven goals and six assists. She was also named to the NWSL’s 2018 Second XI.

In addition, she was also named Player of the Month in May after scoring four goals and leading the team to a 3-2-1 record. This is the second straight year she has won a team award after being named Houston’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2017.

Selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NWSL College Draft, Daly success has been recognized not only by the NWSL but back in her native England as well. She has become a regular with the England Women’s National Team and in September was part of the squad that punched its ticket to the 2019 World Cup in France.

Daly’s success as a professional follows her remarkable career with St. John’s where she set career records for goals (50) and points (111) in three seasons with the Red Storm. She also scored an NCAA-leading 23 goals in 2013.