Two women with connections to the Long Island soccer community have been called up to the senior England Women’s National Team.
Sky Blue FC forward Leah Galton, a graduate of Hofstra University, will head across the Atlantic as will former St. John’s University star Rachel Daly, who currently plays for Houston Dash. Galton and Daly are part of head coach Mark Sampson’s 23-player roster.
Galton has previously represented England at the U-17 and U-19 levels, also playing a key role for its U-23 side at the La Manga Tournament this past March. Sky Blue FC selected her with the no. 13 overall pick in the 2016 NWSL College Draft after the 2015 MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist registered 122 career points at Hofstra University, a program record. She also earned Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year accolades over her last three seasons at Hofstra, the only player in CAA history to do so.
“We are absolutely delighted for Leah in her receiving this call-up,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. “This call-up is a very important step in her development as a player, and we fully expect her to showcase her abilities on the international level the same way that she has done since arriving here in New Jersey.”
Daly’s stock has continued to rise over the past few months. The former Red Storm star netted a goal in her debut match with Team England in the Lionesses 7-0 win over Serbia in UEFA Euro 2017 qualifying on June 4.
The Harrogate, England, native earned a selection to the squad due in large part to her stellar start with the Houston of the National Women’s Soccer League. In 12 games this season, Daly leads Houston with four goals and three assists, placing her sixth in the league in both those categories and tops among rookies.
Daly was taken sixth overall by Houston in the 2016 NWSL College Draft. In three years with the Red Storm, Daly tallied 50 goals and 111 points, both of which set program records despite Daly’s relatively brief tenure. She was a two-time NSCAA All-American, a two-time Big East Offensive Player of the Year, a three-time First Team All-Big East Selection, a two-time MAC Hermann Trophy watchlist honoree and a semifinalist for the award in 2015.
England’s training camp will be held at St. George’s Park in Staffordshire on Sunday, remaining there for five days before moving to Bisham Abbey in Berkshire next Thursday for two days. The camp is intended to begin England’s preparations for next summer’s UEFA Women’s Euros. The Lionesses will next play when they host Estonia on Sept. 15 at Meadow Lane in Nottingham before traveling to Leuven to face Belgium on Sept. 20.