Three Pride Players Ranked In’s USA’s ‘Best 50 American Women’s Players of 2017’

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It was in Orlando, in partnership with Marta, where Morgan’s year truly took off. She tallied nine goals and four assists in 13 games for the Pride, helping Orlando climb into an unlikely NWSL playoff position for the first time. Morgan’s dominant form continued for the United States as she led the team with seven goals in 698 minutes.

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Krieger, 33, took on a central role for the Orlando Pride in 2017 in a move that made sense for both parties. Orlando needed her leadership and was thin at center back, and Krieger – and Orlando coach Tom Sermanni – recognized that her future with the U.S., if there was to still be one, was more likely as a center back in her later years.

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In a season when she missed almost a dozen NWSL games as well as some U.S. women’s national team friendlies, her mental fortitude to regain fitness was evident, especially returning later in the season, when the race for playoffs was in much sharper relief and points grew more and more critical. Still, her position at 28 on this list reflects a good-not-great year for a goalkeeper, as well as the increasing competition in the American ‘keepers pool.