Rachel Daly

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Rachel Daly
Rachel Daly in 2017
Personal information
Full name Rachel Ann Daly[1]
Date of birth (1991-12-06) 6 December 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth Harrogate, England[2]
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Position(s) Forward / Defender
Club information
Current team
Houston Dash
Number 3
Youth career
Leeds United
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 St. John's Red Storm 60 (50)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Leeds United
2011–2012 Lincoln Ladies 24 (4)
2013 Los Angeles Strikers
2014 LA Blues
2015 SoCal FC
2016– Houston Dash 80 (24)
2020West Ham United (loan) 9 (3)
National team
2008 England U17 4 (0)
2014 England U23 2 (0)
2016– England 36 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 January 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 February 2021

Rachel Ann Daly (born 6 December 1991) is an English footballer who plays for Houston Dash and the England national team.

College career[edit]

Despite playing just three years for the St. John's University Red Storm, Daly set the school's career records for both goals (50) and points (111). As a freshman, she did not see game action due to NCAA compliance regulations. During her second year, she played and started in all 21 games and set St. John's single-season records in goals (23) and points (50), becoming the program's first-ever player to be named a NSCAA All-American, after earning Second Team honours.

As a junior, she was the team's leading player in points with 18, including 8 goals and 2 assists. As a senior, she appeared in 20 games, making 19 starts, and finished as the leading scorer on the team with 19 goals and 5 assists for a total of 18 points. She became the first player in program history to be selected to the NSCAA All-America First Team and the first to be named a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy.[3]

Club career[edit]

Houston Dash[edit]

Daly was selected by NWSL club Houston Dash as the sixth overall pick of the 2016 NWSL College Draft.[4] The NWSL Media Association voted Daly Player of the Week for the first week of the season after she contributed a goal and an assist in the Dash's 3–1 win against the Chicago Red Stars.[5] She appeared in 16 games in the 2016 season, tallying four goals and four assists.[6]

Daly returned to the Dash for the 2017 season, appearing in 23 games and scoring 5 goals.[7] On 20 November 2017 the Houston Dash announced that Daly had signed a new contract with the club.[8]

In the 2018 season, Daly was named Player of the Week for week 9, as well as Player of the Month for the month of May. Daly started all 24 games for the Dash and scored a career high 10 goals.[9] She was voted team MVP and named to the NWSL Second XI for the 2018 season.[10][11][12]

Daly was named captain of the Dash ahead of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup. The Dash won the Cup, their first trophy, after a 2–0 win over the Chicago Red Stars in the final. Daly won the tournament Golden Boot and on 25 July 2020 was named tournament MVP.[13]

Loan to West Ham United[edit]

On 3 September 2020, Daly joined West Ham United on a loan that expired 11 January 2021.[14][15]

International career[edit]

Daly has represented England at the U-15, U-17, U-19, and U-23 levels.[16] She was a member of England's U-17 FIFA Women's World Cup team that finished fourth in New Zealand in 2008.[17]

When Mark Sampson replaced Hope Powell as England coach, he named Daly in his first squad in December 2013.[18] She won her first senior cap in June 2016, scoring in England's 7–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying win over Serbia. Daly was left off Sampson's squad for Euro 2017.[19]

After not being called up for nearly a year, Daly was included in England's squad for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup by new head coach Phil Neville.[20] Daly featured in four of England's World Cup qualifying games in 2018, as England won their group and qualified for the 2019 World Cup.[21] She won the 2019 SheBelieves Cup with England, where she appeared in two games and played all 90 minutes in a 2–2 draw against the United States.[22]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 4 June 2016 Adams Park, High Wycombe, England  Serbia 3–0 7–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying
2. 4 September 2018 Tsentralniy, Pavlodar, Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan 2–0 6–0 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying
3. 8 November 2018 BSFZ-Arena, Maria Enzersdorf, Austria  Austria 3–0 3–0 Friendly
4. 23 February 2021 St. George's park, Burton upon Trent, England  Northern Ireland 5–0 6–0 Friendly

Personal life[edit]

Daly is a lesbian.[23].[24][23]



Leeds United

Houston Dash





  1. ^ a b "FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™ List of Players - England" (PDF). FIFA. 27 May 2019. p. 8. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Women's World Cup 2019: Mapping England's Lionesses squad". BBC Sport. 2 July 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Rachel Daly". St. John's University. Archived from the original on 6 August 2018. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  4. ^ Tolar, Alicia (15 January 2016). "2016 NWSL Draft: Houston Dash pick Rachel Daly". SB Nation. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  5. ^ Staff, Keeper Notes (19 April 2016). "Houston Dash's Rachel Daly wins NWSL Player of the Week -". Archived from the original on 22 April 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Rachel Daly Profile". Houston Dynamo. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Rachel Daly stats". 27 June 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Forward Rachel Daly signs new contract with Dash". 20 November 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  9. ^ "R. DALY". Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Player of the Week, Rachel Daly". 29 May 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Player of the Month, Rachel Daly". 1 June 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  12. ^ "SEVEN NC COURAGE PLAYERS ON NWSL'S BEST XI AND SECOND XI". 20 September 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  13. ^ a b Hill, Glynn A. (25 July 2020). "Dash forward Rachel Daly named MVP of NWSL Challenge Cup". HoustonChronicle.com.
  14. ^ "West Ham sign England international Rachel Daly on loan until end of the year". Goal.com. 3 September 2020.
  15. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/CJ6Q5O4DF50/
  16. ^ "St. John's Daly named to England U-23 women's team for La Manga tournament in Spain". Big Apple Soccer. Archived from the original on 5 August 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  17. ^ "Rachel Daly Invited To Training Camp For England Senior Women's National Team". St. John's University Athletics. Archived from the original on 28 September 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  18. ^ "Lianne Sanderson recalled to England training squad". British Broadcasting Corporation. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  19. ^ "Dash's Rachel Daly disappointed, determined after England snub". 5 April 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  20. ^ "RACHEL DALY ENJOYING HER ENGLAND REVIVAL UNDER PHIL NEVILLE". 15 November 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  21. ^ "R.DALY". Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  22. ^ "ENGLAND CLAIMS 2019 SHEBELIEVES CUP CROWN WITH 3-0 WIN VS. JAPAN". 5 March 2019. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  23. ^ a b Alejandro, Gabrielle (23 October 2019). "Five Lesbian Power Couples in Sports". AfterEllen. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  24. ^ "Meet the 41 out gay and bi soccer stars in the Women's World Cup 2019". Gay Star News. 26 June 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  25. ^ "Leeds Carnegie lift first major trophy with defeat of Everton". Guardian. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  26. ^ "England record statement win over Japan to clinch prestigious SheBelieves Cup". The Football Association. 5 March 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.

Further reading[edit]

  • Aluko, Eniola (2019), They Don't Teach This, Random House, ISBN 9781473564480
  • Caudwell, Jayne (2013), Women's Football in the UK: Continuing with Gender Analyses, Taylor & Francis, ISBN 9781317966234
  • Clarke, Gemma (2019), Soccerwomen: The Icons, Rebels, Stars, and Trailblazers Who Transformed the Beautiful Game, ISBN 9781568589206
  • Dunn, Carrie (2019), Pride of the Lionesses: The Changing Face of Women's Football in England, Pitch Publishing (Brighton) Limited, ISBN 9781785315411
  • Dunn, Carrie (2016), The Roar of the Lionesses: Women's Football in England, Pitch Publishing Limited, ISBN 9781785311512
  • Grainey, Timothy (2012), Beyond Bend It Like Beckham: The Global Phenomenon of Women's Soccer, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803240368
  • Smith, Kelly (2012), Footballer: My Story, Transworld, ISBN 9781446488591
  • Stay, Shane (2019), The Women's World Cup 2019 Book: Everything You Need to Know About the Soccer World Cup, Books on Demand, ISBN 1782551921
  • Theivam, Keiran and Jeff Kassouf (2019), The Making of the Women's World Cup: Defining stories from a sport’s coming of age, Little, ISBN 1472143310

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