Foord rewarded for strong first professional season abroad | Credit: Caitlin Murray (@WoSoCait) Foord rewarded for strong first professional season abroad | Credit: Caitlin Murray (@WoSoCait)

Despite missing the last quarter of the season, Sky Blue FC's Caitlin Foord has been named in the NWSL Best XI second team defence in NWSL awards. 

Foord, who was the youngest player in the NWSL, was named alongside US Women's National Team defenders Ali Krieger and Rachel Buehler and Canadian player Lauren Sesselman.

After a nervous start to the season, Foord grew into her position at right back for Jim Gabarra's team and was a pivotal member during Sky Blue's league leading run in the first half the season.

Defensively she was strong in locking down her wing and offensively her trademark slalom runs created havoc in opposition defences.  However, as was the case for many of the Sky Blue squad, an injury (ankle) cut short her inaugural professional season.

Follow defender and Sky Blue captain Christie Rampone was also rewarded for her strong season as she was named in the NWSL Best XI and as was Melbourne Victory midfielder Jessica Fishlock for her season with the Seattle Reign.

Fishlock, who the Victory are actively chasing for a return for Season 6 of the W-League, was also voted the Reign's MVP.

GoalkeeperNicole BarnhartFC Kansas CityUSA10 shutouts
DefenderChristie RamponeSky Blue FCUSA1.20 GAA
DefenderLeigh Ann RobinsonFC Kansas CityUSA5 assists
DefenderBecky SauerbrunnFC Kansas CityUSA1.0 GAA
DefenderBrittany TaylorWNY FlashUSA3 goals, 4 assists
MidfielderLori ChalupnyChicago Red StarsUSA5 goals, 4 assists
MidfielderJess FishlockSeattle Reign FCWales4 goals
MidfielderLauren HolidayFC Kansas CityUSA12 goals, 9 assists
MidfielderDiana MathesonWashington SpiritCanada8 goals, 3 assists
ForwardSydney LerouxBoston BreakersUSA11 goals, 2 assists
ForwardAbby WambachWNY FlashUSA11 goals, 8 assists

GoalkeeperAdrianna FranchWNY FlashUSA98 saves
DefenderRachel BuehlerPortland Thorns FCUSA1.15 GAA
DefenderCaitlin FoordSky Blue FCAustraliaNWSL’s youngest player
DefenderAli KriegerWashington SpiritUSA1 goal
DefenderLauren SesselmannFC Kansas CityCanada0.84 GAA
MidfielderMegan RapinoeSeattle Reign FCUSA5 goals, 1 assist
MidfielderDesiree ScottFC Kansas CityCanada1.0 GAA
MidfielderErika TymrakFC Kansas CityUSA6 goals, 4 assists
ForwardAlex MorganPortland Thorns FCUSA8 goals, 5 assists
ForwardLianne SandersonBoston BreakersEngland5 goals, 7 assists
ForwardChristine SinclairPortland Thorns FCCanada8 goals, 2 assists