Melbourne Victory captain Stephanie Catley has been named in the NWSL Second XI.

The 20 year old was rewarded for an excellent season with semi finalists Portland Thorns in which Catley played in 14 matches and notched up 5 assists.

The NWSL Second XI had a Victory theme running through the selections with Catley's teammate W-League Lauren Barnes also selected as well as former Victory strikers Jessica McDonald (Season 5) and Jodie Taylor (Seasons 3 &4), who won the W-League Golden Boot playing for Sydney FC in Season 6.

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While no Australians made the Best XI, two names familiar to the W-League are Canberra United midfielder Kendall Fletcher, who played as a defender with Grand Finalists Seattle Reign, and former Victory midfielder and Fletcher's Reign teammate Jessica Fishlock.

The NWSL awards are voted on by a selection of journalists that cover the league on a consistent basis, club officials and NWSL players.

Voters for the Best XI provided selections for four (4) defenders and a combination of six (6) midfielders or forwards; with the ability to select a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of three (3) forwards. The Goalkeeper of the Year was automatically named to the Best XI.

The NWSL Second XI is comprised of the next leading vote getters at each position that did not make the Best XI.


NWSL Best XI

(listed alphabetically, by position)

PositionPlayerClub

Country

Note
GoalkeeperAlyssa NaeherBoston Breakers

USA

106 saves
DefenderKendall FletcherSeattle Reign FC

USA

.83 team GAA
DefenderAli KriegerWashington Spirit

USA

1 goal
DefenderChristie RamponeSky Blue FC

USA

1 goal, 2 assists
DefenderBecky SauerbrunnFC Kansas City

USA

8 shutouts
MidfielderVerónica BoquetePortland Thorns FC

Spain

4 goals, 6 assists
MidfielderJess FishlockSeattle Reign FC

Wales

4 goals, 8 assists
MidfielderKim LittleSeattle Reign FC

Scotland

16 goals, 7 assists
ForwardLauren HolidayFC Kansas City

USA

8 goals, 7 assists
ForwardNahomi KawasumiSeattle Reign FC

Japan

9 goals, 5 assists
ForwardAmy RodriguezFC Kansas City

USA

13 goals, 3 assists

NWSL Second XI

(listed alphabetically, by position):

PositionPlayerClub

Country

Note
GoalkeeperHope SoloSeattle Reign FC

USA

5 shutouts
DefenderLauren BarnesSeattle Reign FC

USA

.83 team GAA
DefenderStephanie CatleyPortland Thorns FC

Australia

5 assists
DefenderStephanie CoxSeattle Reign FC

USA

.83 team GAA
DefenderJulie JohnstonChicago Red Stars

USA

Rookie of the Year
MidfielderCarli LloydWestern New York Flash

USA

8 goals, 5 assists
MidfielderAllie LongPortland Thorns FC

USA

9 goals, 3 assists
MidfielderHeather O'ReillyBoston Breakers

USA

9 goals, 5 assists
ForwardJessica McDonaldPortland Thorns FC

USA

11 goals, 1 assist
ForwardChristen PressChicago Red Stars

USA

6 goals
ForwardJodie TaylorWashington Spirit

England

11 goals, 2 assist