By Alondra Hernandez
St. John's star brings wealth of experience to the team
LOS ANGELES - SoCal FC is delighted to announce that Rachel Daly from Harrogate, England, has signed with the team for the 2015 season. Daly plays for St. John's University in Queens, NY and will be a senior in the fall.
"Rachel comes to us as a highly-recommended player," said SoCal head coach Dido. "I have heard great things about her and I look forward to her contributions to the team."
Daly worked her way up the England youth national teams starting with the U-15 squad. She then made the team that played in the 2008 U-17 FIFA Women's World Cup in New Zealand, where they finished fourth. She has also played for the U-19 national team, and is currently on the full national team player pool.
Daly also played for Leeds United Ladies for nine years, where she won the 2009 League Cup, and had a stint with Lincoln Ladies FC.
At St. John's, Daly tied a school record for goals in one season (23), and set the program's single-season record for points (50) during her first season for the Red Storm in 2013. Following that season, she became St. John's first-ever NSCAA All-American, and was also named Big East Offensive Player and Newcomer of the Year.
In the fall of 2014, Daly led St. John's with eight goals and two assists. She was named to the All-Big East first team and NSCAA All-Region tirst team.
Daly also played in the W-League with the LA Strikers in 2013 and LA Blues in 2014 where she made major contributions to both teams' success.
For the Strikers, Daly was a standout defender and helped the team earn their first winning record in three seasons. She earned one assist that year.
With the Blues, she was part of a defense that allowed just four goals all season, and managed to score two goals of her own. She led the team in minutes played, and was named to the All-Western Conference Team. Daly and the Blues went on to win the 2014 W-League Championship.
"I'm excited to go back to LA for the summer and play for SoCal FC," commented Daly. "I am looking forward to going after another championship in a different league, and to play with some of my old teammates from last year with the LA Blues."
About SoCal FC
SoCal FC, founded in January 2015, is an amateur developmental team that will represent Southern California in the WPSL starting May 2015. SoCal FC's mission is to foster the development of future domestic and international soccer stars on and off the field while providing soccer fans in Southern California a unique opportunity to support the growth of the beautiful game.
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