Former St. John’s soccer star headed to Tokyo Olympics

St. John's soccer star Rachel Daly (Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's soccer star Rachel Daly (Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports) /

Former St. John’s soccer star Rachel Daly is headed to the Olympics 

Former St. John’s soccer superstar Rachel Daly is headed to compete in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

Daly was named to the Great Britain squad on Thursday afternoon.

The former Red Storm forward had an incredible three-year run in Queens from 2013-2015 scoring a program-record 50 career goals and totaling 111 points.

Daly played a key role as a senior in the 2015 Red Storm team that won a record 15 games while scoring 19 goals as the Red Storm claimed the Big East Regular Season Title and earned an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Following her three years in Queens, Daly was drafted with the No. 6 overall pick in the NWSL Draft to the Houston Dash in 2016.

The Dash captain just became Houston’s all-time leading scorer breaking Kealia Watt’s record of 28 goals on May 23 with a 60th minute header in a 2-2 draw with Kansas City.

Rachel Daly has two goals in the first three matches of the 2021 NWSL season so far.

Daly was also crucial in the Houston Dash winning its first league championship in franchise history last summer as she scored three goals including the game winning goal against the Portland Thorns, sending the Dash to the Championship Game and notched three assists while being named as the NWSL Challenge Cup MVP.

St. John’s soccer standout has illustrious international career

The England international star has featured in 38 games for the Lionesses, including its run to the 2019 FIFA World Cup Semifinals where Daly appeared in five of their seven games, starting two matches.

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Rachel Daly has also been selected for five She Believes Cup Tournaments, including being on the England team that won the competition in 2019.

Rachel Daly and the Great Britain squad will kick off their Olympics on July 21 against Chile in the group stage where they will also face Japan and Canada on July 24 and 27, respectively.

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