Who doesn’t love a good ranking?
Backline Soccer decided to rank the NWSL’s best all-time goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards. We tried as much as possible to stick to NWSL play and keep any national team performance out of our decision-making.
How did we get to our finalists? A brutal two-round process that left each of us at our collective wit’s end trying to separate the best from an already stellar pool of players.
In Round One, Backline Soccer crew members each chose 30 field players and 5 goalkeepers from a list of the nearly 300 players who have ever taken the pitch in the NWSL. And then, in Round Two, we separated the top seven players into each of their positions and ranked them from 1 to 5.
Like we said. Brutal.
But we did it anyway. And here are our choices:
#1 Midfielder: Kim Little – Arsenal Ladies formerly of the Seattle Reign
Is it a surprise to anyone that Kim Little is our pick for best NWSL midfielder of all time? During her first season in the NWSL, she was named Player of the Month three times, won the Golden Boot, and ultimately went on to be named league MVP for the 2014 season. The following year, Little lead the Reign with 10 goals and helped them win the NWSL Shield for the second straight year. Kim Little’s creativity on the ball, superb goal scoring skills, insane technical ability, and overall incredible talent make her number one on our list and without a doubt, one of the best midfielders in the world.