The NWSL may be the American soccer league, but many of its most talented players come from all over the world. This series looks at some of the league’s most talented internationals and looks at their careers in the NWSL, their roles within their national teams, and their overall style of play. This week, we will look at Scottish international and Seattle Reign defender Rachel Corsie.
Who Is She?
Rachel Corsie is a 28-year-old central defender for the Seattle Reign from Aberdeen, Scotland. She began her professional career in 2008 when she joined Glasgow City FC in the Scottish Women’s Premier League. During her time with Glasgow, she helped her team win a domestic treble and she competed in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. In 2014, she left Glasgow City and spent a year captaining the Notts County Women in England. Following her year in the FA WSL, she came to the NWSL and joined the Seattle Reign.
Corsie has also had a successful career with Scotland that includes a total of 91 appearances. This summer, she traveled with the national team to the UEFA Women’s European Championship. In her extensive career with the national team, it was the first time that the team had qualified for a major tournament.
Scottish National Team
Rachel Corsie made her debut for the senior national team in the 2009 Cyprus Women’s Cup against France. Corsie is a part of a core group of women that have contributed to the rise of Scotland on the international scene. They have been close for a long time, but never quite qualified for those major tournaments. Over the summer, Scotland made their debut in the UEFA Women’s Euro, playing in a group alongside England, Spain, and Portugal. While Scotland didn’t advance out of the group stage, they came close. They finished in 3rd place, losing that second place slot to Spain only on goal differential. Corsie played in all three matches for Scotland, playing the full 90 minutes in their matches against Spain and Portugal and totaling 256 minutes in the tournament. Corsie, who has had 91 appearances and 16 goals in her career with Scotland, hopes that this tournament is only the beginning.
Corsie has played an important role in critical moments in Scotland’s history. She captained the team in their 2011 Cyprus Women’s Cup win over England. This match marks the first time that Scotland had beat their English rivals in over 30 years. Corsie also scored three goals in the qualifying tournament for the 2011 Women’s World Cup. Ultimately, Scotland lost their group to Denmark by only one point.
Corsie joined the Seattle Reign in 2015. She became a key player in the defense early on, helping lead the Reign to an NWSL Shield in 2015 and creating one of the best defenses in the league. In 2016, her season was cut short when a knee injury left her out of the roster longer than expected. In the past two seasons, she has made 20 starts in 23 appearances for the Reign. In the past three years, it has become clear that when Corsie is on the backline, the team’s defensive performance is stronger. During this season, she missed some time while playing in the UEFA Women’s Euro. The team as a whole has struggled to find consistency, and they find themselves fighting for a playoff spot as we head into the final stretch of the season. They have earned only two clean sheets this season and often find themselves falling into high-scoring games. Currently, the Reign sit in 6th place, two points behind No. 5 Sky Blue and five points behind No. 4 Orlando Pride. But their playoff hopes are still within reach.