The NWSL may be the American women’s soccer league, but some of their strongest players come from all around the world. This series will look at some of those internationals that you may not know a lot about. Each article will highlight their style of play, the role they play on their national team, and the role they play in their club.
This week we will be looking at Brazilian international Andressinha of the Houston Dash.
What Does She Do?
Andressinha is a 22-year-old attacking midfielder. She is one of the numerous Brazilian players in the NWSL. Among these include names like Marta, Camila, and Monica of the Orlando Pride; Debinha of the North Carolina Courage; and Poliana, Andressinha’s teammate on the Houston Dash. Andressinha is one of many young Brazilian players making a name for themselves in the NWSL.
Brazilian National Team
Andressinha has been with the Brazilian national team since 2012. She has nine goals in 23 caps with the team, and competed in both the 2015 Women’s World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics. She is currently competing in the Tournament of Nations, where she played a full 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw against Japan and scored two goals in Brazil’s 4-3 loss to the United States. The Brazilian national team, and Andressinha along with them, have been steadily improving since 2015. Their critical matches in recent tournaments have come against Australia. Australia knocked them out of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, and they subsequently knocked them out of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Both teams are strong and on the rise, full of young talent and getting better with each match.
Andressinha has made 25 starts in 27 appearances for the team over the past two years. This season she has already scored two goals and three assists. She is improving more and more as the season goes on and as she gets more playing time. Andressinha has played a crucial role in the Dash’s six-game undefeated streak, earning Player of the Week in Week 13 after scoring the game-winning goal against the Washington Spirit. She was credited with creating two goal-scoring opportunities in that game and had an 87% passing accuracy.
Andressinha is a player that is constantly improving with both her club and her country. At just 22-years-old, she has much more time to grow her game, especially as she continues to get more minutes with both Brazil and the Houston Dash.