(Reuters) – With the Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) prime honour secured, MVP Jess Fishlock stated there isn’t any better precedence now than to assist her Welsh nationwide group attain the World Cup.
The 34-year-old midfielder loved a standout season with OL Reign within the top-flight American soccer league, scoring 5 targets in 21 begins with 4 assists to guide Reign to the postseason, the place they misplaced within the semi-finals to the Washington Spirit.
With just a few days of relaxation, Fishlock, the primary Welsh lady to win 100 worldwide caps, arrives again residence on Friday.
“I simply actually need to get to a serious match with my nation greater than something on the planet,” Fishlock, 34, informed Reuters.
“My important precedence as of now’s can I make one closing push with my nationwide group.”
With an aggressive model of defence and laser-like passing skill – she recorded 47 key passes for a 76.4% passing accuracy within the NWSL this 12 months – Fishlock brings versatility to a Welsh group going through robust matchups within the group stage this month in opposition to Greece and France.
Wales beat Estonia 4-0 final month in entrance of a report crowd in Cardiff and are two factors behind leaders France of their group.
“Every part has been a little bit of a blur, not going to lie, over the previous couple days however a very good blur,” stated Fishlock, whose MVP announcement overlapped with a powerful draw by the Wales males’s group in opposition to Belgium that earned them a spot within the playoffs for subsequent 12 months’s World Cup in Qatar.
“Everybody was actually on a excessive about Wales and Welsh sport, particularly Welsh soccer,” she stated. “For me it’s large, I imply, to have the ability to sort of fly my flag round wherever I’m going means the world to me.”
(Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York, enhancing by Ed Osmond)