NC Courage Lands Three Players on July NWSL Team of the Month

Aug 1, 2017

CARY, N.C. (August 1, 2017) - Three NC Courage players have been named to the July NWSL Team of the Month as voted by the NWSL Media Association. Abby Dahlkemper, Taylor Smith and McCall Zerboni join eight other NWSL players on the Team of the Month for their superb performance in July.

Dahlkemper earns her second Team of the Month recognition after making the list of 11 in June alongside teammates Sam Mewis and Ashley Hatch. The center defender has played every minute for the NC Courage this season, and has proven to be a stronghold on the team's exceptional backline. She is currently with the U.S. Women's National Team for the 2017 Tournament of Nations after earning her first international first-team start against Norway in an friendly match in June. She started the first two matches for the U.S. in the Tournament of Nations against Australia on July 27 and Brazil on July 30, logging 180 minutes total.

Smith gets her first Team of the Month spot thanks to her outstanding defensive play for NC Courage's three matches in July. She had a standout performance against league-leading goalscorer Megan Rapinoe and the Seattle Reign in Week 12 and played a key role in the 2-0 shutout that night. She joins Dahlkemper on the USWNT roster for the Tournament of Nations. Smith earned her first USWNT start and cap on July 27 in the first game of the tournament against Australia, and saw even more minutes on July 30 against Brazil, bringing her international minutes total to 133.

Zerboni's indisputable excellence this month locks in her Team of the Month recognition. She continually dominates the center of the field, and scored an important goal against Seattle on July 8. The midfielder has started in all 15 games for the Courage and displays her veteran experience through her leadership both on and off the field. 

July Team of the Month

Goalkeeper: Jane Campbell
Defenders: Taylor Smith, Abby Dahlkemper, Amber Brooks, Casey Short
Midfielders: Marta, McCall Zerboni, Julie Ertz, Andressinha
Forwards: Sam Kerr, Megan Rapinoe

Dahlkemper, Smith, Zerboni and the NC Courage return home to Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday, August 5 as they host Seattle Reign FC at 7:30 pm. Tickets to the match can be purchased at or by calling our box office at 919-459-8144.


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