With a tremendous career in orange, Rachel Daly has made a name for herself in our club's history books. After six and a half seasons of representing the Houston Dash, we're taking a look back at Captain RD3's best moments.
With the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NWSL Draft, the Houston Dash selected forward Rachel Daly from St. John's University. Daly was the first English player as well as the first ever St. John's player selected in the NWSL college draft. Her three years at St. John’s included two NSCAA All-America and two NSCAA Scholar All-America selections as well as two Big East Offensive Player of the Year nods and three first team All-Big East picks.
Daly settled into the NWSL almost immediately, scoring in her Dash debut. Earning a starting spot in the 2016 season opener, Daly made her impact on the Dash front line clear in the 22nd minute, when she scored from distance to level the score.
Rachel Daly made headlines once again in the opening weekend of the 2017 NWSL season when she scored a curler from distance against the Chicago Red Stars. Not only did she win goal of the week, but it was featured on SportsCenter Top 10 that weekend.
After being named captain in 2020, Rachel Daly led the club to its first championship title in the 2020 Challenge Cup. Daly won the tournament's Golden Boot after scoring three goals and tallying two assists. She was also named to the 2020 Challenge Cup Best XI.
On September 10, 2021, Rachel Daly broke the club's regular season goal record with goal #29. Daly currently holds the record for both all-time goals as well as regular season goals for the Houston Dash.
On May 29, 2022, Rachel Daly became only the second-ever Houston Dash player to earn 100 appearances solely with the club. Daly's accomplishment was celebrated on June 3 against the Orlando Pride before she headed to the 2022 Women's Euro. The Dash put on a lights out performance to send the captain off on a high, with Daly adding herself to the score sheet.