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NWSL Announces May Best XI of the Month, Presented by Amazon Prime

National Women's Soccer League

June 7, 2024 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) News Release

NEW YORK - The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the 11 players named to the Best XI of the Month, presented by Prime, for the month of May by the NWSL Media Association and the NWSL’s on-air broadcast talent. Six teams are represented in the league’s Top 11, including the Chicago Red Stars, NJ/NY Gotham FC, the Orlando Pride, the Portland Thorns, Racing Louisville FC and the Washington Spirit.

GK – Ann-Katrin Berger (GFC): Berger is the newest keeper to sign with NJ/NY Gotham FC and has allowed two goals this past month. Notching her third clean sheet in a 2-0 win against Bay FC on May 24, the German international played 450 minutes and recorded 18 saves in the month of May.

D – Sam Staab (CHI): The three-time ironwoman earned back-to back Best XI honors after completing 168 successful passes over the month of May along with five tackles won. The leader for consecutive games started, Staab recorded one assist this past month along with six successful dribbles past opponents.

D – Jenna Nighswonger (GFC): The 2023 Rookie of the Year, presented by Ally, recorded 17 tackles and nine interceptions in May. Nighswonger also added two assists and seven blocks, helping Gotham to a 5-2-3 record this season, all while going undefeated at Red Bull Arena.

D – Emily Sams (ORL): The Boise, Idaho, native tallied her first professional goal and one assist in May along with six interceptions. As a staple on the Pride’s backline, Sams has helped Orlando remain undefeated through Week 10 and set a league record with the club’s eighth straight win on May 24 against Portland.

D – Carson Pickett (LOU): Pickett recorded two tackles, three interceptions and four blocks in May. Additionally, the veteran defender notched one assist in Racing’s 3-3 draw against the Kansas City Current on May 18.

M – Croix Bethune (WAS): With back-to-back Rookie of the Month honors, Bethune continues to break records after recording seven assists and one goal in five games through May. In Washington’s 4-2 win over Chicago on May 1, she became the first rookie and fifth player in league history to tally three assists in a regular season game. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft, presented by Ally, Bethune leads all rookies with four goals and eight assists this season, including two game-winning goals.

M – Savannah DeMelo (LOU): DeMelo played three games in May, recording…

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