With the start of the highly anticipated 2022 NWSL season, we are gearing up to highlight international and American NWSL players each week. We will have new featured players coming every week!
This week we are featuring Alexia Putellas Segura, a 28-year old Spanish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Primera División club Barcelona, whom she captains, and the Spain national team. She is widely regarded as one of the best female players in the world. As of 2022, Putellas has the third-most all-time appearances for Barcelona, and is currently their second-highest all-time scorer. She also holds the record of most appearances for Spain with 93 caps! What an amazing achievement!
For our US player, we are choosing to highlight Kelsey Turnbow! San Diego Wave FC forward Kelsey Turnbow has had some trials and tribulations in her career so far. Last January the Chicago Red Stars selected her No. 18 overall in the 2021 college draft, but instead of playing for the Red Stars last year, she opted to return to Santa Clara for the spring 2021 season and stay with the team last fall for her final NCAA season. The day before her last game with the Broncos, a shootout loss to BYU in the College Cup semifinals, Chicago traded her rights to San Diego, in exchange for immunity in the 2022 expansion draft and allocation money. She had two goals she wanted to reach before turning pro: earning her MBA and winning a national championship. By the end of her college career, she had both! We love a strong, resilient woman here at WISS and we are looking forward to seeing more from Kelsey!