Chicago Red Stars, 2014–
There is little question Julie Ertz is among the best players in the world. Her energy and defensive abilities have perhaps even made her unrivaled as a defensive midfielder, and one who remains similarly capable of excelling in central defence.
Approaching her peak at the age of 27 when the USA won the Women’s World Cup in July 2019, she has since then continued to improve, and to the extent that there are observers who consider her even more influential than the celebrated Megan Rapinoe. “She’s always a consummate professional regardless of the environment,” said their former coach Jill Ellis. “Whether it’s in training, national team games or in the NWSL, she always brings a level of professionalism, effort and talent.”