25 July 2020

Houston Dash captain Rachel Daly on her decision to leave England for the US: ‘I’m comfortable with the uncomfortable’

Houston Dash captain and England international Rachel Daly has said she has become ‘comfortable with the uncomfortable’ since taking the gamble to leave home for the States.

Daly moved from England side Lincoln Ladies in 2012 to play in the US, starting at college in New York. 

The move has paid off as Daly, now captain of National Women’s Soccer League side Dash, prepares her team for the NWSL Challenge Cup final against Chicago Red Stars tomorrow.

She told Men in Blazers Instagram Live Happy Hour: "I took risks, really big risks, and I got comfortable with the uncomfortable.

"It sounds cliche but you know it was a really, really big decision to leave everybody behind but ultimately for me they are always going to be there. They’re my family, my blood, you know my friends and just the fact that I took the risk when probably everyone said I was crazy!

"I think that’s how I live my life now, I take risks. I do what I think is right by everyone. By myself, by my family, my team-mates, a stranger. And I will take as many risks as I can possibly take in order to get success, to make people happy, just to be happy and live a positive life and enjoy myself.

“I think one thing I would say is that I was happy that I took the risk.”

Daly scored her side’s only goal in the semi-final of the Challenge Cup against Portland Thorns FC to see them into the Championship game.

That final kicks off tomorrow at 10.30am MDT / 5.30pm BST and NewsChain will be live blogging the fixture.

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