Defender makes third appearance on Best XI
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (September 7, 2022) – San Diego Wave Fútbol Club’s Naomi Girma was named to the National Women’s Soccer League’s Best XI of the Month, presented by Mastercard, for the month of August by the NWSL Media Association. San Diego Wave FC (9-5-4, W-L-D) went 2-2-0 in August with major wins against the Houston Dash and Portland Thorns to finish out the month.
Girma played every possible minute in August and helped Wave FC to two wins and one clean sheet while also earning another USWNT call-up. This is Girma’s third appearance on the Best XI of the month, after being honored in both May and July. The defender is one of only two players to earn the award three times in 2022, alongside Carson Pickett of the North Carolina Courage.
The NWSL Team of the Month is selected each month of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis.
San Diego Wave FC continues fighting for a playoff spot in its inaugural season and has sat consistently near the top of the NWSL standings since Week One, an amazing feat for an expansion team. Forward Alex Morgan is leading the NWSL Golden Boot race with 13 goals in 15 regular season matches, while she has one of the best seasons of her career here in San Diego. Goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan has reached 20 NWSL career shutouts and is the seventh keeper in the NWSL to hit that milestone.
About San Diego Wave Fútbol Club
San Diego Wave Fútbol Club is the 12th and newest member of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The club’s vision is to be a force for good through the game we love and is led by President Jill Ellis, former head coach of the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) and two-time World Cup champion. Together with Head Coach Casey Stoney, the club will bring the highest level of world-class, professional soccer to San Diego. USWNT standouts Alex Morgan and Abby Dahlkemper were two of the first players signed to the club that consists of athletes representing six international soccer federations, including US, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, England and Australia. The team began its inaugural season at a temporary home, University of San Diego’s Torero Stadium. The new Snapdragon Stadium will serve as Wave FC’s permanent home upon completion of construction, scheduled for September 17, 2022, as the team takes on Angel City FC.