The 5 Euro 2017 stars perfect for NWSL clubs
A thrilling Women’s European Championships came to an end on Sunday with the Netherlands overpowering Denmark, 4-2. There were some wonderful team and individual performances, but which players might have caught the eye of National Women's Soccer League clubs? Here’s five that stood out.
Jackie Groenen (Netherlands)
Former Netherlands striker Pierre van Hooijdonk, ambassador for the Women's EUROs, described Groenen as "our women's Iniesta" after he witnessed his country's triumph on home turf.
Much was made of the impact the likes of forwards Vivianne Miedema and Lieke Martens would make at the tournament, but few (if any) were talking about Groenen.
Currently at FFC Frankfurt in Germany, the 22-year-old justified the iconic No. 14 shirt by making the Netherlands tick from match one to the final.
Her ability to pick out the right pass, whether short or long, was a key component to the Netherlands' attacking play, while without possession, Groenen was a menace for the opposition, pressing high alongside fellow midfielder Danielle van de Donk, while Sherida Spitse sat slightly deeper to protect the back four.
The comparison to Iniesta in terms of style is not inaccurate. Groenen is not big in physical presence, but she is clever, rarely gives the ball away, and helps create quick transitions for her side when winning the ball back.
Teammate Martens won Player of the Tournament, but it could easily have gone to Groenen. Prizing her away from Frankfurt won't be easy – she is contracted to 2019, and Frankfurt played hardball with Dzsenifer Marozsan, refusing to let her leave for Lyon until the end of her contract.
Laura Feiersinger (Austria)
With the exception of the victorious hosts, the Austrians were the surprise side of the tournament.
Fans in the U.S will have known about forward Nina Burger following a brief spell with the Houston Dash, but they may have previously been less familiar with midfielder Laura Feiersinger.
Topping a group that contained France was always going to be difficult, but the indefatigable Feiersinger played a major part in her side's progression. She was on the field every minute of the five games Austria played in reaching the semifinals, and that included extra time in both of the team's knockout matches.
Austria was well organized at the back and liked to play on the counter, and Feiersinger was the outlet to link the defense and the offense as it looked to attack teams with pace and push them onto the back foot.
Currently playing for SC Sand in Germany, the former Bayern Munich midfielder impressed in Holland, and could be a shrewd signing for the NWSL: as a tireless runner, but also technically sound, she would suit the league. Perhaps the Washington Spirit, still rebuilding after the loss of some key players last year, would benefit from her fiery approach in midfield.