England Forward Rachel Daly Collapsed in Last Minute of NWSL Match Due to Heat Exhaustion


England and Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly was the victim of heat exhaustion during a match against Seattle Reign at the BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday.

Daly's side lost 2-0 at home to the Seattle outfit, and Daly would not be able to last the distance as she collapsed in the final minute of the contest. She was then stretchered off the field and taken to hospital where she was treated.

The National Women's Soccer League match, which kicked off at 21:00, saw temperatures go over 32C also with high humidity.

Daly has since been released from hospital, later reaching out to fans via Twitter:

"Everyone who knows me knows I'm a player who will give everything and those conditions are not safe to play at your maximum," she tweeted.

The NWSL have released a statement on their ​website, wishing the player a quick recovery and confirming that they will review kick off times in order to avoid a repeat of the incident.

The statement reads: “First and foremost, we want to wish Rachel Daly a quick recovery, as well as other players who may have been impacted by the heat during today’s match between the Houston Dash and Seattle Reign.

"The safety of our players is always our top priority and due to the high temperature today in Houston, we implemented water breaks to provide additional opportunities to help the players stay hydrated.

"Prior to the season, we also worked with the Dash on scheduling any nationally televised afternoon games earlier in the year in an attempt to avoid the summer heat that unfortunately we experienced today.

"We will immediately review these measures to prevent this situation from occurring in the future.”

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