Ali Riley brought plenty of energy to the Chelsea Women squad after joining the club in the summer of 2018 from Swedish side Rosengard.
Although born and bred in the USA, the 30-year-old captains the New Zealand national side and she is vastly experienced at both club and international level. She has featured regularly in the Champions League and accrued over 100 caps for the Football Ferns, having debuted in 2007 and appeared at three World Cups and two Olympics.
Prior to her move to Kingsmeadow, Riley was part of the Rosengard team that played against Chelsea last season in the Women’s Champions League, when the Blues took apart our Swedish opponents.
During her time with the club she played alongside Anita Asante and Ramona Bachmann, who she linked up again when making the move to London, and she also puts together her own podcast called Girls with Balls.
Riley has been signed to play as a wing-back and although predominantly right-footed, she can operate down either flank.
She was born in California, growing up idolising the 1999 World Cup-winning USA side, and began her club career in her homeland. She played for the Western New York Flash, where Emma Hayes was the general manager, before moving to Sweden in 2012 where she won three league titles.