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2014 NWSL Awards Roundup

The NWSL Awards are an annual tradition of media members, coaches and players determining  Rookie of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Defender of the Year, Coach of the Year and Most Valuable Player.

Last year boasted second-seeded FC Kansas City sweeping the awards. However, 2014 had a different narrative with four of the nine teams winning an award.

Seattle Reign FC midfielder Kim Little was awarded the 2014 NWSL Golden Boot, given to the player with the most regular season goals. Little was also voted 2014 NWSL Most Valuable Player.

Little led the league in scoring with an NWSL record 16 goals in 23 matches, breaking FC Kansas City forward Lauren Holiday’s mark of 12 goals last season. She scored a goal in six consecutive games between May 10 and June 7 and recorded goals against each of the other eight clubs.

The Scottish international also tallied seven assists, which was second in the NWSL and one behind Reign FC teammate Jess Fishlock. The 24-year-old was voted Army National Guard Player of the Month for April, May and July this season to become the first player to earn the award on multiple occasions.

Vero Boquete (Portland) finished second in MVP voting and Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City) came in third.

Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was named NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year for 2014.

Naeher started in all 24 games and led all other goalkeepers in minutes with 2,115 and 106 saves. She posted a 10-save shutout performance in a 2-0 victory over Portland Thorns FC on August 10 to earn NWSL Player of the Week honors for Week 18.

The Stratford, Connecticut native was also called up by the U.S. Women’s National Team for its friendly last week against Switzerland, replacing Ashlyn Harris who was diagnosed with a concussion.

Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper Hope Solo finished second in voting while Washington Spirit keeper Ashlyn Harris came in third.

Chicago Red Stars rookie Julie Johnston was voted 2014 NWSL Rookie of the Year.

The Mesa, Arizona native was drafted third overall in 2014 NWSL Draft and netted two goals and added two assists in 21 appearances for the Red Stars. Johnston was a key member of the Red Stars second-ranked defense which allowed only 26 goals in 24 matches along with a 1.08 goals against average.

Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai was second in the voting while Washington Spirit defender Crystal Dunn finished third.

FC Kansas City defender Becky Sauerbrunn was named the 2014 NWSL Defender of the Year. Sauerbrunn became the first repeat winner of an NWSL award after also claiming the honor in 2013. The St. Louis native scored the first goal of her NWSL career in a 2-1 loss to the Washington Spirit.

She also contributed to just one goal during FC Kansas City’s NWSL record-tying seven-game win streak from May 25 to July 6.

The 29-year-old defender played in 22 games during the 2014 season. Sauerbrunn was an instrumental part of Kansas City’s league-best eight shutouts and third-ranked goals against average (1.33).

Spirit defender Ali Krieger and Red Stars defender Julie Johnston tied for second in voting.

Seattle Reign FC head coach and general manager Laura Harvey was voted 2014 NWSL Coach of the Year.

Harvey led Seattle to the top of the NWSL Standings and broke a few records on the way. The Reign set an NWSL record in wins (54), goals scored (50), points (54) goals against average (0.83) and goal difference (30). Through a series offseason trades the Reign increased their improved their 5-11-6 record from a season ago to a league best 16-2-6 record.

Washington Spirit head coach Mark Parsons finished second and 2013 winner FC Kansas City’s Vlatko Andonovski came in third.

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