Horan, Mewis, Morgan and Rapinoe Among Nominees
CHICAGO (Dec. 5, 2017) – U.S. Soccer has announced the nominees for its 2017 U.S. Soccer Player of the Year awards. Female Player of the Year nominees include midfielders Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan and Samantha Mewis as well as forwards Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe.
After conducting most of her international career as a central defender, Ertz moved up the field as a defensive midfielder for the Chicago Red Stars. She finished the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season with single-season high four goals and three assists while guiding the Red Stars to their third NWSL Playoff.
With much success, she made the move for country as well. Ertz started eight of the 12 games during 2017 for the U.S. WNT, scoring a single-season high six goals for a career total of 14. She became the second-leading scorer for 2017, behind fellow nominee, Alex Morgan. Ertz has previously won U.S. Soccer’s Young Female Player of the Year Award in 2012.
The current voting process was put in place beginning in 2014. Votes will be collected from National Team coaches and staff, National Team players who have earned a cap in 2017, members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, U.S. Soccer’s Athlete Council, professional soccer league coaches, select college head coaches and select media members.
Voting for the candidates closes on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
The first Female Player of the Year award started in 1985 when midfielder Sharon Remer (known then as Sharon McMurtry) earned the inaugural honor.