FC Kansas CIty may wind up making awards season a clean sweep.
By SAM MCDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
Three down, three to go.
Nicole Barnhart was selected the goalie of the year for the National Women's Soccer League on Wednesday, giving FC Kansas City three awards during the past three days. Teammates Lauren Holiday won the Golden Boot on Monday, and Erika Tymrak was selected as the rookie of the year on Tuesday.
Barnhart led the league with 10 shutouts this season, despite missing two games to join the U.S. women's national team. She posted a 10-5-5 record.
“This league has been great, and it's been awesome to get so many games in,” Barnhart said. “My confidence has grown as the season went along. There's a lot of great keepers in this league.”
The Blues figure to be in the running – if not favorites — for the final three NWSL awards, as well. The defender of the year will be announced Thursday, an honor for which Becky Sauerbrunn will be considered. The coach of the year will be revealed Monday, and the NWSL most valuable player will be announced Tuesday. Holiday figures to be the leading candidate for the league MVP award.
The NWSL awards are voted on by a combination of players, team general managers and media members.
After finishing second in the regular season standings, FC Kansas City will play host to third-seeded Portland at 1 p.m. Saturday in the NWSL semifinals at Shawnee Mission North District Stadium.