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FC Kansas City’s Lauren Holiday chosen MVP of National Women’s Soccer League

Updated: 2013-08-28T05:58:02Z

By SAM McDOWELL

The Kansas City Star

Make it a clean sweep.

FC Kansas City wrapped up awards season Tuesday with its biggest honor yet.

As expected, midfielder Lauren Holiday was selected the National Women’s Soccer League most valuable player, beating out Western New York forward Abby Wambach and Chicago midfielder Lori Chalupny.

Despite missing four games, Holiday led the league with 12 goals and nine assists, pacing the Blues to a second-place finish in the regular-season standings.

Coach Vlatko Andonovski also credited her presence in the midfield with the growth of a young team. Most notably, rookie midfielder Erika Tymrak thrived playing alongside Holiday, scoring six goals.

“Lauren helps everyone who plays around her,” Andonovski said. “She’s a true leader on the field. It’s not just by action, but she brings a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of energy. That’s why she’s one of the best players in the world.”

The most productive month of Holiday’s season came in June, when she scored six goals and was chosen the NWSL player of the month. By no coincidence, that ignited the team’s 10-match unbeaten streak.

Holiday, a product of UCLA, scored against all seven opponents this season, the only player in the league to make that claim.

She will re-join the United States women’s national team for an exhibition against Mexico on Sept. 3 at RFK Stadium in Washington.

FC Kansas City swept the six individual awards for the first season of the NWSL. Holiday won the Golden Boot last week, while Andonovski (coach of the year), Tymrak (rookie of the year), Becky Sauerbrunn (defender of the year) and Nicole Barnhart (goalie of the year) were previously honored.

To reach Sam McDowell, send email to smcdowell@kcstar.com.

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