Make it a clean sweep.
By SAM McDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
FC Kansas City wrapped up awards season Tuesday with its biggest honor yet.
As expected, midfielder Lauren Holiday was selected the National Womens 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. Shes a true leader on the field. Its not just by action, but she brings a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of energy. Thats why shes one of the best players in the world.
The most productive month of Holidays season came in June, when she scored six goals and was chosen the NWSL player of the month. By no coincidence, that ignited the teams 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 womens 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.
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