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FC Kansas City’s Lauren Holiday nominated for U.S. Soccer’s female athlete of the year

Updated: 2013-11-20T05:54:03Z

By SAM MCDOWELL

The Kansas City Star

An accolade-filled year for FC Kansas City midfielder Lauren Holiday may include one final award.

Holiday was one of six players nominated Tuesday for U.S. Soccer’s female athlete of the year. Abby Wambach, a five-time winner of the award, was also nominated along with forward Alex Morgan, midfielder Carli Lloyd, forward Sydney Leroux and forward Christen Press.

Holiday was chosen the National Women’s Soccer League most valuable player this season after helping FC Kansas City to a first-place tie in the regular-season standings. She led the league with 12 goals and nine assists in its inaugural season.

For the national team, Holiday scored three goals in 2013 and shared the team lead with six assists.

Fans can vote for the winner of the award on the U.S. Soccer website. The fan vote will equal 50 percent of the final ballot, while the remaining half will be decided by news media and U.S. Soccer representatives.

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To reach Sam McDowell, send email to smcdowell@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/SamMcDowell11.

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