FC Kansas City’s Becky Sauerbrunn became the National Women’s Soccer League’s first repeat award winner when she was named Defender of the Year on Tuesday. The awards are voted on by journalists covering the league.
Sauerbrunn played 22 games for the Blues this season and anchored the defense which recorded a league-best nine shutouts, including Saturday’s 2-0 victory against Portland Thorns FC in the NWSL semifinals. The team ranked third with a 1.33 goals-against average.
Sauerbrunn, St. Louis native, also scored her first NWSL goal this season in a 2-1 victory on July 30 against the Washington Spirit.
FC Kansas City will face Seattle Reign FC in the NWSL championship game on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash.
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