Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo Nominated; Winner to be Announced on Wednesday, Dec. 16, During Pre-Game Show for USA vs. China PR on FS1

CHICAGO (Dec. 10, 2015) – U.S. Soccer has announced the five nominees for 2015 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year, which include FC Kansas City defender and captain Becky Sauerbrunn as well as the 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year, midfielder Lauren Holiday. The other three nominees are Seattle Reign FC’s Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe and Houston Dash’s Carli Lloyd.

Both Sauerbrunn and Holiday played major roles in the USA winning the 2015 Women’s World Cup. The three-time NWSL Defender of the Year played every minute of the tournament, while Holiday scored the game-winning goal in the final against Japan. In addition, both players helped FC Kansas City win its second consecutive NWSL Championship last October.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Dec., 16, during the pre-game coverage of the USA vs. China PR match from New Orleans on FOX Sports 1.

  • A Look at the Five Nominees for 2015 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year
  • History of U.S. Soccer Player of the Year Award

A new voting process was put in place starting last year. Votes will be collected from National Team coaches and staff, WNT players who have earned a cap in 2015, members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, U.S. Soccer’s Athlete Council, National Women’s Soccer League coaches, select college head coaches and select media members.

Three of the nominees have won the award once before. Holiday, who played her final game for the USA on Oct. 25 in Orlando, Fla., was the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year in 2014, while Solo won in 2009 and Lloyd in 2008.

Abby Wambach holds the record for most Female Player of the Year awards with six honors (2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2013). Her win in 2013 broke the previous record of five held by Mia Hamm.

The U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year has been awarded since 1985, when midfielder Sharon Remer (known then as Sharon McMurtry) earned the inaugural honor.

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