KANSAS CITY (Dec 6, 2016) – FC Kansas City defender Becky Sauerbrunn was named one of five nominees for U.S. Soccer’s Female Player of the Year award. The winner will be announced on Sunday, December 11th. Along with Sauerbrunn, other nominees were forwards Crystal Dunn and Alex Morgan and midfielders Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd. The U.S. Women’s National Team started 2016 with a win in the Inaugural SheBelieves Cup and finished with a 5-0 win against Romania on November 13, 2016. Along the way, the team recorded a 22-0-3 overall record. Sauerbrunn started 23 of those games and finished the year with three assists. Prior to this year she had totaled two assists in seven years.

A new voting process was put in place starting in 2014. Votes will be collected from National Team coaches and staff, WNT players who have earned a cap in 2016, 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.

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