ERIKA TYMRAK EARNS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR HONORS

FC Kansas City Also Announces Team Awards

PRIAIRIE VILLAGE, Kansas (Aug. 20, 2013) – FC Kansas City midfielder Erika Tymrak was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Rookie of the Year for the 2013 NWSL season.

Western New York Flash goalkeeper Adrianna Franch was second in the voting, while Boston Breakers forward Sydney Leroux finished third.

ET0724Tymrak, 22, started 16 games during the season and finished with six goals and four assists in 21 appearances for FC Kansas City.

“I’m extremely humbled and honored I was recognized for this award,” said Tymrak. “It’s been a great first season so far.  I’m just thankful that I got to play with these girls and share this experience with them.”

The Bradenton, Fla. native scored three goals and added an assist in six games as she helped the Blues to a 3-0-3 record during July on her way to being named the NWSL Player of the Month.

She was also voted NWSL Player of the Week for Week 15 (ending July 21) after registering a goal and an assist in in a 2-0 victory over Seattle Reign FC on July 20.

The University of Florida product had 26 shots (14 on goal) during the year and was instrumental in FCKC’s league-record 10-game unbeaten run June 23 – Aug. 4.

The NWSL awards are voted on by a selection of journalists that cover the league on a consistent basis, team officials and NWSL players.

FC KANSAS CITY TEAM AWARDS

In addition, FC Kansas City announced the winners of the 2013 Team Awards; the Golden Boot, Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player.  Media, staff and FC Kansas City players were asked to vote for their MVP and Defensive Player of the Year candidates.  The winners are:

  • Golden Boot (Most Goals Scored in the Season) – Lauren Holiday
  • Defensive Player of the Year – Becky Sauerbrunn
  • Most Valuable Player – Lauren Holiday

U.S. National Team midfielder Lauren Holiday leads FC Kansas City into the first match-up of the playoffs against Canadian star forward Christine Sinclair and Portland Thorns FC at 2:00 PM ET at Verizon Wireless Field in Overland Park, Kan.