Becky Sauerbrunn Named to NWSL Team of the Month for May
KANSAS CITY (June 1, 2017) – FC Kansas City defender Becky Sauerbrunn was named to her second straight National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Team of the Month this morning. The Team of the Month is voted on each month by the NWSL Media Association.
Sauerbrunn helped lead the Blues defense that only gave up a league-best three goals in the month of May and kept Kansas City unbeaten through the month. To top that off, Sauerbrunn scored her third career NWSL goal last Saturday against the Washington Spirit. The game-winning-goal also earned her the Goal of the Week honors.
FC Kansas City travels to North Carolina this weekend to play the Courage on Lifetime’s NWSL Game of the Week at 2:30 p.m. CT. The team will return home on June 17th to face the Seattle Reign at 3:00 p.m. CT. Tickets are available for purchase here.
May NWSL Team of the Month:
GK – Kailen Sheridan, Sky Blue FC: Sheridan made 19 saves in the month while appearing in all five matches in May for Sky Blue as the rookie helped post a 3-1-0 record in the month.
D – Samantha Johnson, Chicago Red Stars: Johnson started all four matches during the month and made six tackles to help the Red Stars finish May tied for the second-best defense in the month (1.00 GAA).
D – Becky Sauerbrunn, FC Kansas City: Sauerbrunn played every minute of all four games for FC Kansas City during May as she contributed to two shutouts and the league’s lowest goals against average (0.75 GAA) for the month.
D – Casey Short, Chicago Red Stars: Short made 12 tackles while featuring every minute of all four games during the month as she helped Chicago earn their second shutout of the year in a 2-0 win against Houston on May 6.
M – Danielle Colaprico, Chicago Red Stars: Colaprico contributed on both offense and defense as she scored one goal and had 10 tackles in four games during the month.
M – Amandine Henry, Portland Thorns FC: Henry netted the first goal of her NWSL career May 28 against the Breakers. She also recorded a game-high 87 touches in a 2-2 draw vs. the Reign on May 6.
M – Sarah Killion, Sky Blue FC: Killion scored four goals during the month – three of which came from the penalty spot – to push her total to a league-leading five on the season.
M – Rose Lavelle, Boston Breakers: Lavelle notched her second goal of the season in a 1-1 draw with the Red Stars on May 14. She did not miss a minute of the four games for the Breakers during the month.
F – Nahomi Kawasumi, Seattle Reign FC: Kawasumi recorded five assists in May – including an NWSL-record four in one game May 13 against the Spirit. She also scored the game-winning goal in that match.
F – Samantha Kerr, Sky Blue FC: Kerr had two goals and two assists in five appearances (four starts). Both assists came on game-winning goals.
F – Christen Press, Chicago Red Stars: Press tallied two goals and two assists in four appearances. The pair of assists came in back-to-back games and matched output for assists from her previous 42 games in the NWSL.