NWSL awards: Thorns’ Sophia Smith named MVP, Wave’s Kailen Sheridan named goalkeeper of the year


Portland Thorns FC ahead Sophia Smith has been named the 2022 National Women’s Soccer League Most Valuable Player.

Smith had 14 objectives in 18 matches for the Thorns, setting a group single-season document. She scored on all three of her penalty kick makes an attempt and had 4 two-goal video games.

The 22-year-old Smith, who additionally performs for the U.S. nationwide group, is the youngest ever recipient of the award.

“I imply it is surreal, it nonetheless actually hasn’t hit me,” Smith stated. “But it is an honour as a result of I do know I used to be with nice firm who had been up for that award and I feel there’s so many different gamers on this league that may additionally win MVP.”

The Thorns play Saturday night time in opposition to the Kansas City Current for the league championship at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. The championship sport caps the league’s tenth season.

The NWSL additionally introduced Thursday that Naomi Girma of the growth San Diego Wave earned rookie of the year and defender of the year honours. Wave coach Casey Stoney was named coach of the year, Kailen Sheridan was named goalkeeper of the year. Wave ahead Alex Morgan gained the Golden Boot with 15 regular-season objectives.

Morgan completed second in MVP voting forward of North Carolina Courage ahead Debinha.

The winners of this season’s awards had been decided by votes from followers, homeowners, common managers, coaches, gamers and the media.

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