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Holiday named 2013 NWSL MVP; KC sweeps awards

Lauren Holiday is the 2013 National Women's Soccer League MVP. (Photo copyright Meg Linehan for The Equalizer)

FC Kansas City midfielder Lauren Holiday is the 2013 National Women’s Soccer League MVP, the league announced on Tuesday.

Holiday led the league in both goals (12) and assists (9). She also ranked fourth in shots (63) and shots on goal (31) while helping FC Kansas City to 38 points and second place in the NWSL standings. She registered a goal or an assist in a record 10 straight games in which she appeared, which included some missed games for time with the U.S. national team and for her own wedding.

Western New York Flash forward Abby Wambach finished second in the voting and Chicago Red Stars midfielder Lori Chalupny finished third.

FC Kansas City finished second in the NWSL but blew yet another lead in Saturday’s 3-2 extra time semifinal loss to Portland Thorns FC, costing the team a shot at the final. Late slip-ups have been the Blues’ Achilles heel all season, and it cost them again in the playoffs after leading that semifinal 2-0 early.

Remarkably, FC Kansas City swept the NWSL’s individual awards:

MVP: Lauren Holiday
Coach of the Year: Vlatko Andonovski
Defender of the Year: Becky Sauerbrunn
Goalkeeper of the Year: Nicole Barnhart
Rookie of the Year: Erika Tymrak

The voting breakdown for awards was 25 percent media, 25 percent coaches/owners and 50 percent players.

Here’s a look at Holiday’s 10-game point streak:

Date Opponent Result Home/AwayGoalsAssists
June 6Portland Thorns FCW 4-3Away20
June 9Seattle Reign FCW 1-0Away01
June 13Chicago Red StarsW 2-0AwayDNP – International duty
June 16Chicago Red StarsL 1-3HomeDNP – International duty
June 23Washington SpiritW 2-0Home20
June 26Sky Blue FCD 2-2Away10
June 30Portland Thorns FCW 2-0Home10
July 3Washington SpiritD 1-1AwayDNP – Wedding
July 7Western New York FlashD 0-0HomeDNP – Wedding
July 14Chicago Red StarsD 3-3Away11
July 20Seattle Reign FCW 2-0Home10
July 24Boston BreakersW 3-0Home02
July 28Sky Blue FCW 1-0Away01
Aug. 4Portland Thorns FCW 3-2Away20