Holiday named 2013 NWSL MVP; KC sweeps awards

Jeff Kassouf August 27, 2013 13

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/Away Goals Assists
June 6 Portland Thorns FC W 4-3 Away 2 0
June 9 Seattle Reign FC W 1-0 Away 0 1
June 13 Chicago Red Stars W 2-0 Away DNP – International duty
June 16 Chicago Red Stars L 1-3 Home DNP – International duty
June 23 Washington Spirit W 2-0 Home 2 0
June 26 Sky Blue FC D 2-2 Away 1 0
June 30 Portland Thorns FC W 2-0 Home 1 0
July 3 Washington Spirit D 1-1 Away DNP – Wedding
July 7 Western New York Flash D 0-0 Home DNP – Wedding
July 14 Chicago Red Stars D 3-3 Away 1 1
July 20 Seattle Reign FC W 2-0 Home 1 0
July 24 Boston Breakers W 3-0 Home 0 2
July 28 Sky Blue FC W 1-0 Away 0 1
Aug. 4 Portland Thorns FC W 3-2 Away 2 0
  • Elaine

    Congratulations to Lauren for her great success this season in the league. If there was even a fan voting in the awards, she would still take home the MVP because she is just one of those most well liked and respected player all around. For a team that showed everyone in the US how the tika-taka style of play can work, I look forward to next season and seeing if Andonovski and company can take it all the way to the end. It will be interesting to see who he brings in or releases to further enhance his vision.

    • Silver Frost

      KC really gambled with Andonovski, who had never coached women before. It could have been a disaster. But this is what makes sport so fascinating: the unheralded coach who brings success to the unexpected team.

      • Elaine

        Not only success to the KC team, but also possible success to our NT. If Holiday and Tymrak can bring what they learned from Andonovski over to the national team, even if it’s just reading the passing lanes better or making runs better, it’s all good for the US.

        • kernel_thai

          I think ur giving Andonovski too much credit. Tymraks game already fit the style the coach wanted to play, he didnt change anything. Her game has improved because she is now surrounded by players good enough to exploit the things she can do. The same with Holiday. He didnt teach them how to play possession soccer, he gets credit for insisting that they play possession soccer and to try and find people who could implement the game he wanted to play.

          • Elaine

            Yes both Tymrak’s and Holiday’s skill sets fit into his style of playing and he only brought it more to the forefront. It’s no different than Pinoe and Heath playing over in France and developing their technical skills. In the end though, we will see if this will benefit them on the NT and at the international level. But seeing that Holiday has already stacked up 2goals/4 assists this year in 8 games played for our NT, and note, the 2goals and 2 assists were all in the month of June, I would say there is a benefit.

  • kernel_thai

    This was a no brainer. Of the NTers, she got the most out of this league.

  • Tigerdee

    Hope this was a unanimous decision!!

  • wosofan

    Something clicked inside her this season. She played with more confidence and belief than we’ve seen in a while, maybe ever, from her. And seemingly, each match, she showed something new, some other nice skill. She is a really good athlete when she’s confident and focused.

  • Sorry. Bogus. Apparently consistency is good for nothing. Never mind coach of the year – Lines should be coach of the last half decade.

  • MaineMidCoast

    Lauren is a great player. Strong on the ball, great vision, terrific passer and a fantastic teamate. I think she did so well because she was needed more in the offense so she had to play higher up the pitch than she has been. To often on the WNT she is dropping to far back in the midfield and not getting involved in the offense. This has to change if she is going to be an effective WNT player. When she is in the final third good things happen. I think most people forget how much of a goal scorer she was at UCLA. She was a four year all American. Set school record for goals scored. She knows how to put the ball in the back of the net.

    This year she had some very nice goals. Also don’t forget all the games she missed (wedding + WNT) and still led the league in goals and assists. Pretty much the whole KC offense went through her and Tymrak. They need more options as they were constantly marked at the end of the season and pushed around.

    I think this was a good choice based on a season of play. Yes she tailed off the last three games but her overall body of work makes her deserving. I am hoping this motivates her for the upcoming WNT fall schedule.

  • Steve

    Don’t have a problem with MVP, Rookie, and Golden Boot awards. Defender of the year clearly Rampone. Coach of the year Lines. Keeper of the year Franch.

    • NYRick

      I totally agree with you.

    • USWNT junkie

      I agree about coach and keeper, Franch killed it this year!! I do however believe Broon deserved Defender of the Year. She killed it this season, she really stood out to me and made key plays that made me want to give her the starting position over Buehler which says a lot coming from me. Obviously Rampone is a close second, there is no replacing Captain America and she too has been consistent, but I give DOY to Becky.