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Lindsey Horan named USWNT’s Player of the Year

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Lindsey Horan has been voted the USWNT’s BioSteel Sports Female Player of the Year for 2021.

It’s the first USWNT Female Player of the Year award for Horan, who becomes just the third player to win both Player of the Year and Young Female Player of the Year. Tobin Heath and Julie Ertz previously won both.

“First and foremost, I want to congratulate the other nominees,” said Horan in a release. “They all had incredible years, especially Carli [Lloyd] in her last year with the team. She was outstanding. I really appreciate everyone who voted and who supported me in the past year, which was a difficult year for everyone. I’m not really a player who wins these types of awards, so I’m super appreciative and it’s very meaningful to me.”

She reiterated her thankfulness for the award, saying that she is “truly so honored” and congratulating her teammates.

“To my loved ones… thank you for staying on this journey with me,” she wrote. “We continue.”

Horan had a year to remember for the USWNT, starting in 18 of 22 international games and finishing tied for fourth on the team in goals with six and second in assists with five. She played in all six Olympic matches, scoring one goal during her 100th cap in the group stage of the tournament.

As a member of the Portland Thorns, Horan played in 14 games, notching two goals and three assists while helping the Thorns win the NWSL Challenge Cup and clinch the NWSL Shield. She was later named to the 2021 NWSL Best XI Second Team.

“Lindsey was very, very good this year and she deserves this recognition,” said U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski. “Her work ethic in the midfield and her mentality to continue to evolve as a player is inspiring. Her ability to control the tempo of a game at the highest levels is world class, as is her ability to win balls in the midfield and help create goals in the attack. She’s an important piece of our National Team and we’re looking forward to seeing continue to grow as one of our leaders.”

One of five finalists for the award, Horan earned 36 percent of the overall votes for the award while Carli Lloyd (29 percent) and Rose Lavelle (19 percent) came in second and third.