CHICAGO – Midfielders Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan and Samantha Mewis and forwards Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe are the five nominees for 2017 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year award.
All five players played prominent roles for the USWNT during the year that featured a 16-game schedule and matches against seven of the top nine teams in FIFA’s women’s world rankings. They also led on their club teams, earning playoff appearances, championships and league-wide awards as a result.
Finishing on a hot streak, Morgan and Ertz topped the list of goal-scorers for the national side this year with seven and six goals, respectively. All their goals came in the final eight games of the year.
Rapinoe (five) and Horan (four) led the team in assists. Rapinoe also scored three times while Horan had one goal.
For Mewis, 2017 represented a year of growth that saw the 25-year-old become a leader in the center of the midfield while starting every match and playing the second-most minutes on the team. All five players had excellent NWSL seasons as well, with Mewis being named to the NWSL Best XI, and the other four nominees named to the NWSL Second XI.
Only one of the nominees has won the award before, with Morgan earning the honor in 2012. Ertz (formerly Johnston) and Horan have earned the Young Female Player of the Year award, with Ertz winning in 2012 and Horan in 2013.
Voting for the candidates closes Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The winners will be announced throughout December.