The National Women’s Soccer League will present the winner of its Most Valuable Player award in a ceremony at the KeyBank Club at Providence Park on Friday at 3:45 p.m. ET.
NWSL managing director Amanda Duffy will make the presentation to the player prior to the championship preview press conference at 4 p.m. ET. The award ceremony and the press conference will be streamed live via the NWSL YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l71BalxmJo .
Here are the five finalists:
Lindsey Horan, Portland Thorns FC
Horan, a midfielder, played 1,980 minutes over 22 games as the Thorns went 12-6-6 (42 points) and finished second in the NWSL. She scored 13 goals (3rd in the NWSL) and added 2 assists, scoring at a rate of 152.3 minutes per goal in 30 shots on target. She led the league in total touches (1,852) and duels won (297), including aerial duels (141), which was also first in the league. She also had 47 tackles won (tied for 4th in the NWSL), 42 headed clearances (third). She recorded 25 chances created and held a passing accuracy of 75.2 percent (1,293 passes).
Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars
Kerr, a forward, played 1,704 minutes over 19 games for the Red Stars as the team finished fourth in the NWSL with a 9-5-10 record (37 points). Her 16 goals lead the league, and she added 4 assists. Her 40 chances created tied for ninth in the NWSL. She scored at a rate of 106.5 minutes per goal in 47 shots on target. She won 129 duels, tied for 12th in the league, 70 of which were aerial duels, ninth in the NWSL.
Megan Rapinoe, Seattle Reign FC
Rapinoe, a forward played 1,315 minutes over 16 games for the Reign as it finished third in the NWSL with an 11-5-8 record and 41 points. She scored 7 goals (tied for 10th) and had 6 assists (tied for 4th in the league). She scored at a rate of 187.9 minutes per goal in 37 shots on target. Her 41 chances created ranked eighth in the NWSL and 27 successful crosses/corners ranked 6th in the NWSL. She won 114 duels, 31 in the air.
Lynn Williams, North Carolina Courage
Williams, a forward played 1,707 minutes over 21 games for the Courage as North Carolina finished first in the NWSL with a 17-1-6 record (57 points). Her 14 goals ranked second in the NWSL, scoring at a rate of 121.9 minutes per goal in 41 shots on target. She added five assists and 29 chances created. She won 116 duels, 54 of which were aerial duels.
McCall Zerboni, North Carolina Courage
Zerboni, a midfielder, played 1,800 minutes over 20 games for the Courage, as North Carolina posted a 17-1-6 record (57 points) and finished first in the league. She led the league in tackles won with 63 and finished second in interceptions with 70. She won 203 duels, third best in the NWSL, 47 of which were aerial duels. She finished 10th in total touches with 1,422. She also added three goals in eight shots on target and 25 chances created. She held a passing accuracy of 75.9 percent (995 passes).