Sky Blue FC’s Kailen Sheridan is one of three finalists for NWSL goalkeeper of the year. (Photo courtesy of Sky Blue FC)

CHICAGO – The National Women’s Soccer League Thursday announced the list of awards finalists featuring the MVP, defender of the year, goalkeeper of the year, rookie of the year, coach of the year, Best XI, and Second XI.

Sky Blue FC’s Kailen Sheridan is one of three finalists for goalkeeper of the year.

The 2019 NWSL Awards will be voted upon in two rounds with fans having the opportunity to participate in the process.

In the preliminary round of voting, owners, general managers, coaches, players and the media voted on the individual awards to determine the top finalists.

The finalists:

MVP: Debinha (North Carolina Courage), Kristen Hamilton (North Carolina Courage), Sam Kerr, (Chicago Red Stars), Yuki Nagasato (Chicago Red Stars), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage)

Defender of the year: Lauren Barnes (Reign FC), Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage), Jaelene Hinkle (North Carolina Courage), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)

Goalkeeper of the year: Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit), Casey Murphy (Reign FC), Kailen Sheridan (Sky Blue FC)

Rookie of the year: Bethany Balcer (Reign FC), Jordan DiBiasi (Washington Spirit), Sam Staab (Washington Spirit)

Coach of the year: Vlatko Andonovski (Reign FC), Richie Burke (Washington Spirit), Paul Riley (North Carolina Courage)

Fans are invited to join the final round of voting from Oct. 17-22, to determine the individual award winners, Best XI, and Second XI. The final round of voting uses a weighted scale, broken down by players (40 percent), owners/GMs/coaches (20 percent), media (20 percent) and fans (20 percent).

The winners will be announced in the days leading up to and after the NWSL championship game at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. Sunday, Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m.