FC Kansas City's Becky Sauerbrunn
repeated as the NWSL Defender of the Year after again leading the club to second
place. She finished ahead of Washington Spirit defender Ali Krieger
and Chicago Red Stars defender Julie Johnsto
Rookie of the Year, tied for second in the voting. NWSL Awards: Rookie of the Year: Julie Johnston Goalkeeper of the Year: Alyssa Naeher
Sauerbrunn, 29, played in 22 games -- including every minute of FC
Kansas City's league-best eight shutouts. It allowed just one goal in its NWSL record-tying seven-game win streak May 25-July 6.
The University of Virginia product also scored the first
goal of her NWSL career this season in a 2-1 victory July 30 over the Washington Spirit.
FC Kansas City plays Seattle Reign FC in the 2014 NWSL championship Sunday 3 p.m. ET. at Starfire
Stadium in Tukwila, Wash., where the Reign played in 2013. Memorial Stadium, its 2014 home, was previously booked by Bumbershoot, a Labor Day music and arts festival.