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The NWSL award frontrunners


Published: 11/09/21
The NWSL award frontrunners

Voting for the 2021 NWSL Regular Season Awards closes at 11:59 ET on November 9, but fans can cast their votes for MVP, Defender of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year here

The process features two rounds of voting with the primary round asking players, owners, general managers, coaches, and the media to determine the final nominees for fans to vote on in the final round. Nominees include:

Most Valuable Player: Ashley Hatch – Washington Spirit (-130), Margaret Purce – NJ/NY Gotham FC (+400), Mallory Pugh – Chicago Red Stars (+500), Angela Salem – Portland Thorns FC (+600), Jessica Fishlock – OL Reign (+800)

Defender of the Year: Emily Menges – Portland Thorns FC (+180), Caprice Dydasco – NJ/NY Gotham FC (+260), Sarah Gorden – Chicago Red Stars (+350), Carson Pickett – North Carolina Courage (+450), Alana Cook – OL Reign (+600)

Goalkeeper of the Year: Bella Bixby – Portland Thorns FC (-240), Aubrey Bledsoe – Washington Spirit (+400), Kailen Sheridan – NJ/NY Gotham FC (+600)

Rookie of the Year: Trinity Rodman – Washington Spirit (+500), Victoria Pickett – Kansas City Current (+800), Emily Fox – Racing Louisville FC (+1000)

Coach of the Year: Laura Harvey – OL Reign (-300), Mark Parsons – Portland Thorns FC (+250), Scott Parkinson – NJ/NY Gotham FC (+1800)Our Underdog MVP Pick: 

Jessica Fishlock On top of a grueling back and forth schedule between Wales for international duty and the OL Reign, Fishlock played in 23 of the club’s 24 regular-season contests and: 

  • Led the Reign on both sides of the ball, guarding the midfield

  • Tallied five goals & four assists with 7 blocks & 21 interceptions

  • Posted a 76.4% successful pass rate & 63% tackle success rate

  • Won 52.2% of duels & 57.8% of her aerial battles this season

 Is the longshot to win MVP at +800 (bet $100 → win $800) but her Reign were named NWSL Team of the Month three times (May, August and October)

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