CHICAGO (Dec. 2, 2014) – U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year. This year’s field features midfielders Lauren Holiday and Carli Lloyd and forwards Sydney Leroux, Christen Press and Abby Wambach.
The winner will be named on Saturday, Dec. 6, during FOX Sports 1's live coverage of the Final Draw for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which airs from 12-1 p.m. ET. Post-draw coverage continues for an additional 30 minutes on FOX Sports 2, and viewers will have access to the full 90-minute Draw Show via the FOX Sports GO app.
- A Look at the Five Nominees for 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year
- U.S. Soccer’s Athletes of the Year
A new voting process was put in place starting this year. Votes will be collected from National Team coaches and staff, WNT players who have earned a cap in 2014, members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, U.S. Soccer’s Athlete Council, National Women’s Soccer League coaches, select college head coaches and select media members.
Wambach has won the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year more than any other player with six honors (2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2013). Her win last year broke the previous record of five held by Mia Hamm.
Carli Lloyd was the 2008 Female Athlete of the Year. Leroux was the 2011 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year, and Holiday (formerly Lauren Cheney) won the 2007 Young Female Athlete of the Year honor.
The U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year has been awarded since 1985, when midfielder Sharon Remer (known then as Sharon McMurtry) earned the first Athlete of the Year award.