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December 6, 2014
Midfielder is U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of year

CHICAGO - Midfielder Lauren Holiday has been voted the 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.

This is Holiday's second AOTY award; she was previously honored as U.S. Soccer's Young Female Athlete of the Year in 2007.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist becomes the first player in U.S. Soccer history to win both the Female and Young Female Athlete of the Year awards. This year, Holiday became the 30th Women's National Team player to reach the 100-cap milestone when she suited in the USA's 1-1 draw against Canada in Winnipeg on May 8; she now has 110 caps.

"I'm extremely honored and was pleasantly surprised," said Holiday of winning the award. "Playing for the Women's National Team is the best job in the world. The players around me make us better every day. Also, FC Kansas City has been phenomenal for me and I've really continued to grow there."

A new voting process took place this year, with votes collected from Women's National Team players who earned a cap in 2014, Women's and Youth Women's National Team coaches, National Women's Soccer League head coaches and select former players, administrators and media members. Holiday received 43 percent of the tabulated votes, followed by Carli Lloyd (25 percent) and Abby Wambach (18 percent).

Playing mostly in a holding role in the midfield, Holiday has played in 16 of the USA's 20 matches so far in 2014, starting 15, with two goals scored and three assists. The Indianapolis native also had an excellent club season, scoring eight goals with seven assists en route to helping guide FC Kansas City to its first NWSL championship. She was named MVP of the championship game after assisting on both goals in FCKC's 2-1 victory against the Seattle Reign, and was named to the NWSL Best XI for a second consecutive season.

The U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year has been awarded since 1985, when midfielder Sharon Remer earned the first Female Athlete of the Year honor.

Holiday's AOTY honor concludes U.S. Soccer's 2014 awardsn. PMen's National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard won Male Athlete of the Year, DeAndre Yedlin was recognized as the Young Male Athlete of the Year, Morgan Brian won Young Female Athlete of the Year and Paralympic National Team midfielder Gavin Sibayan Disabled Athlete of the Years.

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