FC Kansas City’s Becky Sauerbrunn was named NWSL’s Defender of the Year continuing the Blues sweep of the end of season awards.
“For defenders, this award is more of a reflection of the defensive unit,” said Sauerbrunn. “It’s too bad that it can only go to one person. Everyone from ‘Barnie’ (Nicole Barnhart) in goal to the rest of the back line to Des (Scott) and Buzz (Jen Buczcowski) in the midfield contributed. We also have to thank the quality attackers in the league who gave us so much to do.”
The USWNT defender made what is considered one of the best runs of season in the third week against the Seattle Reign FC that led to then-teammate Renae Cuellar finding the back of the net and putting the Blues up 1-0.
“I got the ball and dribbled out of a bit of pressure and realized the whole right side was pretty open, so I just went for it,” Sauerbrunn said after that match. “It was one of those plays you imagine in your mind but never actually think would happen. Everything clicked for that one play and it felt amazing.”
Sauerbrunns’s award is the fourth end of the season award won by an FC Kansas City player joining Golden Boot winner Lauren Holiday, Rookie of the Year Erika Tymrak and Goalkeeper of the Year Nicole Barnhart.
On Monday the league will be announcing the Coach of the Year award winner.