FC Kansas City’s midfielder Erika Tymrak was voted the 2013 NWSL Rookie of the Year by the players, coaches and media.
“I’m extremely humbled and honored I was recognized for this award,” said Tymrak. “It’s been a great first season so far. I’m just thankful that I got to play with these girls and share this experience with them.”
Earlier this month the Kansas City Star did a feature on Tymrak and discussed how the recent University of Florida graduate basically landed in the Blues lap come draft day, 11th overall pick of the draft.
“We were surprised she was still available,” FC Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “I watched several games of Florida. Every time she got the ball, things happened for her team. I thought we were getting great value.”
And a great value they got.
Tymrak appeared in 21 matches (starting 16 of them) for the Blues and finished the regular season with six goals and four assists.
But what really helped Tymrak’s game prosper was she gets the play the style of soccer she enjoys playing and she discussed that in a recent piece by espnW.
“I knew off the bat I wanted to play here,” Tymrak said. “Yeah, I want to keep playing soccer, but if it’s not the soccer that I like to play — if it’s long balls, it’s not for me. I love soccer, I love passing, I love possession. That’s what I love about the game. So when I heard that Vlatko was looking for a possession-oriented team in a 4-2-3-1, I knew I wanted to play there no matter what.”
Congratulations again to FC Kansas City’s Tymrak on being named the NWSL Rookie of the Year. Western New York Flash’s goalkeeper Adrianna Franch finished second in the voting followed by Boston Breakers Sydney Leroux in third.
The end of the year awards announcements continue tomorrow with the league announcing the Goalkeeper of the Year.