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Young Female Athlete of the Year Finalists

2013 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year Finalists:
    Morgan Brian, Midfielder
    Crystal Dunn, Defender
    Lindsey Horan, Forward
    Cari Roccaro, Defender
    Mallory Pugh, Midfielder

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Morgan Brian, Midfielder

One of the stars of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, Brian played with both the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team and the full WNT this year, earning her first three senior team caps. The 20-year-old Brian made her WNT debut on June 15 when she came on for Lauren Cheney in the 77th minute of a 4-1 win against the Korea Republic in Foxboro, Mass. She scored in just her second cap, tallying the final goal in a 7-0 victory against Mexico on Sept. 3 in Washington, D.C. She also earned her first three U-23 caps this year and was one of the key players as a junior at the University of Virginia, leading the Cavaliers to an undefeated 19-0-0 regular season and 20-1-0 overall record heading into the postseason. She led the team in scoring with 12 goals and 14 assists while earning a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. She also led the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring and was named to the All-ACC First Team.

Crystal Dunn, Defender

The 21-year-old Dunn not only made her WNT debut this year but also started six of the eight games she played, primarily at right back. She earned her first cap on Feb. 13 against Scotland, coming on for Ali Krieger in the 69th minute, and the former U-20 WNT star looked comfortable from the get-go. She had a stellar season as a senior with North Carolina, winning the ACC Offensive Player of the Year award (she was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 and 2012) while being named first-team all-conference. She is the first ACC women’s soccer player to win both awards. The 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner led the Tar Heels with 13 goals and five assists while scoring five game-winning goals on the way to a 17-4-0 record and a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Cari Roccaro, Defender

The captain of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, the central defender has played every minute of all seven international matches for that team this year. Known for her mental toughness, physical play and strong tackling, Roccaro is also a skillful player out of the back. A starter on the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, this is her second Under-20 cycle. She has started all 18 games she’s played so far this season for the Fighting Irish, scoring four goals with two assists heading into the NCAA Tournament. A versatile player who has seen time at every field position throughout her two-year college career, the 19-year-old Roccaro scored her first hat trick in Notre Dame's 5-0 win against Maryland on Sept. 26.

Lindsey Horan, Forward

The 19-year-old Horan became the first American female to forego college and sign a professional contract in Europe, where she’s done quite well with French Feminine Division 1 club Paris Saint-Germain. As the youngest American professional player in the world, she scored 17 goals in 20 games last season and is off to a strong start during this campaign, finding the net five times in seven games so far. When available, she has played for the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team this year, scoring twice in her two international appearances, upping her career totals to 17 U-20 caps with 13 goals. She made her full WNT debut this year at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, coming on for Christen Press in the 74th minute during a 5-0 victory against China. She earned her second cap against Brazil in Orlando in the final game of the year and should be a key player for the U.S. U-20s as they attempt to qualify for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Mallory Pugh, Midfielder

One of the top players in the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National player pool, Pugh scored 11 goals in her first nine international games at this level this year. The 15-year-old Pugh is a slick dribbler, savvy passer and excellent goal scorer with both feet. She led the USA in scoring at the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championships in Jamaica with five goals and four assists while playing forward and attacking midfielder. She scored 13 goals in all matches to lead the team in 2013 and started all 12 games she played for the USA this year.
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