On Tuesday, Dec. 5, U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for 2017 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. This year's nominees include midfielders Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan and Samantha Mewis, and forwards Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. Today we continue “Making the Case” for each of the candidates with WNT midfielder Lindsey Horan.
Twenty-three-year-old Lindsey Horan, known as a supremely talented player since her early days on the USA’s Youth National Teams, really found her rhythm in 2017 as her role and confidence grew in the center midfield for the U.S. WNT. Horan’s physicality and aerial presence made a big impact on the team along with her ability to keep the ball and help pull the strings of the U.S. attack.
She played in 13 of the team’s 16 games in 2017 while making an impact on both sides of the ball. She played all 90 minutes in the final three games of the year, earning Woman of the Match honors in two of those games. Her four assists were second-best on the team, and she tallied her one goal of the year to open the scoring in a 5-0 victory against New Zealand.
In her fifth season as a professional, Horan also had a highly successful campaign with Portland, helping lead the Thorns to the NWSL title. She started all 24 regular season games, playing all but 35 minutes, and scored four goals with two assists. She was named to the NWSL Second XI.
In the playoffs, she picked up an assist in Portland’s 4-1 semifinal victory against the Orlando Pride and then scored the game-winner and lone goal of her side’s 1-0 victory against the NWSL Shield Winner North Carolina Courage in the title match, earning Championship Game MVP honors.