Fans and Five Member Committee Ready to Choose 2021 Visa SheBelieves Cup MVPJene Baclawski, Nicole Barnhart, Kara Lang Romero, Rosana and Diego TurnesOn This Year’s Visa SheBelieves Cup MVP Selection Committee
CHICAGO (Feb. 24, 2021) – As the 2021 SheBelieves Cup, presented by Visa heads into its final matchday today with the Brazil taking on Canada (FS1 and the TUDN App/TUDN.tv) and the USA taking on Argentina (7 p.m. ET on FS1 and TUDN), the competition for the Visa SheBelieves Cup MVP is heating up.
For the second year in a row, Visa, the presenting sponsor of the SheBelieves Cup, will award the MVP trophy to the most outstanding player of the tournament. The award will be announced following the conclusion of the final match and with the input of a selection committee comprised of representatives from all competing nations. This year, fans will also get the opportunity to vote for the Visa SheBelieves Cup MVP award using an online ballot to select among a list of finalists chosen by the committee. The fanvote will be incorporated into the overall determination of the 2021 Visa SheBelieves Cup MVP.
Spain attacker Alexia Putellas won the inaugural award in 2020.
This year’s selection committee is comprised of:
Jene Baclawski – Committee Chair
Baclawski is the head coach for the Saint Kitts and Nevis Women’s National Team, technical director for the South Texas Youth Soccer Association, holder of a USSF “A” Coaching License and a U.S. Soccer Federation instructor for coaching license courses.
Nicole Barnhart - USA
The former USWNT goalkeeper has 54 caps, making her the fourth-most capped GK in U.S. history.She is in her ninth NWSL season, five with FC Kansas City, three with the Utah Royals and her first with Kansas City NWSL in 2021. Barnhart is a two-time Olympic gold medalist.
Kara Lang Romero - Canada
Lang Romero is one of Canada’s greatest-ever players. The former UCLA star played 92 times for Canada and scored 34 goals. She is one of the youngest players ever to score a full international goal, tallying against Wales at the 2002 Algarve Cup at age 15 years, 132 days.
Rosana - Brazil
Rosana is one of Brazil’s greatest-ever players, representing her country in four World Cups and four Olympics Games while compiling more than 100 caps and scoring more than 20 goals. Her globe-trotting career saw her play for 15 clubs spanning Brazil, Austria, France, Norway and the United States, where she played in WPS with Sky Blue FC and in the NWSL with the Houston Dash and North Carolina Courage.
Diego Turnes - Argentina
Diego Turnes is an advisor to the President of the Argentine Soccer Association, the General Coordinator of the Women's Soccer Commission of the Argentine Soccer Association, the current Vice President of the Central Barracas Athletic Club and a former Vice President of the world-renowned River Plate.