Portland Thorns FC 2014 NWSL roster

Portland Thorns FC Midfielder Lindsey Horan Voted NWSL Most Valuable Player (MVP)

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced Portland Thorns FC midfielder Lindsey Horan has been voted Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the 2018 season.

Horan, 24, is the first player in six years to be voted MVP without winning the NWSL Golden Boot. Her 13 goals led the Thorns FC and were enough for third in the NWSL Golden Boot race.

2018 MVP Voting Results:

MVP FANS MEDIA CLUB PLAYER TOTAL
Lindsey Horan

30.9%

34.7%

36.7%

28.8%

32.0%

Sam Kerr

23.8%

26.2%

20.0%

27.0%

24.8%

Megan Rapinoe

20.9%

12.4%

20.0%

20.7%

18.9%

McCall Zerboni

10.9%

17.1%

0.0%

17.1%

12.4%

Lynn Williams

13.5%

9.7%

23.3%

6.5%

11.9%

The Golden, Colorado native played 1,980 minutes over 22 games as the Thorns FC went 12-6-6 (42 points) and finished second in the NWSL. She registered 13 goals and added 2 assists, scoring at a rate of 152.3 minutes per goal in 30 shots on target.

She led the league in total touches (1,852) and duels won (297), including aerial duels (141), which was also first in the league. She also had 47 tackles won (tied for 4th in the NWSL), 42 headed clearances (3rd). She recorded 25 chances created and held a passing accuracy of 75.2% (1,293 passes).

List of NWSL Most Valuable Players:

YEAR     PLAYER                CLUB
2013       Lauren Holiday       FC Kansas City
2014       Kim Little                Seattle Reign FC
2015       Crystal Dunn          Washington Spirit
2016       Lynn Williams         Western New York Flash
2017       Sam Kerr               Sky Blue FC
2018       Lindsey Horan       Portland Thorns FC

Horan and the Portland Thorns will look to defend their NWSL Championship in against the North Carolina Courage on Saturday, September 22 at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT at Providence Park in Portland, Ore. The game will be broadcast live on Lifetime television.

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