W-League News Release
Saturday, July 26, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. – The W-League announced its 2014 regular season honors tonight, naming the Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Defender of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year and Coach of the Year at its Awards Banquet at the 2014 W-League Championship presented by Nike in Bradenton, Florida. Voting was conducted by W-League coaches and general managers.
The 2014 W-League Championship concludes Sunday with the LA Blues facing the Washington Spirit Reserves at 2:30 p.m. ET at IMG Academy. The final, as well as the consolation match at noon ET between the Charlotte Lady Eagles and Ottawa Fury FC, will be streamed live on YouTube at www.youtube.com/uslwleague.
2014 W-League Award Winners
MVP - Mele French, LA Blues
The engine that drives the LA Blues, French tallied eight goals and eight assists from her midfield spot this season as the Blues posted their fourth undefeated regular season in seven years. A former standout at the University of Oregon, French has advanced to four championship finals in her five W-League seasons, capturing three titles.
Coach of the Year - Daniel Clitnovici, Colorado Pride
It would be hard to argue against Clitnovici after the job he did leading the expansion Colorado Pride to a playoff berth in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. Clitnovici, an experienced coach who led the Colorado Rapids to the 2012 W-20 title, guided the Pride to a 9-2-1 mark and a spot in the Western Conference Championship, where they gave the LA Blues all they could handle in a 2-1 defeat.
Defender of the Year - Amanda Naeher, Charlotte Lady Eagles
A veteran leader in her fourth season with the Lady Eagles, Naeher is a big reason Charlotte captured the Southeastern Conference crown to advance to the championship weekend. A natural midfielder who dropped back into defense this season, Naeher tallied four goals while helping the Lady Eagles advance to the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years.
Rookie of the Year - Chloe Logarzo, Colorado Pride
Already with an appearance for the Australian Women’s National Team under her belt at age 19, Logarzo made her presence known in the Western Conference in 2014, tallying six goals and seven assists for the upstart Pride despite missing three games due to injury.
Goalkeeper of the Year - Genevieve Richard, Laval Comets
Claiming Goalkeeper of the Year honors for the second consecutive season, Richard was once again stellar for the Comets in 2014, finishing with six shutouts while playing every minute of the season. Preparing for her junior season at the University of Wisconsin, Richard has represented Canada at the U17 and U20 FIFA World Cup.