Looks like NWSL has started their own end of season awards for media and coaches: http://www.nwslsoccer.com/home/747239.html I thought I'd start a thread of our own awards here on B.S. I was going to wait until the last regular season games were done but maybe now is as good a time as any. You guys can put in whatever you think or whoever you think deserves recognition. I believe we are the real fans who actually know what's going on over media people who may or may not go to games much less know the players and their names. Here's mine to begin: MVP - Lauren Cheney Holday - Hands down the best player in the league this year and def. the most valuable player for her team's success. Coach of the Year - Vlatko Andonovski - knew what players he wanted, got them. Coached the team the way a pro team should be coached. Played a pro system and made changes when needed. No screaming, rah, rah stuff on the sidelines with this guy, former professional-coaching professionals. Defender of the Year - Mariann Dougherty - Portland would be in worse shape without her. Loves to go up and make nice crosses. Love the way she plays. Should be on the USWNT, IMO. Goalkeeper of the Year - Adrianna Franch - Big reason why WNY Flash is in the playoffs. Made key saves throughout the year. Rookie of the Year - Erika Tymrak - This criteria is kids right out of college with no pro or semi-pro experience and Tymrak comes to mind right away. Goal of the Year - Lisa DeVanna's bicycle kick over Boston. By far the best. Most Exciting Player to Watch - Jessica Fishlock - This little dynamo is everywhere on the field with her short blond hairdo. I was at the first Reign/ Thorns game in Portland when they drew almost 17.000 fans. After scoring against Portland she runs toward the sidelines filled with Portland fans and gives them the fist clenched, arm curled up salute. The crowd goes wild. Now this is the beginning of a GREAT rivalry I said to the person sitting next to me. What an exciting player. Most improved Team - Seattle - Once Solo and Rapinoe came on board they started putting things together. Most Improve Player - Melissa Henderson - A personal preference of mine but she road the bench at the beginning but once was put on the field and even though has not scored much, has been a big factor for FCKC's success with her one touch passing and speed. Best fans - PORTLAND - no need to say anything else. Rock Solid, Tough as Nails Player of the Year - Jen Buczkowski - There is a reason why she plays just about every minute for every team, every coach she has ever played for. Unsung Hero - Tough as nails. FCKC would not be in 1st place without Jen Buczkowski, bank on it. Big Heart, Never Say Die Team of the Year - Chicago Red Stars - Do not have "stars", just gritty players that go after every 50/50 ball never stop running and never give up. Have come from behind several times this season to tie or win games. And BTW, who knows what they could have done with an extra 10 minutes at DC when they were sent home without being able to finish the game with play-off spot on the line. Big shame.