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Brittany Cameron Voted MVP, Christie Rampone Selected as DOY; Sam Kerr Wins Golden Boot
Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the winners of its 2015 Team Awards, as voted on by players, media and fans. Taking Most Valuable Player honors is goalkeeper Brittany Cameron, with Christie Rampone earning Defensive Player of the Year accolades. Additionally, Australian striker Sam Kerr won the team Golden Boot with six goals and two assists in nine matches.
Cameron was voted Sky Blue FC MVP after being the only NWSL goalkeeper to appear in all 20 matches of the 2015 regular season, playing a league-high 1792 of a possible 1800 minutes. The California native led the NWSL with 87 saves, which was 33 more than any other goalkeeper in the league. The number gave her an average of 4.35 saves per game, also an NWSL best. Additionally, Cameron registered four shutouts and gave up one or less goals in 13 matches over the course of the 2015 season.
“Brittany became an excellent professional this year,” said Jim Gabarra, Sky Blue FC Technical Director & Head Coach. “She provided leadership when Christie was away, and her play really kept us in games when we went through a stretch where we struggled offensively. Along with the defenders in front of her, Brittany stepped up for our team when we needed her. She had some huge moments this season and performed very consistently all year.”
Rampone started and played in 11 matches in 2015, anchoring the Sky Blue FC back line and recording her second career NWSL goal during the season. The New Jersey native also added her second FIFA Women’s World Cup Championship to her resume this past summer when the U.S. Women’s National Team was victorious in Canada.
“Christie is a perfect model of consistency,” Gabarra said of Rampone. “After the World Cup, she did not miss a step when she returned to our club. She added a significant level of leadership, particularly with directing our back line, and that is something she does so well that it tends to go unnoticed. Everyone truly respects Christie and values what she brings to the field because she possesses so many different intangibles.”
Kerr joined Sky Blue FC after the Australian National Team’s participation in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, starting in each of her nine appearances. She made an immediate impact when she arrived in New Jersey, equaling a team-best six goals (even with Nadia Nadim) while also registering a pair of assists to make her the recipient of the Sky Blue FC Golden Ball.
“Sam was a vital part of our club this season, and her play and personality greatly contributed to our success,” Gabarra remarked.
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