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Julie Ertz named US Soccer Female Player of the Year

Ertz became the 10th player to win the award multiple times.

Julie Ertz, midfield anchor for the World Cup-winning United States women’s national team, was named U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year Friday.

It is the second female player of the year award for Ertz, who previously won in 2017. She also was named U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year after leading the USWNT under-20 team to a World Cup victory in 2012. 

Ertz, 27, started 22 games for the USWNT in 2019, including all six during the Americans’ World Cup run in France. Her 1,755 minutes this year were third-most on the team. She was named to the FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World XI in September and won female player of the year despite scoring only one goal over the past 12 months.

“Julie was such a critical part of our success this summer,” former USWNT head coach Jill Ellis said in a prepared statement. “It’s wonderful that she’s being recognized in this way.”

In club duty this year, Ertz started 16 games for the Chicago Red Stars, providing one assist while winning 57 percent of her individual duels and 63 percent of her attempted tackles. Chicago finished second in the National Women’s Soccer League’s regular-season table and reached its first NWSL championship game before falling to the North Carolina Courage.

Ertz won 42 percent of the vote for female player of the year, according to ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle. She bested Ballon d’Or winner and Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Megan Rapinoe for the honor.

U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year has been awarded each year since 1985. Ertz is the 10th player to win the award multiple times. Abby Wambach is the all-time leader with six wins.

U.S. Soccer named Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic its Male Player of the Year Thursday. 

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