SEATTLE – Seattle Reign FC midfielder Kim Little has been voted the NWSL Most Valuable Player for the 2014 season.
Portland Thorns FC midfielder Verónica Boquete came in second in the voting, while FC Kansas City forward Amy Rodriguez was third.
Little, 24, became the first player in NWSL history to earn the Army National Guard Player of the Month on multiple occasions – claiming the honor three times during the season for the months of April, May and July.
The Aberdeen, Scotland native lead the league with 16 goals in 23 games and also finished the regular season tied for second with seven assists, one behind teammate Jess Fishlock, as she helped lead Reign FC to the 2014 NWSL Shield. \
The Scottish international's 16 goals this year are an NWSL single-season scoring record – breaking the previous mark held by FC Kansas City midfielder and 2013 NWSL MVP Lauren Holiday. Little scored the record-breaking tally with the first of two goals in a 4-1 win on July 30 against the Houston Dash during Seattle's 20th game of the year.
Little, whose discovery rights were acquired by Seattle in an offseason trade with the Washington Spirit, scored in six consecutive games from May 10 through June 7. The midfielder also had four two-goal games during the season in addition to scoring against all eight other teams in the league, including five goals against the Dash - the most against any single opponent.
"Kim Little blows me away," said Reign FC team captain Keelin Winters. "I think she blows everyone away. I give her the ball with the utmost confidence that she is going to do something good with it and create something for us."
Seattle Reign FC will return to action against FC Kansas City in the 2014 NWSL Championship Game on Sunday, August 31 at 12 p.m. (PT) at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash.
The NWSL awards are voted on by a selection of journalists that cover the league on a consistent basis, team officials and NWSL players.