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CHICAGO (September 23, 2015) – Washington Spirit forward Crystal Dunn was voted the National Women’s Soccer League Most Valuable Player for the 2015 NWSL season, the league announced Wednesday.
Dunn, 23, becomes the youngest player to win the award – ahead of 2014 MVP Kim Little (who was 24 at the time) and 2013 MVP Lauren Holiday (who was 25).
The New Hyde Park, N.Y. native also becomes the third consecutive NWSL Golden Boot winner – honoring the player with the most goals in a season – to go on to be voted MVP in the same year.
The North Carolina product finished her 2015 regular season campaign with 15 goals in 20 appearances – setting a new NWSL record with 0.75 goals-per-team-game. Her 15 goals in a single season rank second all-time, one behind Little’s 16 goals in a 24-game regular season in 2014.
She also led the league this season in shots (84) and shots on goal (48) to go along with three assists in 1,711 minutes – 89 minutes shy of playing every minute of the regular season.
Dunn was named the NWSL Player of the Week a record six times this year – smashing the previous record held by former Portland Thorns FC midfielder Veronica Boquete, who was honored with the award three times in 2014.
Dunn was also named NWSL Player of the Month for August after scoring six goals and adding an assist in six games during the month.
She also recorded her first professional hat trick this season in a 3-1 victory over the Houston Dash on Aug. 1 with all three goals coming in the first half.
The NWSL awards are voted on by a selection of journalists that cover the league on a consistent basis, club officials, players and fans.