Lindsey Horan has been voted the 2021 BioSteel U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year after a sparkling season with the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) and Portland Thorns FC, the national team announced Thursday.
The Golden, Colorado native and product of the Colorado Rush Youth Soccer Club is the 18th different Women’s National Team player to win the honor. It is Horan’s first time as a recipient of the accolade.
This year fans were able to vote for the U.S. Soccer Players of the Year. Votes for Horan’s award were also collected from respective national team coaches, national team players who earned a cap in 2021, members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, U.S. Soccer Athletes’ Council, National Women’s Soccer League head coaches, and select media members, administrators, and college coaches.
Horan earned 36% of the tabulated votes, edging out Carli Lloyd and Rose Lavelle.
“Lindsey was very, very good this year, and she deserves this recognition,” Vlatko Andonovski, head coach of the USWNT, said in a release. “Her work ethic in the midfield and her mentality to continue to evolve as a player is inspiring. Her ability to control the tempo of a game at the highest levels is world-class, as is her ability to win balls in the midfield and help create goals in the attack.”
“She’s an important piece of our National Team, and we’re looking forward to seeing her continue to grow as one of our leaders.”
The 2021 season, Horan’s 10th with the senior side, was full of personal accomplishments and milestones for the rugged box-to-box midfielder.
“First and foremost, I want to congratulate the other nominees. They all had incredible years, especially Carli [Lloyd] in her last year with the team. She was outstanding,” Horan said. “I really appreciate everyone who voted and who supported me in the past year, which was a difficult year for everyone. I’m not really a player who wins these types of awards, so I’m super appreciative and it’s very meaningful to me.”
With the Lady Yanks, she earned her 100th cap during the Summer Olympics in Japan. She was formally recognized during a friendly in Kansas City, Kansas. Soon thereafter, she upgraded to the 10 uniform number when the retiring Carli Lloyd passed along her longstanding number in a symbolic gesture of admiration to the next leader of the women’s team. Horan proudly wore her new kit last month in Australia when The Matildas hosted the USWNT. Horan also wore the captain’s armband for the second time in just a matter of two months.
“I’ve worked very hard to get to this point in my career, and while I know, there’s so much more work to do and things to accomplish individually and as a team, it’s always very nice to be recognized.” Horan continued, “I wish we had won more team awards this year, but that’s professional football, and I know everyone is focused on having a great 2022 and beyond.”
The 27-year old led Team USA in minutes played with 1,707. She started 18 of her 22 games and finished the year with six goals and five assists. Horan has 25 career goals with the USWNT.
“Finally, I want to thank my trainer, Billy Lagreca, my family, friends and loved ones who have supported me not only through this year, but through my entire life in the game,” Horan said. “We’re all a product of the people around us, so the biggest thanks goes to my family, my coaches and teammates.”
For the Portland Thorns, Horan played 14 games and scored twice, and delivered three assists. She was named to the 2021 NWSL Best XI Second Team. She helped the Thorns to titles in the NWSL Challenge Cup and the Women’s International Champions Cup.
“What an amazing accomplishment this is for Lindsey,” Joe Webb, CEO of Colorado Rush Pro Development said. “Lindsey is someone that has always made it so easy to root for her, when you see the amount of work that she puts into her game and the amount of passion she has for soccer, it has always made me want to see her succeed at every level. “
“She has been such a great role model for youth players around the country and she exemplifies the Rush core values in such an awesome way. Congratulations to Lindsey on such a great year”
Her most recent award may find its way City of Golden’s Museum, which possesses a Horan USWNT jersey and a pair of wore boots. Both are appropriately displayed in their “Legendary People” exhibition.
Otherwise, her award would be suitable for a West Denver Colorado Rush Soccer Club trophy case. It would be a fine full-circle gesture from the sky-rocketing Coloradoan to the organization that took her in with she was just a youth, nurtured her, and then launched her on the right trajectory.