The 2016 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year nominees are here. Included are last year's winner, as well as a two-time winner, but who will take it home this year? That will be announced on December 11.
After her breakout 2015 on the club level, Dunn was given a prominent role for the national team where she was one of the USWNT’s best players this year. She played in 25 USWNT games and scored 14 goals (including one at the Olympics), plus eight assists. She helped propel the Washington Spirit to the NWSL championship, even without matching her stunning goal total of 2015.
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Heath was one of the most versatile and important players for the USWNT this year, particularly through the Olympics, where she had two assists in the team's four games. She tied with Dunn for second on the team in assists at eight, along with six goals. She was also excellent for the Portland Thorns, which she helped reach the Supporters Shield. She won the Young Female award in 2009.
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She was a key piece of the USWNT's Olympics run, where she scored twice, including a game-winner against a tough France side. With 17 goals and 11 assists, she led the USWNT team in productivity, but her club season was quieter – she played just seven games for the Houston Dash, but still notched five goals and three assists. She won this award twice before, last year and in 2008.
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After battling injuries in recent years, Morgan spent all of 2016 pretty much healthy, and she scored 17 goals for the USWNT, tied for most on the team. She scored the equalizer against Sweden before the U.S. was knocked out on penalty kicks in the World Cup. In the NWSL, she scored four goals with one assist for the Orlando Pride. She won this award in 2012.
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A co-captain of the USWNT with Lloyd, Sauerbrunn anchored the back line for the U.S. all year. She played 1,897 minutes for the USWNT, a team high, and notched three assists this year. She played every minute for the FC Kansas City games she was available for, and the team allowed the second-fewest goals in the league.