With the championship match of the National Women’s Soccer League only a few days away CBS, the tournament has begun to award year-end awards. On Tuesday, CV Reign manager Laura Harvey was named NWSL Coach of the Year 2021.
The list of finalists is decided after a preliminary round of voting by owners, general managers, coaches, players and the media. Harvey was one of three finalists for the award alongside head coach Mark Parsons of Portland Thorns FC and Scott Parkinson of NJ/NY Gotham FC.
Parsons won second place in the vote, followed by Parkinson’s. The finalists are determined through a preliminary round of voting by owners, general managers, coaches, players and the media. The finalist teams are then voted on by fans (10%), owners, general managers, coaches (20%), media (20%) and players (50%). .
The English-born player returned to the franchise in July following the departure of Farid Benstiti and has a contract until the end of the 2023 season. Harvey took the reins of the club in the bottom half of the table and progressed 7-3-2. , the result was good enough to place second on the league standings with a bye first leg playoff. Reign made a comeback at home in the semifinals, losing 2-1 to Washington Spirit.
Between Harvey’s seven wins in 12 games is an eight-game unbeaten streak from August 21 to October 16. Under Harvey, CV Reign leads all teams in goals (35) and assists. (23) while outpacing the opponent, 25-9.
Let’s take a look back at some of Harvey’s impacts in 2021:
Defeat your opponents at Lumen Fields
OL Reign and Portland Thorns FC took on Cascadia against Lumens Feild in Seattle, Washington in August.
OL Reign produced a 2-1 win over Portland Thorns FC, their longtime rival Cascadia and eventual winner of the NWSL shield, closing their head-to-head series this year. Megan Rapinoe scored a brace in the win.
The second half of the season has also been a rotational change for Harvey and the club, further showing her impact on a squad filled with international and domestic talent. One of Harvey’s big moves was to move Sofia Huerta forward as a full-back, which paved the way for more players to be used in even more attacking areas on the pitch.
The move helped the club adjust to a nagging injury to Rapinoe, and it propelled Eugiene Le Sommer and Bethany Balcer as standout scorers in the final third. Harvey’s moves also include veteran Lauren Barnes switching to her preferred center-back position after being pushed out to the flanks for much of the season, and it offers more stability in midfield. by Reign with Quinn, Jess Fishlock and Rose Lavelle all pulling the strings. .
The remaining awards
The League has three individual awards left to announce for the rest of the week: Rookie of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year and Most Valuable Player. Prizes are expected to be rolled out during the build-up of the NWSL Championship on November 20th CBS.
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