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USL W League announces 2022 Team of the Year

By Staff, 08/03/22, 11:59AM EDT


Tormenta, Minnesota and Indy lead the way among 22 honorees selected for inaugural Team of the Year

TAMPA, Fla. - The USL W League announced the USL W League Team of the Year on Wednesday. Thirteen unique clubs and all seven divisions were represented among the 22 honorees. 

The USL W League Team of the Year was selected based on individual player performances throughout both the regular season and postseason

USL W League Team of the Year First Team

GK: Sydney Martinez – South Georgia Tormenta FC: Martinez had a stellar season between the poles, collecting the Golden Glove based on her incredible regular season stats. The University of South Florida keeper biggest stop of the year came in the 111th minute of the USL W League Final when she denied Minnesota at the penalty spot. Her heroics would secure Tormenta FC the Championship and she would be honored as the Final MVP.   

D: Kenzie Langdok – MN Aurora: University of Minnesota defender Langdok anchored the Minnesota Aurora backline in eleven matches, helping the team only allow eight goals against during the regular season. Langdok also found herself in the attacking third quite a bit, netting four goals and a pair of assists and playing a key role in the USL W League Final for the Aurora.   

D: Robyn McCarthy – Indy Eleven: McCarthy, a recent graduate of Fresno State, appeared in every match for Indy Eleven, holding down the backline. Indy’s defense led by McCarthy only allowed seven goals against during the regular season.   

D: Barbara Murillo – FC Miami City: Barbara Murillo, a Honduras international team regular, played nearly every minute for a FC Miami City defense that only conceded four goals throughout the regular season. FC Miami City clinched the Southeast Division and appeared in the postseason.   

D: Nina Carlomusto – Long Island Rough Riders: A rising senior at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Carlomusto held down the backline all season for the Rough Riders, only allowing seven goals against on the season. Carlomusto also contributed in the attacking third, where she scored two goals.   

M: Christian Brathwaite – Greenville Liberty SC: A staple in Greenville’s midfield, 17-year-old Christian Brathwaite won the USL W League Young Player of the Year after appearing in 11 matches, recording four goals and four assists. Braithwaite won the USL W League Fans’ Choice Goal of the Week in weeks 3 and 6, the only W League player with two GOTW wins.   

M: Treva Aycock – Southern Soccer Academy: The former Auburn Tiger appeared in all twelve matches for Southern Soccer Academy this season, recording a league-high eight assists. Aycock recorded two assists in a match on two occasions this season.  Aycock also found herself on the receiving end of the ball, adding three goals from the midfield on the season. Assists Champion  

M: Nicole Waters – Wake FC: The midfielder appeared in every match for Wake FC, recording nine goals and five assists. Waters was nominated for the USL W League Fans' Choice Goal of the Week in weeks 4 and 6. The Canadian helped Wake FC beat Greenville Liberty SC with two assists in the final match of the regular season. 

F: Amy Andrews – South Georgia Tormenta FC (C) - Andrews was this year’s Golden Boot winner, leading the league with 16 regular season goals. The Western Illinois forward netted an additional three goals in the postseason. The England native recorded six braces, the most in the league. Andrews led her team to a spot in the USL W League Final, where Tormenta went on to win 2-1 in extra time.   

F: Katie Soderstrom – Indy Eleven: Indy Eleven’s Soderstrom led the offense all season long for the Girls in Blue. The Butler Bulldog ended the season with 11 goals and an assist in 10 matches and was nominated for the USL W League Fans' Choice Goal of the Week in week 1+2.   

F: Mia Asenjo – Queensboro FC: Asenjo, a University of Central Florida sophomore, netted 11 goals in 12 matches for Queensboro FC this season.  Asenjo scored in every match of Queensboro’s eight match winning streak during the regular season.     

USL W League Team of the Year Second Team

GK: Sarah Fuller – Minnesota Aurora FC

D: Kelsey Kaufusi – Minnesota Aurora FC

D: Abby Wolf - South Georgia Tormenta FC

D: Emily Madril – Racing Louisville  

D: Maggie Shaw – Chattanooga Red Wolves 

M: Caroline Conti – Greenville Liberty SC

M: Jaida Nyby – South Georgia Tormenta FC

M: Lauren Wrigley – Morris Elite SC

F: Maddy Williams – Indy Eleven 

F: Bailey Korhorn – Kalamazoo FC

F: Aleigh Gambone – McLean Soccer 

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