The National Women’s Soccer League championship game isn’t until Sunday, but Seattle has already picked up its share of hardware this week.
One day after Reign FC’s Laura Harvey was named the league’s coach of the year, midfielder Kim Little was announced as its Most Valuable Player on Thursday after a vote of journalists, players and team officials.
Little, a Scottish international, broke the season NWSL record with 16 goals and finished tied for second in the league with seven assists – one behind teammate Jess Fishlock. Little was also named the league’s player of the month on three different occasions.
“Little blows me away,” Reign captain Keelin Winters said in a release. “I think she blows everyone away.
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“I give her the ball with the utmost confidence that she is going to do something good with it and create something for us.”
Seattle hosts Kansas City at Starfire Sports Complex in Sunday’s title game, with kickoff scheduled for noon.
Mark Strickland and Christopher Hatch of Mukilteo took medalist honors in Thursday’s qualifying for the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball championships that will be held in May.
Strickland and Hatch shot an 8-under-par 64 on the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton. Erik Heggelund and Casey Granston of Seattle also advanced. Kelly Gardner of Gig Harbor and Kim Titus of Anacortes topped qualifying for the women’s championship. Shawn Farmer of Bellevue and Christina Proteau of Port Alberni, B.C., also qualified.
Sports-information reports contributed to this article.