Raquel Rodriguez voted NWSL Rookie of the Year

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22-year-old had one goal, one assist in 18 appearances during her first professional season.

Sky Blue FC midfielder Raquel Rodriguez has been voted the National Women’s Soccer League Rookie of the Year, the league announced on Monday. 

The 22-year-old Costa Rican international beat out fellow nominees Rachel Daly (Houston Dash) and Emily Sonnet (Portland Thorns) in a voting process that included the league’s players, coaches, media and fans.

Rodriguez was selected second in January’s NWSL College Draft after winning the MAC Hermann Trophy last year at Penn State.

Becoming an immediate starter with Sky Blue, Rodriguez amassed one goal and one assist in 1461 minutes this season. Starting 17 games and appearing once off the bench, the midfielder helped Sky Blue to a seventh place finish, one place and four points above the team’s 2015 mark.

Rodriguez, a native of San Jose, Costa Rica, appeared in all three games for her country at the 2015 World Cup, scoring Costa Rica’s opening goal of the tournament on June 9 against Spain in Montreal.

Rodriguez becomes the club’s first Rookie of the Year winner and follows in the footsteps of Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City, 2013), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars, 2014) and Danielle Colaprico (Chicago, 2015) in winning the award.

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