Aug 302009

St. Louis, MO (Source: Sports Network)

Los Angeles Sol forward Marta won the first Michelle Akers Player of the Year Award in Women’s Professional Soccer on Sunday, when the league announced its year-end awards.

Marta, who also won the PUMA Golden Boot Award as the league’s top scorer, is the reigning three-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.

“I’m very honored to receive this award. Each player in the league has it as their goal to try for an award like this,” Marta said. “It’s very special to be a pioneer in this league in the first season.

“It’s been a great year and I look forward to many good years to come.”

Boston Breakers defender Amy LePeilbet was named the Defender of the Year, and Saint Louis Athletica goalie Hope Solo was named the Goalkeeper of the Year.

Los Angeles coach Abner Rogers was named Coach of the Year, and Sky Blue FC player/coach Christie Rampone – who led the team to the WPS title – captured the Sportswoman of the Year award.

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