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Nov. 19, 2013

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CHICAGO – Virginia junior midfielder Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) was named a finalist for the 2013 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year award the federation announced Tuesday. It is the third time she has been named a finalist for the award, having been also recognized in 2010 and 2011.

Brian made her first three appearances for the United States Women’s National Team this year. She made her debut for the squad on June 15 in a 4-1 victory over South Korea in Foxboro, Mass. On Sept. 3, Brian scored her first international goal in a 7-0 win over Mexico in Washington, D.C. She also appeared in the Americans’ 4-0 victory over Australia on Oct. 20 in San Antonio, Texas.

This fall Brian has 13 goals and 14 assists for the Cavaliers, leading the team to the overall No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament. She was named First-Team All-ACC for the third consecutive season.

Brian is one of five finalists for this year’s award, along with Crystal Dunn of North Carolina, Lindsey Horan of French club Paris Saint-Germain, Cari Roccaro of Notre Dame and Mallory Pugh of the U.S. U-17 National Team.

Fans can vote for the U.S. Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Male and Female Young Athlete of the Year and Disabled Athlete of the Year awards on Online votes registered at count for 50 percent of the total votes, while the other 50 percent is represented by votes compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives, including National Team coaches and members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors.

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