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Fishel Up for U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of Year Award

Dec 6, 2021
Mia Fishel

For the second consecutive year, UCLA forward Mia Fishel has been selected as a nominee for the U.S. Soccer Chipotle Young Female Player of the Year award.

During her three-year career at UCLA, Fishel totaled 32 goals, 16 game-winning goals, 14 assists and 78 points while earning two All-America honors, as well as two first-team All-Pac-12 and All-Pacific Region honors. She finished her career ranked ninth all-time at UCLA in goals scored and fifth in game-winning goals. In 2021, Fishel led UCLA to an unbeaten regular season, scoring 12 goals and 29 points. She paced the Pac-12 Conference with six game-winning goals and was selected the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week three times.

Fishel, who earned her first U.S. Women's National Team call-up in October 2020, won the Golden Ball at the 2020 Concacaf U-20 Women's Championship, scoring 13 goals in the tournament, a record for any Youth National Team player in any Concacaf competition. Two of her 13 goals were scored in the championship game, including the game-winner. Fishel has had extensive experience with the U.S. Youth National Teams, scoring a goal for the U.S in the 2018 FIFA Under-17 World Cup and winning the Golden Ball at the 2016 Concacaf U-15 Championship.

The other nominees for the Young Female Player of the Year award are defender Emily Fox, midfielders Jaelin Howell and Catarina Macario and forward Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit).

Because no Youth National Team matches were played this year due to the global pandemic, players are eligible for the 2021 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year if they are 23-years-of-age or younger and a) played in a senior WNT match this calendar year or b) played in the 2020 Concacaf U-20 Women's Championship. Players can win the U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year Award only once.

Five Bruins have won the Young Female Player of the Year award – Danesha Adams in 2006, Lauren Holiday in 2007, Sydney Leroux in 2011, Mal Pugh in 2015 and Ashley Sanchez in 2016.

For the first time, the process for selecting the BioSteel Female and Male Player of the Year as well as the Chipotle Young Female and Young Male Player of the Year awards will be opened up to fans via ussoccer.com. The fan vote will account for 15 percent of the overall tally, with the rest coming from National Team players, coaches, media and other related constituencies.

Voting for the awards starts Monday, Dec. 6 at 11:00 a.m. ET and closes on Dec. 12 at 11:59 p.m. ET (VOTE HERE). The winners will be announced throughout the month of December.