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Alyssa Thompson: 2023 Chipotle YFPY Nominee

 Alyssa Thompson: 2023 Chipotle YFPY Nominee

Alyssa Thompson
Alyssa Thompson #17 of the United States arrives at the stadium prior to playing China PR during an international friendly at DRV PNK Stadium on December 02, 2023 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.(Image-Getty) 

Alyssa Thompson's Remarkable Journey: 2023 Chipotle Young Female Player of the Year Nominee

In an extraordinary year, Alyssa Thompson, the No. 1 overall pick in the NWSL Draft and a participant in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, is nominated for the 2023 Chipotle Young Female Player of the Year. Eligibility requires involvement in a training camp with any of the USA’s Women’s Youth National Teams during the 2023 calendar year, and players can only win this award once.

Why Alyssa Thompson Stands Out:

1. Historic Draft Selection:

   - Selected No. 1 overall in the 2023 NWSL Draft by Angel City FC.

   - At 18, became the youngest draft pick in league history, drafted straight out of high school.

2. Under-23 WYNT Impact:

   - Scored in both games during the Under-23 WYNT camp in France.

3. Early Contribution to USWNT:

   - Earned her first caps for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2022.

   - Started the April 11 match, becoming the youngest player to start for the USWNT since 2016.

4. World Cup Debut:

   - Included in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup roster.

   - Made history as the second-youngest player to represent the USA at the Women’s World Cup.

   - Tallied her first international assist in the October 29 win over Colombia.

5. NWSL Rookie Success:

   - Played 20 matches during her rookie NWSL season with Angel City FC.

   - Scored four goals and provided two assists.

   - Helped the club reach the playoffs for the first time and was a Rookie of the Year finalist.

6. Consistent Recognition:

   - Second nomination for Young Female Player of the Year, following consideration in 2022.

Alyssa Thompson's impactful performances across the NWSL, international competitions, and with the USWNT make her a strong contender for the prestigious 2023 Chipotle Young Female Player of the Year award.

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