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Previewing the NWSL Rookie of the Year race

Article Written by Travis Clark
Published: April 11, 2014

In last season’s 2013 National Women’s Soccer League, Florida star Erika Tymrak burst onto the scene for FC Kansas City, parlaying early pro success into appearances with the full Women’s National Team.

So on the cusp of the second season of the NWSL, which player is poised to make an immediate impact? 

MORE: Revisiting the NWSL draft results | NWSL college pipeline

Here’s a look at ten possible Rookie of the Year candidates (in no particular order):

D/M Crystal Dunn, Washington Spirit

The 2012 Hermann Trophy Winner and National Champion obviously slots in here after being selected with the first overall pick in the draft. A dynamite talent with dominant athleticism, Dunn might get off to a slow start to the season after only making her preseason debut last week thanks to a nagging injury. However, no matter where she ends up playing – outside back or midfield – look for her to make an immediate impact.

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