News Release, Washington Spirit
Boyds, Md. (5/13/19) – Washington Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe has been named the Westfield W-League’s goalkeeper of the year after helping lead Sydney FC claim the 2019 W-League title.
Bledsoe joined Sydney FC on loan during the NWSL offseason and appeared in 13 of the 14 matches for the club. This was her second stint with Sydney FC as she also played for the Australian club during the 2017-2018 W-League season, reaching the finals that same year as well. Bledsoe became only the third American goalkeeper to receive the accolade
In accepting the award, Bledsoe shared with excitement, “I’m honored to receive this award, especially with the high quality of goalkeeping this past season in the W-League. It’s a testament to the entire squad at Sydney FC and the Championship year we had.”
The Cincinnati native’s success abroad during the 2019 W-League season has only proven to escalate during the 2019 NWSL campaign. In the team’s four matches, the Spirit’s 2018 Most Valuable Player has already tallied 16 saves and two clean sheets and yet to concede a goal at home.
Bledsoe’s brilliant nine-save performance against Reign FC on May 4 earned her the NWSL Player of the Week award by the NWSL Media Association. Save of the Week honors was also picked up by Bledsoe in Matchweek four after a reaction save by the keeper stopped a shot from Reign FC’s Shea Groom just outside the six-yard-box and proving to be the game-saving goal.