For the last three years, CONCAF, the governing body for soccer in the region, has done a fan-voted awards ceremony. At the end of the year, they nominate players and coaches for various awards. Penn State has a knack for making polls determined by fan voting very heavily skewed in our favor. What we're getting at here is that Raquel Rodriguez is nominated for female player of the year, and as such we should all get together and vote for her.
There are many reasons why you'd vote for the star Penn State and Costa Rica midfielder just on the balance of play. She led her country in the World Cup and guided PSU to a national championship as a midfield maestro equal parts Andrea Pirlo and Zinedine Zidane, and won every award humanly possible en route to the MAC Hermann Trophy. She is one of the brightest stars Penn State has ever produced in any sport, and will likely be a first round NWSL draft pick.
If that's not enough for you, here are a few more reasons:
- They didn't nominate Erica Walsh for female coach of the year, somehow.
- You can also vote for alums Alyssa Naeher and Ali Krieger as Goalkeeper and Defender of the year, respectively. If you want to vote for a current player, Rose Chandler is also an option, but if you think her time will come (which it will because she rules), feel free to keep her off your ballot for now. We'll forgive you. Erin McLeod is also a possibility for the keeper vote. Penn State has had many good goalkeepers.
- CONCACAF and world football at large is a corrupt disaster enterprise, and subverting their system while lifting up deserving recipients is a win-win.
- Rigging fan votes is fun and we're good at it.