Penn State’s Raquel Rodriguez has been nominated for one of biggest awards in women’s soccer after helping her national team reach the Women’s World Cup.
The junior midfielder was nominated by her native Costa Rica for the North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Female Player of the Year after helping the national team become the first from Central America to reach FIFA’s championship round.
Rodriguez started four of her team’s five matches, scoring three goals, which was tied for fourth in the tournament. She returned to Penn State to help the team reach the NCAA quarterfinals and was named Big Ten Midfielder of the Year.
Rodriguez is the only amateur nominated for the award, with other standouts like Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd and Hope Solo of the U.S., and Christine Sinclair of Canada also on the list.
Fans have a vote for the award at www.concacaf.com/2014-concacaf-awards-voting-fans, and the winer will be anounced at the end of the year.