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Cameron voted Sky Blue FC's Most Valuable Player; Rampone, Kerr also selected

Fans, media and players vote Sky Blue goalkeeper MVP after getting snubbed by NWSL picks

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Brittany Cameron didn't win the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Goalkeeper of the Year Award as many thought she should have.

And today she got snubbed by the NWSL in their First and Second XI teams (along with the rest of the Sky Blue).

But her teammates, fans and the media who covered her sure showed her the love.

Cameron was named Sky Blue FC's Most Valuable Player, topping off the 2015 team awards that were voted on by players, media and fans.

Team captain and USA's Christie Rampone was voted the team's Defensive Player of the Year while Aussie Sam Kerr got the team's Golden Boot as it's High scorer.

In a disjointed season due to the Women's World Cup, Cameron literally carried her team on her shoulders, arms and feet when the national team players were away early in the season. She is the only league goalkeeper to play in all 20 matches, missing just eight minutes the entire season. She led the league in saves with 87 - 33 more than the next closest keeper. She had four shutouts and gave up a goal or less in 13 matches.

Her highlight of the season was a double save on US Women's National Team star Alex 1-0 win over Portland on August 22.

In the final minute, Morgan struck a penalty kick to the right of Cameron, who dived and batted it right back to Morgan. The rebound was put on the other side of the goal and somehow Cameron was able to dive the length of the goal and parry it away.

Those who were there - and there were 5,547 fans screaming that hot August night - couldn't believe that she stoned Morgan not once, but twice to seal the win.

"Brittany became an excellent professional this year," said Jim Gabarra, Sky Blue FC coach. "She provided leadership when Christie was away, and her play really kept us in games when we went through a stretch where we struggled offensively. Along with the defenders in front of her, Brittany stepped up for our team when we needed her. She had some huge moments this season and performed very consistently all year."

Rampone and Kerr got the other two honors despite missing significant time because of the Women's World Cup.

Rampone started and played in 11 matches in 2015, anchoring the Sky Blue FC back line and recording her second career NWSL goal during the season,

"Christie is a perfect model of consistency," Gabarra said of Rampone. "After the World Cup, she did not miss a step when she returned to our club. She added a significant level of leadership, particularly with directing our back line, and that is something she does so well that it tends to go unnoticed. Everyone truly respects Christie and values what she brings to the field because she possesses so many different intangibles."

Kerr joined Sky Blue FC after the Australian National Team's participation in the Women's World Cup, starting in each of her nine appearances. She made an immediate impact when she arrived in New Jersey, equaling a team-best
six goals while also registering a pair of assists to make her the recipient of the Sky Blue FC Golden Boot.