Friday, August 6, 2004
TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced the W-League’s Most Valuable Player for the 2004 season Friday, honoring Ottawa Fury forward Kelly Parker as the league’s top performer as voted by team coaches and general managers.
Finishing second in the league in points with 45 in 2004, Parker is the first player to finish in the top two in consecutive years at the top level of the W-League. New York Magic forward Noelle Meeke accomplished the feat while the league was split, winning the scoring title in the W-2 in 2000 and finishing second in the W-1 in 2001.
Parker finished second in points and goals (18) this season behind French international and former WUSA MVP Marinette Pichon, who registered 49 points and 21 goals in 10 games.
As a rookie last year, Parker finished tied with teammate Jeannette Akerlund in points with 32 and was tied for third in the league in goals with 13.
The Fury co-captain was one of three players honored on the All-League Team for the second straight year. She was joined by defenders Fanta Cooper (Chicago Cobras) and Sasha Andrews (Vancouver Whitecaps), who was named the Defender of the Year.
Parker, who has one cap with the Canadian National Team, led the entire NCAA in 2002 in assists at the University of Texas-El Paso.