The 2017 CARF International MVP award will go to the most valuable players for FC Tucson Men and Women. Over the course of Summer, we’ll be highlighting individuals who show their effectiveness on the pitch.

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Lainey Burdett | Goalkeeper

For many teams, the success and cohesiveness on the defensive end can be directly attributed to a quality goalkeeper. Luckily for FC Tucson, the side welcomes back Lainey Burdett.

A junior at the University of Arizona, Burdett took no time establishing herself at the Wildcats  number one, earning the job as a freshman and continuing to write her name in the record books ever since.

At the conclusion of her sophomore campaign, Burdett sits on the edge of greatness in Wildcat soccer history.

With seven shutouts this past season, Lainey sits at fourth all-time with career shutouts with 10, and posted the fifth-lowest goals against average in Arizona history, allowing 1.16 per game on the season.

Burdett was a member of last year’s squad that finished the season 5-3-2, but will undoubtedly be looked upon by Amy and Todd Garelick as the women make a push for the playoffs.

Check out Lainey and the girls in their WPSL home opener this Friday night against PacSouth Division rivals San Diego Sealions before facing LA Galaxy SD on Saturday night.

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