Dec. 27, 2006
Los Angeles - UCLA's Danesha Adams received one of the highest honors for a female soccer player on Tuesday, as the Bruin junior was named U.S. Soccer's Young Female Athlete of the Year for 2006, becoming the first Bruin player to win the award.
Adams was a standout for both the U-20 and U-21 Women's National Teams in 2006, and also earned her first cap for the senior Women's National Team against Chinese Taipei. The blazing forward was the leading scorer for the U-21s in 2006, scoring nine goals, including a team-leading five at the 2006 Nordic Cup which included a hat trick in a 4-0 win over Norway that sent the USA to the title game. Adams did her best work, however, at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship, where she won the Bronze Ball as the tournament's third most valuable player and was named to the FIFA All-Star Team.
Adams ranked second at UCLA in scoring this season with 28 points (12g, 4a). She helped the Bruins advance to their fourth-straight NCAA College Cup.
In addition to Adams, three other athletes were honored by U.S. Soccer on Tuesday, as defender Oguchi Onyewu took home the men's player of the year award, forward Kristine Lilly won the women's award, and U-20 standout Josmer Altidore was the youth winner on the men's side.