USWNT's Lloyd, Rapinoe, Solo on FIFA Player of the Year shortlist
Three American women have been included among the pool of contenders that have made the shortlist for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award.
Midfielder Carli Lloyd, goalkeeper Hope Solo and midfielder/winger Megan Rapinoe headline the group of 10 players, who represent a total of six countries.
The United States’ three candidates is the most for any country, followed by France and Germany, which have two players each.
Lloyd was the star of the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada, earning the adidas Golden Ball, which is given to the top overall player, and finishing second for the Golden Boot.
Solo is widely considered the best goalkeeper in the world. She is the only goalkeeper to make the list.
Rapinoe was one of the leaders of the USWNT that won the 2015 World Cup with a 5–2 win over Japan. The 30-year-old has scored 31 goals in 111 appearances for the national team.
U.S. manager Jill Ellis and Seattle Reign manager Laura Harvey are also among the 10 candidates for World Coach of the Year for Women's Football.
Since FIFA began naming female world players of the year in 2001, two American women have taken the honor. Mia Hamm took home the title in 2001 and 2002, while Abby Wambach earned it in 2012.
German midfielder Nadine Kessler won the award in 2014. Brazilian forward Marta is the most decorated women of all time, winning world player of the year five times.