U.S. women’s national team star Carli Lloyd has been named a finalist for the 2015 Women’s World Player of the Year along with Aya Niyama of Japan and Celia Sasic of Germany.
USWNT coach Jill Ellis is a finalist for Women’s World Coach of the Year beside England’s Mark Sampson and Japan’s Norio Sasaki.
Lloyd scored a hat trick in the World Cup final against Japan to earn herself the tournament’s Golden Ball award. She came second in voting for the Golden Boot behind Sasic.
Lloyd was a Women’s World Player of the Year semifinalist in 2012 after the U.S. won a gold medal in the London Olympics, but she has never won the award. A U.S. player has not taken home the award since 2012, when Abby Wambach was voted the winner.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar were named finalists for the Ballon d’Or, given to the best men’s player of the year.
The winners of the awards, which are voted on by media, coaches and team captains, will be announced on Jan. 11.
- Erin Flynn