Carli Lloyd omitted from over 100 ballots for World Player of the Year
Carli Lloyd became the third American to capture FIFA's Women's World Player of the Year honors, riding her stellar World Cup to the trophy, but, evidently, she didn't wow everyone in the women's soccer community with her year.
According to ballots released by FIFA on Monday, 39 international captains, 43 international coaches and 22 international media members omitted Lloyd from their ballots (which listed three players) altogether. Lloyd still accounted for 35.28% of all votes, easily outlasting Germany's Celia Sasic (12.6%) and Japan's Aya Miyama (9.88%). Other players who earned first-place votes included Miyama; USA's Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo, France's Amandine Henry and Eugenie Le Sommer; Germany's Sasic and Nadine Angerer; Switzerland's Ramona Bachmann; and Canada's Kadeisha Buchanan. The full results of the voting can be seen here.
U.S. captain Christie Rampone voted Lloyd-Solo-Rapinoe, while U.S. manager Jill Ellis, who won FIFA's Coach of the Year for Women's Football, voted Lloyd-Solo-Sasic. USA's media representative, The Equalizer's Jeff Kassouf, voted Lloyd-Henry-Sasic.
Lloyd could be the one casting the votes next year, as she supplanted Rampone along with defensive stalwart Becky Sauerbrunn when Ellis named them both co-captains on Saturday.