Carli Lloyd wins Golden Ball Award as Women's World Cup's best player
After leading the United States to a win over Japan in the Women's World Cup final, American midfielder Carli Lloyd won the Golden Ball Award as the tournament's top player.
It took just 16 minutes for Lloyd to score the fastest hat trick in Women's World Cup history. Lloyd's treble and Lauren Holiday's volley put the Japanese in a 4–0 hole that they couldn't get out of.
Lloyd scored a total of six goals in seven games, tied with Germany's Celia Sasic for the tournament lead.
Lloyd played every minute of every U.S game in the tournament.
- Dan Gartland