Carli Lloyd capped off a great 2015 by being named the 2015 FIFA Women’s Player of the Year on Monday in Zurich. The midfielder captained the U.S. women’s national team to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup title and was the first female player to score a hat trick in a WWC final and took home the Golden Ball.
But it was not just an impressive WWC that earned the 33-year-old the honor. Lloyd finished with a career high of 18 goals in a calendar year for the national team and started 23 of the team’s 25 matches playing 1,983 minutes, the 2nd most on the team.
“I’m very, very honored and humbled,” said Lloyd, who was also the 2015 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. “We all know that individual honors come from being a part of great teams and I want to thank all my teammates and coaches and the many people who have helped me along the way.”
Lloyd was also instrumental with her club team the Houston Dash. She scored 4 goals in 12 matches and was named to the NWSL Second XI.
This is the 4th time an USWNT player has taken home the award. Mia Hamm won the award in 2001 and 2002, the first 2 years it was presented, and Abby Wambach won in 2012.
The announcement completed a sweep in the women’s categories with USWNT head coach Jill Ellis being named the FIFA World Coach of the Year (Women’s).