US World Cup winner Carli Lloyd gets FIFA world player award
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 12, 2016 10:13 AM
FILE - In this Sunday, July 5, 2015 file photo, Carli Lloyd of the U.S celebrates scoring her third goal against Japan during the first half of the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Carli Lloyd's 13-minute hat trick in the final — including a shot from the halfway line in a 5-2 rout of Japan — makes her a top contender for the FIFA's Women's World Player of the Year award on Monday Jan. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
ZURICH (AP) — United States World Cup-winning captain Carli Lloyd has won the FIFA women's world player of the year award for 2015.
Lloyd dominated a worldwide vote and collected the award at FIFA's annual awards ceremony in Zurich.
In an emotional acceptance speech, Lloyd says: "I honestly wouldn't be sitting up here, standing up here, without my incredible teammates."
She stood out by scoring six World Cup goals, including a stunning hat trick in the opening 16 minutes of a 5-2 rout of Japan in the final.
Lloyd, of New Jersey, got more than 35 percent of votes made by national team captains and coaches, plus invited journalists, on a 10-player ballot.
Celia Sasic of Germany got 12.6 percent of the votes and third-place Aya Miyama of Japan got almost 10 percent.