The ESPYs are sports awards handed out yearly by ESPN. This year, Carli Lloyd and Jordan Morris are among the athletes nominated.
Best Championship Performance
Carli Lloyd - USWNT
Von Miller - Denver Broncos
Sidney Crosby - Pittspurgh Penguins
LeBron James - Cleveland Cavaliers
Best Male College Athlete
Jordan Morris - Stanford soccer
Derrick Henry - Alabama football
Buddy Hield - Oklahoma basketball
Jarrion Lawson - Arkansas track and field
Alex Dieringer - Oklohoma State wrestling
Lloyd's performance seems to be for helping the WNT win in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying this year, but considering the only major question in that tournament was whether the United States would be going to the Olympics as first- or second-place team, it's not quite the same as a championship performance in the World Cup. Lloyd did score four goals in qualifying, including an important game winner over Mexico, and was in the tournament Best XI, but it's hard not to think that this nomination is actually for helping the United States bring home the World Cup in 2015. The WNT won the ESPY for Best Team last year for winning that tournament, but Lloyd was not individually nominated.
2015's Best Championship Performance went to LeBron James with the Cavaliers out of a category that included race horse American Pharoah, Madison Bumgarner with the San Francisco Giants, and Lauren Haeger with Florida softball.
Perhaps this year's nomination is a way to correct last year's oversight, especially considering they made room for a horse over a human being. The timing of the awards also might have impacted nominations and voting, since the awards were handed out July 15 and the final of the World Cup was July 5, just 10 days earlier.
As for Morris, he won the 2015 Mac Hermann Trophy and finished out his junior year with 12 goals and three assists in 14 games.
You can go vote here. Awards will be handed out Wednesday, July 13 and will be broadcast on ABC at 8 PM ET.
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