Carli Lloyd's World Cup final hat trick was the highlight of her year and the United States', but adding U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year isn't a bad honor to add. The midfielder was given the award for all of her play in 2015 and marks the second time she has been named the country's player of the year, along with 2008.
Lloyd led the U.S. with 18 goals in 2015, a new career high for goals in a calendar year, but it was her goals at the World Cup that earned her all of her many accolades. Lloyd scored in all four of the Americans' knockout stage matches and added an assist in the team's semifinal fin over Germany. The final was her signature match as she scored three goals in the match's first 16 minutes, propelling the Americans to a huge lead that they would hold onto to win their record third FIFA Women's World Cup.
Not only did Lloyd notch three goals, but her final one was the stuff of legend as she buried a shot from midfield.
Lloyd beat out runner up Becky Suaerbrunn for U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. Sauerbrunn had support for her incredible defensive work that led the World Cup's best defense and kept the U.S. churning early in the tournament while the attack struggled. She also had a strong season in NWSL, playing well after the World Cup when other national teamers took a break. Still, Lloyd's showing in the final made her the heavy favorite as attacking players and signature moments often earn headlines.
The award was determined by the votes of the U.S. coaches, staff, players, U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, U.S. Soccer Athlete Council, NWSL coaches, select college coaches and select media members.