Lloyd, Ellis named finalists for FIFA year end awards

The Equalizer Staff December 2, 2016 101
Carli Lloyd, right, and Jill Ellis won FIFA honors in 2015. They're in the final three for the 2016 awards.  (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

Carli Lloyd, right, and Jill Ellis won FIFA honors in 2015. They’re in the final three for the 2016 awards. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

Carli Lloyd and Jill Ellis remain in contention to repeat as The Best FIFA Women’s Player and Coach respectively after the sport’s global governing body announced the three finalists for each on Friday. Lloyd is joined by Germany’s Melanie Behringer and Brazil’s Marta. Ellis is up against Germany’s Silvia Neid and Sweden’s Pia Sundhage.

The inclusion of Lloyd and Ellis will be sure to draw red flags after the United States failed to advance past the quarterfinals at the Olympics, marking the first major global event that has ever happened. But they went out on penalties to Sweden meaning the match went in the books as a draw, and indeed the U.S. went the entirety of 2016 without taking an official loss. Ellis’s side also defeated England, France, and Germany in March to win the maiden SheBelieves Cup with a perfect record.

Lloyd scored 17 goals on the year including two hat tricks. She also notched goals against New Zealand and France in the first two group matches at the Olympics. Lloyd’s domestic season was interrupted by injury but she did score 5 goals for the Dash in only seven appearances.

Marta, who monopolized the award for the five year period 2006-2010, led a spirited Brazil effort in front of the home fans in and around Rio de Janeiro. They wound up losing to Sweden on penalties in the semifinals in much the same manner as the U.S. did a round earlier. The Brazilians were then frozen off the podium when they dropped the Bronze Medal match to Canada. On the club scene Marta’s Rosengard were unseated as Swedish champions and crashed out of the UEFA Women’s Champions League on penalties to Frankfurt in the last eight.

Behringer scored Germany’s Olympic quarterfinal winner against China, a step on the way to winning the side’s first Gold Medal. She also helped Bayern Munich to repeat as champions of Germany.

Neid won Olympic gold in her final tournament as head coach of Germany. She defeated Sundhage’s Sweden in the Gold Medal match. Sundhage was equal parts praised and pounded for the defensive tactics she employed which helped Sweden play the United States and Brazil to stalemates. Sweden won both matches on penalties. Neid previously won the award in 2010 and 2013. Sundhage won in 2012 when she coached the U.S. to a third straight Olympic gold.

The winners will be announced January 9 in Zurich.

  • Guest

    It will be hilarious if Lloyd wins again.

    • ABCDE

      I thought she was delusional when she said she was going for at least 2 more FIFA POTYs on her book tour. If she can win while controversially sitting out for most of the year and getting eliminated from the big tournament early, anything is possible. Heck, she could sweep them for the next four years.

    • CED

      You mean pathetic and even more proof that WoSO awards are worthless.

      • Steglitz49

        Your interpretation is almost on target but not quite. It will be (seen as) proof that WoSo is worthless.

        A small difference in words; a giant leap in meaning!

  • annie

    Crossing my fingers for Melanie. I can’t believe Herdman isn’t a finalist over Ellis… he must be throwing a fit.

    • Steglitz49

      Verily.

  • Steglitz49

    Once the 10 player list for voting did not include Hedvig Lindahl anyone could tell it was a fix-up.

    • Som Termanni

      Or Hegerberg, or even AFC PotY Foord.

      • Steglitz49

        Sweden reached the OG final and lost by the narrowest of margins — an own goal to boot.

        I contend (but can’t prove, obviously) that had Lindahl been in the list for voting, the chances are high that she would have won.

        It would have been more than reasonable to have had 2 Swedes in the list when Germany got 3. My preference would have been for Lindahl and Jessica Samuelsson. The 3 German players were fair candidates.

  • Steglitz49

    What is the betting order?

    POTY: Marta > Carli > Melanie Behringer?
    COTY: Neid > Ellis > Pia

    Will Hope Solo get a lifetime achievement award?

    • Excuses..Excuses

      “Will Hope Solo get a lifetime achievement award?”

      LMAO

      • Steglitz49

        Thank you. Indeed.

        Maybe an Award that recognizes superlative skills in Communication and Diplomacy — the CD award.

  • Guest

    (Somewhere out there, John Herdman throws another not-gold medal violently into a crowd of unsuspecting passerby.)

  • Ashley C

    lol Jill Ellis

  • Gary Diver

    One observation and three questions.

    1. Technically, according to FIFA rules, USWNT was undefeated throughout 2016. Interestingly, USWNT lost 2 matches in 2015: the first and the last matches.

    2. How are the FIFA winners chosen/decided?

    3. Did Carii Lloyd, Melanie Behringer, or Brazil’s Marta really have a stellar year?

    4. Are we talking about “the best player” or “the most important player”?

    • Steglitz49

      #2. A committee of the great and the good draw up a list of 10 players to be voted on. That list is heavily influenced by major tournaments = OG and WC. Nevertheless, the list this year contained 2 French players but not Hedvig Lindahl and only 1 Swede.
      — Once the list is published there is voting by NT captains, NT coaches, the press and new for this yea the great unwashed.

      #3. Not relevant. The Committee of the Great and the Good decide.
      #4. The great unwashed and the press will decide.

      • Gary Diver

        The strange case of Christine Sinclair

        I personally have mixed feelings about Sinclair, but she is usually on top 10 lists for the best woman soccer player of all-time. She has never won the FIFA best woman player of the year award, nor has she ever come in second or even third. This could have been her year. She was awarded the best NWSL player in the Olympics. Now it looks like the clock will run out on her.

        Sentimentality is strange. Sometimes it plays to a person’s advantage and sometimes nobody cares. In Sinclair’s case, I am surprised that nobody cared.

        • Steglitz49

          Sweden lost to Germany in the final by one goal — an own goal. Thus, 3 German players is OK, but 2 Swedes would have been fair.

          How on earth there could have been 2 French players in the list of 10 blows my mind, when even 1 was already too many.

          Lindahl must have been purposely excluded lest she would walk off with the trophy.

          As it is you have Carli representing 315m people, Marta with 200m and Behringer with 85m. Sweden is 9.5m & Norway is 5m. Canada at 35m is less than 1/2 Germany.

        • Som Termanni

          Do you seriously believe this is the last year Sinclair will be eligible? There’s plenty of time for ignorant sentimentals (and plain ignoramuses) to vote for someone regardless of their inability to outplay people who aren’t even on the ballot. Just ask Abby, or Carli if she wins this year.
          Sinclair could play 5 minutes in the 2019 WWC _qualifiers_, spend the rest of it in a wheelchair, and still make the ballot.

          • Steglitz49

            Though France managed to get not just 1 but 2 players nominated, anything can happen but when players like Fleming and Buchanan among others start getting noticed for Canada, Sinc will not be nominated.

            Even Marta was dropped from nominations one year.

    • Hood

      #3 Who do you think had a stellar year and would have therefore been a fitting nominee?

      I guess Ada Hegerberg

      But since she was not part of those 10 to vote for? (which is ridiculous)

      Who was the best combination of best and important player? Maybe Behringer since she was key for Germany winning Olympics, scored a lot of goals during Olympia and was captain and heart of the Bayern Munich team which won the German Bundesliga

      Marta was not even best player in Sweden and was not able to win the Swedish championship with the very talented Rosengard team. Rosengard went out in the CL QF and Marta was not at her very best at Olympia

      Lloyd proved once again that she a great scorer. But was she the best and most important player in 2016? No way !

      I also don’t think that Sinclair was that great that she would have been a deserved top 3 player of the world. But a deserved top 5 for me

      Lindahl also deserved better. Top 5 if not top 3

      • Steglitz49

        Thank you. Well written.

        It would be a travesty if Behringer does not win it but, as already mentioned, two other Germans were among the 10 selected for voting.

        Lindahl was not among the 10. I suspect that it was on purpose because the risk was too high that she might win.

  • kernel_thai

    First, I be stunned if u could get Lloyd voted best USWNT player over Heath this year let alone best three in the world. Heath was equally important to the NT and much more important to her club who won the shield. Second, while Lloyd has nice NT stats, especially assists, the goals r very soft. Morgan tied Lloyd for most goals but only 1 of Lloyd’s goals was against a top ten opponent (France in Olympics) while Morgan had 6 against the top ten (Japan, Germany, France & Sweden)

    • Steglitz49

      The USWNT had its worst tournament ever. Ever! Would you want your mistress to be voted best USWNT player with that miserable record?

      Why not give it to Pinoe?

    • JD

      It is worse. Lloyd will win this. Mark my words. Behringer had to share votes with other German players in the top 10

      Furthermore many who are allowed to vote have no clue and voted for famous names.

      And fan voting was introduced. A big factor for US based candidates (in women soccer)

      • Steglitz49

        The damage to the credibilty of WoSo knows no bounds if your prediction comes true.

        That neither King Eric nor Zlatan has won the Ballon d’Or we can live with but this travesty just illustrates that WoSo is not a serious sport.

        Thank goodness that the Biathlon (Skishooting) season kicked off this week.

    • rkmid71

      Now I understand why Lloyd and Rapinoe wouldn’t let Heath take the freekicks and corners versus Sweden.. I just realized Morgan won US Soccer’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2012 yet somehow Wambach won FIFA POTY.

      • Steglitz49

        Hedvig Lindahl got the Diamond-ball for the second year in a row and Pernille Harder got Damallsvenskan’s MVP also for the second year in a row but neither could be voted for because they were not among the 10 selected by the Great and the Good.

        Oth 2 French players were in the list but not Ada Hegerberg. Put that in your pipes Danes, Norwegians and Swedes and smoke it. 20m are still less than Canada and only 10% of Brazil and 6% of the US.

        • Hood

          We got your point. How do you explain the results of Ronaldo?

          My question doesn’t mean that I don’t think that Hegerberg and Lindahl didn’t deserve better.

          Herder needs to prove herself in a better league / better competition. Without national team success or CL participation she doesn’t belong there YET

          • Som Termanni

            > We got your point. How do you explain the results of Ronaldo?

            Argentina’s men’s team has fans outside of Argentina, and Ronaldo plays for one of the most prominent European (and arguably global) pro clubs. The US, English, Brazilian, German, and French WNTs have fans outside of their home nations thanks to their federations spending money on marketing and all those tomato-can friendlies everyone bitches about constantly; the rest, Canada included, not so much.

          • Steglitz49

            CR7 is easy. It is men’s soccer. Men’s soccer is taken seriously. You can’t mess with the world’s game.

            For example, Matthias Sindelar, is buried in the Vienna Central Cemetery together with Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms among other luminaries.

    • DNG

      Her assists are soft as well here’s the break down of her 11 assists per team

      Ireland – 1
      Costa Rica – 2
      Colombia – 3
      Thailand – 4
      Netherlands – 1

      • kernel_thai

        And just to emphasize my astonishment at the total disregard for Morgan, here r the six goals against the top ten teams

        SBC – France – stoppage time winner 1-0
        SBC – Germany – scores acrobatic equalizer down 1-0
        Japan friendly – scores twice to erase 2-0 Japanese lead
        Japan friendly – scores insurance goal for 2-0 lead
        Olympics – scores equalizer against Sweden forcing extra time

        • kernel_thai

          USWNTs top 10 goals for 2016

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjZJtf_AC6A

          • Steglitz49

            Did I miss something but were none from the Olympics?

        • DNG

          Morgan had a productive year for the NT but I don’t think she was all that great in the Olympics despite her 2 goals. She wasn’t very good for Orlando either in my opinion.

  • Steglitz49

    The real danger with this outcome of the voting is that it reinforces the image of WoSo as a sport nobody takes seriously.

    In one way it is a Trojan Horse to undermine the credibility of WoSo.

    Those that care about WoSo must take FIFA and the Ballon d’Or to task over this. It is a stab in the back for the players, coaches and lovers of female soccer.

    • Gary Diver

      Good point: Awards with no credibility are worse then no awards at all.

      • Steglitz49

        I suspect that marketing managers love this outcome for obvious reasons:

        — Carli represents 315m people
        — Marta 200m, and
        — Behringer 85m.

        — Now if Lindahl for Sweden had been in the list, she represents only Sweden is 9.5m & Ada Hegerberg for Norway just 5m.
        — Sinclair’s Canada is about 35m but that is still less than 1/2 Germany.

    • Som Termanni

      France Football severed their relationship with FIFA starting with this year’s awards and is uninvolved with any of them. FF doesn’t award a Ballon d’Or to women and barely bothers to cover D1F, much less women’s soccer elsewhere.

      • Steglitz49

        Pedantry does not change reality.

  • Guest

    naturally, galanis posted about it. I wonder if Carli even cares… I think even she knows it’s BS and kind of diminishes the last award she won.

    • rkmid71

      I suspect she cares. People will forget years from now what actually happened.Though being captain of a sinking ship in 2016 is not great for the resume. I actually have suggested that after OG, new captains should be appointed given the debacle, the lack of sportsmanship afterwards, her silence, etc She might break Angerer’s record for the oldest winner yet, so she got that going for her.

      • anon

        I am not sure how she lacked sportsmanship. Her comments about the Swedish team and olympics were pretty gracious. I’m not a huge fan of her as captain for other reasons but people bash her here for everything.

        • rkmid71

          Something needed to be said immediately by team leaders after Solo’s stupid comments. Did the captains ever say anything? Did JE? If I recall it was eventually, days later, a written statement by USSF. And Rapinoe and Morgan addressed it in TV interviews. Though Rapinoe then backtracked. So the captains and JE delegated to Morgan and Rapinoe? Please refer to where I can see Lloyd’s gracious comments.

          • anon

            when she was interviewed about it she disagreed with Hope. What did you want her to do exactly? She never said anything controversial.

          • rkmid71

            When was she interviewed? Months later? And at least we agree that she shouldn’t be captain.

          • anon

            Every post-olympics interview I saw with her in it had her explicitly stating she disagreed with what Hope said. I don’t know the timeline, but some of them were soon after. Not sure what else she could have done. No one is slamming co-captain Becky for not seeking out a media statement.

          • rkmid71

            Notice I said captains (plural).

          • HOFCToDi

            No one cares.

            Sports TV Ratings for Sunday, 13 November 2016

            sportstvratings.com/nfl-countdown-nfl-insiders-sportscenter-top-cable-sports-tv-ratings-for-sunday-november-13-2016/6840/

            USWNT, FS1 – 145,000 viewers

            Sports TV Ratings for Thursday, 10 November 2016

            sportstvratings.com/browns-ravens-bulls-heat-north-carolina-duke-football-top-cable-sports-tv-ratings-for-thursday-november-10-2016/6819/

            USWNT, ESPN2 – 212,000 viewers

            Sports TV Ratings for Sunday, 23 October 2016

            sportstvratings.com/giants-rams-in-london-nascar-sprint-cup-talladega-top-cable-sports-tv-ratings-for-sunday-october-23-2016/6565/

            USWNT, FS1 – 149,000 viewers

            Sports TV Ratings for Wednesday, 19 October 2016

            sportstvratings.com/cubs-dodgers-indians-blue-jays-warriors-preseason-game-top-cable-sports-tv-ratings-for-wednesday-october-19-2016/6508/

            USWNT, ESPN2 – 169,000 viewers

            Sports TV Ratings for Sunday, 18 September 2016

            sportstvratings.com/nascar-sprint-cup-chicagoland-nfl-countdown-yankees-red-sox-top-cable-sports-tv-ratings-for-sunday-september-18-2016/5871/

            USWNT, FS1 – 243,000 viewers

            Sports TV Ratings for Thursday, 15 September 2016

            sportstvratings.com/jets-bills-houston-cincinnati-top-cable-sports-tv-ratings-for-thursday-september-15-2016/5843/

            USWNT, ESPN2 – 266,000 viewers

          • HOFCToDi

            No one cares.

            Home Matches (Sep, Oct, Nov)
            Sports TV Ratings
            USWNT – 1,184,000 viewers (6 matches)
            USMNT – 2,366,000 viewers (3 matches)

            I dare say, those women truly are second class citizens.

          • HOFCToDi

            No ones cares.

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Summer_Olympics#Medal_table

            “Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser.”

          • guest

            Eyeroll. Hope’s comments really weren’t a huge deal. The Swedish team didn’t care and Solo apologized.

          • rkmid71

            Solo might disagree. Her contract was terminated.

          • guest

            Not just because of those comments and most seem to think she was inappropriately terminated. If that was why she was terminated, it would be pretty absurd, and USSoccer tried to cover themselves by saying it was an accumulation of her actions. It’s really about more than that though, including her part in the equal pay fight.

          • Rufan

            I spoke with some very close to a WNT player after Solo was let go and was told that Solo had a written agreement with USSF about what was expected of her. USSF must have felt she had violated it and terminated her.

          • Steglitz49

            “I don’t give a cr*p what she thinks. I am going to Rio. She is going home” — said by the lady who gave Hope her career and rescued her from oblivion 8 or 9 years earlier

        • ABCDE

          It’s equalizer. Carl Lloyd Bad. Christen Press Good. Alex Morgan Overrated.

          • rkmid71

            Carli Lloyd Old. Christen Press Unclear. Alex Morgan Good.

          • Steglitz49

            Christen Press looked rather fetching in that makramée dress and she has the gift of the gab. Wasted on the field.

          • ABCDE

            old? dude, come up with a better insult

          • rkmid71

            Fossilized? In soccer terms anyway.

          • ABCDE

            if she is still effective, and she certainly can be, not sure why her age is an issue. i’d rather all criticisms be directed at play i guess.

          • rkmid71

            Believe me, when I play golf nowadays I sometimes can play good for 9 holes or even 18 holes and I think I can compete with the young guys. But then reality strikes. That’s why they have a sr tour.

          • Steglitz49

            I thought ABCDE was incensed by “unclear”.

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press is the most overrated player in USWNT history.

            FIFA Top Ten Ranked Opponents
            USWNT Goals Scored
            Morgan (DOB 02 Jul 1989) – 34
            Leroux (DOB 07 May 1990) – 8
            Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988) – 3
            Johnston (DOB 06 Apr 1992) – 2
            Dunn (DOB 03 Jul 1992) – 2
            Horan (DOB 26 May 1994) – 2
            Mewis (DOB 09 Oct 1992) – 1

            4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
            78 caps
            2 head coaches

            Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

          • HOFCToDi

            Let’s review a 18 year old teenager versus a 27 year old fraud in calendar year 2016:

            Christen Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988)
            2016 Summer Olympic Games
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 6, Shots on Goal 1
            Penalty Kicks Attempted 1, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

            Mallory Pugh (DOB 29 Apr 1998)
            2016 Summer Olympic Games
            Goals 1, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 4, Shots on Goal 1
            Penalty Kicks Attempted 0, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

            Christen Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988)
            2016 SheBelieves Cup
            Goals 0, Assists 0

            Mallory Pugh (DOB 29 Apr 1998)
            2016 SheBelieves Cup
            Goals 0, Assists 1

            Christen Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988)
            2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying
            Knockout Stage
            Goals 0, Assists 0

            Mallory Pugh (DOB 29 Apr 1998)
            2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying
            Knockout Stage
            Goals 0, Assists 2

            4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
            78 caps
            2 head coaches

            Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

          • HOFCToDi

            Let’s review a 24 year old adult versus a 27 year old fraud in calendar year 2016:

            Christen Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988)
            2016 Summer Olympic Games
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 6, Shots on Goal 1
            Penalty Kicks Attempted 1, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

            Crystal Dunn (DOB 03 Jul 1992)
            2016 Summer Olympic Games
            Goals 1, Assists 1, Shots Attempted 6, Shots on Goal 3
            Penalty Kicks Attempted 0, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

            Christen Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988)
            2016 SheBelieves Cup
            Goals 0, Assists 0

            Crystal Dunn (DOB 03 Jul 1992)
            2016 SheBelieves Cup
            Goals 1, Assists 0

            Christen Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988)
            2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying
            Knockout Stage
            Goals 0, Assists 0

            Crystal Dunn (DOB 03 Jul 1992)
            2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying
            Knockout Stage
            Goals 0, Assists 0

            4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
            78 caps
            2 head coaches

            Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

          • guest

            I’m not even sure how you can call Morgan overrated at this point. Everyone and their grandma loves to trash Morgan these days.

          • HOFCToDi

            Sunday, 21 Feb 2016
            TSG announces CWOQ Best XI, Awards
            ussoccer.com/v~13.17/~/media/images/wnt/gallery-images/2016/02/160221-wnt-v-can/photo-gallery/160221-wnt-vs-can-photo-gallery19.jpg?h=600&w=786&la=en&hash=BF5ABEEA5BE7034EF13FA4F320F9E7BB8E549331&yocs=6_&yoloc=us

            concacaf.com/article/tsg-announces-cwoq-best-xi-awards

            By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

          • Steglitz49
          • HOFCToDi

            Friday, 11 Mar 2016
            Morgan, Solo and the USA Sweep Awards at 2016 SBC
            ussoccer.com/v~13.17/~/media/images/wnt/gallery-images/2016/03/160309-wnt-v-ger/160309-wnt-vs-ger-gallery20.jpg?h=559&w=800&la=en&hash=B1A7B6E0C01C796F4C31CF422F0CC370A4D5CF89&yocs=6_&yoloc=us

            ussoccer.com/stories/2016/03/11/13/17/160311-wnt-morgan-solo-and-the-usa-sweep-awards-at-2016-shebelieves-cup

            By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

          • Steglitz49

            It would be more effective if you posted one of the bodypaint pictures. Those had a massive impact, cheeky as they were.

          • HOFCToDi

            FIFA Top Ten Ranked Opponents
            USWNT Goals Scored
            Morgan (DOB 02 Jul 1989) – 34
            Leroux (DOB 07 May 1990) – 8
            Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988) – 3
            Johnston (DOB 06 Apr 1992) – 2
            Dunn (DOB 03 Jul 1992) – 2
            Horan (DOB 26 May 1994) – 2
            Mewis (DOB 09 Oct 1992) – 1

            4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
            78 caps
            2 head coaches

            Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press has yet to score a goal versus a FIFA Top Twelve Ranked opponent in calendar year 2016.

            fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/ranking-table/women/index.html

            Christen Press has yet to provide an assist versus a FIFA Top Twelve Ranked opponent in calendar year 2016.

            fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/ranking-table/women/index.html

            4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
            78 caps
            2 head coaches

            Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

          • HOFCToDi

            Calendar Year 2016
            FIFA Top 12 Ranked Opponents
            USWNT Goals Scored
            Morgan (DOB 02 Jul 1989) – 6
            Horan (DOB 26 May 1994) – 2
            Lloyd (DOB 16 Jul 1982) – 2
            Dunn (DOB 03 Jul 1992) – 1
            Heath (DOB 29 May 1988) – 1
            Johnston (DOB 06 Apr 1992) – 1
            Long (DOB 13 Aug 1987) – 1
            Mewis (DOB 09 Oct 1992) – 1

            By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

          • HOFCToDi

            Alex Morgan is the only individual in the entire USWNT player pool that has scored a goal against Sweden in the last four years.

            ussoccer.com/stories/2016/08/12/19/37/160812-wnt-falls-to-sweden-4-3-in-penalty-shootout-after-1-1-draw-in-2016-olympic-quarterfinals

            ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/tournaments/2015-fifa-womens-world-cup/150612-wntvswe#tab-1

            ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/tournaments/2014-algarve-cup/140307-wnt-v-swe#tab-1

            ussoccer.com/stories/2014/03/17/13/10/wnt-wins-group-b-at-2013-algarve-cup-to-advance-to-final

            By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

            4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
            78 caps
            2 head coaches

            Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

          • kernel_thai

            Wow that’s a crazy stat.

          • HOFCToDi

            Calendar Year 2014
            FIFA Top 10 Ranked Opponents
            USWNT Goals Scored
            Morgan (DOB 02 Jul 1989) – 2
            Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988) – 0

            ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2014-lineups

            Calendar Year 2014
            USWNT Minutes Played
            Morgan (DOB 02 Jul 1989) – 418
            Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988) – 1322

            ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/stats/2014-statistics

            4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
            78 caps
            2 head coaches

            Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

          • guest

            i think we can all safely agree that alex morgan is now past her peak.

          • annie

            I’m not sure why people say this. She had a pretty good year on the national team. Her club performance was mediocre but Orlando as a whole was an unorganized expansion disaster.

          • Steglitz49

            According to this report Alex has not only been in Lyon but had a check-up with the Lyon medical team:
            http://www.excellesports.com/news/alex-morgan-lyon-nwsl-pride/

  • The Oracle

    Ahahahaha! Melanie Behringer had better win this. She was great for Bayern and did very well at the Olympics. Herdman is the coach of the year.

    • Steglitz49

      Why do you prefer Herdman before Pia?

  • newsouth

    the incompetent coach and wamach 2!

    • HOFCToDi

      youtube.com/watch?v=G4zLHV8Ycco

  • CED

    This is by WoSo awards are a joke. Ellis is a clueless coach in general. She was incapable of fielding the correct lineup and deployed the wrong tactics in OG to break to a bunker. So, by even considering her they are rewarding her for beating up tomato cans in friendlies in which tactics, line ups, substitutions..ie managing did not matter b/c the other opponents were poor.

    • Steglitz49

      Welcome back Droll, Chief Executive of trolls.

      The votes have been cast. The voters decide. Among the COTY we can not complain about the list to be voted on as much as the absurd list for the POTY — but in the end I doubt anyone will care. Who cares about 9,5m turnips or 5m Norwegians when there are 315m Americans to keep satiated.

    • DNG

      I thought it was ridiculous that Lloyd made the short list. She wasn’t one of the top three American attackers this year let alone the best American player. It’s a complete joke that both are finalists.

      • Steglitz49

        Only cements and reinforces the view that WoSo is a joke.

        Sadly, the joke is on real WoSo players.

  • Som Termanni

    Sinead Farrelly has retired from professional soccer at age 27, in large part due to complications and slow recovery from injuries in a September 2015 car accident that kept her out of play through 2016. She last played for Portland, but technically ends her career with Seattle after Boston, who traded for her, waived her at the end of 2016. http://www.excellesports.com/news/sinead-farrelly-retirement-car-accident/

    • mockmook

      Sad to hear that. Hope she has great things ahead of her in the non-player world.

  • guest

    it is now official. men and women soccer players don’t do equal work.

  • Gary Diver

    What Happened to John Herdman?

    I am not a big fan of John Herdman as either a person or a leader, but during the past year Canada rose 6 spots in FIFA ranking and is now number 4 in the world. The 93-point gain set a record in the 13-year history of the ranking, surpassing the 87-point gain by Cameroon in July 2015 and the 80-point gain by Equatorial Guinea in December 2008.

    How is this achievement not the best team achievement of the year? Which other coach has accomplished more throughout 2016?

    • guestx

      Herdman was included in ten women’s coaches shortlisted for best coach, so what happen – voters did not rank Hermann in the top three.

      All the votes have already been cast with winner announced in Jan.
      Once winner is announced FIFA will also publish the full voting results and it will be possible to see where Herdman ranked within the top 10 as well as which way the NT captains and coaches voted.

      For ref, FIFA announcement of 10 cash shortlist

      Experts from the Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ have shortlisted ten head coaches in women’s football as candidates for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2016.

      The candidates, in alphabetical order, are:
      * Philippe Bergeroo (France/French national team)
      * Jill Ellis (USA/US national team)
      * John Herdman (England/Canadian national team)
      * Silvia Neid (Germany/German national team)
      * Vera Pauw (Netherlands/South African national team)
      * GĂ©rard PrĂŞcheur (France/Olympique Lyonnais)
      * Pia Sundhage (Sweden/Swedish national team)
      * Oswaldo VadĂŁo (Brazil/Brazilian national team)
      * Martina Voss-Tecklenburg (Germany/Swiss national team)
      * Thomas Wörle (Germany/FC Bayern Munich).

      The winner of The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2016 will be determined through a combined voting process, in which 50% of the decision will be based on the choices of all captains and head coaches of women’s national teams around the globe. The other 50% will be defined by the result of an online public ballot with football fans and the submissions from a selected group of over 200 media representatives from the six continents.

      The ten candidates for The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2016 will be announced tomorrow, 2 November, while the ten shortlisted names for The Best FIFA Women’s Player will be unveiled on Thursday, 3 November. The list of 23 finalists for The Best FIFA Men’s Player award will be published on Friday, 4 November.

      The voting process for player and coach of the year in 2016, in both men’s and women’s football, starts on 4 November and will be closed on 22 November. On 2 December, the final lists of three nominees for these categories – as well as for the FIFA Puskás Award and the brand new FIFA Fan Award – will be announced. The award winners will be presented at The Best FIFA Football Awards show on 9 January 2017.

      • Steglitz49

        The issue here is that if India and China decided to start voting, they will control the fans votes. Not even the US could keep up with either or both of those.

    • Steglitz49

      From the FIFA web site:

      Fans’ votes will make up exactly 25 per cent of the total. Thus, so no matter how many fans across the world participate the quota will still be one quarter.

      The votes are counted and amalgamated thus: Each player/coach award consists of four voting groups (national coaches, national captains, a select group of media and then the fans. Each group’s votes are counted and converted into a percentage. This percentage is divided by four, making sure that all voting groups are weighted equally at 25 per cent. The four percentages are then added together to form a total percentage that defines the winner.

      This is the big change from before when 1/3 each came from NT captains, NT coaches and the press — with one per country.

      You can only choose three players or coaches per category, which is the same as media, national captains and coaches. Your first choice will receive five (5) points, the second three (3) points and the third one (1) point.

      It is pretty obvious that all things being equal, the US with 315m and reasonable interest in WoSo will dominate the fans’ votes. How can Canada ca 35m compete, let alone Norway 5m and Sweden 9.5m?

      Germany with 85m and some interest in WoSo will get votes and the 200m Brazilians would only need to have 5% the interest of Swedes to outrank them.

  • Steglitz49

    A more rational way could be to have two sets of winners. One voted on the Captains and Coaches as before and one where the median and great unwashed get to vote.

    In any system involving the general public from different countries of different populations, there would needs have to be some sort of electoral college system to ensure a level playing field.

    At the moment, the US with its 315m looks like dominating the voting by fans but once India and China get in on the act, they will dwarf the ROW.