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Lloyd’s midfield strike nominated for FIFA goal of year

Carli Lloyd's goal from midfield is nominated for the 2015 FIFA Puskas Award. (Getty Images)

Carli Lloyd’s goal from midfield is nominated for the 2015 FIFA Puskas Award. (Getty Images)

Carli Lloyd’s hat trick-sealing goal from midfield in the 2015 Women’s World Cup final is nominated for the 2015 FIFA Puskas Award, an honor handed out yearly for the worldwide goal of the year.

Lloyd’s goal is the only among the 10 finalists scored by a woman. Lloyd scored a hat trick in the first 16 minutes of the United States’ 5-2 victory over Japan to clinch the World Cup title in July, becoming the first woman and second person ever to score a hat trick in a World Cup final. The American midfielder’s third goal was the most audacious of them all, a now legendary strike from right at the midfield line which sailed over Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori’s head:

The Puskas award is decided entirely by a fan vote. All 10 nominated goals can be watched and voted on here. This year’s award encompasses goals scored between Sept. 27, 2014 and Sept. 23, 2015. Three finalists will be announced on Nov. 30, with the winner revealed on Jan. 11, 2016 at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala.

Lloyd is one of 10 finalists for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award which will be handed out at the Ballon d’Or Gala and she is widely considered the favorite to win the award after winning the Golden Ball as best player at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Last year, Irish forward Stephanie Roche became the first woman to make the final three for the Puskas Award for her now famous goal scored in Ireland’s Women’s National League. Roche finished second in the voting to Colombian forward James Rodriguez for his goal at the 2014 World Cup.


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