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Lloyd repeats as the Best FIFA Women's Player
by Paul Kennedy, January 9th, 2017 10:52PM
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Carli Lloyd, who tied for the U.S. lead (with Alex Morgan) for goals scored in 2016 with 17 and led the team in assists with 11, a career high, was named the Best FIFA Women's Player for 2016 for the second consecutive year.

She is just one of four players to win consecutive FIFA Women's Player of the Year awards after the USA's Mia Hamm (2001 and 2002), German Birgit Prinz (2003, 2004 and 2005) and Brazilian Marta (2006-10).

"I'm very honored to win this award again," Lloyd, 34, said. "I play on the best team in the world and this award would not be possible without my extraordinary teammates, who are fantastic competitors. We push each other to be better every day. I want to thank Jill Ellis and the entire coaching staff for believing in me and helping me constantly evolve my game. Thank you to the people who voted for me and the fans for showing me such strong support throughout 2016. I want to also thank my husband Brian for the unconditional support he's provided throughout this special year. I am looking forward to the start of 2017 and long term, towards qualifying for the 2019 World Cup."

Lloyd beat out Marta and Melanie Behringer of Olympic champion Germany for the 2016 award.

Ellis, the 2015 World Coach of the Year for Women's Soccer, finished second in the voting this year behind Best FIFA Women's Coach winner, the retiring German coach Silvia Neid. Pia Sundhage of Sweden finished third.



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