[AWARDS] Abby Wambach
, who leads the U.S. women with 10 goals but is no longer a
full-time starter on the national team and was limited to just 10 appearances with the Western New York Flash because of injuries during the NWSL season, is the lone American on the shortlist for
the 2014 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award. Two other former winners, Brazilian Marta
and German keeper Nadine
, are among the 10 finalists.
Wambach and Angerer, who played for Portland, were among four NWSL players on the shortlist but there was no place for Seattle's Kim Little
, the 2014 MVP, or Lauren Holiday,
who led Kansas City to the 2014 league title.
Spaniard Veronica Boquete
, who played part of the 2014 season for Portland, Japanese star Nahomi Kawasumi
, who played for
Seattle, were among the nominees.
Englishwoman Laura Harvey
, who led Seattle to the NWSL regular-season title, was nominated for the World Coach of
the Year award for women's soccer.
The winners will be announced on Jan. 12 in Zurich along with the FIFA Ballon d'Or winner, World Coach of the Year award for women's soccer and other
winners. FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year:
Nadine Angerer (Germany)
Veronica Boquete (Spain)
Nilla Fischer (Sweden)
Nahomi Kawasumi (Japan)
Nadine Kessler (Germany)
Aya Miyama (Japan)
Louisa Necib (France)
Lotta Schelin (Sweden)
Abby Wambach (USA)
FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Soccer:
Philippe Bergeroo (France/France national team)
Peter Dedevbo (Nigeria/Nigeria U-20 national
Laura Harvey (England/Seattle Reign FC)
Ralf Kellermann (Germany/VfL Wolfsburg)
Maren Meinert (Germany/Germany U-20 national team)
Norio Sasaki (Japan/Japan national
Pia Sundhage (Sweden/Sweden national team)
Asako Takemoto Takakura (Japan/Japan U-17 national team)
Jorge Vilda (Spain/Spain U-17 national team and U-19 national team)
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg (Germany/Switzerland national team).