Carli Lloyd established herself as the top player in women's soccer with a World Cup for the ages — and now she has the hardware to prove it.
The U.S. national team star was named the 2015 Women's World Player of the Year on Monday, claiming the honor over Germany's Celia Sasic and Japan's Aya Miyama at the Ballon d'Or gala in Zurich.
Lloyd becomes just the third American to win the award, following Mia Hamm (2001 and 2002) and Abby Wambach (2012).
"I'm very, very honored and humbled," Lloyd said in a news release. "We all know that individual honors come from being a part of great teams and I want to thank all my teammates and coaches and the many people who have helped me along the way. It was a memorable year for all of us and I want to thank U.S. Soccer for their tremendous support of our national team, as well as FIFA and everyone who voted. Now, we're all looking forward to the hard work it will take to achieve more success and continuing to the push the women's game to greater heights."
The 33-year-old claimed Golden Ball and Silver Shoe honors at the World Cup, scoring six goals in the knockout stage as the U.S. won its third title. She capped the run with a historic hat trick in the opening 16 minutes of the 5-2 final win over Japan, with her third strike — an audacious lob from midfield — also earning her a nomination for the FIFA Puskas Award.
Lloyd finished 2015 with 18 goals and five assists in 25 matches.
"Carli is a great representative of U.S. Soccer and her performance at the Women's World Cup was one of the most memorable in the history of our federation," U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said. "We are very proud of her for this achievement and are certainly looking forward to watching her do more outstanding things in her career."