Carli Lloyd among three finalists for The Best FIFA Women's Player
The United States' Carli Lloyd is among three finalists for The Best FIFA Women's Player, world soccer's governing body announced on Friday.
Lloyd, who was the only American on the shortlist released earlier this year, won the first award last year after FIFA's split with the Ballon d'Or. She was also named FIFA's World Player of the Year in 2015.
The other finalists are Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela and Lieke Martens of the Netherlands.
Castellanos, 18, plays college soccer in the U.S. for Florida State. She already has nine goals in eight games for the Seminoles this season after scoring seven goals in 13 games last year.
She also plays for United Women's Soccer league club Santa Clarita Blue Heat, where she was named player of the year. She was also nominated for the Puskas Award for goal of the year -- men or women's.
Martens led the Netherlands to the Women's Euro title this summer and won the Golden Ball as player of the tournament.
FIFA's award, which covers the period from Nov. 20, 2016, to Aug. 6, 2017, is voted on by national team coaches, captains, selected media and fans and will be handed out at the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony on Oct. 23 in London.