Megan Rapinoe (right) won Golden Ball and Golden Boot honors at the Women’s World Cup. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)
Six players have been named finalists for U.S. Soccer’s female player of the year, it was announced Tuesday.
Midfielders Julie Ertz, Rose Lavelle and Carli Lloyd, forwards Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, all members of the U.S. women’s national team that captured the Women’s World Cup title.
Voting for the awards started Tuesday and closes on Dec. 6 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The winners will be announced during the second week of December.
All six female nominees played significant roles for the USA, which won its fourth – and second consecutive – World Cup title in France this past summer.
Ertz has 95 caps and played 1,755 minutes, third-most on the team.
Lavelle enjoyed a breakout year, scoring what was perhaps the most memorable goal the year in the World Cup final vs. the Netherlands.
Lloyd finished 2019 with 16 goals, most on the team, and the third-most she has scored in a year.
Morgan scored six goals at the World Cup, including the game-winner vs. England in the semifinal, and won the Silver Boot.
Naeher made an vital penalty kick save to preserve the 2-1 USA lead in the semifinal and help the team reach the final.
Rapinoe won the tournament’s Golden Ball as the MVP and the Golden Boot as the top scorer.
Three of the nominees have won the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year award before: Ertz won in 2017, Lloyd secuired it in 2008 and 2015 and Morgan earned the honor in 2012 and 2018. Ertz (neé Johnston) also won the U.S. Soccer young female player of the year award in 2012.
Votes for U.S. Soccer player of the year awards are collected from respective national team coaches, national team players who have earned a cap in 2019, members of the U.S. Soccer board of directors, U.S. Soccer Athletes’ Council, National Women’s Soccer League head coaches for the USWNT and American soccer league (MLS and USL) head coaches for the USMNT, select media members and former players and administrators. In addition, select college coaches vote for the USWNT award.
The U.S. Soccer female player of the year has been awarded since 1985, when midfielder Sharon Remer (known then as Sharon McMurtry) earned the inaugural honor. Abby Wambach holds the record by winning the award six times. Mia Hamm earned it five times.