LONG-SHOT LLOYD IS UP FOR AWARD

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY -

CARLI Lloyd is in the hat to land this year’s FIFA Puskas award af­ter her half­way-line strike in the Women’s World Cup fi­nal was picked among ten nom­i­nees.

Last year it was Stephanie Roche – now of Sun­der­land – who earned a nom­i­na­tion af­ter her stun­ning vol­ley for Peamount United. The Ir­ish striker even­tu­ally fin­ished run­ner-up to Colom­bia and Real Madrid’s James Ro­driguez.

And 33-year-old mid­fielder Lloyd (pic­tured left) will be hop­ing to go one bet­ter this time around. Her strike – part of the fastest ever World Cup hat-trick as the USA beat Ja­pan 5-2 in Canada – was a su­perb spec­u­la­tive ef­fort from inches in­side Ja­panese ter­ri­tory, and vet­eran England mid­fielder Fara Wil­liams was par­tic­u­larly im­pressed by it.

“It’s got to be one of the best goals ever in a World Cup,” said Wil­liams. “I mean the fact that she hit it from the half­way line shows fan­tas­tic vi­sion. “She had a fan­tas­tic World Cup fi­nal and she re­ally turned it on in the knock­out stages.”

Other nom­i­nees in­clude Li­onel Messi, Wen­dell Lira of Brazil­ian out­fit Goiane­sia and Fleetwood’s David Ball.

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