LONG-SHOT LLOYD IS UP FOR AWARD
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.