Lloyd named U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year

Carli Lloyd (pictured) was named the 2015 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year on December 16, 2015. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

CHICAGO -- Midfielder Carli Lloyd has been voted the 2015 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year, it was announced Wednesday.

The 33-year-old led the United States to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup title capturing Golden Ball honors as the tournament’s best player.

She also became the first female player to score three goals in a World Cup final, completing a hat-trick within the opening 16 minutes of a 5-2 win over Japan.

Lloyd scored a team- and career-high 18 goals this year, opening her account in March during a 2-1 win over Norway.

“It an absolute honor to be named the U.S. Soccer player of the Year, but when you look at the players nominated this year, it’s obvious that all of them were deserving of the award,” said Lloyd. “I want to thank everyone who voted for me, but more so everyone who supported the team this year, especially at the World Cup, as playing in front of those crowds in Canada was a special experience for all of us.

“Of course, I’m so thankful to my amazing teammates and coaches. We all know any individual award is a product of the team and I’m so proud of how everyone stepped up this year. It took all 23 players and support staff to win the World Cup and it was just fantastic to be a part of it all.”

This is Lloyd's second U.S. Soccer Player of the Year award as she was previously honored in 2008.

The U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year has been awarded since 1985, when midfielder Sharon Remer earned the first Female Athlete of the Year honor.