The FIFA Women's Ballon d'Or shortlist contains names from outside of the United States like Sawa, Sinclair and Marta, but is once again dominated by Americans. Winning the largest tournament of the year will do that. The Americans on the list are Carli Lloyd, Abby Wambach, Sounder Megan Rapinoe and Sounder Alex Morgan.
Both of the Sounders Women players were part time players with the club team due to national team and marketing obligations. Rapinoe played in two competitive matches and did not record a point. Morgan scored twice and earned two assists in her three competitive matches.
But it is their time in the London 2012 Olympics and national team duties that put them on the short list. Both had three goals in the London Games. Rapinoe is earning a reputation as a set-play specialist and great provider of the ball and Morgan's speed is unique in the game, opening up opportunities for others, and she is in double digits on goals and assists in the 2012 calendar year with the national team.
It is more likely that Alex Morgan makes the final three than Rapinoe. Both are great players, shortlisted with some of the greatest females to play the game (Marta won the Ballon d' Or five times straight from '06 to '10).
Morgan was most recently seen at Wednesday night's Champions League game at CenturyLink Field.