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It's Carli Lloyd's award, but two Reign players nominated for USWNT's top honor

Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports

There's no reason to put on airs, Carli Lloyd will almost certainly be named U.S. Soccer's Female Player of the Year. That's what happens when you win the Women's World Cup Golden Ball after leading the United States to a resounding victory in the final by scoring a hat trick. Most voters are going to look at those credentials and basically give her a pass on scoring just four goals in only 12 NWSL games for a team that didn't even make the playoffs. That's the world we live in.

Still, it's worth noting that if not for that historic performance, a pair of Seattle Reign players would be very much in the running. Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo were also among the five players nominated for the award, and have resumes nearly as impressive as Lloyd.

Rapinoe had been arguably the USWNT's best player until that World Cup final and has been consistently awesome for the Red, White and Blue. But, unlike Lloyd, she also enjoyed a standout NWSL campaign in helping the Reign to their second consecutive Shield. In 10 games, Rapinoe logged five goals and five assists.

Solo's season was interrupted by a suspension that nearly got her kicked of the national team, but never let that tumult show in her play. After posting a 540-minute shutout streak in the World Cup, she won the tournament's Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper. She also went 5-2-1 in NWSL play.

FC Kanas City stars Lauren Holiday and Becky Sauerbrunn were the other two nominees.

Chances are, though, that the combination of "National Team coaches and staff, WNT players who have earned a cap in 2015, members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, U.S. Soccer's Athlete Council, National Women's Soccer League coaches, select college head coaches and select media members" are still going to give the award to Lloyd. Which is fine.

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