For the second consecutive year, the Reign's all-everything attacking midfielder Kim Little has been nominated for the BBC's Women's Footballer of the Year award, which honors the best female player in the world for club and country. Voting on the winner can be done online here and is open to the general public until May 9th.
This year she joins fellow nominees Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn from the US, soon-to-be-Thorn Amandine Henry from France, and Cameroonian Gaelle Enganamouit, who plays for FC Rosengard in Sweden.
She comes off of another dominant season for Seattle, finishing the 2015 campaign leading the league in assists and tied for second in goals behind MVP Crystal Dunn. During the NWSL offseason she was the second leading scorer in Australia's W-League, leading expansion Melbourne City to a perfect winning record en route to a league championship. At the international level she's led Scotland to the brink of qualification for the 2017 Euros, which would be the first appearance for the Scottish women at any major international tournament.
Little is the only player to have been nominated in both of the two years the award has existed. Last year she was nominated along with Spain (and Portland's) Vero Boquete, Wolfsburg's Nadine Keßler, Rosengard's Marta, and Liverpool's Asisat Oshoala. Oshoala went on to win the inaugural award.
Despite being so young the BBC award has quickly gained prestige, largely in response to the incumbent FIFA Women's Player of the Year Award, which has been criticized for being overly focused on past accomplishments and achievements in high-profile but brief international tournaments.
The winner of the BBC award will be announced by the BBC on May 24.