Sounders Morgan, Rapinoe named FIFA Player of the Year finalists

Sounders Morgan, Rapinoe named FIFA Player of the Year finalists

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Megan Rapinoe celebrates with Alex Morgan of the United States after scoring during the Women's Football Semi Final match between Canada and USA, on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Old Trafford on August 6, 2012 in Manchester, England.

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 25, 2012 at 10:32 AM

ZURICH  -- Olympic gold-medal winners Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe of the United States were among 10 candidates selected for the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year.

Wambach scored five goals at the London Games, and Lloyd scored twice as the U.S. beat Japan 2-1 in the final before a crowd of 80,203 at Wembley Stadium. Morgan and Rapinoe each scored three times in London.

Morgan and Rapinoe played for the Seattle Sounders Women before heading to the Olympics.

No American has won since Mia Hamm in 2001 and `02, the first years FIFA presented the women's award.

Christine Sinclair of Canada, who scored six goals at the London Olympics, and five-time winner Marta of Brazil also were nominated by FIFA on Thursday. Japan had three candidates including Homare Sawa, winner of the 2011 FIFA award.

Pia Sundhage, who guided the U.S. Olympic team, and Norio Sasaki of Japan were among 10 candidates for the coach's award.

Three finalists will be announced Nov. 29 in Sao Paulo after voting by national team coaches, captains and journalists.

Winners will be revealed at FIFA's annual gala on Jan. 7 in Zurich.

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