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Carli Lloyd wins FIFA women’s world player of the year award

USA midfielder Carli Lloyd speaks after receiving

USA midfielder Carli Lloyd speaks after receiving the 2015 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on Jan. 11, 2016. Credit: Getty Images / Olivier Morin

ZURICH — United States World Cup-winning captain Carli Lloyd has won the FIFA women’s world player of the year award for 2015.

Lloyd dominated a worldwide vote and collected the award at FIFA’s annual awards ceremony in Zurich.

In an emotional acceptance speech, Lloyd says: “I honestly wouldn’t be sitting up here, standing up here, without my incredible teammates.”

She stood out by scoring six World Cup goals, including a stunning hat trick in the opening 16 minutes of a 5-2 rout of Japan in the final.

Lloyd got more than 35 percent of votes made by national team captains and coaches, plus invited journalists, on a 10-player ballot.

Celia Sasic of Germany got 12.6 percent of the votes and third-place Aya Miyama of Japan got almost 10 percent.

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