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October 25, 2012
U.S. women -- Wambach, Solo, Lloyd, Rapinoe and Morgan -- candidates for FIFA women's player of year

Abby Wambach is among the 10 finalists for FIFA women's player of the year.
Abby Wambach is among the 10 finalists for FIFA women's player of the year.
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Five U.S. players, including striker Abby Wambach and goalkeeper Hope Solo, were named to the short list for the FIFA Women's world player of the year by FIFA on Thursday.

The other Americans on the short list included midfielders Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe and forward Alex Morgan.

Former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage, who left the team to coach Sweden after guiding the Americans to the Olympic gold medal, and Canada coach John Herdman, who directed the Maple Leafs to the silver medal at the Summer Games, were named as candidates for coach of the year.

The complete short list of players:

Camille Abily (France), Miho Fukumoto (Japan), Carli Lloyd (USA), Marta (Brazil), Aya Miyama (Japan), Alex Morgan (USA), Megan Rapinoe (USA), Homare Sawa (Japan), Christine Sinclair (Canada), Abby Wambach (USA).

The 10 coaches who are on the short list:

Bruno Bini (France/France national team), John Herdman (England/Canada national team), Patrice Lair (France/Olympique Lyonnais), Maren Meinert (Germany/Germany U-20 national team), Silvia Neid (Germany/Germany national team), Hope Powell (England/England national team), Norio Sasaki (Japan/Japan national team), Pia Sundhage (Sweden/USA national team), Steve Swanson (USA/USA U-20 national team), Hiroshi Yoshida (Japan/Japan U-20/U-17 national teams).

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