Houstonian is FIFA’s finest

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HOUSTON - Houston continues to stake its claim in the sports world as one of its own was awarded one of the most prestigious awards in the women's soccer world.  Carli Lloyd, of Houston Dash, was named FIFA's Women's Player of the Year after leading the U. S. Women's soccer team to a World Cup trophy.    Lloyd was selected over finalists Aya Miyama of Japan and Celia Sasic of Germany at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich.

At Houston's Southwest Indoor Soccer Field, Lloyd is inspiring men and women alike to push themselves to the limit.

"This inspires me to try my hardest and open up doors of my own for myself,"  says Jenny Smith of Let's Play at Southwest Indoor Soccer.

Against Japan in the Women's World Cup final in July, Lloyd scored a hat trick over the course of 16 minutes.  The United States became the first team to win three Women’s World Cup championships, all spearheaded by Lloyd's performance.

Needless to say, Houston soccer player Madeline Zofkie was equally impressed by Lloyd's amazing accomplishment. "I think that's really great that she is a woman representing. That's fantastic. She can show that women can do it too," said Zofkie.