The Manchester City defender began the tournament as a defensive left-sided midfielder and helped Claire Rafferty nullify the threat of France forward Elodie Thomis.
England’s Lucy Bronze, France’s Amandine Henry and Germany’s Celia Sasic round out the players on the list announced Thursday.
The 2015 Federation Internationale de Football Association Women’s World Cup trophy isn’t the only silverware Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe and other members of the United States women’s national soccer team can win this weekend.
The tournament concludes on Sunday with holders Japan playing the United States in Vancouver in a rematch of the 2011 final. A World Cup rookie, Johnston is part of a defense that hasn’t allowed a goal in more than 500 minutes.
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As well as the Golden Ball prize, there is also the Silver and Bronze Ball awards which will be presented to the second and third-best players. The candidates are Canada’s 19-year-old Kadeisha Buchanan, who plays collegiately at the University of West Virginia, Norway’s 19-year-old Ada Hegerberg and China’s 20-year-old Tang Jiali.
Her tournament is not yet over with England having a third/fourth place play-off with Germany on Saturday night. Lloyd’s goals have carried Team U.S. in the knockout phase of the tournament.