They will now go to a public vote via FIFA's official website, which is open until September 1, and the top three will then go before a panel of Federation Internationale de Football Association greats, who will choose this year's victor.
According to GiveMeSport, the 32-year-old has now made history with his latest nomination as he has been considered for the award on seven occasions, more than any other player.
Townsend fired home a sweetly-struck volley at the Etihad Stadium just before Christmas to help Palace secure a 3-2 victory.
There are nominees from the Bundesliga, Spanish Liga and women's World Cup and one, a jaw-dropping shot by Billie Simpson of Cliftonville Ladies, from a Northern Ireland women's league game played on what appears to be a public pitch in front of no spectators.
West Nile Virus identified in Orange County woman
The department said in an explainer of the virus, "People who develop severe illness with WNV are most often reported". Health officials in Western Massachusetts alerted residents this week of the presence of West Nile virus.
White House Dismisses Payroll Tax Cuts as Slowdown Prevention
The economists surveyed by the NABE were skeptical about prospects for success of the latest round of US-China trade negotiations. Officials maintain that the tariffs, which are taxes on imports, will help the administration gain more favorable terms of trade.