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In an effort to create a fair and reasonable process to determine the All-Time Best XI, U.S. Soccer appointed a Committee of soccer historians and former players, coaches and administrators at the National Team level.

After discussion, the Committee determined the list of eligible players available for selection to the Best XI. That list of players is below.

The Committee also selected the list of Voters that will cast ballots for the Best XI. The Voters will select their Best XI by position, choosing a single goalkeeper, 3-4 defenders, 3-4 midfielders and 2-3 forwards. The ballots will be added and the players in each position obtaining the most votes will be named to the All-Time Best XI. The Voters are comprised of former players, coaches and administrators, as well as media members.

The Committee set the criteria to be considered by the voters, which you can find here.

  1. Starter or key contributor to overall success on the field, especially in World Cups.
  2. Longevity, overall performance and talent on the field with the U.S. Men’s or Women’s National Team.
  3. Impact on the legacy of the U.S. Men’s or Women’s National Team program


Goalkeepers (3)

Player Caps Goals Era Major Competitions
Harvey, Mary 27 0 1989-1996 WWC '91, '95; Olympics '96
Scurry, Briana 173 0 1994-2008 WWC '95, '99, '03, '07; Olympics '96, '00, '04
Solo, Hope 142 0 2000-Present WWC '07, '11; Olympics '08 '12

Defenders (18)

Player Caps Goals Era Major Competitions
Buehler, Rachel 108 5 2008-Present WWC '11; Olympics '08, '12
Chalupny, Lori 92 8 2001-2009 WWC '07, Olympics '08
Chastain, Brandi 192 30 1988-2004 WWC '91, '99, '03; Olympics '96, '00, '04
Cox, Stephanie (Lopez) 83 0 2005-Present WWC '07, '11; Olympics '08
Fawcett, Joy (Biefeld) 239 27 1987-2004 WWC' 91, '95, '99, '03; Olympics '96, '00, '04
Hamilton, Linda 71 1 1987-1995 WWC '91, '95
Henry, Lori 41 3 1985-1991 WWC '91
Krieger, Ali 37 1 2008-Present WWC '11
LePeilbet, Amy 84 0 2004-2012 WWC '11; Olympics '12
Markgraf, Kate (Sobrero) 201 1 1998-2010 WWC '99, '03, '07; Olympics '00, '04, '08
Mitts, Heather 137 2 1999-2012 WWC '11; Olympics, '04, '08, '12
O'Hara, Kelley 40 0 2010-Present WWC '11; Olympics '12
Overbeck, Carla (Werden) 168 7 1988-2000 WWC '91, '95, '99; Olympics '96, '00
Rampone, Christie (Pearce) 287 4 1997-Present WWC '95, '99, '03, '07, '11 ; Olympics '00, '04, '08, '12
Whitehill, Cat (Reddick) 134 11 2000-2010 WWC '03, '07; Olympics '04

Midfielders (17)

Player Caps Goals Era Major Competitions
Akers, Michelle 153 105 1985-2000 WWC '91, '95, '99; Olympics '96
Boxx, Shannon 186 27 2003-Present WWC '03, '07, '11; Olympics '04, '08, '12
Holiday, Lauren (Cheney) 94 21 2007-Present WWC '11; Olympics '08, '12
Fair, Lorrie 120 7 1996-2005 WWC '99, Olympics '00
Foudy, Julie 272 45 1988-2004 WWC '91, '95, '99, '03; Olympics '96, '00, '04
Heath, Tobin 69 8 2008-Present WWC '11; Olympics '08, '12
Higgins, Shannon 51 4 1987-1991 WWC '91
Hucles, Angela 109 13 2002-2009 WWC '03, Olympics '04, '08
Lilly, Kristine 352 130 1987-2010 WWC '91, '99, '03, '07; Olympics '96, '00, '04
Lloyd, Carli 162 46 2005-Present WWC '07, '11; Olympics '08, '12
MacMillan, Shannon 176 60 1993-2005 WWC '99, '03; Olympics '96, '00
O'Reilly, Heather 193 37 2002-Present WWC '03, '07, '11; Olympics '04, '08, '12
Rapinoe, Megan 75 23 2006-Present WWC '11, Olympics '12
Roberts, Tiffany 110 7 1994-2004 WWC' 95, '99, '04; Olympics '96
Tarpley, Lindsay 125 32 2003-2011 WWC '07, Olympics '04, '08
Venturini, Tisha 132 44 1992-2000 WWC '95, '99; Olympics '96
Wagner, Aly 131 21 1998-2008 WWC '03, '07; Olympics '04, '08

Forwards (11)

Player Caps Goals Era Major Competitions
Gabarra, Carin (Jennings) 117 53 1987-1996 WWC '91, '95 ; Olympics '96
Hamm, Mia 275 158 1987-2004 WWC '91, '95, '99, '03; Olympics '96, '00, '04
Heinrichs, April 47 37 1986-1991 WWC '91
Leroux, Sydney 43 24 2011-Present Olympics '12
Milbrett, Tiffeny 204 100 1991-2005 WWC '91, '95, '99, '03; Olympics '96, '00
Morgan, Alex 70 44 2010-Present WWC '11, Olympics '12
Parlow, Cindy 158 75 1996-2004 WWC '99, '03; Olympics '96, '00, '04
Rodriguez, Amy 102 26 2004-Present WWC '11; Olympics '08, 12
Wambach, Abby 212 163 2001-Present WWC '03, '07, '11; Olympics '04, '12
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