Former U.S. Women's National Team midfielder Kristine Lilly and U.S. Men's National Team forward Brian McBride have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Joining the two former players in the Class of 2014 is former U.S. Men's National Team and Major League Soccer head coach Bob Bradley on the Builder Ballot.
CHICAGO (Feb. 24, 2014) – Former U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Kristine Lilly and U.S. Men’s National Team forward Brian McBride have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Joining the two former players in the Class of 2014 is former U.S. Men’s National Team and Major League Soccer head coach Bob Bradley on the Builder Ballot.
None of the candidates on the Veteran Ballot received the required amount of votes to be elected this year. Further information regarding the induction ceremony will be announced at a later date.
Lilly, the sport’s all-time international caps leader, having played 352 games for the United States between 1987 and 2010, and McBride, who starred in three FIFA World Cups (1998, 2002 and 2006) for the U.S. MNT, are first-ballot Hall of Fame inductees. Bradley enters the Hall of Fame after 13 years of coaching soccer at the highest levels in the United States.
Lilly enters the Hall of Fame after a 24-year international career that included winning two of the five FIFA Women’s World Cups in which she played. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Lilly played six seasons in domestic professional leagues, including five for the Boston Breakers in the Women’s United Soccer Association and Women’s Professional Soccer. Lilly continues to work in the game as Director of the Kristine Lilly Soccer Academy and an instructor for TeamFirst Soccer Academy.
“One of the most humbling parts of this is being inducted with so many of the greats that came before me,” said Lilly. “It’s always an honor to be recognized for something you’ve done, especially for something we did for so long on the U.S. team. It was amazing to wear that U.S. jersey for so long, and I’m forever grateful for the time I was able to play and really grateful for this honor.”
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McBride enters the Hall of Fame as one of the most lauded Americans in the history of Major League Soccer. Between 1993 and 2006, McBride earned 95 caps with the U.S., and his 30 international goals helped the team reach the semifinals of the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, claim the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup title and reach the quarterfinals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup – the best finish by the team in the modern era. McBride played 11 seasons in MLS with the Columbus Crew (1996-2003) and Chicago Fire (2008-10), as well as seven seasons with three English teams, including five with Fulham, where he was named captain in his final season. Currently, McBride works as an analyst for FOX Soccer.
“It’s such an honor to be part of this select group. My first reaction after hearing about this was I got chills,” said McBride. “For me, it’s not something you think about while playing. I’m just honored to be thought of in this light by my peers and the press.”
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Bradley enters the National Soccer Hall of Fame as a Builder. As head coach of the U.S. MNT, he guided the team to the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup title, the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup final and a first-place finish in Group C at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. As an MLS head coach, Bradley brought success to the Chicago Fire from 1998 to 2002, winning MLS Cup (1998) and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup twice (1998, 2002) before coaching the New York/New Jersey MetroStars from 2003-05 and Chivas USA in 2006. He continues to coach, and is currently the manager of Norwegian club Stabaek.
“The game has grown tremendously in the United States through the efforts of a great number of people, and I have always respected those who have given so much to move the sport forward,” said Bradley. “Many of them have been recognized in the National Soccer Hall of Fame, and I am honored to be included.”
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Complete information about the election and eligibility procedures is available online at ussoccer.com .
The election process is being administered by U.S. Soccer Federation staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come.
CHICAGO (Dec. 19, 2013) – U.S. Soccer’s All-Time Women’s National Team Best XI was revealed today as the Federation wraps up the celebration of its Centennial anniversary in 2013. The All-Time Men’s National Team Best XI will be revealed on Dec. 20.
The Women’s Best XI features two unanimous ballot selections in defender Joy Biefeld (Fawcett) and forward Mia Hamm. Midfielders Michelle Akers and Kristine Lilly were near unanimous ballot selections as both were one vote shy.
Three active players – defender Christie Rampone (Pearce) and forwards Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach – were voted to the Women’s Best XI, with Morgan the youngest selection at 24 years old.
Calculated by total votes, U.S. Soccer’s All-Time Women’s Best XI is arranged in a 4-3-3 formation and listed below in alphabetical order by position:
Goalkeeper – Briana Scurry 1994-2008 (31 votes)
Defender – Brandi Chastain 1988-2004 (31)
Defender – Joy Biefeld (Fawcett) 1987-2004 (56)
Defender – Carla Werden (Overbeck) 1988-2000 (49)
Defender – Christie Rampone (Pearce) 1997-present (46)
Midfielder – Michelle Akers 1985-2000 (55)
Midfielder – Julie Foudy 1988-2004 (40)
Midfielder – Kristine Lilly 1987-2010 (55)
Forward – Mia Hamm 1987-2004 (56)
Forward – Alex Morgan 2010-present (15)
Forward – Abby Wambach 2001-present (52)
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, media members and administrators at the National Team level.
The committee determined the list of eligible players for selection to the Best XI, as well as the criteria to be considered by the list of voters. Voters for the Best XI included 56 former players and administrators, as well as media members. The criteria the voters considered in determining their All-Time Best XI:
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
Members of the voting committee include, in alphabetical order:
Roger Allaway (historian), Christine Brennan (media), Jeff Carlisle (media), Cindy Parlow Cone (former player), Dr. Bob Contiguglia (administrator), John Daly (coach), JP Dellacamera (media), Tony DiCicco (coach), Anson Dorrance (coach), Beau Dure (media), Jill Ellis (coach), Julie Foudy (former player), Carin Gabarra (former player), Jim Gabarra (coach), Leslie Gallimore (coach), Steve Goff (media), Lauren Gregg (coach), Mia Hamm (former player), April Heinrichs (former player/coach), Phil Hersh (media), Ted Howard (administrator), Sandra Hunt (referee), Cobi Jones (former player), Grahame Jones (media), Colin Jose (historian), Jeff Kassouf (media), Paul Kennedy (media), Ann Killion (media), Mark Krikorian (coach), Tracy Leone (coach), Michael Lewis (media), Bob Ley (media), Carli Lloyd (player), Rebecca Lowe (media), Shannon MacMillan (former player), Marcia McDermott (coach), Ridge Mahoney (media), Kevin Payne (administrator), Christie Rampone (player), Tiffany Roberts (former player), Alan Rothenberg (administrator), Steve Sampson (coach), Kari Seitz (referee), Tom Sermanni (coach), Jerry Smith (coach), Hope Solo (player), Hank Steinbrecher (administrator), Rob Stone (media), Jamie Trecker (media), Jerry Trecker (media), Jim Trecker (administrator), Lori Walker (coach), Kelly Whiteside (media), Barry Wilner (media), Mike Woitalla (media) and Mark Ziegler (media).
Listed below are the full voting results for all eligible players. The final vote tally for each player is provided in parentheses.
Briana Scurry (31), Hope Solo (24), Mary Harvey (1)
Joy Biefeld Fawcett (56), Carla Werden Overbeck (49), Christie Rampone Pearce (46), Brandi Chastain (31), Kate Markgraf Sobrero (9), Lori Chalupny (5), Ali Krieger (2), Rachel Buehler (1), Linda Hamilton (1), Heather Mitts (1), Cat Reddick Whitehill (1), Stephanie Cox Lopez (0), Lori Henry (0), Amy LePeilbet (0), Kelly O’Hara (0)
Michelle Akers (55), Kristine Lilly (55), Julie Foudy (40), Shannon Boxx (13), Carli Lloyd (13), Shannon MacMillan (8), Megan Rapinoe (6), Heather O’Reilly (5), Shannon Higgins (4), Tobin Heath (1), Tiffany Roberts (1), Tisha Venturini (1), Lauren Holiday Cheney (0), Lorrie Fair (0), Angela Hucles (0), Lindsay Tarpley (0), Aly Wagner (0)
Mia Hamm (56), Abby Wambach (52), Alex Morgan (15), Carin Gabarra Jennings (13), April Heinrichs (12), Tiffeny Milbrett (10), Cindy Parlow Cone (1), Sydney Leroux (0), Amy Rodriguez (0)
This record was broken without much fanfare, more than 6,700 miles from her hometown of Wilton, Conn. To be fair, Kristine Lilly still had so much of her career ahead that the breaking of the world’s all-time caps record on May 21, 1998, would be a distant memory by the time she hung up her boots 12 years later.
But on a warm, hazy day in Kobe, Japan, in front of a small crowd – just over 1,000 were on hand at the Universiade Memorial Stadium – Lilly did make history, playing in her 152nd career game to pass Norwegian Heidi Stoere and become the most capped female soccer player in history.
She would never look back.
Astonishingly, she would go on to play exactly 200 more times for the USA, and she finished her career as the most capped player on the planet. With 352 appearances for the national team, it’s a title she may hold forever.
The USA won 2-0 against the hosts in Kobe and fittingly, the then 26-year-old Lilly scored the game-winning goal, notching her 57th-career international tally in the 36th minute. She received a pass from Tisha Venturini and blasted a left-footed shot that swerved away from Japanese goalkeeper Nozomi Yamago, who didn't move as the ball flew into the left side of the net.
"It's fitting that Kristine scored the winning goal," said U.S. head coach Tony DiCicco after the match. "Every player and staff member is proud to be on the same field with her. The record is a special accomplishment and a credit to her magnificent consistency."
Lilly would go on to score 73 more goals in those 200 additional caps and build a career that was essentially a living history of the Women’s National Team program. Lilly’s international career spanned an astounding four decades and by the time she was done, she would be both the youngest and oldest player to ever score for the USA.
How is that even possible?
DiCicco certainly knows. He coached Lilly for more than nine years on the international level, including five years as head coach of the U.S. Women, and also in the professional club enviroment.
“Kristine Lilly changed the women’s game with her incredible abilities and her longevity at the highest level,” said DiCicco, who won the 1996 Olympics and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup with Lilly as a key player in his lineups. “It would be hard to believe that a player like her comes around more than once in a lifetime. She had the passion, the competitiveness, immense talent, a strong sense of team and the ability to know what the team needed to win and fill that role. I feel so privileged to have coached her with the U.S. Women’s National Team and also with the Boston Breakers.”
As far as Lilly’s memories of her record-breaking game, when you play so many matches (352) in so many countries (39) over so many years (24), it’s not so easy to parcel out the specifics. Still, it was the off-the-field moments that stand out so many years later.
“It is hard to remember that long ago, but I do remember that Tony gave a really nice speech,” said Lilly. “The team presented me a gift, but the best part was a standing ovation from my teammates in the locker room. The Japanese also gave me some flowers before the game, so that was really nice, but in all honesty, I remember the team achievements more than the personal ones.”
Lilly’s team achievements included a remarkable 278 wins against just 35 losses and 39 ties, as well as World Cup titles in 1991 and 1999 and Olympic titles in 1996 and 2004. Alongside her on the field for almost every one of those games was a player who certainly knows what it takes to be world class.
“The greatest thing about Kristine is that she is the most versatile player who ever played,” said Mia Hamm, who herself scored a world record 158 goals in her 275 matches. “Her longevity is a testament to her commitment to the game and how she took care of her body. She also played all over the field and knew the game so well. You could put her anywhere. She could score the winning goal or she could mark the other team’s best player out of the game. She just got it.”
One of the most remarkable statistics from Lilly’s legendary career is that she started in 330 of her 352 games, meaning she came off the bench just 22 times, and seven of those games were in 2010, her final year on the National Team. She played a total of 28,700 minutes, which is over 460 hours wearing the U.S. jersey.
But perhaps the real clue to her longevity was not in her talented legs, but in her heart and in her mind.
Said Hamm: “Kristine could fight through anything mentally. She was just that strong. There wasn’t a more valuable player for us.”
So as U.S. Soccer celebrates its 100th Anniversary, it’s only fitting to celebrate one of the best female players to ever lace up the boots, a 5-foot-4, left-footed, goal scoring, assist dishing (105 for her career), end-to-end running soccer artist who is an inextricable part of women’s soccer history.
Through it all, Lilly remained incredibly humble and always put the team before herself. Even though she hung ’em up three years ago, those qualities haven’t changed.
“It was a different era back then (when she broke the caps record),” said Lilly. “Nowadays a bunch of U.S. players have more than 150 caps, but in looking back, breaking the record is something to be proud of, even if I don’t remember that well! I’ve always said, you can’t achieve anything without your teammates, and I feel like all the players I played with are a part of this history.”
Lilly to be Honored at July 12 Ceremony in Chicago, will Air Nationally on NBC Sports Network on Aug. 24
CHICAGO (May 14, 2012) – Legendary U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Kristine Lilly was part of the United States Olympic Committee’s unveiling of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2012 during a press conference at the Team USA Media Summit in Dallas on Sunday.
The Class of 2012 is partially determined by fan voting and is comprised of six Olympians, one Paralympian, one team, a coach, veteran and special contributor.
In addition to Lilly, the list of inductees includes Gail Devers (track and field), Jean Driscoll (Paralympic track and field), Gary Hall Jr. (swimming), Lisa Fernandez (softball), Dan O’Brien (track and field), Jenny Thompson (swimming), the 2004 U.S. Olympic Women’s Softball Team, Ed Temple (track and field coach), James Connolly (track and field veteran) and Ted Stevens (special contributor).
“This is an awesome honor and it’s very humbling to be in the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame,” Lilly said. “I’ve seen so many wonderful athletes compete in the Olympics. I’ve played alongside a lot of them and watched even more, so to be honored by the USOC is amazing and I feel fortunate. As a young kid, I always dreamed of being in the Olympics and I watched all the sports in awe on TV. When I played in my first Olympics in 1996, I was definitely in awe. And then to be a part of three Olympic Games and win two gold medals are special experiences that I cherish and more than I ever dreamed of.”
The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be formally introduced and honored on July 12 during an awards ceremony at the Harris Theater in Chicago. The ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Roberts and Alex Flanagan, will air in a nationally-televised broadcast on the NBC Sports Network at 7 p.m. ET on Aug. 24.
Lilly is a three-time Olympian who solidified her legacy as one of the greatest female soccer players of all time. With two goals medals and one silver medal, Lilly started every Olympic match of her career and played all but 22 minutes in Olympic competition.
She assisted the first goal in the 1996 gold-medal victory against China and scored four goals during her Olympic Games experience, including a hat trick at the 2004 Athens Games against Greece. She captained the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2005-07 and was at the center of every key U.S. win in the first three Olympic Games featuring women’s soccer.
Second only to Mia Hamm, Lilly tallied 130 career goals and was named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year in 1993, 2005 and 2006.
Lilly is best known for her longevity within the sport, holding the world record with 352 international appearances. She debuted for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 1987 and played through 2010. Lilly is the only U.S. player to compete in four different decades, and she is the only person to play in five FIFA Women’s World Cups. She also holds the rare distinction of being both the youngest and oldest player ever to score for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
The Class of 2012 is the 15th class to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and will bring the total membership to 96 Olympians, five Paralympians, 10 teams, four coaches, 10 veterans, 16 contributors and two Olive Branch Achievement Award inductees.
CHICAGO (Feb. 27, 2012) – Women’s National Team legend Kristine Lilly has been named as a finalist for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. The U.S. Olympic Committee and Allstate Insurance Company announced the list of 28 nominee finalists on Monday, Feb. 27, with Lilly the only nominee representing soccer.
She is one of 18 Olympic athletes eligible for induction into the Class of 2012, which also includes five Paralympic athletes and five Olympic teams.
Lilly’s extraordinary career spanned 21 years and set mulitple records. She holds the record for most caps all-time in the world and WNT history with an incredible 352 during a 21-year career. She scored 130 goals, the third highest all-time, and her 105 assists are good for second highest in WNT history.
Lilly represented the U.S. in 16 matches during three Olympic Games (1996, 2000, 2004). She scored four goals en route to earning two gold medals and one silver medal in the first three Olympics in which women’s soccer was included.
The veteran midfielder retired in November 2010 after playing her last U.S. game against Mexico in a World Cup Qualifying match.
The public is invited to vote for candidates and teams by visiting a dedicated voting portal at teamusa.org/halloffame. Voters will be allowed to vote once per day, per category, through April 9.
Once voting closes, the public vote totals will be added to the vote totals of Olympians, Paralympians and U.S. Olympic Family members to determine the six Olympians, one Paralympian and one team that will make up the 2012 class.
The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame presented by Allstate Class of 2012 will be announced in May and inducted on July 12 during an induction ceremony at the Harris Theater in Chicago.
Named to Soccer America’s College Team of the Decade for the 1990s ... Winner of the 1991 Hermann Trophy and a finalist in 1992 ... Also won the 1991 Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year Award … As a senior, she was UNC's Athlete of the Year … A four time First Team NSCAA All American, she was also a four time First Team All ACC and All South selection (1989 1992) ... Had her UNC jersey number 15 retired in 1994 ... Twice named the Offensive MVP of the NCAA Championship (’89, ’90), she helped lead the UNC to four NCAA titles from 1989 1992 ... Completed her collegiate career with 78 goals and 41 assists ... In 1991, she was a finalist for the Broderick Award as the outstanding female athlete in all of college sports, and was the second leading scorer in the nation behind teammate Mia Hamm with 15 goals and four assists ... Captained Wilton High School her junior and senior years, leading the team to state title as a freshman, sophomore and senior.
Date of Birth
Jul 22, 1971