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National Soccer Hall of Fame Announces Class of 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.

Kristine Lilly, Brian McBride and Bob Bradley Elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.

U.S. Soccer Announces All-Time Women's National Team Best XI

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.

GOALKEEPERS :
Briana Scurry (31), Hope Solo (24), Mary Harvey (1)

DEFENDERS :
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)

MIDFIELDERS :
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)

FORWARDS :
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)

100 Moments: Lilly Takes The Crown

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.”

U.S. WNT Legend Lilly, U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2012 Unveiled by USOC

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.

Kristine Lilly Named Finalist for U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame

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.

The world’s all time appearance leader, she has stepped away from soccer to have a baby daughter, Sidney, who was born on her birthday on July 22, 2008 … She captained the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2005-2007 … The only player in history to play in five FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments … Not counting 2001 when the USA played 10 matches, 2005 when the USA played nine, and 2008, when she was pregnant, Lilly played more than 1,200 minutes for the National Team every year since 1991 … She appeared for the United States in three different decades … She scored in every world championship tournament she has played, except the 1991 Women’s World Cup when she was 20 … Prior to the 2008 Olympics, Lilly played in every match the U.S. Women’s National Team ever played in Women’s World Cup and Olympic competition, starting all but one ... In 2006, she became the first and maybe the last player to hit 300 caps, earning her 300th against Norway at the Four Nations Tournament in China in a game in which she scored and had an assist … In 2000, she became the first player in history, man or woman, to play in 200 career internationals when she played against Canada in the championship of the Nike U.S Women’s Cup on May 7 in Portland, Ore. … The second all time leading scorer in U.S. and world history and the all-time leader in minutes played … Through the end of 2007, before she got pregnant, she had played in 85% of the games the U.S. women have ever played … Entering 2009, she has still played in 78% of the matches the USA has ever played … Even more amazingly, through the end of 2008, she had started in 327 of her 342 games, meaning she has come off the bench just 15 times in her 23-year career … She played more than 28,000 minutes in her national team career, which is over 460 hours spent on the soccer field for the USA… Her 103 career assists are second only to Mia Hamm … At the end of 2007 before she got pregnant, Lilly has also 1) played against 39 different countries, 2) scored against 30 different countries, 3) played in 21 countries and 4) scored in 15 countries … 2008: After having her baby in July, she returned to the U.S. team in December to play in the final two matches of the year, coming off the bench in two victories over China … 2007: Finished second on the team in scoring with 12 goals and first with eight assists … Started 20 of the 21 games she played  … Started all six matches in the Women’s World Cup, playing all but eight minutes of the tournament … Scored one goal in the WWC, against England in the quarterfinal, and had three assists … Scored the winning goal in the Algarve Cup championship game against Denmark … Scored a brilliant free-kick just 58 seconds into the 2-0 win over Brazil at Giants Stadium … Was honored in her home state on July 14 as the Governor proclaimed it “Kristine Lilly Day” and she assisted on the USA’s lone goal in the 1-0 win over Norway in East Hartford … Also scored against China, Mexico, Canada and Japan … Was named to the short list for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and finished seventh in the voting … 2006: Finished second in the voting for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year … Started 19 of her 20 matches, scoring 13 career goals, her second-best ever total in a calendar year … She was named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row and third time in her career … Led the team to the Four Nations Championship in China, scoring three goals and earning her 300th career cap against Norway on January 18, 2006 … Started all four games at the Algarve Cup, scoring two goals, the first of which moved her into sole possession of second place on the world’s all-time international scoring list for female players with her 108th career goal … Had spectacular tournaments at the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea, scoring three goals to take tournament MVP honors, and at the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup, where she scored the wining goal on a last minute PK in overtime to defeat Canada for the regional title, and was also named MVP of that tournament … 2005: Voted U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year, her second such honor, after also winning in 1993 … Started all eight games in which she played, scoring four goals with three assists … Captained the USA in all four games at the Algarve Cup, scoring two goals, both against Denmark, the second coming directly off a corner kick … 2004: Become the fifth player in world history to score 100 international goals when she tallied against New Zealand on Oct. 3 in Portland, Oregon … Scored three goals at the 2004 Olympics, all crucial in consecutive games against Australia, Japan and Germany … Also had the game-winning assist to Abby Wambach in the Olympic gold medal game, driving in a corner kick from the left side … Started all 28 games in which she played, scoring eight goals with eight assists while playing over 2,000 minutes in a year for the third time in her career … Finished fifth in the voting for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year … 2003: Started 18 of the 19 games in which she played and was third on the team in minutes played with 1,410, making it 11 out of the last 12 years that she had played at least 1,100 minutes for the USA … Scored three goals with three assists, including two spectacular goals in the 2003 Women’s World Cup, one to open the tournament against Sweden and one against Canada in the third-place match … Started all six games in the Women’s World Cup, missing just 45 minutes of action … 2002: Started all 16 matches in which she played and was third on the team in minutes with 1,292 … Her nine assists were second on the team …Scored what could have been goal of the year on a brilliant volley against Costa Rica at the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup, helping the USA qualify for the 2003 Women’s World Cup … 2001: Played in just three matches for the USA due to a limited schedule, starting two of the games … 2000: Played in 34 matches, starting 30, and was second on the team in minutes played with 2,668 … Scored six goals with five assists, including a goal against Nigeria in the Olympics … 1999: Played every minute of all six games to help the USA win the 1999 Women's World Cup, scoring two goals with one assist … Scored the clinching goal against Denmark in the 3 0 opening game victory in front of her hometown crowd at Giants Stadium … Made one of the biggest plays in U.S. history when she cleared a Chinese header off the goal line with her head in sudden death overtime of the final … Nailed the crucial third penalty kick against China in the final to put the USA ahead after China had failed to score on their third attempt … Had her best scoring year ever in 1999 with 20 goals and eight assists (second on the team), becoming just the fourth player in history to score 20 goals in a year … Led the team in minutes played in 1999 with 2,397 ... Was named the MVP of Nike U.S. Women's Cup ’99 after being named to the All-Tournament Team at the ’95, ’96 and ’97 events ... 1998: Became the most capped player in the history of the world on May 21, 1998, in Kobe, Japan, when she played in her 152nd game to pass Norway's Heidi Stoere … In 1998, she set the U.S. record for consecutive games started with 62 … Long known as the best flank midfielder in the world, she also saw considerable action at forward in 1998 … Was a member of the gold medal-winning team at the 1998 Goodwill Games … 1996: Was a member of the gold medal-winning team at the 1996 Olympics ... Played every minute of the USA's five matches at the ’96 Olympics ... Created the first goal in the gold medal game with a cross from the left flank … 1995: Her three goals at the 1995 Women's World Championship in Sweden tied for the team lead with Tisha Venturini and Tiffeny Milbrett ... Pre-1993: Named U.S. Soccer's 1993 Chevy Female Athlete of the Year … As a 20 year-old, she was a member of the team that won the title at the first ever FIFA Women's World Cup in China in 1991 … First Appearance: Aug. 3, 1987, vs. China ... First Goal: Aug. 13, 1987, vs. China.
Allocated to the Boston Breakers for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 … One of two players (Angela Hucles) to play for the Breakers in the WUSA and WPS … Was a founding player in the WUSA for the Boston Breakers and served as team captain … 2003: Started all 19 games in which she played, scoring three goals with four assists and was named First-Team All-WUSA for the third consecutive year, the only player so honored in the history of the league … Helped the Breakers to the playoffs for the first time … Led the league in fouls suffered with 54 … Voted as a starter to the WUSA All-Star Team … 2002: Started all 19 matches that she played for the Breakers, scoring eight goals with 13 assists … Finished tied for fourth in the WUSA in scoring and tied for second in assists … Was named First-Team All-WUSA … Named as a starter to the WUSA North All-Star Team … 2001: Played every minute in all 21 matches for the Boston Breakers … Scored three goals and led the WUSA with 11 assists … Was second in the league in shots with 76 … Was named to the All-WUSA First Team … Etc.: Played for KIF Orebro in the Swedish First Division for two months in the Spring of 2005 … Played in 1994 for Tyreso Football Club in Sweden along with U.S. National Team teammates Michelle Akers, Julie Foudy and Mary Harvey … Played professional indoor soccer with the Washington Warthogs in the Continental Indoor Soccer League during the 1995 season … Played four matches with the Delaware Genies of the W League during the summer of 1998, scoring five goals with two assists … Played youth club with the Wilton Wonders.
Full name is Kristine Lilly Heavey ... Got engaged to David Heavey on January 24, 2006, the day after returning from the Four Nations Tournament in China, and was married on October 20 of 2006 … Heavey is a firefighter in Brookline, Mass., at Station No. 5 … Daughter Sidney was born on July 22, 2008 … Graduated from UNC with a degree in Communications … Her hometown of Wilton, Conn., dedicated a day to her and honored her with a parade after she won the 1996 gold medal … When she returned to her home state play for the USA on July 14 of 2007, the governor of Connecticut proclaimed it “Kristine Lilly Day” … Road sign entering her town reads, "Welcome to Wilton — Hometown of Kristine Lilly, Olympic gold medalist" … After winning the gold at the 2004 Olympics, Wilton named a street after her near her high school - Kristine Lilly Way … Runs the Kristine Lilly Soccer Academy every summer in Wilton and Nantucket and hopes to expand throughout New England … The Wilton High School soccer field was named after her following the 1999 Women's World Cup victory … Enjoys music, reading, movies and shopping … Has the cutest golden retriever in the world, named Scribner, after the street on which she grew up … Has run several road races, including her first 5K at the end of 2003, in which she ran a 20:48 (beating one of her best friends, Jodi Sorrells, by 15 seconds) … Also ran a half-marathon in Atlanta in 2000 with her other best friend Elizabeth DeRosa … In December of 2004, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the tallest peak in Africa, with Jodi and her husband Steven, but came up short of reaching the 19,340-foot summit by about 1,000 feet … Called her ascent “one of the most amazing experiences of my life” … Is a super-aunt of her brother Scott’s four kids … Teamed up with Special Olympics of Connecticut to host an annual fundraiser dinner called the Lilly Awards to recognize extraordinary women in the state of Connecticut and help raise money for Special Olympics ... Is on the board of a nonprofit organization called Clifford's Gift that helps raise money for the homeless … Has a website at www.kristinelilly13.com.
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.
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