It's been a while since we saw the USA's original #13 on the field (December of 2008 in fact when she played the final two matches of the year), but Kristine Lilly has basically has been gone from the national team since the end of 2007 after having her first daughter in the middle of 2008.
Lilly has been named to the 18-player roster for tomorrow's match against Mexico which means she will have the chance to go where no woman has gone before. She has the chance to represent the USA in four different decades. As unbelievable as that sounds, if she steps on the field, Lilly will have represented the U.S. Women's National Team in the 80s, the 90s, the 00s and the 10s.
Lilly earned 15 caps in 1980s, 176 in the 1990s and 151 from 2000-2009. The former U.S. captain is the second all-time leading scorer in world history with 129 goals and has played in five FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments, the most of any female player. She played every minute of every match for the Boston Breakers during the inaugural WPS season, the only American to never come out of a game during the season.
How about this? Six players on the U.S. roster weren't born yet when Lilly got her first cap in 1987. Eleven more players weren't in kindergarten yet.
Lilly's record-setting and mind-boggling accomplishments could fill several blog posts, but we'll leave you with this one: During her world record 342 caps, Lilly has come off the bench just 15 times. That's right, she's started 327 games.