WNT May 20, 2011
When Kristine Lilly played in her home state for the USA on July 14, 2007, against Norway in East Hartford, Conn., we thought it would be her last game in a U.S. uniform in Connecticut. As it turned out, she would play one more, but back on that day the Wilton, Conn. native was honored as then Governor M. Jodi Rell signed a proclamation declaring the day “Kristine Lilly Day.”
The all-time record holder in international appearances (she retired with 352), played in her 328th game that day, and didn’t disappoint the hometown fans, setting up the winning goal in the 66th minute.
But Kristine Lilly was SO good, that she is getting a second Kristine Lilly day. Mayor Thomas M. Menino has proclaimed today, Friday, May 20, 2011, as Kristine Lilly Day in the city of Boston. Lilly will be honored for her historic contribution to the sport of soccer at an event on City Hall Plaza at 2pm ET.
Lilly was a key member of the memorable 1999 World Cup winning U.S team, played in five Women's World Cup tournaments and three Olympics, and later helped blaze a trail for professional women’s soccer in the United States as captain of the Boston Breakers.
“I am extremely proud to declare this Kristine Lilly Day in the City of Boston,” says Mayor Menino. “Not only has she been a remarkable force in the world of soccer but she has been a one-of-a-kind role model to young girls who strive to do achieve special goals each and every day. We are truly fortunate to have Kristine Lilly be a part of our city’s illustrious sports history as the first woman to have her number retired by a Boston sports team.”
Lilly will be honored at this Sunday's Boston Breakers match against the Philadelphia Independence at Harvard Stadium by the team in which she played five seasons, three in the WUSA and two in WPS.