Kristine Lilly's Top 13: Greatest Achievements
Of course, there have been far more than 13 list-worthy achievements in Lilly’s career, but ussoccer.com picked 13 that helped define her career.
August 2003 – Lilly is named First-Team All-WUSA, the only player to earn First-Team all league honors in all three WUSA seasons. She would go on to earn All-Star and Best XI accolades during two seasons in WPS as well.
August 1995 – Lilly plays professional indoor soccer with the Washington Warthogs of the CISL, becoming the first woman to play on a men’s professional team.
December 1991 – Lilly wins the Hermann Trophy and Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year awards despite missing the playoffs and NCAA Final Four to play in the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
October 2004 – After winning her second Olympic gold medal, her hometown of Wilton, Conn., names a street after her: Kristine Lilly Way.
December 2005 – Lilly is named U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year, 12 years after winning the award for the first time in 1993. (She wins again in 2006)
Sept. 20, 1998 – Lilly starts her 62nd consecutive game for the USA against Brazil in Richmond, Va., setting a record that still stands for consecutive games played.
Nov. 4, 2006 – Lilly scores the winning goal in the Peace Queen Cup Final in South Korea as the USA defeats Canada, 1-0. (She also scores both goals in the Four Nations Tournament-clinching game the previous January and scored the winning goal in the championship game of the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament.)
March 9, 2005 – Lilly becomes captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team as the USA defeats France 1-0 at the Algarve Cup.
May 21, 1998 – Lilly becomes the most capped female player in the history of the world, passing Heidi Stoere of Norway, when she plays in her 152nd game against Japan in Kobe.
Oct. 10, 2004 – Lilly becomes the fifth player in world history to score 100 career international goals, tallying against New Zealand in Cincinnati.
Aug. 26, 2004 – Lilly starts her 40th consecutive match in a world championship for the United States in the USA’s 2-1 victory against Brazil to win the Olympic gold medal.
May 22, 2010 -- Lilly scores against Germany in a 4-0 victory for what would be her last goal in a U.S. uniform. The goal makes her the oldest and the youngest player ever to score for the U.S. Women’s National Team. She scored her first goal when she was 16 years, 22 days old and her last when she was 38 years, 264 days old.
Jan. 18, 2006 – Lilly plays in her 300th match, the only player in the history of international soccer, man or woman, to do so. She also scored a goal in that match, a 3-1 victory against Norway. She would go on to play 52 more times for the USA.