Some of Kristine Lilly’s statistics are mind-boggling. There have been only 108 matches in U.S. history that she hasn’t played in, but 15 of those came before her debut and 34 came during or right after her pregnancy.
13. From 1991 through 2007, Lilly played more than 1,200 minutes every year for the national team except 1994 (just missed by 30 minutes), 2001, when the USA played only 10 matches, and in 2005, when the USA played only nine. The streak ended with her pregnancy in 2008.
12. Lilly is both the youngest and oldest player to score for the U.S. Women’s National Team, with the goals coming about 23 years apart.
11. Lilly appeared for the United States in four different decades.
10. Lilly was the first U.S. player to hit 100 caps, the first to 200 and of course the first and only to hit 300.
9. Lilly was on the field for the USA for 28,700 minutes.
8. Lilly scored in every world championship tournament she has played, except for the 1991 Women’s World Cup when she was 20.
7. Lilly’s 105 career assists are the second-most by a U.S. player behind Mia Hamm and her 130 goals are second best in women’s soccer history.
6. Up until the 2008 Olympics, which she missed due to pregnancy, Lilly had started every match the U.S. Women’s National Team has ever played in Women’s World Cup and Olympic competition.
5. In her 352 caps, Lilly has 330 starts. She has come off the bench just 22 times in her 24-year career.
4. To date, the U.S. women have played 460 matches in their history. Lilly has played in 352 of them, about 76 percent.
3. Lilly has also 1) played against 39 different countries, 2) scored against 30 different countries, 3) played in 23 countries and 4) scored in 16 countries.
2. Lilly leads the USA all-time in Women’s World Cup appearances at 30.
1. 352 caps. A world record.‘Nuff said.