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Wambach top vote-getter for All-Star Game
June 10th, 2010 3:40AM

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[WPS] Washington's Abby Wambach was the top vote-getter for the 2010 WPS All-Star Game, which will be played June 30 at KSU Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. The starting 22 players were selected on ballots from players, coaches, media and online fan voting. Wambach and Marta (FC Gold Pride) earned team captain designations and will help pick the teams at a playground pick-em event two days before the game.

Boston defender Amy LePeilbet received the highest number of votes among player balloting for the second year in a row with 70% of players voting for the league’s 2009 Defender of the Year. Among the coaches vote, Wambach, Marta and Kelly Smith were the only three players to be selected on all eligible coach’s ballots for a perfect 100% percentage. The top selections within the media were Washington Freedom’s Sonia Bompastor (100%) and Atlanta Beat’s Eniola Aluko (100%), while the fans voted Wambach and Marta as their top two WPS All-Stars respectively.

The 2010 WPS All-Stars features first-year players Ramona Bachmann (Atlanta Beat), Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers) and Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC).

2010 WPS All-Stars (alphabetical by position)

Team Captains
Home Team: Abby Wambach, Washington Freedom
Away Team: Marta, FC Gold Pride

Goalkeepers (2)
Karen Bardsley, Sky Blue FC
10-Hope Solo, Atlanta Beat

Defenders (6)
Rachel Buehler, FC Gold Pride
Tina Ellertson, Atlanta Beat
Allison Falk, Philadelphia Independence
9-Amy LePeilbet, Boston Breakers
Brittany Taylor, Sky Blue FC
Cat Whitehill, Washington Freedom

Midfielders (8)
3-Sonia Bompastor, Washington Freedom
5-Shannon Boxx, FC Gold Pride
Lori Chalupny, Atlanta Beat
Kristine Lilly, Boston Breakers
8-Lori Lindsey, Philadelphia Independence
Aya Miyama, N/A
(must be on WPS roster by June 11 or will be replaced by next-highest)
Heather O’Reilly, Sky Blue FC
6-Kelly Smith, Boston Breakers

Forwards (6)
4-Eniola Aluko, Atlanta Beat
Ramona Bachmann, Atlanta Beat
Lauren Cheney, Boston Breakers
2-Marta, FC Gold Pride
7-Christine Sinclair, FC Gold Pride
1-Abby Wambach, Washington Freedom

(Number represents rank in all-star voting.)



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