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All-Time National Team Best XI
December 19th, 2013 10:41PM

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[USA WOMEN] Nine members of the 1999 World Cup championship team and seven members of the 1991 World Cup championship team -- including unanimous selections Joy Biefeld and Mia Hamm -- are part of U.S. Soccer's All-Time Women's National Team Best XI.

GOALKEEPERS (1):
Briana Scurry (31)
Hope Solo (24)
Mary Harvey (1)

DEFENDERS (4):
Joy Biefeld (56)
Carla Werden (49)
Christie Rampone (46)
Brandi Chastain (31)
Kate Markgraf (9)
Lori Chalupny (5)
Ali Krieger (2)
Rachel Buehler (1)
Linda Hamilton (1)
Heather Mitts (1)
Cat Whitehill (1)
Stephanie  Cox (0)
Lori Henry (0)
Amy LePeilbet (0)
Kelli O'Hara (0)

MIDFIELDERS:
Michelle Akers (55)
Kristine Lilly (55)
Julie Foudy (40)
Shannon Boxx (13)
Carli Lloyd (13)
Shannon MacMillan (8)
Megan Rapinoe (6)
Heather O'Reilly (5)
Shannon Higgins (4)
Tobin Heath (1)
Tiffany Roberts (1)
Tisha Venturini (1)
Lauren Holiday (0)
Lorrie Fair (0)
Angela Hucles (0)
Lindsay Tarpley (0)
Aly Wagner (0)

FORWARDS :
Mia Hamm (56)
Abby Wambach (52)
Alex Morgan (15)
Carin Jennings (13)
April Heinrichs (12)
Tiffeny Milbrett (10)
Cindy Parlow (1)
Sydney Leroux (0)
Amy Rodriguez (0)

Voting was done by 56 current or former players, coaches and administrators, as well as media members, for the team that was selected as part of the wrapup of U.S. Soccer's centennial anniversary in 2013.

Midfielders Michelle Akers and Kristine Lilly were both one vote shy of being unanimous selections. Biefeld, Hamm, Akers and Lilly were all part of the 1991 and 1999 world championship teams, as well as the 1996 Olympic gold-medal team.

Three active players -- defender Christie Rampone and forwards Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach -- were voted to the Women's Best XI

The closest voting was for the third forward, where Morgan narrowly beat out Carin Jennings, April Heinrichs and Tiffeny Milbrett.



Voting Committee:
Roger Allaway (historian), Christine Brennan (media), Jeff Carlisle (media), Cindy Parlow Cone (former player), Dr. Bob Contiguglia (administrator), John Daly (coach), JP Dellacamera (media), Tony DiCicco (coach), Anson Dorrance (coach), Beau Dure (media), Jill Ellis (coach), Julie Foudy (former player), Carin Gabarra (former player), Jim Gabarra (coach), Leslie Gallimore (coach), Steve Goff (media), Lauren Gregg (coach).
Mia Hamm (former player), April Heinrichs (former player/coach), Phil Hersh (media), Ted Howard (administrator), Sandra Hunt (referee), Cobi Jones (former player), Grahame Jones (media), Colin Jose (historian), Jeff Kassouf (media), Paul Kennedy (media), Ann Killion (media), Mark Krikorian (coach), Tracy Leone (coach), Michael Lewis (media), Bob Ley (media), Carli Lloyd (player), Rebecca Lowe (media), Shannon MacMillan (former player), Marcia McDermott (coach), Ridge Mahoney (media), Kevin Payne (administrator), Christie Rampone (player), Tiffany Roberts (former player), Alan Rothenberg (administrator).
Steve Sampson (coach), Kari Seitz (referee), Tom Sermanni (coach), Jerry Smith (coach), Hope Solo (player), Hank Steinbrecher (administrator), Rob Stone (media), Jamie Trecker (media), Jerry Trecker (media), Jim Trecker (administrator), Lori Walker (coach), Kelly Whiteside (media), Barry Wilner (media), Mike Woitalla (media), Mark Ziegler (media).


3 comments
  1. Brian Quinn
    commented on: December 20, 2013 at 2:24 a.m.
    Only issue is the omission of Milbrett. Alex Morgan is great but.....the vote was split between the 3 players below her. All 3 -- at this time -- are more deserving than Alex. Time will tell if this holds true. The rest are all 'Legends' and role models for the Women's game. CONGRATULATIONS.

  1. Luis P. KIFUTSAL
    commented on: December 20, 2013 at 9:08 a.m.
    Useless voting...hard to mix generations and make a team? For what? This "ALL TIME" team will not play together! Simply useless line up...

  1. Allan Lindh
    commented on: December 21, 2013 at 12:42 a.m.
    Cummon Luis, don't be such a grump. These ladies in various combinations formed at least four generations of great teams, just shows you what women athletes can due given an even break, given Title IX.


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