Women's Professional Soccer: All-Star Team

Women's Professional Soccer's First XI - its first-choice team for the 2009 All-Star Game against Sweden's Umea - confirmed the impact foreign players had on the first-year league. Foreigners claimed seven of the 11 spots in balloting by fans, media, coaches and players:

KARINA LEBLANC (Los Angeles). The Canadian was the easy choice in goal. She led the league with 12 shutouts in 19 games.

TINA ELLERTSON (Saint Louis). Ellertson, a mother of two, is the lone mom on the all-league team. She represented the USA at the 2007 Women's World Cup but sat out the ?rst four months of 2008 and gave birth to her second daughter, Mya Joy, in May.

AMY LEPEILBET (Boston). The former Arizona State star was the surprise No. 1 in balloting by the players and tied with Marta for first in balloting by coaches. She enjoyed an outstanding season with the Breakers to confirm her return to the elite of women's soccer. An ACL tear cost her a shot at making the 2007 U.S. Women's World Cup team but she could contend for a spot in 2011.

ALEX SCOTT (Boston). The right back was drafted by Chicago but came to Boston in a trade in January and was reunited with England teammate and friend Kelly Smith. She received a costly red card against Washington late in the season when the Breakers collapsed.

CAMILLE ABILY (Los Angeles). Abily was an unknown before the start of the 2009 season, but she quickly made a name for herself with a sensational goal in the Sol's opener. The Frenchwoman finished with eight goals.

SONIA BOMPASTOR (Washington). Like Abily, Bompastor came from French club Lyon - against its wishes - and had a great year in WPS. She tied Japanese Aya Miyama of the Sol for the league lead with six assists.

SHANNON BOXX (Los Angeles). The U.S. national team star had a solid season for the Sol, which quickly ran away with WPS's regular-season title that earned it a bye into the championship game.

LORI CHALUPNY (Saint Louis). The U.S. veteran provided leadership for her hometown Athletica, which recovered from a miserable start to finish second in the standings.

KELLY SMITH (Boston). The English star was a holdover from the WUSA and did not disappoint - when she was healthy. Smith, bothered by knee problems, led the Breakers with six goals but scored only once after May 31.

ENIOLA ALUKO (Saint Louis). Aluko, who joined Smith and Scott after the season on the England team for the UEFA Women's Championship, didn't begin the season in the starting lineup but led Athletica with six goals and four assists.

MARTA (Los Angeles). The Brazilian, the league's leading scorer with 10 goals in 19 games, dominated the all-star voting, being selected to 94 percent of all media ballots and by all coaches.

(This article originally appeared in the September 2009 issue of Soccer America magazine.)

 

 

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