NWSL Best XI: North Carolina Courage leads all teams with three players

Three members of the defending NWSL champion (as Western New York Flash) and 2017 Shield winner North Carolina Courage head the league's 2017 Best XI selections.

Abby Dahlkemper, Samantha Mewis and McCall Zerboni were picked along with goalkeeper Adrianna Franchof the Portland Thorns, who meet in Saturday's final to be broadcast nationally at 4:30 p.m. ET live on Lifetime.

FC Kansas City defender Becky Sauerbrunn and Chicago Red Stars forward Christen Press were the only two players from the 2016 Best XI also voted to the team this year. It was the fifth consecutive selection to the squad for Sauerbrunn and the third straight selection for Press.

Seattle Reign FC midfielder Jess Fishlock was voted to the Best XI for the fourth time in five years, while Pride defender Ali Krieger made her second appearances on the team.

Including the second team, 18 of the 22 all-league selections go to the four playoff teams: North Carolina and Chicago (5) and Portland and Orlando (4).

2017 NWSL Best XI:
Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, Portland, USA
Defender Abby Dahlkemper, North Carolina, USA
Defender Ali Krieger, Orlando, USA
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn, FC Kansas City, USA
Defender Casey Short, Chicago, USA
Midfielder Jess Fishlock, Seattle, Wales
Midfielder Samantha Mewis, North Carolina, USA
Midfielder McCall Zerboni, North Carolina, USA
Forward Marta, Orlando Pride, Brazil
Forward Samantha Kerr, Sky Blue FC, Australia
Forward Christen Press, Chicago, USA

2017 NWSL Second XI:
Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland, North Carolina, USA
Defender Steph Catley, Orlando, Australia
Defender Abby Erceg, North Carolina, New Zealand
Defender Meghan Klingenberg, Portland, USA
Defender Emily Menges, Portland, USA
Midfielder Danielle Colaprico, Chicago, USA
Midfielder Julie Ertz, Chicago, USA
Midfielder Lindsey Horan, Portland, USA
Midfielder Sofia Huerta, Chicago, USA
Forward Alex Morgan, Orlando, USA
Forward Megan Rapinoe, Seattle, USA

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