NWSL Best XI selections panned

The National Women's Soccer League released its Best XI and Second XI selections.

Many familiar names were on the Best XI -- eight U.S. World Cup champions in all -- though the selections were immediately panned by media, players and coaches.

Of the five players up for MVP, only Chicago's Sam Kerr, who broke the league scoring record and is the likely winner, was a Best XI selection.

Kristen Hamilton and Yuki Nagasato were Second XI picks, while Brazilian Debinha and Lynn Williams, both members of Shield winner North Carolina, weren't picked on either team.

Kerr was one of just one of four players who were picked on the NWSL Players Association's all-league team voted on by the players and also made the Best XI: keeper Aubrey Bledsoe, defenders Casey Short and Becky Sauerbrunn and Kerr.

The U.S. World Cup champions on the Best XI include Rose Lavelle, who played only six of 24 games for Washington and Ali Krieger, who played 13 games for last-place Orlando.

The voting breakdown was 20 percent each by fans, club owners/GMs/coaches and media and 40 percent by players.

Crystal Dunn tweeted that the selections are "very hard to understand" if they are supposed to take into account the entire 2019 season while Carli Lloyd responded, "Lots of uneducated people."

Both were Second XI picks that would have fairly reflected their seasons.

2019 NWSL Best XI
Goalkeeper: Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington).
Defenders: Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Ali Krieger (Orlando), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah), Casey Short (Chicago)
Midfielders: Julie Ertz (Chicago), Lindsey Horan (Portland), Rose Lavelle (Washington)
Forwards: Tobin Heath (Portland), Sam Kerr (Chicago), Christen Press (Utah)

2019 NWSL Second XI
Goalkeeper: Alyssa Naeher (Chicago)
Defenders: Lauren Barnes (Reign FC), Abby Erceg (NC Courage), Kelley O’Hara (Utah), Emily Sonnett (Portland)
Midfielders: Bethany Balcer (Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage), Yuki Nagasato (Chicago)
Forwards: Kristen Hamilton (NC Courage), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC).
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