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
The U.S. World Cup champions on the Best XI include Rose Lavelle
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
Both were Second XI picks that would have fairly reflected their seasons. 2019 NWSL Best XI
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)
NWSL Second XI
Alyssa Naeher (Chicago) Defenders:
Lauren Barnes (Reign FC), Abby Erceg (NC Courage), Kelley O’Hara (Utah), Emily Sonnett
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).