Sept. 6, 2007
CLUB OF ONE
Lilly only five time World Cupper
Add another milestone to Kristine Lilly’s sterling resume. The 36-year old Boston resident will be playing in her fifth World Cup tournament, the only woman ever to play in that many championships.
|Kristine Lilly will be playing in her fifth Women's World Cup
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The U.S. captain is one of just four players in China ’07 who were at the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup when it was first held in China, but she is the only player who played in the next three tournaments as well.
Only two men can match Lilly’s record of five World Cups: Mexico’s Antonio Carbajal from 1950 to 1966 and Germany’s Lothar Matthäus from 1982 to 1998.
The most capped player in the history of international soccer (331), Lilly has started in every Women’s World Cup game the USA has ever played. Norwegian goalkeeper Bente Nordby, Brazil’s Pretinha and New Zealand’s Wendi Henderson also took part in the 1991 Women’s World Cup, although Nordby did not play in any of her nation’s matches. Pretinha missed the 2003 WWC, while Henderson has helped New Zealand return to the WWC after a 16-year absence.
The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team landed in Chengdu on the afternoon of September 6 to begin final preparations for its opening match, taking place at the Chengdu Sports Center Stadium on Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. local time (5 a.m. ET). The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2.