Sept. 29, 2007
By Michael Lewis
NO RETIRING THOUGHTS -- YET
Lilly doesn't know if she will return in '08
Shanghai, China -- U.S. captain and forward Kristine Lilly doesn't know if Sunday's third-place game against Norway will be her final Women's World Cup game.
|Kristine Lilly doesn't know if Sunday will be her last game.
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The 36-year-old Lilly, who is playing in her record fifth WWC and has performed in more international matches -- 336 -- than any other woman on the planet. She also has scored 127 international matches, second to only Mia Hamm (158 international goals).
"After this this World Cup, I'm going to see how it is," she said. "The Olympics are not too far off. But it's something that I'll have to discuss with my husband and feel where Iím at.
"I still feel I can play the game. Having the loss against Brazil, that doesnít feel good but itís part of what I love so much about the game that you have these highs and lows. Weíll see what happens.
"In the end, weíre going to have a great team representing us at the Olympics and go through qualification. Right now I just want to take this all in, enjoy it with the team right here and see what stands ahead of me.Ē
Lilly will play in her third third-place game since 1991; the other years were 1995 and 2003. The Wilton, Conn. native also was a vital part of world championship teams in 1991 and 1999.
"The third place game is extremely important," she said. "As a group, to finish a World Cup experience, you want to win on a high note to show our fans that we can play better soccer. You donít always have another game, but we have another game and itís our opportunity to get out on the field and show what we can do and how we love this game and make our country proud."