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U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

Jan, 7, 2008
WON'T PLAY IN '08
Lilly sitting out to have baby


Kristine Lilly will not play for the U.S. in 2008
Kristine Lilly will not play for the U.S. in 2008
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Kristine Lilly, captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team for the last three years, will not play for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2008 as she expecting her first child with husband David Heavey, a firefighter in Brookline, Mass.

The news means that Lilly will not play in the 2008 Olympics should the USA qualify in April. Lilly is due in July. Lilly, 36, debuted for the USA in 1987 at the age of 16 and played 22 years for her country. In addition to holding the world record for caps, she has scored 129 career international goals, second only in women’s soccer history to Mia Hamm (158).

“I’m not closing any doors as far as soccer,” said Lilly, who has played 340 games for the USA. “I hope to play in the new league and if one day I get the chance to play for (new U.S. head coach) Pia (Sundhage), that would be fantastic. But for now, I’m focusing on becoming a mom for the first time and everything that goes with that experience.”
   
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