December 24, 2010
THE YEAR’S TOP STORIES - #8
Lilly returns to National Team
Kristine Lilly’s return to the U.S. Women’s National Team – raising the possibility of a record sixth Women’s World Cup for the veteran midfielder – is #8 on the New England Soccer News list of the top ten local stories of 2010.
|Kristine Lilly celebrates after scoring her 130th international goal, against Germany on May 22, 2010.
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Lilly, the most-capped player in soccer history, received her first national team call-up in nearly two years last March. She played in ten games in 2010, with three starts, scoring one goal and assisting on two others. She has 352 caps going into 2011, and has represented the USA in four different decades.
Lilly, a two-time WPS All-Star with the Boston Breakers, had not been called to the national team since the end of 2008, when she played briefly in a pair of Olympic victory tour matches. She missed the Games themselves, as well as the qualifying and preparation matches, while she was pregnant with daughter Sydney Marie.
“After a year goes by, I didn’t think it was going to happen,” said Lilly of the initial 2010 call-up. “I was happy to hear from her,” she said, referring to WNY coach Pia Sundhage, who, ironically, was Lilly’s coach with the Boston Breakers in the Women’s United Soccer Association.