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August 29, 2014

National Women’s Soccer League Announces 2014 Best XI

CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2014) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the Best XI selections for the 2014 NWSL Season.

The team of the league’s elite features seven players who are set to take the field in the 2014 NWSL Championship Game between Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City on Sunday, Aug. 31 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash.

The match kicks off at 3 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.

Four players – Sky Blue FC defender Christie Rampone, FC Kansas City defender Becky Sauerbrunn, Seattle Reign FC midfielder Jess Fishlock and FC Kansas City forward Lauren Holiday – were voted to the Best XI for the second consecutive season.

The NWSL Best XI team (listed alphabetically, by position):


Position Player Club Country Note
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher Boston Breakers USA 106 saves
Defender Kendall Fletcher Seattle Reign FC USA .83 team GAA
Defender Ali Krieger Washington Spirit USA 1 goal
Defender Christie Rampone Sky Blue FC USA 1 goal, 2 assists
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City USA 8 shutouts
Midfielder Verónica Boquete Portland Thorns FC Spain 4 goals, 6 assists
Midfielder Jess Fishlock Seattle Reign FC Wales 4 goals, 8 assists
Midfielder Kim Little Seattle Reign FC Scotland 16 goals, 7 assists
Forward Lauren Holiday FC Kansas City USA 8 goals, 7 assists
Forward Nahomi Kawasumi Seattle Reign FC Japan 9 goals, 5 assists
Forward Amy Rodriguez FC Kansas City USA 13 goals, 3 assists


Voters for the Best XI provided selections for four (4) defenders and a combination of six (6) midfielders or forwards; with the ability to select a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of three (3) forwards. The Goalkeeper of the Year was automatically named to the Best XI.

The NWSL Second XI is comprised of the next leading vote getters at each position that did not make the Best XI (listed alphabetically, by position):

NWSL Second XI

Position Player Club


Goalkeeper Hope Solo Seattle Reign FC


5 shutouts
Defender Lauren Barnes Seattle Reign FC


.83 team GAA
Defender Stephanie Catley Portland Thorns FC


5 assists
Defender Stephanie Cox Seattle Reign FC


.83 team GAA
Defender Julie Johnston Chicago Red Stars


Rookie of the Year
Midfielder Carli Lloyd Western New York Flash


8 goals, 5 assists
Midfielder Allie Long Portland Thorns FC


9 goals, 3 assists
Midfielder Heather O’Reilly Boston Breakers


9 goals, 5 assists
Forward Jessica McDonald Portland Thorns FC


11 goals, 1 assist
Forward Christen Press Chicago Red Stars


6 goals
Forward Jodie Taylor Washington Spirit


11 goals, 2 assist


The NWSL awards are voted on by a selection of journalists that cover the league on a consistent basis, club officials and NWSL players.


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