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Seattle, Kansas City lead NWSL Best XI selections

Seven players in Sunday’s National Women’s Soccer League final between Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City were named to the NWSL Best XI on Friday.

Regular season champions Seattle placed a league-high four players on the Best XI, while Kansas City had three players. Seattle also had three players on the Second Best XI.

Four players were named to the Best XI for the second straight season: 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.

NWSL Best XI

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

 

NWSL Second XI

Position Player Club Country Note
Goalkeeper Hope Solo Seattle Reign FC USA 5 shutouts
Defender Lauren Barnes Seattle Reign FC USA .83 team GAA
Defender Stephanie Catley Portland Thorns FC Australia 5 assists
Defender Stephanie Cox Seattle Reign FC USA .83 team GAA
Defender Julie Johnston Chicago Red Stars USA Rookie of the Year
Midfielder Carli Lloyd Western New York Flash USA 8 goals, 5 assists
Midfielder Allie Long Portland Thorns FC USA 9 goals, 3 assists
Midfielder Heather O’Reilly Boston Breakers USA 9 goals, 5 assists
Forward Jessica McDonald Portland Thorns FC USA 11 goals, 1 assist
Forward Christen Press Chicago Red Stars USA 6 goals
Forward Jodie Taylor Washington Spirit England 11 goals, 2 assist

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). 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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