Becky Sauerbrunn kept her perfect Best XI in tact when she was named to the NWSL’s all-star team for the sixth consecutive season. The Utah Royals FC captain is joined on the all-league backline by the Courage center back tandem of Abby Dahlkemper and Abby Erceg and Thorns center back Emily Sonnett. Dahlkemper was also on the Best XI last season.
Golden Boot winner Sam Kerr made the Best XI for as second straight year. She is joined at the forward position by Crystal Dunn and Megan Rapinoe. The midfield is Lindsey Horan, Tobin Heath, and McCall Zerboni. Adrianna Franch was named Best XI goalkeeper for the second year in a row.
The complete NWSL Best XI with total selections in paranthesis:
GK: Adrianna Franch, Portland Thorns FC (2nd selection)
D: Abby Dahlkemper, North Carolina Courage (2nd)
D: Abby Erceg, North Carolina Courage
D: Becky Sauerbrunn, Utah Royals FC (6th)
D: Emily Sonnett, Portland Thorns FC
M: Lindsey Horan, Portland Thorns FC
M: Tobin Heath, Portland Thorns FC (2nd)
M: McCall Zerboni, North Carolina Courage (2nd)
F: Crystal Dunn, North Carolina Courage (2nd)
F: Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars (2nd)
F: Megan Rapinoe, Seattle Reign FC
And the NWSL’s Second XI
GK: Lydia Williams, Seattle Reign FC
D: Steph Catley, Seattle Reign FC
D: Julie Ertz, Chicago Red Stars
D: Merritt Mathias, North Carolina Courage
D: Emily Menges, Portland Thorns FC
M: Debinha, North Carolina Courage
M: Carli Lloyd, Sky Blue FC
M: Christine Sinclair, Portland Thorns FC
F: Rachel Daly, Houston Dash
F: Sofia Huerta, Houston Dash
Lynn Williams, North Carolina Courage
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