All-Time Caps Leader Kristine Lilly Signs With Boston Breakers
Posted by iamhannah on March 5, 2009
Westwood, Mass. (March 5, 2009) – The Boston Breakers and two-time World Cup and Olympic Champion Kristine Lilly came to terms on a multi-year contact, it was announced today by the Breakers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed per team policy.
Lilly, the former captain of the WUSA Breakers from 2001-03, is the most capped male or female player in the world, having donned the U.S. jersey in 342 matches over a 21-year career.
“Kristine is and always will be a Boston Breaker,” said Breakers President and General Manager Joe Cummings. “We are delighted to have her back playing with us, and I am sure our fans will be thrilled to see her in a Breakers uniform once again.”
“It is great to sign with the Boston Breakers again,” said Lilly, who will also be reunited with Breakers head coach Tony DiCicco, whom she used to play for with the U.S. Women’s National Team. “I am looking forward not only to being a part of WPS, but also to having a professional women’s sports team back as a part of the Boston sports scene. I am excited to be on the field playing after having a baby last year, and I am also looking forward to playing in front of our fans and for Tony once again.”
After being allocated to the Breakers as a Founding Player of the WUSA in 2001, she went on to be a three-time First-Team All-WUSA selection – the only player in league history to do so. She scored 14 goals and dished out 28 assists, including a league-best 11 during the inaugural season, during her WUSA career.
The USA’s “Iron Woman,” Lilly became the first player in history, man or woman, to play in 200 career internationals when she played against Canada in the championship of the Nike U.S Women’s Cup on May 7, 2000 in Portland, Ore. In 2006, she became the first and maybe the last player to hit 300 caps. With 129 international goals, the native of Wilton, Conn., is the second all-time leading scorer in U.S. and world history, and the all-time leader in minutes played.
Entering 2007, she had played in 85-percent of the games the U.S. women had ever played. Her 98 career assists with the national team are second only to Mia Hamm. Lilly was voted U.S. Soccer’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1993, 2005 and 2006, and she was second in voting for the 2006 FIFA World Player of the Year. She is the only woman to appear in all five FIFA Women’s World Cups.
Lilly took the majority of 2008 off from soccer due to the birth of her first daughter, Sidney, in June. She returned to the National Team for a pair of matches in December against China.
As a 20-year-old, she was a member of the U.S. team that won the title at the first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup in China in 1991. During the famous 1999 World Cup triumph, Lilly made one of the biggest plays in U.S. history when she cleared a Chinese shot off the goal line with her head in sudden-death overtime of the final. She then went on to nail the crucial third penalty kick against China in the final to put the USA ahead after China had failed to score on their third attempt.
A decorated player at collegiate women’s soccer powerhouse North Carolina, Lilly helped lead the Tar Heels to four NCAA title and was named to Soccer America’s College Team of the Decade for the 1990s. She was the Hermann Trophy winner in 1991 and a finalist in 1992.
Courtesy of: Boston Breakers