National Women's Soccer League 2014 Best 11

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has announced 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 below alphabetically, by position):

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

 

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

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

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