The US women’s national team all-time Best XI was released on Thursday, featuring three active players in Christie Rampone, Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan.
To come up with the selections, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) appointed a committee of 56 soccer historians, former players, coaches, media members and administrators at the national team level. Defender Joy Biefeld (Fawcett) and forward Mia Hamm were the only unanimous selections, while midfielders Michelle Akers and Kristine Lilly were just one vote shy of a unanimous ballot.
Here’s the full list from US Soccer:
Goalkeeper: Briana Scurry 1994-2008 (31 votes)
- Brandi Chastain 1988-2004 (31)
- Joy Biefeld (Fawcett) 1987-2004 (56)
- Carla Werden (Overbeck) 1988-2000 (49)
- Christie Rampone (Pearce) 1997-present (46)
- Michelle Akers 1985-2000 (55)
- Julie Foudy 1988-2004 (40)
- Kristine Lilly 1987-2010 (55)
- Mia Hamm 1987-2004 (56)
- Alex Morgan 2010-present (15)
- Abby Wambach 2001-present (52)
Last week, Julie Foudy correctly predicted the all-time Best XI during a segment on ESPN’s Sportscenter (except for herself; Foudy chose to vote for Shannon Boxx), but drew the ire of current US goalkeeper Hope Solo in the process. Solo was not selected, losing out to Scurry by what we can only assume was a slim margin (considering Scurry got only 31 of 56 votes).
— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy)
@JulieFoudy i think you were confused of the question. It wasn’t to name your top IX friends. This isn’t the ponytail posse days anymore.— Hope Solo (@hopesolo)
Ignorance is bliss???? Or just dumb…— Hope Solo (@hopesolo)
The game has grown from15 years ago. Ihave no disrespect,but the facts are that the game HAS evolved.Players are better and so are the teams— Hope Solo (@hopesolo)
Interesting. You may remember that a young Solo was once benched in favor of Scurry back in the 2007 World Cup semifinals, which set off quite the firestorm. The USA lost 4-0 to Brazil, after which Solo said:
"There’s no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves. And the fact of the matter is, it’s not 2004 anymore. … It’s 2007, and I think you have to live in the present.
Solo was briefly kicked off the team after that World Cup, and the controversy may have ended up costing her some votes during this selection process. In any case, it seems like any mention of Scurry still pushes Solo’s buttons a bit.
FOX Soccer’s Warren Barton and Matt Reis sounded off on the debate of Scurry vs Solo during Thursday’s FOX Soccer Daily show:
On Friday, the United States men’s national team all-time Best XI will be released on FOX Soccer Daily. Make sure to tune in to the show to find out the complete squad (live, FOX Sports 1, 3:30 p.m. ET).