Flash forward Abby Wambach and defender Brittany Taylor named to Best XI ahead of title game

(Aug. 28, 2013) – The National Women’s Soccer League announced Wednesday the Best XI selections for the 2013 NWSL season.

Western New York Flash forward Abby Wambach and defenderBrittany Taylor were among the 11 players selected ahead of the 2013 NWSL Championship game on Saturday, Aug. 31 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. between the Flash and Portland Thorns FC.
The game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally live on FOX Sports 2.
At 23, Boston Breakers forward Sydney Leroux is the youngest member of the squad, which is comprised of seven allocated players from the United States and Canada women’s national teams and four non-allocated players. FC Kansas City had the most selections of any team with four.
The NWSL Best XI team (listed at position, alphabetically by last name):
Position Player Club Country Note  
Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart FC Kansas City USA 10 shutouts  
Defender Christie Rampone Sky Blue FC USA 1.20 GAA  
Defender Leigh Ann Robinson FC Kansas City USA 5 assists  
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City USA 1.0 GAA  
Defender Brittany Taylor Western New York Flash USA 3 goals, 4 assists
Midfielder Lori Chalupny Chicago Red Stars USA 5 goals, 4 assists
Midfielder Jess Fishlock Seattle Reign FC Wales 4 goals  
Midfielder Lauren Holiday FC Kansas City USA 12 goals, 9 assists
Midfielder Diana Matheson Washington Spirit Canada 8 goals, 3 assists
Forward Sydney Leroux Boston Breakers USA 11 goals, 2 assists
Forward Abby Wambach Western New York Flash USA 11 goals, 8 assists


The NWSL awards are voted on by a selection of journalists that cover the league on a consistent basis, club officials and NWSL players.
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 at position, alphabetically by last name):
NWSL Second XI
Position Player Club Country Note  
Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch Western New York Flash USA 98 saves  
Defender Rachel Buehler Portland Thorns FC USA 1.15 GAA  
Defender Caitlin Foord Sky Blue FC Australia NWSL’s youngest player
Defender Ali Krieger Washington Spirit USA 1 goal  
Defender Lauren Sesselmann FC Kansas City Canada 0.84 GAA  
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe Seattle Reign FC USA 5 goals, 1 assist
Midfielder Desiree Scott FC Kansas City Canada 1.0 GAA  
Midfielder Erika Tymrak FC Kansas City USA 6 goals, 4 assists
Forward Alex Morgan Portland Thorns FC USA 8 goals, 5 assists
Forward Lianne Sanderson Boston Breakers England 5 goals, 7 assists
Forward Christine Sinclair Portland Thorns FC Canada 8 goals, 2 assists

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