Former Breaker Kristine Lilly Elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame

(Feb. 24, 2014) - Former U.S. Women's National Team and Boston Breakers midfielder Kristine Lilly has been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

(Feb. 24, 2014) - Former U.S. Women's National Team and Boston Breakers midfielder Kristine Lilly has been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Lilly, the sport's all-time international caps leader, having played 352 games for the United States between 1987 and 2010, is a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee.

Lilly enters the Hall of Fame after a 24-year international career that included winning two of the five FIFA Women's World Cups in which she played. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Lilly played six seasons in domestic professional leagues, including five for the Boston Breakers in the Women's United Soccer Association and Women's Professional Soccer.

"You cannot speak about women's soccer in the U.S. without mentioning one of its biggest pioneers, Kristine Lilly. This is an incredible accolade and one that is very much deserved," Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. "On behalf of the Boston Breakers organization and all of our fans, we congratulate 'Lil' on her recognition and entrance to the Hall of Fame. She is an amazing person and an incredible athlete." 

Lilly continues to work in the game as Director of the Kristine Lilly Soccer Academy and an instructor for TeamFirst Soccer Academy.

"One of the most humbling parts of this is being inducted with so many of the greats that came before me," said Lilly. "It's always an honor to be recognized for something you've done, especially for something we did for so long on the U.S. team. It was amazing to wear that U.S. jersey for so long, and I'm forever grateful for the time I was able to play and really grateful for this honor."

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Complete information about the election and eligibility procedures is available online at ussoccer.com.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame closed its Oneonta, N.Y., facility in 2010. The election process is being administered by U.S. Soccer Federation staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come.

 

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