U.S. player pool
Quick Take: The world's all-time leader in international appearances, the left-footed, left-sided midfielder/forward has established herself as a superstar with consistently stellar and dynamic play. No one has come close to unseating Lilly from a starting spot since she joined the national team just over 13 years ago, missing only nine matches during that span. She led the team in goal scoring last year with 20. Her 81 goals for the national team are third all-time. The world's most capped player at 213 appearances, no man or woman has played more times for their country than Lilly. One of the fiercest competitors on the team and no doubt one of the fittest players, her consistency has defied the laws of probability. Able to play flank midfield, center midfield or forward with equal aplomb, Lilly's two-way abilities never cease to make a positive impact on the match in some way.
U.S. National Team: The USA's Iron woman, she will achieve the amazing milestone of 200 caps in 2000, the first player in history, man or women, to reach that mark ... Currently the U.S. Women's National Team all-time appearance leader and third all-time leading scorer ... 1999: Played every minute of all six games to help the USA win the 1999 Women's World Cup, scoring two goals with one assist ... Scored the clinching goal against Denmark in the 3-0 opening game victory in front of her hometown crowd at Giants Stadium ... Made one of the biggest plays in U.S. history when she cleared a Chinese header off the goal line with her head in sudden death overtime of the Final ... Nailed the crucial third penalty kick against China in the Final to put the USA ahead after China had missed their third attempt ... Had her best scoring year ever in 1999 with 20 goals and eight assists (second on the team), becoming just the fourth player in history to score 20 goals in a year ... Led the team in minutes played in 1999 with 2,397 ... Named the MVP of U.S. Women's Cup '99 after being named to the All-Tournament Team at the '95, '96 and '97 events ... 1998: Became the most capped player in the history of the world on May 21, 1998, in Kobe, Japan, when she played in her 152nd game to pass Norway's Heidi Stoere ... Set the U.S. record for consecutive games started with 62 ... Hailed as the best flank midfielder in the world, she also saw considerable action at forward in 1998, as she scored eight goals with 11 assists, good for fourth-leading scorer on the team A member of the gold medal winning team at the 1998 Goodwill Games ... 1996: A member of the gold medal winning team at the 1996 Olympics ... Played every minute of the USA's five matches at the '96 Olympics ... 1995: Her three goals at the 1995 Women's World Championship in Sweden tied for the team lead with Tisha Venturini and Tiffeny Milbrett ... Pre-1993: Named U.S. Soccer's 1993 Chevrolet Female Athlete of the Year As a 20-year old, she was a member of the team that won the title at the first-ever FIFA Women's World Cup in China in 1991 ... Through the end of 1999, she had started an amazing 186 of the 191 games she had played for the USA, missing only eight matches during that span, and had played the full 90 minutes in an astounding 157 of those games ... Through the end of 1999, the 12-year national team veteran had appeared in 88% of the games the women's national team has played in its history ... Has played over 1,000 minutes a year for the USA for seven consecutive years and is the USA's all-time leader in minutes played ... The first of 10 U.S. women to reach 100 career caps ... First Appearance: Aug. 3, 1987, vs. China ... First Goal: Aug. 13, 1987, vs. China.
College/High School: Named to Soccer America's College Team of the Decade for the 1990's ... Winner of the 1991 Hermann Trophy and a finalist in 1992 ... Also won the 1991 Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year Award As a senior, she was UNC's Athlete of the Year Four-time First-Team NSCAA All-American, she was also a four-time First-Team All-ACC and All-South selection (1989-1992) ... Had her UNC jersey number 15 retired in 1994 ... Twice named the Offensive MVP of the NCAA Championship ('89, '90), she helped lead the UNC to four NCAA titles from 1989-1992 ... Completed her collegiate career with 78 goals and 41 assists ... In 1991, she was a finalist for the Broderick Award as the outstanding female athlete in all of college sports, and was the second-leading scorer in the nation behind teammate Mia Hamm with 15 goals and four assists ... Captained Wilton High School (Conn.) her junior and senior years, leading the team to state title as a freshman, sophomore and senior.
Club: Played in 1994 for Tyreso Football Club in Sweden along with U.S. National Team teammates Michelle Akers, Julie Foudy and Mary Harvey ... Played professional indoor soccer with the Washington Warthogs in the Continental Indoor Soccer League during the 1995 season ... Played four matches with the Delaware Genies of the W-League during the summer of 1998, scoring five goals with two assists.
Personal: Full name is Kristine Marie Lilly ... Graduated from UNC with a degree in communications ... Her hometown of Wilton, Conn., dedicated a day to her and honored her with a parade after she won the gold medal Road sign entering her town reads, "Welcome to Wilton Hometown of Olympic gold medalist Kristine Lilly" ... Runs the Kristine Lilly Soccer Academy every summer in Wilton ... The Wilton High School soccer field was named after her following the Women's World Cup victory ... Enjoys music, reading, movies and shopping Has a golden retriever named Molson.