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Lilly Returns

Kristine Lilly, the most-capped player in men's or women's history, will return to the USA squad for upcoming friendlies against China in Carson, Calif., and Detroit. She took most of the year off to give birth to her first child this past summer. The 37-year-old midfielder-forward has not played for the USA since October 2007.

The roster (WPS affiliation in parentheses):

GOALKEEPERS: Nicole Barnhart (Bay Area), Hope Solo (St. Louis), Briana Scurry (to be determined).
DEFENDERS: Rachel Buehler (Bay Area), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis), Stephanie Cox (Los Angeles), Marian Dalmy (Chicago), Tina Ellertson (St. Louis), Kate Markgraf (Chicago), Heather Mitts (Boston), Christie Rampone (New Jersey).
MIDFIELDERS: Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles), Carli Lloyd (Chicago), Heather O'Reilly (New Jersey), Lindsay Tarpley (Chicago), Aly Wagner (Los Angeles), Kacey White (New Jersey).
FORWARDS: Lauren Cheney (college: UCLA), Angela Hucles (Boston), Natasha Kai (New Jersey), Kristine Lilly (Boston), Amy Rodriguez (college: Southern Cal).

By Steve Goff  |  December 2, 2008; 12:44 PM ET
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Comments

um, why? i know it is for PR for the league, I suppose, but this is really stretching the meaning of friendlies. still, if anyone has earned the right to a swan song, it's lilly, only 6 years after all her cohort hung up the boots.

so long, Kristine, and thanks.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | December 2, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Looks a lot like the USMNT -- no DC representation.

Posted by: Reignking | December 2, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

um, why? i know it is for PR for the league, I suppose, but this is really stretching the meaning of friendlies. still, if anyone has earned the right to a swan song, it's lilly, only 6 years after all her cohort hung up the boots.

so long, Kristine, and thanks.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | December 2, 2008 1:19 PM
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Unlike her cohort, Lilly is only two years removed from finishing second in world player of the year balloting. Perhaps she still has something to give the national team.

Posted by: schmuckatelli | December 2, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

looks like Washington Freedom got to short end of the WNAT players. Of course Abbey is still recovering from her broken leg.

Brianna is still being called up? Maybe this is her swan song too.

Posted by: Mig18 | December 2, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

sure, she has something to give. but at what point do we start looking forward? will Lilly still be playing in Germany in 2011?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | December 2, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I like Lilly in the forward position - certainly less physically demanding then the wing. Let her give it a go - I believe she still has goals in her and I suspect she will be a bench player as we have strong strikers (unlike USMNT) and who knows....good opportunity to see how she performs.

Posted by: Beckster1 | December 2, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

at what point do we start looking forward? will Lilly still be playing in Germany in 2011?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | December 2, 2008 2:58 PM
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You might say we were looking forward these last two years in her absence! Indeed, Lilly may be part of the US scheme in 2011, as crazy as that sounds. I'll be interested to see how she performs vs. China, as I'm sure Coach Sundhage will.

Posted by: schmuckatelli | December 2, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Did the Freedom give something up to get Wambach? Not that she would not be worth something, but I'm curious. Otherwise it seems decidedly odd that we don't have a player on the squad.

Posted by: regularfan | December 2, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Among the Freedom's prominent U.S. players......

Wambach and Whitehill are rehabbing serious injuries, Kreiger is playing in Germany.

Posted by: Steve Goff | December 2, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Goff.

Posted by: regularfan | December 2, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

The Freedom should do just fine in WPS. They've got a great farm system with several youth feeder teams in the national champ. hunt every year. And fairly devoted fans hungry for more. Maybe the Goffer knows if Mia is planning to dust off the cleats.

Posted by: postgolb | December 2, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

In the seimpro world in which the Freedom had been operating for the past several years, free agency reigns, and teams largely recruit players within their own geographic area. Under WPS, allocations and drafts will be used to maintain parity, so I'm not sure to what extent, and in what form, the Freedom's feeder systems will survive.

Posted by: universityandpark | December 3, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

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