On Monday, legendary U.S. Women's National Team and Boston Breakers midfielder Kristine Lilly was voted to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Lilly is the sport's all-time international caps leader, having played 352 games for the United States between 1987 and 2010.
Lilly has a 24-year international career that included winning two of the five FIFA Women's World Cups in which she played. Lilly scored 130 international goals and tallied 105 assists for the USA, second in both only to Mia Hamm. Lilly is the youngest and oldest player to ever score a goal for the USA and in 2011, she outperformed all of her Boston Breakers teammates in fitness tests. 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," 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 grow 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."