Soccer America

The Original Winger


352 caps and 130 goals

Those are two huge numbers and are just the tip of the iceberg when talking about what Kristine Lilly meant to the USWNT over the past two plus decades that she repped the red, white, and blue.

She starting playing with the Nats at the tender age of 16 and walked away at 40.

At a time when other athletes have a hard time finding the right way to call it a career, this seems fitting for a quiet superstar.

News & Notes:

- The I-League has a second franchise in Syracuse. Tommy Tanner's club has yet to unveil things like a name and colors. But, it should make for a nice little I-90 rivalry with the Lancers.

- WPS is OK with the plan for the new Washington Freedom owner to have the club play some games in South Florida.

- The San Antonio Spurs owners want to bring MLS to their city. Then there is the question about the NASL & USL's futures in the city...

- Brian Quarstad has a video interview with NASL CEO Aaron Davidson, along with talking with the new Minnesota CEO who has worked in the market before.

- Kenny Cooper looks to be headed back to MLS and the Portland Timbers . If so, I love the move for both parties if Cooper is healthy.

- The Columbus Crew have lost Glidden as their jersey sponsor.

- Freddy Adu is now trying to earn a contract in Germany and Gooch is moving to Holland.

- Toronto FC hired Aron Winter as the Technical Director/Head Coach and Paul Mariner as the Director of Player Personnel.

- Chivas USA named Robin Fraser as their next head coach.

- The Red Bulls are hoping to get Matt Kassel to sign on the dotted line as a homegrown player.

- Personally, I'd rather see Miami shut up about getting a second chance at having an MLS team.

- Landon Donovan won another US Player of the Year award.

- Soccer America takes a look at how MLS clubs are using their DP slots.

- Here is an update on DC United's stadium and ownership situations and something about a new assistant coach....

- Eric Wynalda likes his new job in Mexico.

- MLS Talk thinks that the Beckham Experiment has run it's course.

- takes a look at the latest Beckham loan situation.

- And finally, here is a US Soccer 2010 highlight reel.

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