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Christie Rampone named to 2016 NWSL Second XI

The National Women’s Soccer League announced the Best XI for the 2016 season on Friday, October 7.

Christie Rampone named to NWSL’s 2016 Second XI
Jose L. Argueta, ISI Photos

The National Women’s Soccer League has announced the winners of the final two awards of the 2016 season, the Best XI and the Second XI.

Sky Blue FC defender Christie Rampone, who played 1,800 minutes, every minute this season, appears on the Second XI list. Rampone is also the only player from Sky Blue FC to make either list. The Second XI list is made up of the players who received the second most votes in the Best XI category.

This year, seven players earned their first selection into one of the Best XI lists by Lynn Williams, who was also voted NWSL MVP for 2016. Portland Thorns FC, winners of the NWSL Shield in 2016 find three players on the lists. Western New York Flash and Chicago Red Stars each have 2 players named to the selections.

Ashlyn Harris, goal keeper for the Orlando Pride, is the first player from an expansion club to earn a spot on one of the Best XI lists. This is also the second consecutive year seeing this list for four players, Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Lauren Barnes (Seattle Reign FC), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), and Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars).

The awards are voted on by four groups. First, coaches, owners, and general managers, second, the media, third, players, the first three groups vote to determine finalists. Then, those three groups vote again along with the fans to determine winners.

The Best XI and Second XI lists* follow.

Best XI
Position Player Club Country Note
Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris Orlando Pride USA 62 Saves
Defender Lauren Barnes Seattle Reign FC USA 1,775 minutes
Defender Arin Gilliand Chicago Red Stars USA 1.00 team GAA
Defender Emily Menges Portland Thorns FC USA 0.95 team GAA
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City USA 1.00 team GAA
Midfielder Tobin Heath Portland Thorns FC USA Goal, 10 assists
Midfielder Allie Long Portland Thorns FC USA 6 goals, 2 assists
Forward Jessica McDonald Western New York Flash USA 10 goals, 7 assists
Forward Kealia Ohai Houston Dash USA 11 goals, 4 assists
Forward Christen Press Chicago Red Stars USA 8 goals
Forward Lynn Williams Western New York Flash USA 11 goals, 5 assists

Second XI
Position Player Club Country Note
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher Chicago Red Stars USA 1.00 GAA
Defender Julie Johnson Chicago Red Stars USA

1.00 team GAA

Defender Ali Krieger Washington Spirit USA 1.05 team GAA
Defender Christie Rampone Sky Blue FC USA 1,800 minutes
Defender Casey Short Chicago Red Stars USA 1,781 minutes
Midfielder Danielle Colaprico Chicago Red Stars USA Goal, 2 assists
Midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo Chicago Red Stars USA 7 assists
Midfielder Jess Fishlock Seattle Reign FC Wales Goal, 4 assists
Midfielder Kim Little Seattle Reign FC Scotland 6 goals, 2 assists
Forward Crystal Dunn Washington Spirit USA 2 goals, 5 assists
Forward Shea Groom FC Kansas City USA 8 goals

*Lists by position, then alphabetical by last name.