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Reign dominate NWSL Best XI selections

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Four Reign players named to first team and three more are named to the second team.

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The Seattle Reign continue clean up in the NWSL post-season awards. Fresh off having Laura Harvey named Coach of the Year and Kim Little being named MVP, the Reign had a league-best four players named to the NWSL XI first team and three more named to the second team. No other team had more than three players named to the first team (FC Kansas City) and no one else had more than four players named to both teams (Portland Thorns).

Joining Little (16 goals, seven assists) on the first team were center back Kendall Fletcher, midfielder Jess Fishlock (four goals, eight assists) and forward Nahomi Kawasumi (nine goals, five assists). In a nod to just how great the Reign defense was (a league-low .83 goals per game), goalkeeper Hope Solo and defenders Stephanie Cox and Lauren Barnes were named to the second team.

Sunday's NWSL Championship Game between the Reign and FCKC will feature seven-first teamers.

Position                       Player                         Club                             Country            Note                 .

Goalkeeper

Alyssa Naeher

Boston Breakers

USA

106 saves

Defender

Kendall Fletcher

Seattle Reign FC

USA

.83 team GAA

Defender

Ali Krieger

Washington Spirit

USA

1 goal

Defender

Christie Rampone

Sky Blue FC

USA

1 goal, 2 assists

Defender

Becky Sauerbrunn

FC Kansas City

USA

8 shutouts

Midfielder

Vero Boquete

Portland Thorns FC

Spain

4 goals, 6 assists

Midfielder

Jess Fishlock

Seattle Reign FC

Wales

4 goals, 8 assists

Midfielder

Kim Little

Seattle Reign FC

Scotland

16 goals, 7 assists

Forward

Lauren Holiday

FC Kansas City

USA

8 goals, 7 assists

Forward

Nahomi Kawasumi

Seattle Reign FC

Japan

9 goals, 5 assists

Forward

Amy Rodriguez

FC Kansas City

USA

13 goals, 3 assists


NWSL Second XI – Goalkeeper: Hope Solo, Seattle Reign FC – Defenders: Lauren Barnes, Seattle Reign FC; Steph Catley, Portland Thorns FC; Stephanie Cox, Seattle Reign – Midfielders: Carli Lloyd, Western New York Flash; Allie Long, Portland Thorns FC; Heather O’Reilly, Boston Breakers – Forwards: Jessica McDonald, Portland Thorns FC; Christen Press, Chicago Red Stars; Jodie Taylor, Washington Spirit