The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced the Best XI selections Wednesday for the 2013 NWSL season and it included four FC Kansas City players. The Blues were the only team to have multiple players on the list. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart made the list by being voted the goalkeeper of the year. Becky Sauerbrunn, Leigh Ann Robinson and Lauren Holiday all made the list.
The NWSL Best XI team (listed at position, alphabetically by last name):
Position Player Club Country Note .
Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart FC Kansas City USA 10 shutouts
Defender Christie Rampone Sky Blue FC USA 1.20 GAA
Defender Leigh Ann Robinson FC Kansas City USA 5 assists
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City USA 1.0 GAA
Defender Brittany Taylor Western New York Flash USA 3 goals, 4 assists
Midfielder Lori Chalupny Chicago Red Stars USA 5 goals, 4 assists
Midfielder Jess Fishlock Seattle Reign FC Wales 4 goals
Midfielder Lauren Holiday FC Kansas City USA 12 goals, 9 assists
Midfielder Diana Matheson Washington Spirit Canada 8 goals, 3 assists
Forward Sydney Leroux Boston Breakers USA 11 goals, 2 assists
Forward Abby Wambach Western New York Flash USA 11 goals, 8 assists
FC Kansas City also had three players on the Second XI with Canadians Lauren Sesselmann and Desiree Scott making the list as well as the NWSL Rookie of the Year Erika Tymrak.
NWSL Second XI - Goalkeeper: Adrianna Franch, Western New York Flash - Defenders: Rachel Buehler, Portland Thorns FC; Caitlin Foord, Sky Blue FC; Ali Krieger, Washington Spirit; Lauren Sesselmann, FC Kansas City - Midfielders: Megan Rapinoe, Seattle Reign FC;Desiree Scott, FC Kansas City; Erika Tymrak, FC Kansas City - Forwards: Alex Morgan, Portland Thorns FC; Lianne Sanderson, Boston Breakers; Christine Sinclair, Portland Thorns FC
The NWSL awards are voted on by a selection of journalists that cover the league on a consistent basis, club officials and NWSL players.
Voters for the Best XI provided selections for four (4) defenders and a combination of six (6) midfielders or forwards; with the ability to select a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of three (3) forwards. The Goalkeeper of the Year was automatically named to the Best XI.
The Second XI is comprised of the next leading vote getters at each position that did not make the Best XI.
How we voted
As mentioned before we voted for Nicole Barnhart for keeper of the year (in a very tight vote). Here are the Best XI votes:
Leigh Ann Robinson - Under rated defender that provided the Blues consistent play throughout the season
Becky Sauerbrunnn - Defender of the year
Christie Rampone - Quality and just keeps playing at the highest level
Lauren Sesselmann - steadily improved all year and consistently faced the best forwards in the world
Lauren Holiday - MVP (all that need to be said)
Lori Chalupney - Great leader and clutch player
Jess Fishlock - Only bright spot on Seattle team for half a season, never gave up
Desiree Scott - The Canadian Destroyer made it painful to cross the midfield
Sydney Leroux - Always dangerous, great young striker
Abby Wambach - Runner up MVP and so difficult to defend