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BOSTON, MA - Boston City F.C. II roars into the first qualifying round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Sunday, flying high on the back of three league victories.

The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) have announced the “CPL All Stars” team of the tournament for 2018. The team was selected by Tom Moody, Mark Butcher, Daren Ganga, Ian Bishop, Danny Morrison and Michael Slater.

CHICAGO – The National Women’s Soccer League announced today, the Best XI and Second XI selections for the 2018 NWSL season.

NWSL Shield winners, the North Carolina Courage, are well represented with Abby Erceg, Abby Dahlkemper, McCall Zerboni and Crystal Dunn voted on the Best XI, while Lynn Williams, Merritt Mathias, and Debinha all made the Second XI list.

The Courage and Portland Thorns FC are set to feature in the 2018 NWSL Championship on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Providence Park in Portland, Ore. in a match broadcast nationally at 4:30 p.m. ET live on Lifetime.

Five players were voted to the Best XI for the second consecutive year – highlighted by Utah Royals FC defender Becky Sauerbrunn, who earned her sixth straight selection to the squad. Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr, North Carolina Courage defender Abby Dahlkemper, Portland Thorns FC goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, North Carolina Courage midfielder McCall Zerboni were the other players to repeat as selections from the 2017 Best XI.

Three players earned their first selection to the Best XI this year including North Carolina Courage defender Abby Erceg, Portland Thorns FC midfielder Lindsey Horan and Portland Thorns FC defender Emily Sonnett.

Erceg was also one of three players – along with Horan and Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe – that made the leap to the Best XI after making the Second XI last season.

Position

Player

Club

Country

Note

Goalkeeper

Adrianna Franch

Portland Thorns FC

USA

1.00 GAA

Defender

Emily Sonnett

Portland Thorns FC

USA

1 goal, 1 assist

Defender

Becky Sauerbrunn

Utah Royals FC

USA

1,720 minutes

Defender

Abby Erceg

North Carolina Courage

NZL

2 goals, 2 assists

Defender

Abby Dahlkemper

North Carolina Courage

USA

1,710 minutes

Midfielder

Tobin Heath

Portland Thorns FC

USA

7 goals, 7 assists

Midfielder

Lindsey Horan

Portland Thorns FC

USA

13 goals, 2 assists

Midfielder

McCall Zerboni

North Carolina Courage

USA

3 goals, 1 assist

Forward Crystal Dunn

North Carolina Courage

USA

8 goals, 5 assists

Forward

Sam Kerr

Chicago Red Stars

AUS

16 goals, 4 assists

Forward

Megan Rapinoe

Seattle Reign FC 

USA

7 goals, 6 assists

The NWSL awards are voted on by club officials, players, media that cover the league on a consistent basis and fans.

The NWSL Second XI is comprised of the next leading vote getters at each position that did not make the Best XI (listed by position):

Position

Player

Club

Country

Note

Goalkeeper

Lydia Williams

Seattle Reign FC

AUS

10 Clean Sheets

Defender

Merritt Mathias

North Carolina Courage

USA

3 goals, 2 assists

Defender

Julie Ertz

Chicago Red Stars

USA

1,126 minutes

Defender

Emily Menges

Portland Thorns FC

USA

1,305 minutes

Defender

Steph Catley

Seattle Reign FC 

AUS

3 assists

Midfielder

Debinha

North Carolina Courage

BRA

8 goals, 2 assists

Midfielder

Carli Lloyd

Sky Blue FC

USA

4 goals, 1 assist

Midfielder

Christine Sinclair

Portland Thorns FC

CAN

9 goals, 6 assists

Forward

Lynn Williams

North Carolina Courage

USA

14 goals, 5 assists

Forward

Rachel Daly

Houston Dash

ENG

10 goals, 2 assists

Forward

Sofia Huerta

Houston Dash

USA

5 goals, 4 assists

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is a nine-team Division-I women’s professional soccer league featuring national team players from around the world. The clubs are the Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, Orlando Pride, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, Utah Royals FC and the Washington Spirit.

NEW YORK, NY. The tears are gone along with the black visor used to hide her face at the US Open trophy ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Instead, the new US Open 2018 women’s champ, Caribbean roots Naomi Osaka, is all glammed up and finally smiling.

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