October 7, 2016
Allie Long named to NWSL Best XI again; Emily Menges also selected; Dunn, Rampone on 2nd team
CHICAGO -- For the second year in a row, Northport, N.Y.'s Allie Long was named to the National Women's Soccer League Best XI, it was announced by the league Friday.
|Midfielder Allie Long was named to the NWSL Best XI for the second year in a row. She finished the season with six goals and two assists for Portland.
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Portland Thorns teammate and defender Emily Menges, a Garden City, N.Y. also was chosen to the first team.
Long, a finalist for the league MVP award, was named to the team as a midfielder after accruing six goals and two assists for the Portland Thorns.
Rockville Centre, N.Y. native Crystal Dunn was selected to the second team as a forward. Dunn, who will play for the NWSL crown against the Western New York Flash in Houston Sunday, finished with two goals and five assists.
All three players played for the Albertson Fury.
Long and Dunn represented the United States at the Rio Olympics.
Sky Blue FC defender Chris Rampone, a long-time U.S. international, was chosen to the second team as well.
NWSL Shield winners Portland led the way with three selections to the squad followed by the Chicago Red Stars and Flash with two members each on the team.
Seven players earned their first selection to the Best XI this year led by NWSL MVP Lynn Williams of Western New York, who at 23 is the youngest player on the squad – 147 days younger than the next youngest player, Chicago Red Stars defender Arin Gilliland.
Williams and her Best XI and club teammate Jessica McDonald are both set to feature in the championship game on Sunday, Oct. 9 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston in a match broadcast nationally at 5 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1).
Orlando Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris also highlights the first-time selections as she becomes the first player on an NWSL expansion club to earn the honor.
The NWSL Best XI:
Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride).
Lauren Barnes (Seattle Reign)
Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars)
Emily Menges (Portland Thorns)
Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns)
Allie Long (Portland Thorns)
Jessica McDonald (Western New York Flash)
Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash)
Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars)
Lynn Williams (Western New York Flash)