FIFPro has released its 55-player shortlist for the 2016 women’s Best XI. The Americans on the list are, by position:
Hope Solo (USA, Free agent)
Julie Johnston (USA, Chicago Red Stars)
Meghan Klingenberg (USA, Portland Thorns)
Ali Krieger (USA, Orlando Pride)
Becky Sauerbrunn (USA, FC Kansas City)
Tobin Heath (USA, Portland Thorns)
Carli Lloyd (USA, Manchester City)
Megan Rapinoe (USA, Seattle Reign)
Alex Morgan (USA, Olympique Lyonnais)
The full list is pretty dazzling, so USWNT players here are in some good company. Voting was done by over 3000 female players from FIFA countries.
FIFPro has only been doing a women’s World XI since last year, when Hope Solo, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, and Carli Lloyd all made the final XI. Many people feel 2015 was a year that perennially overlooked defender Becky Sauerbrunn was snubbed, especially after her performance was frequently cited as one of the lynchpins that won the United States its third World Cup. This year might be different, although for sure the US washing out of the Olympics will hurt players’ chances of moving on to the final XI.
What do you think? Were any USWNT players snubbed from the shortlist? Are there any players who shouldn’t be on the list in the first place?