Kristine Lilly

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Kristine Lilly
Personal information
Full name Kristine Marie Lilly Heavey
Date of birth (1971-07-22) July 22, 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth New York City, New York, United States
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Playing position Forward/Midfielder
Youth career
1989–1992 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994 Tyresö FF
1995 Washington Warthogs (indoor) 6 (0)
1998 Delaware Genies 4 (5)
2001–2003 Boston Breakers 59 (14)
2005 KIF Örebro DFF 19 (8)
2009–2011 Boston Breakers 20 (3)
National team
1987–2010 United States 352 (130)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kristine Marie Lilly Heavey (born July 22, 1971), née Kristine Marie Lilly, is a retired American soccer player who last played professionally for Boston Breakers in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). She was a member of the United States women's national soccer team for 24 years and is the most capped soccer player in the history of the sport, a feat accomplished by no other men's or women's player, gaining her 352nd and final cap against Mexico in a World Cup qualifier in November 2010. Lilly scored 130 goals for the United States women's national team, behind Mia Hamm's 158 goals and Abby Wambach's ongoing tally of 167. [1]

Lilly wore jersey number 13, currently worn by Alex Morgan, on her national team and club jerseys.

Early life[edit]

Lilly attended Wilton High School in Wilton, Connecticut. While still attending high school, Lilly became a member of the United States women's national team. She was recruited by, and eventually chose to attend, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

University of North Carolina[edit]

Lilly competed as a student-athlete, playing for the university's North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer team from 1989 to 1992. During her time there, she won the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship every year she played. She won the Hermann Trophy as a junior in 1991.[2] To honor her time with the school, North Carolina retired her #15 jersey in 1994.

Playing career[edit]


Lilly began her career with Tyresö FF of Sweden in 1994. She spent one season with the club before returning to the United States. On August 20, 1995, Lilly joined Washington Warthogs of the now-defunct Continental Indoor Soccer League. She was the only woman in the all-male professional indoor league, following in the footsteps of Collette Cunningham and Shannon Presley who had played in the league sparingly in 1994.

Lilly joined W-League side Delaware Genies in 1998. With the club, she appeared in four games, scoring five goals and two assists.

February 2001 saw the formation of the world's first women's professional soccer league in which all the players were paid. Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) had its inaugural season in 2001. Lilly was the team captain and a founding member of Boston Breakers. In her first season with the team, she appeared in all twenty-one matches and played every minute of the season. She led the league in assists with eleven and added an additional three goals. For her performance, she was named First Team All-WUSA. In 2002 she started in a further nineteen games. She increased her point total for the season, scoring eight goals and assisting on thirteen others. She was again named First Team All-WUSA and was a starter on the WUSA North All-Star Team. In 2003 Lilly started all nineteen games in which she played, chipping in three goals and four assists and again being named to First Team All-WUSA, the only player in the history of the league to do so. Following the 2003 season, the WUSA ceased operations.

Following the termination of the league, Lilly followed former Boston Breakers head coach Pia Sundhage to Sweden to play for Damallsvenskan club KIF Örebro DFF in 2005. There she was joined by fellow USWNT teammate Christie Welsh as well as USWNT and Boston Breakers teammate, Kate Markgraf.

In late-2006 and early-2007, the formation of a new women's league took shape under the name of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). On September 16, 2008, Lilly was allocated to Boston Breakers along with USWNT teammates Angela Hucles and Heather Mitts. The inaugural 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season saw Lilly appear in all twenty games (playing every minute) and score three goals with three assists.


Lilly (left) with Mia Hamm in St. Louis, 1998

Lilly made her debut for the United States women's national soccer team in 1987, when she was still attending high school. During her international career, she surpassed the previous women's world record of 151 caps, held by Norway's Heidi Støre, on May 21, 1998.[2] On January 30, 1999, she surpassed what was then the men's record of 164 caps, held by Adnan Al-Talyani of the United Arab Emirates.

Lilly has participated in the 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007 editions of the FIFA Women's World Cup. She is a two-time World Cup champion, winning in 1991 and 1999. When she played against North Korea on September 11, 2007, in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, she became the first woman (and only the third player overall) to participate in five different World Cup Finals; by scoring a goal against England on September 22, 2007, she became the oldest woman to score in the World Cup.

Lilly has also competed in the 1996, 2000, and 2004 editions of the Olympic Games. She won a gold medal in 1996 and 2004, and a silver medal in 2000. She missed the 2008 Summer Olympics due to the birth of her child.

Unlike several of her longtime teammates (among them Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy, and Mia Hamm), she did not retire after the team's "farewell tour" which finished on December 8, 2004.

On January 18, 2006, Lilly made her 300th international appearance in a game against Norway. In the same match, she equaled Michelle Akers for second place on the team's all-time goal scoring list with 105. Lilly was named as a finalist for the 2006 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year. She finished second in the voting to Brazil's Marta.

After the birth of her daughter, Lilly returned to the national team in December 2008. Her last match for the national team, representing her record 352nd cap, was a World Cup qualifying loss to Mexico (1–2) on November 5, 2010, in which she played for six minutes as a substitute.

Matches and goals scored at World Cup and Olympic tournaments[edit]

Kristine Lilly competed in five FIFA Women's World Cup: China 1991, Sweden 1995, USA 1999, USA 2003 and China 2007; and three Olympics: Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, and Athens 2004; altogether played in 46 matches and scored 12 goals at those eight global tournaments.[3] With her USA teams, in eight world cup and olympic tournaments, Lilly had 39 wins, 3 losses, and 4 draws; finished first place with her teams 4 times, second place once and third place 3 times.

Coaching career[edit]

Lilly has been an assistant coach for the Boston Breakers since 2012.[4]


Lilly grew up in Wilton, Connecticut and lives in Needham, Massachusetts.[5] She is married to Brookline fireman David Heavey, a former hockey and golf star at the University of Connecticut. Lilly gave birth to her first daughter Sidney Marie Heavey on her birthday, July 22, 2008, and her second daughter Jordan Mary Heavey on September 2, 2011.

She appeared in the HBO documentary Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team. Lilly helps run a soccer camp with Mia Hamm and Tisha Venturini-Hoch.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team League Games
Goals Assists Points
1994 Tyresö F.C. Sweden
1995 Washington Warthogs CISL
1998 Delaware Genies W-League 4 5 2 12
2001 Boston Breakers WUSA 21 3 10 16
2002 Boston Breakers WUSA 19 8 13 29
2003 Boston Breakers WUSA 19 3 4 10
2005 KIF Örebro DFF Sweden
2009 Boston Breakers WPS 4 4 3
totals 63 19 29 48

Honors and awards[edit]

Year Team Championship/Medal
1989 University of North Carolina NCAA National Champion
1990 University of North Carolina NCAA National Champion
1991 USA WNT FIFA World Cup Champion
1991 University of North Carolina NCAA National Champion
1992 University of North Carolina NCAA National Champion
1995 USA WNT FIFA World Cup Bronze
1996 USA WNT Olympic Gold
1999 USA WNT FIFA World Cup Champion
2000 USA WNT Olympic Silver
2003 USA WNT FIFA World Cup Bronze
2004 USA WNT Olympic Gold
2007 USA WNT FIFA World Cup Bronze

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Alexander, Valerie. "World Cup Soccer Stats Erase The Sport's Most Dominant Players: Women". 
  2. ^ a b "Soccer profile:Kristine Lilly". Soccer Times. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  3. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Kristine LILLY". FIFA. 
  4. ^ "Coaching Staff". Boston Breakers. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "She scores goals. They fight fires. They share a bond". The Boston Globe. 22 September 2007. 
  6. ^ Wahl, Grant, "Seeing Stars", Sports Illustrated, 4 July 2011, p. 101.

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Preceded by
Julie Foudy
WNT captain
Succeeded by
Christie Rampone