NWSL released its 2015 Best XI and Second XI lists today.
Congratulations to all the players who have been selected to the #NWSLBestXI! Read: http://t.co/XMR0L4b5y4 pic.twitter.com/YPQttULzmP— NWSL (@NWSL) September 24, 2015
And congratulations to all the players selected to the #NWSLSecondXI! Read: http://t.co/XMR0L4b5y4 pic.twitter.com/3BfOk1TBzv— NWSL (@NWSL) September 24, 2015
The prominence of players from the Reign, FCKC, and the Chicago Red Stars reflects their dominance this season, while spots for Crystal Dunn and Carli Lloyd highlight just how good their individual play was. Players from the Boston Breakers, WNY Flash, and Sky Blue FC did not make either list.
Most of the 22 are easy to understand, but a few names could do with some shuffling between lists, and others were unfairly snubbed. For example, Julie Johnston and Leigh Ann Robinson could switch places among defenders.
Some names who were left out and at least deserve some consideration are Brittany Cameron and Haley Kopmeyer. While Michelle Betos did undeniably hard work for the Thorns this season, Cameron and Kopmeyer are perhaps being overshadowed by Betos' stunning last-minute header against FC Kansas City.
As fantastic as that moment was, it shouldn't have any bearing on voting for the best goalkeepers in the league and Kopmeyer and Cameron were just as crucial to their teams.
They also might have considered Kassey Kallman, despite the Breakers' last place finish. Kallman was absolutely vital to Boston and her play this season was the kind you should expect from an anchoring center back.
Did the lists get it right? Let us know in the comments.