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October 7, 2016
Gilliland, Press on first team, four Red Stars on second team

CHICAGO Chicago Red Stars captain Christen Press and defender Arin Gilliland have been named to the NWSL Best XI, the league announced Friday. Press, defenders Lauren Barnes (Seattle Reign) and Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City) and midfielder Allie Long (Portland Thorns) were also named to the team last year.

Gilliland, 23, is the second-youngest player on the team, 147 days older than most valuable player Lynn Williams (Western New York Flash).

Red Stars on the second team include goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, defenders Julie Johnston and Casey Short and midfielder Danielle Colaprico.

The awards were voted on by fans, media covering the league on a consistent basis, team officials and players.

Position Player Club Country
GK Ashlyn Harris Orlando Pride USA

D Lauren Barnes Seattle Reign FC USA
D Arin Gilliland Chicago Red Stars USA
D Emily Menges Portland Thorns FC USA
D Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City USA

MF Tobin Heath Portland Thorns FC USA
MF Allie Long Portland Thorns FC USA

F Jessica McDonald Western New York Flash USA
F Kealia Ohai Houston Dash USA
F Christen Press Chicago Red Stars USA
F Lynn Williams Western New York Flash USA

Position Player Club Country
GK Alyssa Naeher Chicago Red Stars USA

D Julie Johnston Chicago Red Stars USA
D Ali Krieger Washington Spirit USA
D Christie Rampone Sky Blue FC USA
D Casey Short Chicago Red Stars USA

MF Danielle Colaprico Chicago Red Stars USA
MF Vanessa DiBernardo Chicago Red Stars USA
MF Jess Fishlock Seattle Reign FC Wales
MF Kim Little Seattle Reign FC Scotland

F Crystal Dunn Washington Spirit USA
F Shea Groom FC Kansas City USA

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