NWSL announces 2016 Best XI

NWSL 2016 Shield winners Portland Thorns FC leads the NWSL Best XI with three players selected

The NWSL announced its 2016 Best XI on Friday, with the NWSL Shield-winning Portland Thorns FC leading the way with three players selected to the all-league team. The Chicago Red Stars and Western New York Flash each had two members on the first team.

There are seven new names on the list, including league Most Valuable Player Lynn Williams and Chicago Red Stars defender Arin Gilliland.

The league also announced a second XI, a team that included five more Red Stars.

Gilliland and Western New York's Williams were not only selected to the NWSL's Best XI, but both players, uncapped by the United States women's national team, were chosen for the USWNT camp ahead of October's friendlies against Switzerland.

This year's Best XI includes four players voted to their second consecutive selection: FC Kansas City's Becky Sauerbrunn, Seattle Reign's Lauren Barnes, Portland Thorns FC's Allie Long, and Chicago Red Stars' Christen Press.

The following is the full 2016 NWSL Best XI first team:

Goalkeeper: Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride)

Defenders: Lauren Barnes (Seattle Reign FC), Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Menges (Portland Thorns FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)

Midfielders: Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC)

Forwards: Jessica McDonald (Western New York Flash), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Lynn Williams (Western New York Flash)

Second team:

Goalkeeper: Alyssa Naeher (Chicago)

Defenders: Julie Johnston (Chicago), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Casey Short (Chicago)

Midfielders: Daniele Colaprico (Chicago), Vanessa DiBernardo (Chicago), Jessica Fishlock (Seattle), Kim Little (Seattle)

Forwards: Crystal Dunn (Washington), Shea Groom (FC Kansas City)

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