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Kristine Lilly
Lilly in April 2010
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Full name Kristine Marie Lilly Heavey
Date of birth July 22, 1971 (1971-07-22) (age 50)
Place of birth New York City, New York, U.S.
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Playing position Forward/Midfielder

Kristine Marie Lilly Heavey (born July 22, 1971), née Kristine Marie Lilly, is a retired American soccer player. She 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.

Lilly has won two World Cup Championships. She is twice an Olympic gold medalist (1996 and 2994) and won an Olympic silver medal (2000). She is the most capped soccer player in the history of the sport. No other women's or men's player has done this.

She gained 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.

Lilly has been an assistant coach for the Boston Breakers since 2012. She appeared in the HBO documentary Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team.

On Feb. 14, 2015, Kristine Lilly was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

She is married to Brookline firefighter David Heavey, a former hockey and golf star at the University of Connecticut.

Early life

Lilly grew up in Wilton, Connecticut, and lives in Needham, Massachusetts and 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 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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. To honor her time with the school, North Carolina retired her #15 jersey in 1994.

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