Obviously this is supposed to be taken a bit tongue-in-cheek. And ex-soccer players (e.g. Mia Hamm) weren't allowed.
Goalkeeper, Mandy Moore
The ladies will need to keep people from scoring, for some reason Moore seems like the
Maybe it's because she went to Catholic school or because I was
She's tall (5'10") and dated a tennis player, so she should be able to cover the net.
Plus, she starred in "Saved!", which could easily be a goalkeeping movie.
Defender, Anna Kournikova
Can't go wrong with ex-athletes, right?
Kournikova (5'8") has a good body for the position, plus her man Enrique claims she has some impressive wrestling-skills -- which can't be a bad thing.
I put her in the back because I think she'll play with a chip on her shoulder for being regarded as a sports bust.
Any complaints for getting her back in the spotlight?
Defender, Laila Ali
Now it gets serious.
Ali has got the blood to be among the greatest and the attitude to
At 5'10", 175, she'll be sure to strike fear into opposing forwards. As will her undefeated record in the ring.
With Ali in the back, this team is destined -- at the very least -- to reach the knockout stage.
Defender, Amelie Mauresmo
Sure, Mauresmo is the second tennis player so far, but the Frenchwoman is also an ideal center back.
The former world No. 1 stands 5'9", weighs a muscular 150 and could probably knock around the French national soccer team.
Heck, Martina Hingis did once call her "half a man."
Defender, Amanda Beard
Yes, she posed in Playboy. But she has also won seven Olympic medals.
At 5'8", Beard fills out a very physically imposing and athletic defensive backline.
Plus, you never know if her
It's worth a shot.
Midfielder, Allison Stokke
How long has it been since we had a Stokke reference. Too long I think.
Obviously, she's very athletic...
And she'll bring a youthful spirit to the team...
She's always smiling...
Who cares that I'm reaching? She's on the team!
Midfielder, Sue Bird
Point guard to center mid seems like a natural fit, right?
She is from a Russian-Jewish family, so there's always the chance she makes this The Chosen XI.
I had to consider that she's a WNBA player, on a team partnered with the destined-for-bad-things Supersonics, so her job security isn't the best.
At 5-9, 150, we'll take her.
Midfielder, Elisabeth Shue (Captain)
If you're asking why she's on the team, you obviously didn't watch Gracie.
Growing up Shue had to prove herself as a soccer star against the boys. In fact, sorry Stokke, I'm making her captain.
Heck, she could probably play in the MLS.
And don't forget, she was the Karate Kid's girlfriend.
Forward, Maria Sharapova
You think she grunts loud on the court, imagine what sounds will come out of the Russian when she misses an empty-netter...
And she's almost 6-2, a perfect target in the air.
She's won Wimbledon, so we know she's good on grass (I think I've used that line before).
Anyways, her endorsements will be able to handle all the amenities -- Gatorade, Nike unis, free Land Rovers for everyone...?
Forward, Marion Jones
Sure, she juiced, but she's still fast as hell.
You could give the defense a ten yard head-start and she'd still blow past 'em. She might not be the most popular girl in the locker room, but she'll score some goals.
You just might want to avoid sharing her water-bottle, or vitamins.
Plus, I hear she doesn't have much money, she'll be a cheap sign.
Forward, Keira Knightley
Well she was the star of the greatest soccer movie ever...
And she was pretty good.
I'm sure none of you have any complaints, so we'll leave it at that.
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Clever? Stupid? More talented than the U.S. men's national team?
Gimme your thoughts. Who'd I miss?
(Previous TBG Top XI's: the Non-Soccer XI, the All-MLS XI, the All-Overrated XI, the All-Mayers XI)