Mar 8, 2017 15:02:20
The goalkeeper has been frozen out by U.S. Soccer, but that didn't stop her from joining Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Ali Krieger on the list
Hope Solo may have seen her contract terminated by U.S. Soccer last summer after a tumultuous Olympics, but that didn't stop the controversial goalkeeper from landing a spot on the FIFPro's Women's World XI for 2016.
Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Ali Krieger joined their former U.S. teammate on the squad, which also included the likes of France defender Wendie Renard, Germany midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan, Brazil playmaker Marta and France forward Eugenie Le Sommer.
Solo made the squad despite having not played for club or country since August, when she was dismissed from the U.S. national team for calling Sweden "cowards" in the wake of the Americans' Olympic elimination.
FIFPro collected 3,200 votes from female players in 47 countries to build the team, with Solo, Renard, Lloyd and Le Sommer making the cut after also appearing on last year's inaugural edition of the Women's World XI.
The team features five players from French powerhouse Lyon, including Morgan, who is on loan with the club before returning to the NWSL's Orlando Pride this summer.
Here is the World XI in full:
Goalkeeper: Hope Solo (USA, free agent)
Defenders: Leonie Maier (Germany, Bayern Munich), Nilla Fischer (Sweden, Wolfsburg), Wendie Renard (France, Lyon), Ali Krieger (USA, Orlando Pride)
Midfielders: Dzsenifer Marozsan (Germany, Lyon), Carli Lloyd (USA, Manchester City), Marta (Brazil, Rosengard)
Attackers: Alex Morgan (USA, Lyon), Ada Hegerberg (Norway, Lyon), Eugenie Le Sommer (France, Lyon)