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No Kristine Lilly At The Olympics

If they qualify for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament (8-24 August 2008}, the USA will be without their most influential player as Kristine Lilly, who has the most international caps in the women’s game, is due to give birth in July and has therefore decided to hang up her boots, at least for the time being. “I’m not closing any doors as far as soccer is concerned. But for now, I’m focusing on becoming a mom for the first time,” explained Lilly in a recent interview with an American newspaper. Nobody has played more international games, in either men’s or women’s football, than Lilly, 36, who has scored 129 goals in 340 matches. She has also been a key figure in all eight USA teams to have played in a Women’s Olympic Football Tournament or a FIFA Women’s World Cup Back home, Lilly – a native of Wilton, Connecticut – enjoys heroine status having won the FIFA Women’s World Cup twice (1991 and 1999), two Olympic gold medals (1996 and 2004) as well as an Olympic silver medal (2000).