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Thorns FC's Meghan Klingenberg named to first-ever FIFPro Women's World XI

Thorns FC defender Meghan Klingenberg was named to the first-ever FIFPro Women's World XI today. FIFPro, a global union of pro soccer players, selected the XI based on a players vote that included 33 different nationalities spread across 20 different countries.

Fellow U.S. teammates Carli Lloyd, Julie Johnston and Hope Solo were also included in the list.

A men's Best XI has been in existence since 2005 but this is the first edition for female players.

“This is a landmark for the women’s game,” said FIFPro General-Secretary Theo van Seggelen.

Klingenberg and the USWNT play Trinidad & Tobago Friday in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament (5:30pm PT, NBC Sports). Thorns FC open their 2016 NWSL season on April 17 against Orlando Pride at Providence Park (7pm PT).

Goalkeeper:  Hope Solo (USA, Seattle Reign FC)

Defenders (4):  Wendie Renard (France, Lyon), Meghan Klingenberg (USA, Portland Thorns FC), Kadeisha Buchanan (Canada, West Virginia Mountaineers), Julie Johnston (USA, Chicago Red Stars)

Midfielders (3):  Carli Lloyd (USA, Houston Dash), Amandine Henry (France, Lyon), Aya Miyama (Japan, Okoyama Yunogo Belle)

Forwards (3):  Celia Sasic (Germany, 1.FFC Frankfurt)*, Eugenie Le Sommer (France, Lyon), Anja Mittag (Germany, PSG)

* Retired