The Sol’s Brazilian star Marta was the top vote-getter overall, being named on all coaches ballots, 94 percent of media ballots (hello, media types), but finishing second to Boston Breakers defender Amy LePeilbet on players ballots (hmm, guess Marta is not exactly popular among her peers?). And the top three players fans voted for? Hope Solo, Lori Chalupny and Shannon Boxx. Guess we won’t be seeing Marta doing many product endorsements then.
Full disclosure: I didn’t vote, although more than 25,000 ballots were cast.
Three Sol players were named to the first XI, including Torrance native Shannon Boxx:
Karina LeBlanc GK Los Angeles Sol Canada
Tina Ellertson D Saint Louis Athletica United States
Amy LePeilbet D Boston Breakers United States
Alex Scott D Boston Breakers England
Camille Abily M Los Angeles Sol France
Sonia Bompastor M Washington Freedom France
Shannon Boxx M Los Angeles Sol United States
Lori Chalupny M Saint Louis Athletica United States
Kelly Smith M Boston Breakers England
Eniola Aluko F Saint Louis Athletica England
Marta F Los Angeles Sol Brazil
Sol Coach Abner Rogers will lead the team in the Aug. 30 game against Swedish league champions Ume IK in St. Louis.