WILTON - AP Wilton's Kristine Lilly, the last remaining player fromthe U.S. teams that transformed women's soccer from a fringecollege sport into an international phenomenon, is retiring.
The 39-year-old midfielder is the onlyplayer to take part in all five Women's World Cups, helping theAmericans win in 1991 and '99, and her 352 appearances for the U.S.set a world record. She also played on three Olympic teams, winningthe gold medal in 1996 and 2004. She is second only to Mia Hamm inboth goals scored (130) and assists (105).
Lilly wasn't part of the gold medal team at the Beijing Olympicsbecause she had her first child, Sidney, in 2008. But she returnedto national team duty last year, helping the Americans qualify forthis summer's World Cup in Germany.