Sinclair and Putellas to headline Best XI winners


Players Christine Sinclair, Alexia Putellas, Formiga and Quinn were among Wednesday’s Best XI winners of the Women’s International Champions Cup.

Chelsea coach Emma Hayes and Saudi Arabia national team coach Monika Staab were also honored, as well as journalist Suzy Wrack, football managers Nadine Kessler, Tom Corbell and Meskerem Goshime.

Former National Women’s Football League players Sinead Farrelly, Mana Shim and Kaiya McCullough have been recognized as activists.

This is the second year for the awards, which celebrate the athletes, activists, executives and journalists who have taken women’s football forward.

Sinclair, the all-time top international scorer for both men and women, won gold at the Tokyo Olympics as Canada’s captain. His teammate Quinn became the first non-binary transgender athlete to participate openly in the games.

Formiga recently retired from the Brazilian national team after competing in a record seven World Cups. Alexia Putellas of Spain, who plays professionally for Barcelona, ​​was honored earlier this week with the Ballon D’Or.

Farrelly and Shim presented allegations of sexual harassment and coercion against North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley in late September, which he denied.

Riley was fired and National Women’s Football League commissioner Lisa Baird resigned. NWSL and US Soccer have commissioned independent investigations into the allegations.

McCollough alleged Washington Spirit coach Paul Riley was abusive of players and he was fired by the NWSL for violating the league’s anti-harassment policy.

The revelations rocked the women’s professional league. A total of five league coaches, all of them men, have been fired or removed from their posts this season amid allegations of inappropriate behavior.

“This platform gives us the unique opportunity to celebrate eleven people who champion women’s football in their respective fields each year,” said Susie Fiore, Head of the Women’s International Championship Cup. “Without the achievements of the 2021 Laureates, women’s football would not be in its current place, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share their stories with our fans. ”

Relevent Sports Group, based in New York, hosts the International Champions Cup each summer for men’s and women’s club teams. The women’s tournament was held in August at Providence Park and host Portland Thorns beat Lyon 1-0 for the title. The Best IX is sponsored by Ally Financial.

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