Leslie Osborne inducted into Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame

(March 12, 2016) - The Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame inducted its eight-member Class of 2016 during its third annual banquet Saturday night at Discovery World in Milwaukee. Included in this year's class was former Breakers captain Leslie Osborne.

via Wisconsin Soccer Central

(March 12, 2016) - The Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame inducted its eight-member Class of 2016 during its third annual banquet Saturday night at Discovery World in Milwaukee. Included in this year's class was former Breakers captain Leslie Osborne.

Osborne was joined by Mark Babich, Herbie Dundun, Mike Huwiler, Jonathan Meersman, Bill Podewils, Jim Spielmann and Dan Stebbins. The Hall operates "independent and autonomous from any soccer body in Wisconsin."

They joined the two previous classes of inductees in the Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame, along with all members of the Wisconsin Soccer Association Hall of Fame who were inducted between 1977 and 2013. The WSA Hall of Fame continues to induct new classes each year and operates as a separate organization.

Arguably the best women's soccer player in state history, Osborne was a standout at every level. The Menomonee Falls native was a two-time WSCA Player of the Year and won two WISAA state titles at Waukesha Catholic Memorial High School, then helped Santa Clara win the NCAA championship as a freshman. She had 44 goals and 33 assists in her career with the Broncos, was twice named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year and won the NCAA Honda Award as the nation's top player in 2004 following her senior season. Osborne earned her first cap with the U.S. women's national team in January 2004 and would go on to make 61 appearances, including at the 2007 Women's World Cup in China, and scored three goals in her international career.

She played for FC Gold Pride in the inaugural 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season, then moved to the Boston Breakers and was a vital part of that organization on and off the field until returning to the Midwest to join the Chicago Red Stars when the National Women's Soccer League started in 2013. Osborne, who retired as a player in March 2014, had her number retired by both Santa Clara and the Breakers and was inducted into the West Coast Conference Hall of Honor in 2014. She is now an assistant athletic director at Santa Clara, and also works as a soccer analyst for Fox Sports.

The Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame works in collaboration with the recognized state governing bodies for adult soccer (Wisconsin Soccer Leagues), youth soccer (Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association), coaches (Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association) and referees (Wisconsin Soccer Referee Development Program).

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