USWNT Ready to Play For It All At The Women’s World Cup

The USWNT has its eyes on the prize as the start of the WWC in Canada looms
by Katherine Rupp   |   Wednesday, June 03, 2015

US Soccer Federation (USSF)

There’s more happening in the FIFA world other than former President Sepp Blatter resigning amid turmoil in the organization concerning corruption, bribes, and money laundering – to name a few. Obviously the news of FIFA officials being indicted by the Department of Jusice of the United States is important, but so is the women’s game of soccer. With MLS games continuing even with international friendlies – with the US men’s national team playing the Netherlands and Germany in Europe – the US women’s national team should get the same support, if not more, as the men’s team received last year for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, for the Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Currently, the world’s number one women’s team (according to FIFA rankings) is Germany, followed by #2 USA, and subsequently strong teams after the US with France, Japan, Sweden, England, Brazil, and Canada, as the top 8. On tap for the USA in the group stages, however, are games against #10 Australia, #5 Sweden, and #33 Nigeria.

With nearly all the 23 players on the USWNT playing in the NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) in the US, it may just help them because of the familiarity of playing with and against each other. Although Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, and Sydney Leroux Dwyer are the most well-known of the team, the whole team are world class women’s players and top notch footballers in their own rights.

Three standouts from the Houston Dash, which is the MLS NWSL affiliate of the Houston Dynamo, include midfielders Morgan Brian and Carli Lloyd (who, in her own right, is a star and has one of the best shots from outside the 18 on the US women’s team – and possibly, the men’s team, too) and defender Meghan Klingenberg. Similar to Brian, Lloyd, and Klingenberg on the Dash, some members of the Portland Timbers’ NWSL affiliate, the Portland Thorns, could make a big impact for the women this 2015 edition of the Women’s World Cup. Although she’s coming back from injury, forward Alex Morgan – who, other than Wambach and Solo – is the face of this team, and midfielder Tobin Heath – with her deft touch and don’t-turn-away-or-you-might-miss-them slick moves, will also headline bringing this team to the Final.

Additionally, a couple other national teamers to raise their profile, and therefore, for fans to keep an eye out for are Christen Press (forward from the Chicago Red Stars; with 44 caps (and counting) and 20 goals to her name, she may just be a surprise for opponents), as well as Chicago Red Stars’ Lori Chalupny, who was away from the team for 5 years and made her way back to be – more than likely – one of the starting defenders.

Also, it’d be foolish not to mention some of the stalwarts of the women’s team who will be the experienced leaders this summer with Shannon Boxx and Christie Rampone, who will be featuring at her fifth World Cup.

Although the USWNT has had a few hurdles to clear, especially with injuries, look for the team to seek redemption through making the Finals and winning the World Cup. Even though the USWNT hasn’t hoisted the Cup since the class of ’99, this could very well be the year that they make it through. The solid cornerstone in goal, the steadiness of the team in defense, the skill of the midfield, and the hungry (and hopefully, producing and finishing chances well) forwards, will make the US Women’s National Team a joy to watch, so make sure to tune in to one of the best women’s national teams in the world.

Katherine RUPP

Nationality:
USA
College:
Drake University
Club Domestic:
Sporting KC
Club Foreign:
Tottenham Hotspur
Unabashed Minnesotan by birth. Tried reliving the glory days of collegiate intramural soccer championships but an ACL tear dashed future hopes of adult recreational greatness. Covering a city’s team that’s too big for one state: SKC.
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