Woman Crush Wednesday. Those synonymous with the term in today’s rapid-pace social media society look to women who they idolize, whether for their attractiveness, sheer admiration, or even both. What better way to make use of this day than with the United States Women’s National Team?! Head coach Jill Scott and the USWNT will be looking for World Cup title number three this summer in Canada. We’ll be taking a look at our crushes so-to-speak; five players we’ll be keeping an eye on as the Americans look to take it to the world’s best in June.
Alex Morgan, the silky smooth attacking sparkplug, is one of the top players on the roster. She’s got speed, great balance, great skills and is a definite star for both country and the Portland Thorns, her club. She’s also a major standout of the stable of forwards at Jill Scott’s disposal.
Another forward we’ll be looking forward to this summer is Sydney Leroux. Although a bit lower on the deep pool of forwards, Leroux’s gritty determination and goal-scoring combined with her natural pace and power makes her a sought -after go-to player in the women’s game. She may have broken many hearts with her marriage to MLS and USMNT star Dom Dwyer, but will look to break even more come this summer with goals.
Meghan Klingenburg, a defender with a great attacking eye will be another one worth looking forward to in Canada. The diminutive 5’2″ Klingenburg has been a key part in the back as the USWNT so far, helping them to a Algarve Cup win in Portugal. She’s also a third-degree black belt in Taekwondo, so she’s also a very tough woman for anyone to oppose, in spite of her height.
The youngest player on the current roster is 22-year-old Morgan Brian. This rising star in midfield was picked up by the Houston Dash in the 2015 NWSL Draft at #1. They’ll be sure to be many eyes on Brian over the next few months, as the former University of Virginia starlet has started and played in every USWNT game so far this year.
And finally, iconic forward Abby Wambach. The Amazonian leader up front, Wambach is the living legend for this current American team looking for a third World Cup after just falling shy in the last World Cup to Japan. Wambach is the leading scorer all time for the USWNT, with 178 goals tallied to her name, and will look to add even more in Canada. She was a nominee for the Women’s Ballon d’Or, so her status among the world’s elite is still intact. Her experience and leadership will be vital to a Women’s National Team she’s made appearances for since 2003.
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