U.S. Women's Soccer Team Heads to Finals
The players of the U.S. women's soccer team secured their spot in the World Cup finals Sunday sporting the latter when they beat France 3-1 in Wednesday's semi-finals – much like they did in 1991 and 1999.
So who are the ladies dominating the field? Meet the team:
This 5-foot-8-inch forward, 23, is known to get physical on the field, and she gave the team the lead when she scored a goal early in the game. But when the Indianapolis native's not taking one for the team, she also scores at the mall and has "an obsession with shopping," according to her official team bio. "If she could, she would eat Mexican food or sushi every day," it reads.
Dubbed the team's "emotion leader," according to her bio, Wambach, 31, of Rochester, N.Y., sealed the second goal of Wednesday's game, which should come as no surprise – her track record deems her the team's leading scorer of the past two World Cup tournaments. And she's not the only talented one in the family: She shares the spotlight with her "English bulldog named Kingston who can ride a skateboard."
When she scored Wednesday, her goal was the second for the U.S. team in three minutes – and the victory maker. The Diamond Bar, Calif., forward, 22, is the team's youngest player. And while she may be wishing the team luck at Sunday's big game, her favorite number doesn't seem too promising. "[I'm] obsessed with the number 13," her bio reads.
The team's goalkeeper, 29, recovered from major shoulder surgery last September – not that it shows in her game face. Her favorite fuels? Americano in the morning and chai tea at night, according to her bio.
Sure, the Redding, Calif., midfielder, 26, is one of the team's craftiest players on the field – but she has another, not-so-hidden talent. After scoring at a game earlier this month, Rapinoe picked up the microphone and belted out Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." Her musical influences? Adele, Florence + the Machine and Kings of Leon, according to her bio.
She's the captain of the team, but Rampone, 36, of Point Pleasant, N.J., has an equally important job off the field. With two daughters at home, she's the only player who's also a mother. And they've had many opportunities to root for their mom: This will be the central defender's seventh world championship game.
Also kicking butt on the field: Heather Mitts, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O'Hara, Amy LePeilbet, Shannon Boxx, Amy Rodriguez, Heather O'Reilly, Carli Llloyd, Ali Krieger, Stephanie Cox, Lori Lindsey, Tobin Heath, Nicole Barnhart, Rachel Buehler and Jill Loyden.
They face-off against Japan in Sunday's final in Frankfurt.