It’s World Cup time – get your game on!!!
US brings confidence, pride into World Cup 2019
The United States are the favorites in France at the Women’s World Cup but it’s not going to be easy. The rapid development of the game globally means they will face an ever improving field when the tournament gets underway in France on Friday.
There may be no crying in baseball but there certainly are plenty of emotions when you are playing for your country. Playing in the World Cup in another country against the top players in the world and wearing the red, white and blue is a special feeling whether you’ve been there or not. “I will never forget that very first game when I heard the National Anthem for the first time and realizing where I was,” says Allie Long. “For that moment it really hits you that you are playing for your country.” Lindsey Horan, who has been playing with the U.S. National Team since attending the U.S. U-14 National Identification Camp in 2008, says putting on that USA jersey never gets old. “It’s the most amazing feeling,” she says. “No one should ever take it for granted because it’s such a special thing and we all work really hard to have that opportunity.”
Ali Krieger hopes to be one of the bubble players making the trip to France. But either way she knows all about winning not only soccer games, but World Cups. Krieger was on the 2015 team that won it all in Vancouver and believes there is little substitute for confidence and being. “We had a tough group in the beginning which not only helped us prepare but gave us a lot of confidence,” Krieger said. “We were well prepared for the tough games and had the little details down by the time we faced the real good teams. We had such great confidence in ourselves that we could win the whole thing.”
What are the keys to success for the US side?
World Cup 2019: One Team, One Nation with Becky Sauerbrunn
In this episode of 23 Stories, presented by Volkswagen, U.S. WNT defender Becky Sauerbrunn gives us insight into why she likes to stay out of the spotlight, but also understands the tremendous amount of mental and physical energy it takes to be successful at the top levels. Her escape from the grind? Reading. A pastime she is passionate about and one that helps her see the world in better, different and more fulfilling ways.
What did you learn about Becky Sauerbrunn?
USMNT: Difficult decisions and roster maneuvering for Coach Berhalter
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