The dream stage for women’s soccer players, the World Cup kicks off with the slogan ‘Beyond Greatness’.
For the first time ever, the tournament will be co-hosted by two countries, Australia and New Zealand.
The number of participating nations has increased from 24 to 32, and the prize pool has more than tripled.
European teams have thrown down the gauntlet as the ‘World’s Strongest’ USA, ranked No. 1 in the Fifa rankings, looks to win an unprecedented third consecutive title.
[Lee Young-pyo, KBS soccer commentator: “I would say the United States and Germany are the strongest favorites, followed by Sweden, a traditional powerhouse, and France, which has emerged as a dark horse in recent years.”]
Brazil’s Marta, a living legend in women’s soccer, is on pace to make her sixth consecutive appearance.
Morgan, with 121 goals, the most by a U.S. player, will look to become the tournament’s top scorer for the second straight year and win the title at the same time.
One of the greatest midfielders of all time and a symbol of gender equality in American society, Ruffino has announced her retirement after this year and is preparing for her last dance.
[Kelly O’Hara/U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team: “It’s sad to think of Ruffino’s last World Cup, 먹튀검증 she’s done so much for not only our team, but the world.”]
Drawn in Group H alongside Germany, Colombia, and Morocco, the U.S. will look to advance to the round of 16 for the first time in eight years with a golden generation at the helm.