The U.S. Women’s National Team is looking to win its third World Cup title this summer in Canada after finishing as the runner-up to Japan in 2011. The United States enters the competition on the heels of a first-place finish in March’s Algarve Cup, which featured several of the teams that will be competing in Canada.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris* (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher* (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo*** (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (8): Lori Chalupny** (Chicago Red Stars), Whitney Engen* (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston* (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg* (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger** (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara** (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone***** (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn** (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx**** (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian* (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath** (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday** (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd*** (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly*** (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe** (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux* (Western NY Flash), Alex Morgan** (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press* (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez** (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach**** (unattached)
|*||First Women’s World Cup|
|**||Second Women’s World Cup|
|***||Third Women’s World Cup|
|****||Fourth Women’s World Cup|
|*****||Fifth Women’s World Cup|
The U.S. just won their group and will advance into the elimination round, where they’ll face another group’s third-place team on Monday, followed by a possible matchup against Cameroon or China later next week.
Credit: US Youth Soccer
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The Strong National Museum of Play has finally selected its first class of video games to enter the World Video Game Hall of Fame.
The six games are: “Doom,” “Pac-Man,” “Pong,” “Super Mario Bros.,” “Tetris” and “World of Warcraft.” With the exception of WoW, all are classic games that gamers have been playing since before the new millennium.
The six games, which were announced Thursday during a special ceremony in Rochester, were chosen by a committee composed of journalists, scholars and video game industry members who based their decision on a selection of criteria: icon status, longevity, geographical reach and wider influence on culture.
The committee considered some of these games to also be trailblazers in their genre.
Photo Credit: World Video Game Hall of Fame