CHICAGO (Feb. 19, 2018) – A panel of former U.S. WNT players has narrowed down the 2019 SheBelieves Hero contest to four finalists whose inspiring stories and determination made them stand out from the impressive field.
A SheBelieves Hero is a leader in their community, a confident and passionate individual who empowers others around her and actively works to make a difference.
We now need YOU to pick your favorite! Watch all four videos and vote for who you believe should be a SheBelieves Hero. The winner will be announced the week of Feb. 25.
@ussoccer_wnt @ussoccer , McKenna Woodhead's team would like to nominate her @mmmmwcwood for the #shebelieveshero #contest. McKenna is 15 years old from Clover SC She played for the @RapidsGirls @theECNL and @CloverSoccerG and her story inspires us all! @CarolinaRapids pic.twitter.com/qAECVAxi7V— kat (@katteck1) February 10, 2019
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my name is Maddie Lauro and I am proud to operate such an amazing program called Champions League. Many people don’t usually get to see this side of me, but I am here to express my gratitude in running for the SheBelievesHero contest. This video is being submitted with the permission of my parents. #shebelieveshero #contest #ussoccer @uswnt
The U.S. Women’s National Team is only months away from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. As the USA prepares to defend its world title, here are nine can’t miss WNT events during Countdown to the Cup that will lead into the main event this summer!
- USA vs. Japan: The USA and Japan have played some of the most historic matches in women’s soccer history. The countries have met four times since the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final with the USA going 3-0-1 in those games. The most recent meeting was a 4-2 U.S. victory last summer at the 2018 Tournament of Nations. [TICKETS]
- USA vs. England: Since 2015, the USA and England have played four consecutive one-goal games with the USA winning three of them. The most recent was the USA’s 1-0 win at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. [TICKETS]
- USA vs. Brazil: The USA vs. Brazil rivalry is an epic one, and the most recent meetings have been wildly entertaining games. At the 2017 Tournament of Nations, the USA came back from a 3-1 deficit, scoring three times in the final 12 minutes to win 4-3. At the 2018 Tournament of Nations, the USA needed a two-goal win to take the title, fell behind 1-0 on an own goal, and then scored four unanswered to win the tourney. [TICKETS]
- USA vs. Australia: Another excellent World Cup preparation match for a pair of title favorites. After the USA went unbeaten in the first 26 matches between the teams, the last three games have been much tighter affairs: a 3-1 win for the USA in the opening game of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a 1-0 loss at the 2017 Tournament of Nations and a 1-1 draw on a late goal by Lindsey Horan at the 2018 Tournament of Nations. [TICKETS]
- USA vs. Belgium: Belgium is another fast-improving European nation. The meeting with Belgium will be the first between the teams and mark the 54th opponent for the USA in its history. Belgium finished second in UEFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying Group 6 but fell on the away goals tie-breaker to Switzerland in the two-leg semifinal playoff. [TICKETS]
- USA vs. South Africa: USA played South Africa prior to the 2016 Olympics, winning 1-0 on a goal from Crystal Dunn in the only previous meeting between the countries. South Africa qualified for the 2019 Women’s World Cup by defeating Mali, 2-0, in the semifinal of the African Women’s Cup of Nations before falling to Nigeria in a penalty shootout in the championship game. [TICKETS]
- USA vs. New Zealand: One of the USA’s oldest opponents – the nations first met in 1987, two years after the founding of the WNT program – the Football Ferns will provide a quality test, having most recently squared off in a doubled-header vs. the U.S. in Sept. 2017, a pair of WNT wins. [TICKETS]
- USA vs. Mexico: The WNT will finish the schedule with the most familiar of opponents, taking on Mexico, a team the USA defeated 6-0 to open its 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship run. [TICKETS]
- 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup: The be-all, end-all. The U.S. will aim to become only the second nation win consecutive Women’s World Cup titles and the first to capture four crowns. Drawn against Thailand, Chile and Sweden in Group F, the biggest WNT event of the year will surely be one you can’t miss! [TICKETS]