The Best In The Women’s Football – USA
Previous FIFA Women’s World Cup appearances: 1991, 1995, 1999,2003
All-time best: 1991 and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup winners
Coach: Greg Ryan took over from April Heinrichs two years ago. Before that, he coached various US women’s teams. Ryan was born in Germany, grew up in Dallas and was a team-mate of Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto at the New York Cosmos.
Star player: With 325 caps and 125 goals in an international career spanning 20 years, Kristine Lilly is still the leader of the US team.
The36-year-old’s outstanding fitness has enabled her to scale Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, as well as spend a season playing men’s professional indoor football for the Washington Warthogs.
The team: The USA have their sights set on the title and are more than capable of winning it. The tournament favourites are stronger and more balanced than ever and spent several months preparing for the tournament in optimum conditions in California.