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Behind the cover shoot: USA Women's World Cup team
SI Staff
Monday July 13th, 2015

The U.S. women’s national team made history by becoming the first to win three Women’s World Cups, snapping a 16-year title drought to do so by beating Japan 5-2 in the final and capping a memorable month in Canada.

To honor that achievement, Sports Illustrated has come up with a one-of-a-kind cover shoot. Instead of one cover to honor the 23 players and coach Jill Ellis, one for each of them. From Golden Ball winner Carli Lloyd to veteran stalwarts Abby Wambach and Megan Rapinoe to backup goalkeepers Alyssa Naeher and Ashlyn Harris, each member of the World Cup-winning squad, posing with the World Cup trophy, has her own cover as part of a unique set.

"On Tuesday, July 7, we alighted on the idea of one cover for each of the 23, plus a 24th for the coach,” said Chris Stone, Sports Illustrated managing editor. "The USWNT has plenty of recognizable, even famous names, but we couldn't think of a group so thoroughly identified with a team as this one. We could go two ways: a team shot, which seemed a little conventional here, or something different and fresh: honoring not just one or two players, but all 23 of them with their own cover. 

"Now how to pull it off? By the time we settled on the idea, the team was in L.A. for an event that would end mid-afternoon. The photographer we wanted to shoot it, and who had shot the [World Cup final], Simon Bruty, was headed home to D.C. It wasn't going to happen on Tuesday. Then, New York City delivered, big-time, by planning Friday's parade, which would bring the entire team to a single spot. The USWNT, incredibly cool and helpful from the start, agreed to be shot both before and after the parade. It all added up to a little piece of history, the first shoot of its kind in SI history.”

Here is the end result: A historic cover shoot for a historic team. (Click here for full-size gallery.)

Shannon Boxx
Midfielder
Morgan Brian
Midfielder
Lori Chalupny
Defender
Whitney Engen
Defender
Ashlyn Harris
Goalkeeper
Tobin Heath
Midfielder
Lauren Holiday
Midfielder
Julie Johnston
Defender
Meghan Klingenberg
Defender
Ali Krieger
Defender
Sydney Leroux
Forward
Carli Lloyd
Midfielder
Alex Morgan
Forward
Alyssa Naeher
Goalkeeper
Kelley O'Hara
Defender
Heather O'Reilly
Midfielder
Christen Press
Forward
Christie Rampone
Defender
Megan Rapinoe
Midfielder
Amy Rodriguez
Forward
Becky Sauerbrunn
Defender
Hope Solo
Goalkeeper
Abby Wambach
Forward
Jill Ellis
Coach
 
 

 

SCROLL: Each of the USWNT with her own SI cover

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