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

Following the U.S. women’s national team’s Women’s World Cup victory, you can purchase the full set of Sports Illustrated's 25 covers that honor the USWNT's tremendous achievement.

The link to purchase the 25-issue collection can be found here

The 25 covers feature the likes of Golden Ball winner Carli Lloyd, veteran leaders Abby Wambach and Megan Rapinoe, and more, with each posing uniquely with the World Cup Trophy. Each player has her own cover, and coach Jill Ellis is also featured. The 25th cover is a group photo. 

How can fans get a specific cover from the set of 25? Subscribers will get the team cover and newsstand distribution will be random, but fans seeking specific prints can find them on SI’s back issues/cover collection page, which makes it easy to select and order any cover print. A package of five photo-quality cover reprints featuring Lloyd, Wambach, Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux and the rest of USWNT is also available.

• ​Why Megan Rapinoe's awesome cover wound up on the cutting room floor

Chris Stone, Sports Illustrated managing editor, explains how the idea for the covers came to be:

“On Tuesday, July 7, we alighted on the idea of one cover for each of the 23, plus a 24th for the coach. 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. 

• SI’s PHOTOS: SI Covers of 2015 | World Cup final | Victory parade in NYC 

“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.”

 

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