Women’s World Cup: Hello Kitty, surfing and Japanese game shows. Getting to know the USWNT

Get to know the U.S. women's national soccer team as it prepares for its opening game at the FIFA Women's World Cup in France.


Adrianna Franch — She and her fiancée have started a garden, and she solicits Instagram and Twitter followers for tips and recommendations.

Ashlyn Harris — Dabbles in fashion, an interest that dates back to grade school. She would customize her clothes, shoes and backpacks by drawing on them or adding patches and pins.

Alyssa Naeher — Starts her day by doing crossword puzzles, and dreams of someday seeing her name as an answer in one.


Abby Dahlkemper — Has a cockapoo puppy named Bobbi Brown.

Tierna Davidson — Grew up wanting to be an astronaut, and has a teddy bear signed by Sally Ride, the first American woman to go into space.

Crystal Dunn — When not playing, can usually be seen dancing. Harbors a not-so-secret desire to be a backup dancer for Beyonce.  

Ali Krieger — Has “liebe,” the German word for love, tattooed on her left forearm to commemorate the five seasons she played there.

Kelley O’Hara — Avid surfer, despite growing up in Georgia.

Becky Sauerbrunn — Self-professed cat lady with two, Olive and Missy.

Emily Sonnett — Huge fan of Waffle House.


Morgan Brian — Nicknamed “Plankton” by her youth teammates because of her small stature and love for “Spongebob Squarepants.” Which might or might not still be one of her favorite shows.

Julie Ertz — Always wears a light-blue headband.

Lindsey Horan — Childhood bedroom is a shrine to Lionel Messi, her favorite player.

Rose Lavelle — Has a bulldog, Wilma, and chronicles its weight-loss travails and fashion “choices” on social media. 

Allie Long — Known as “La Blanquita,” little white girl, to fans in the high-stakes, rough-and-tumble men's futsal leagues in New York, where she still plays in the off-season. (Futsal is a five-a-side version of soccer played indoors on a hard surface.)

Sam Mewis — Played with older sister, Kristie, in the 2008 Under-17 and 2010 U-20 World Cups, the first sisters to represent the United States together at a world championship. 

Tobin Heath celebrates a goal with teammates Megan Rapinoe (15) and Alex Morgan. (Photo: Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports)


Tobin Heath — Was once the ultimate couch surfer, crashing with family and friends across the country when not on national team duty or playing for her club team from the time she graduated college in 2009 to just before the World Cup in 2015.  

Carli Lloyd — Likes to limit her distractions at major tournaments, so much so she told her then-fiance, Brian Hollins, not to come to the 2015 World Cup. Has softened her stance a bit for her final World Cup; her cousin and her family are going to France, and Lloyd said if Hollins wants to fly over "there’s some tickets that may possibly be saved for him."

Jessica McDonald — The only “soccer mom” on the World Cup squad. Her son, Jeremiah, just turned 7.

Alex Morgan — When she was 7, left a Post-It note in her mother’s office saying she wanted to be “a professional athlete for soccer” when she grew up.

Christen Press — Fluent in Spanish after spending part of her junior year in Stanford studying in Madrid. Also picked up some Swedish in the three years she played in Sweden – where her Tyreso team was coached by current U.S. assistant Tony Gustavsson.

Mallory Pugh — Growing up, would watch soccer games on a pink, “Hello Kitty” television in her bedroom.

Megan Rapinoe — Appeared on a Japanese game show with teammates Abby Wambach, Hope Solo, Heather Mitts and Heather O’Reilly in 2012 when the U.S. women were in Japan for a tournament.

Follow USA TODAY Sports' Nancy Armour on Twitter @nrarmour.

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