WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will have three more players in their pool for the 2019 World Cup, and that could be some of the best the team has seen in recent years.
In the pool are American star Abby Wambach, who became the first woman in history to win the Olympic Gold Medal in rhythmic gymnastics and will compete with the US women’s soccer team in a women’s World Cup in 2021, and two other players, including former Olympic champion Laila Ali and New Zealand defender Mandy Lopes.
The three-team pool also features three-time U.N. Women Soccer player Kairi Kittay, and Olympic gold medalist Lizzie Armitstead, the reigning U.K. women’s gymnastics gold medallist.
The women’s pool is set to start on Aug. 8, with the final eight teams competing for the World Cup title on Sept. 10.
“We are delighted to be bringing this incredible tournament to the US, where we have won three gold medals and eight silver medals,” U.A.E. Soccer CEO Rob Haines said.
“We are looking forward to bringing this beautiful competition to a larger audience in 2020.”
The U.T.C. women won their first title in women’s U.O. soccer at the U.C.-Berkeley Classic last year, and they are coming off a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in London.
The women are looking to continue their upward trajectory, winning the women’s Womens W-League title this year.
In 2018, the UTAH-Tulsa FC defeated the UCD-Vero Beach FC 1-0 in the championship match.