Go Girls: Interesting Facts For California Girls about the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany
As a girl you’re probably not too much into ballgames and related sports events. Soccer isn’t that popular around here anyway and the 2011 World Cup is where, in Germany? The WWC takes place from 26 June – 17 July in Germany. 16 Teams will play against each other. Mehrnaz MirReza compiled a few facts on her website that might help you to find your way to that tournament. This is what she wrote:
- It’s the WOMEN’S World Cup. Yes, you’re right. The best female soccer players from all over the world will compete for their country in this spectacular tournament. Sorry boys, GIRLS ONLY!
- President of the organisation committee is Steffi Jones, a former soccer pro. She played for the German national team and olympic team and 2002 for Washington Freedom. Jones is the daughter of a German mother and an African American soldier stationed in what was then West Germany. Her father left the family, and she was raised by her mother in a tough neighborhood in Frankfurt. One brother served as an American soldier and lost both legs in Iraq. She holds both German and American citizenship.
- Official mascot is Karla Kick, a big cat in jerseys.
For California girls
- US goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart (#18) played for California Storm in 2006
- Stephanie Cox (#14), Defender for the US team was born in San Jose. She is also the first woman of Hispanic descent to play on the U.S. Women’s National Team.
- Megan Rapinoe (#15) is from Redding, CA.
- US Midfielder Shannon Boxx (#7) is also from California (Fontana). She played for the San Diego Spirits. Boxx is the younger sister of Gillian Boxx, who won the Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympics with the United States softball team.
- US Forward Amy Rodriguez (#8) studied at the University of Southern California. While at university, she played for the USC Trojans women’s soccer team from 2005 through 2008. As a junior in 2007, Rodriguez led the Trojans to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship. She finished her USC career ranked fourth all-time in goals (31) and points (79).
- Lauren Cheney enrolled for the UCLA, where she was named a first-team All-American and NSCAA Freshman of the Year
For SD Girls
- US Defense Rachel Buehler (#19) is from Del Mar and played for San Diego WFC SeaLions from 2006 to 2008. She started her career at the Torrey Pines high.
- Midfieldress Lori Lindsey (#16) played for the San Diego Spirits.
- US Forward Alex Morgan (#13) played for San Diego Surf at U-20 Level. She is from Diamond Bar, California and did also kick for California Storm.
- Natalie Vinti and Natalie Garcia playing for Mexico in this World Cup usually play for the University of San Diego. Midfielder Teresa Noyola is from Palo Alto. Veronica Perez plays for San Mateo, CA.
For San Diegan Husbands / Boyfriends
- Mexico’s head coach Leonard Cuellar is one of the main reasons Mexican women’s soccer has grown so much in the last decade. Cuellar played in the NASL for the San Diego Sockers and San Jose Earthquakes and played for Mexico at the 1978 World Cup.
- 28 June 2011, 18:15 US vs. North Korea in Dresden (Girlsfight!)
If you’re now on fire to go for the cup, check out FIFA’s website fifa.com.
See the TV schedule on ESPN: http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/topics/_/page/fifa-women-world-cup