In an Unprecedented Move, Every Member of the USWNT Is Getting Her Own Sports Illustrated Cover

In an Unprecedented Move| Every Member of the USWNT Is Getting Her Own Sports Illustrated Cover

It was a historic weekend for the US women’s soccer team u2014 ahem| World Cup champions. After taking part in the first-ever ticker-tape parade to honor a women’s sports team| they celebrated on stage with Taylor Swift during her concert in East Rutherford| NJ| to the tune of 60|000 fans cheering| “U-S-A! U-S-A!””

The pinch-me-I’m-dreaming moment didn’t end there. For the first time in history| Sports Illustrated shot a total of 25 covers for an upcoming issue u2014u00a0one for each member of the team| one for coach Jill Ellis| and the group shot seen here. “”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|”” said Chris Stone| Sports Illustrated managing editor. “”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.”” We couldn’t agree more.

Keep reading to see even more covers and how members of USWNT felt about the big win!

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Megan Rapinoe| midfielder: “”It’s so nice| isn’t it? We were saying this is our star forever.””

(Each star on the USWNT jersey represents a World Cup win. Team USA has previously won the FIFA’s Women’s World Cup in 1991 and 1999.)

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Abby Wambach| forward: “”This team is a full team. I think because of the depth of our roster| we were able to bring home the World Cup . . . everybody had their own little piece to the puzzle in order for this thing to align perfectly in the way that it did for us to bring home the trophy . . . I don’t know if it gets better than this.””

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See the remaining 22 covers here.