USWNT World Cup Media Day is over — Here is what we learned

The IX: Soccer Monday with Annie M. Peterson, July 3, 2023

First off, this is going to be a photo-heavy post with no tweets! Thanks Elon! If you all are migrating somewhere, drop me a note, I’m at And if anyone has a BlueSky invite to send my way, I would be forever grateful.

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As for the USWNT, I have some fun notes and photos to share.

First, Megan Rapinoe’s hair is no longer pink, or even purple, but a nice teal blue.

Crystal Dunn is also sporting some gorgeous blue braids with red nails! It appeared that the USWNT hired a manicurist for Media Day.

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Trinity Rodman likes to play Fortnite.

Casey Murphy hopes she has enough leg room on the 14-hour flight to New Zealand.

Sophia Smith is very, very popular.

Lynn Williams lost her voice before media day! Not ideal. So she sipped Chamomile tea during her roundtable.

Emily Fox is gorgeous.

No one asked Rose about Wilma. I have failed.

The official women’s world cup song is here:

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Good news: The AP has a World Cup hub. It’s here.

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South Africa players are in the midst of a pay dispute with their federation.

Australia’s Prime Minister suggests a national holiday if the Matildas win the World Cup.

Awesome news of the week: Sinead Farrelly named to Ireland’s World Cup team.

Megan Rapinoe’s role with the USWNT is changing. It’s Inevitable.

Al Jazeera runs down 10 players to watch at the World Cup.

Tariq Panja of the New York Times wrote an amazing story on the assault scandal that hit PSG.

Wendy Renard is officially on the World Cup squad.

Spain’s Alexia Putellas has pink hair for the World Cup.

Speaking of Spain, good team profile here from The Equalizer.

Bella Munson of The Equalizer with a nice profile of Sofia Huerta.

ESPN profiled Racing Louisville’s Thembi Kgatlana, who is off to the World Cup with South Africa.

Katie Whyatt of The Athletic looked at England’s scoring woes headed into the World Cup.

Courtney Stith wrote about Lynn Williams for The Athletic.

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Listen to Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Lindsey Horan speak from the podium at Media Day. Oh hey, yours truly got in a question.

Also, just a guess here, but centering Horan here could be an indication that she’s gonna be captain.

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Written by Annie Peterson