Women's World Cup 2011: Alex Morgan and the 17 Hottest U.S. Women's Players Ever

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2011

Women's World Cup 2011: Alex Morgan and the 17 Hottest U.S. Women's Players Ever

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    HARRISON, NJ - JUNE 05:  Alex Morgan #13 of the United States challenges Alina Garciamendez #4 of Mexico during their International Friendly at Red Bull Arena on June 5, 2011 in Harrison, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
    Nick Laham/Getty Images

    The silly season is upon us, and nowhere is that more evident than in the plethora of names that Liverpool have been linked with this summer.

    If Liverpool is to displace Arsenal in the top four this year, a certain caliber of player is necessary—a few Paul Konchesky's simply will not do. But what's worse than signing mediocre players? Overpaying for mediocre players. That said, here are a few players we have been linked with that simply should not be at Anfield come October. 

     

    Disclaimer: This is mostly a look at value—if most of these footballers' prices were lowered, I wouldn't mind seeing them in red.

17. DF Kate Markgraf

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    WASHINGTON - APRIL 26:  Defender Kate Sobrero #15 of the USA dribbles against Canada during the international women's soccer friendly at RFK Stadium on April 26, 2003 in Washington, DC. The USA defeated Canada 6-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
    Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    Kate Sobrero played 201 games with the United States national team between 1998 and 2011. She recently retired from international play after providing solid defense for 13 years. She scored one goal in her career.

    Sobrero currently plays for the Chicago Red Stars of the Women's Premier Soccer League.

16. ST Kiki Bosio

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    Courtesy: Wikipedia
    Courtesy: Wikipedia

    Kiki Bosio is a 23-year-old striker who has spent time with the United States under-17 and under-23 national teams. She didn't make the 2011 World Cup squad.

    Bosio most recently played for the FC Gold Pride before the team was dissolved late last year.

15. ST Ella Masar

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    Courtesy: Online Soccer Academy
    Courtesy: Online Soccer Academy

    Ella Masar played 20 games with the under-21 and under-23 national teams and scored eight goals. She didn't score in her only appearance with the national team.

    Masar is currently a member of magicJack in Women's Professional Soccer.

14. MF Tobin Heath

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    COLUMBUS, OH - MAY 14:  Tobin Heath #17 of the United States controls the ball against Japan on May 14, 2011 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
    Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

    Since joining the national team in 2008, Tobin Heath has scored two goals in 27 games. The 27-year-old midfielder was a part of the 2008 Olympic gold medal winning team. She is on this year's World Cup team.

    Heath plays for Sky Blue FC in Women's Professional Soccer.

13. ST Amy Rodriguez

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    HARRISON, NJ - JUNE 05:  Amy Rodriguez #8 of the United States against Mexico during their International Friendly at Red Bull Arena on June 5, 2011 in Harrison, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
    Nick Laham/Getty Images

    Amy Rodriguez has played for the national team since 2005. She has scored 17 goals in 65 games and was a member of the 2008 Olympic gold medal-winning team as well. She is on this year's World Cup team.

    Rodriguez is a member of the Philadelphia Independence in Women's Professional Soccer.

12. ST Christen Press

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    Christen Press has been a member of the under-20 and under-23 national teams. She has scored four goals in six games with the under-23 team. She won the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy for best women's college soccer player in 2010.

    Press is a teammate of Ella Masar on magicJack in Women's Professional Soccer.

11. MF Carli Lloyd

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    HARRISON, NJ - JUNE 05: Carli Lloyd #10 of the United States against Mexico during their International Friendly at Red Bull Arena on June 5, 2011 in Harrison, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
    Nick Laham/Getty Images

    A national team member since 2005, Carli Lloyd was scored 27 goals in 111 games. The 28-year-old midfielder won gold in Beijing and and will be on the World Cup team this summer.

    Lloyd joins Tobin Heath as a member of Sky Blue FC in Women's Professional Soccer.

10. ST Lauren Cheney

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12:  Professional Soccer Player Lauren Cheney attends the 31st Annual Salute to Women in Sports gala at The Waldorf-Astoria on October 12, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
    Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

    Lauren Cheney has scored 14 goals in 42 games since joining the national team in 2007. She also scored 15 goals in 20 games with the under-20 national team in 06-07. She is on this year's World Cup team.

    Cheney is currently playing for the Boston Breakers in Women's Professional Soccer.

9. ST Lindsay Tarpley

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    CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 13:  Lindsay Tarpley #5 of the USA paces the ball on the attack in the first half during their international friendly match against China at The Home Depot Center on December 13, 2008 in Carson, California. The USA defeated China 1-0
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    Lindsay Tarpley won gold in Beijing in 2008 as a part of her 132 games as a member of the national team. She scored 32 goals for the United States.

    Tarpley last played for Women's Professional Soccer's Boston Breakers.

8. DF Cat Whitehill

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    TIANJIN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Cat Whitehill of the USA in action during the Women's World Cup 2007 quarter final match between the USA and England at Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium on September 22, 2007 in Tianjin, China.  (Photo by Guang Niu/Getty Imag
    Guang Niu/Getty Images

    Cat Whitehill scored 11 goals in 134 games with the United States national team. She joined the team in 2000, but did not make this season's World Cup squad.

    Whitehill plays for the Washington Freedom of Women's Professional Soccer.

7. ST Natasha Kai

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    QINHUANGDAO, CHINA - AUGUST 06:  Natasha Kai of the USA controls the ball during a Women's Group G preliminary match between Norway and the USA at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 6, 2008 in Quinhuangdao, China. Norway defeated the USA 2-0.  (Phot
    Noriko Hayakusa/Getty Images

    Another member of the 2008 gold medal team, Natasha Kai has scored 24 goals in 67 games with the women's national team. She is not on the roster for the World Cup, hoever.

    Kai plays alongside Amy Rodriguez on the Philadelphia Independence in Women's Professional Soccer.

6. ST Sydney Leroux

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    Courtesy: The Shin Guardian
    Courtesy: The Shin Guardian

    Sydney Leroux scored 30 goals in 36 games as a member of the under-20 national team. She has one appearance on the main national, but is not on the roster for Germany this summer.

    Leroux was a member of the UCLA Bruins soccer team for the past four years.

5. DF Heather Mitts

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    BRIDGEVIEW, IL - NOVEMBER 27: Heather Mitts #2 of the United States controls the ball against Italy during a Women's World Cup Qualifying match at Toyota Park on November 27, 2010 in Bridgeview, Illinois. The United States defeated Italy 1-0 to win the se
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Heather Mitts has appeared in 116 games over the past 12 years on the national team. She has scored two goals and been a defensive stalwart for the American team. She'll be on the team again this summer.

    The Philadelphia Independence were Mitts' last club squad.

4. ST Mia Hamm

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    CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 8:  Forward Mia Hamm #9 of the USA smiles as she runs across the field during the 'Fan Celebration Tour' finale against Mexico on December 8, 2004 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California.  Hamm would retire from the national t
    Harry How/Getty Images

    The most decorated women's soccer player in history, Mia Hamm is the all-time leading scorer in national team history. She scored 158 goals in 275 games.

    Hamm is now retired and married to Nomar Garciaparra.

3. GK Hope Solo

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    CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 13:  Goalkeeper Hope Solo #1 of the USA looks on prior to their international friendly match against China at The Home Depot Center on December 13, 2008 in Carson, California. The USA defeated China 1-0.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/
    Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

    The current first-choice goalkeeper for the national team, Solo has appeared in 95 games for the United States. She may be best known for her outspoken comments about being benched in the 2007 World Cup.

    Solo is a teammate of Christen Press and Ella Masar of the magicJack in Women's Professional Soccer.

2. MF Brandi Chastain

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    NEW ORLEANS - JULY 13:  Brandi Chastain of the U.S. Women's national team warms up prior to their match against the Brazil Women's national team at Tad Gormley Stadium on July 13, 2003 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The U.S. defeated Brazil 1-0.  (Photo by R
    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    Best known for removing her jersey after she scored the World Cup-winning goal in 1999, Chastain was a consistent performer for nearly two decades with the national team. She played in 192 games and scored 30 goals.

    Chastain no longer plays for the national team, but does play club soccer for the California Storm of the Women's Premier Soccer League.

1. ST Alex Morgan

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    HARRISON, NJ - JUNE 05:  Alex Morgan #13 of the United States against Mexico during their International Friendly at Red Bull Arena on June 5, 2011 in Harrison, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
    Nick Laham/Getty Images

    A member of the World Cup squad this year, Alex Morgan has netted seven goals in 19 games with the national team. She had a successful career with the California Golden Bears, scoring 45 goals.

    Morgan plays for the Western New York Flash in Women's Professional Soccer.