Hamm Optimistic About Women's World Cup

"I'm looking for a very strong U.S. team to be put together," the two-time World Cup champion said

Reiter Than You
July 13, 2018 - 12:32 pm

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While the U.S. men’s soccer team missed out on the 2018 World Cup, the U.S. women’s team should be one of the favorites heading into France in 2019.

U.S. women’s soccer legend Mia Hamm dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss the women’s team heading into next summer’s World Cup.

"Right now, they have a really good mix of some younger players coming into the fold and making an impact and getting comfortable on the high stage, which is only going to serve them through qualifiers and hopefully going into next summer's World Cup,” Hamm said on Reiter Than You. You can kind of see they've been playing with different combinations in the center of their defense, so I think once they get comfortable with who they're going with here, I think that's just going to create more and more confidence going forward.”

The U.S. women have won three World Cups, most recently in 2015.

“You have Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe playing at the top of their games right now which is fun to watch,” Hamm said. “You’re hoping Mal Pugh comes back from her injury and is ready to go."

Hamm believes that teamwork is one the squad’s greatest strengths. 

“The important thing is when you build a team, it might not be the best 22 players; it'll be the best team of 22,” Hamm said. “Players that you're looking to play certain roles are able to step in right away if something happens. So, all of these factors go into building a team – obviously health, preparation – but I'm looking for a very strong U.S. team to be put together, and I'm excited."

Reiter Than You, 7/12, Hour 3

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