The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) wrapped up the World Cup Championship in France earlier this month—the team’s second consecutive and fourth overall world title—with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands. The victory on the world stage is especially sweet for fans in Salt Lake City as a trio of local stars from Utah Royals FC played pivotal roles throughout the tournament. For their efforts, striker, Christen Press; right back, Kelley O’Hara and central defender, Becky Sauerbrunn will be receiving Keys to the City from Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski on July 22, at 6 p.m. at the City-County Building.
Come celebrate Salt Lake City’s World Cup Champions at the Salt Lake City and County Building on July 22 when they get their Keys to the City at 6 p.m., and support the squad that continues to make SLC proud by seeing Utah Royals FC take on the rest of the NWSL’s best.
O’Hara and Press teamed up to score the opening goal for the USWNT in the semifinal round match against England. Press entered the starting 11 in place of living legend Megan Rapinoe and responded by heading home a perfect cross from O’Hara while defended by England’s superstar Lucy Bronze. Throughout the tournament O’Hara pushed helped orchestrate offense up the wing from the back line, and it was especially gratifying to see her set up her club teammate for the opening volley in a successful battle against rival England. Meanwhile, all Sauerbrunn did was quarterback a defense which yielded just three goals total during a tournament in which the USWNT defeated teams ranked second, third and fourth in the world on their way to the title.
Now the brilliant trio is back on the field for the Utah Royals FC as they fight their way up the NWSL table, and Press is already humiliating world-class defenders on her way to scoring highlight-reel goals. The USWNT is confident, outspoken and outrageously successful, a national treasure which makes every one of us proud—and deserves equal pay already!. And you don’t have to wait four years to see members of the greatest team in the world when three Beehive-State stars regularly bring their electric talent to the field at Rio Tinto Stadium.
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