The United States Women's National Soccer Team's hopes for reliving the glory days of 1999 were dashed yesterday in a match the ultimately saw Japan emerge as the FIFA Women's World Cup champions for the first time in history. U.S. stars Hope Solo, Abby Wambach, and the rest of their squad fell to the underdogs in a series of penalty kicks, losing three to one. Undoubtedly, Japan's win has uplifted the nation which has had one of its most difficult years following the devastation caused by the unforgettable massive earthquake that struck the country last March.
But a nation's pride doesn't necessarily need to come solely from its success on the soccer field; it can be motivated by its roster of players, as well. And, no, we're not talking about individual talent—we're talking about aesthetic appeal, i.e. their team's hottest players. Just try to deny the fact that seeing an attractive face representing your country can be as uplifting as any on-the-field win.
OK, we may just be trying to console ourselves a little bit after Sunday's loss. Nevertheless, check out the 25 Hottest Female Soccer Players; we guarantee that the crushed feeling in the pit of your stomach will disappear, at least temporarily.