Mar 2, 2019
ESPN News Services
Some surprising names will be on the field when the U.S. women’s soccer team plays England: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, J.K. Rowling and Beyonce.
Each American player has a different woman’s name on the back of her jersey for Saturday’s match in Nashville, Tennessee, part of the SheBelieves Cup.
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn’s jersey is featuring Ginsburg’s name, while midfielder Rose Lavelle’s and forward Mallory Pugh’s jerseys have the names of Rowling and Beyonce, respectively.
Sauerbrunn called Ginsburg a “rock star” in explaining her decision to honor the Supreme Court justice.
“Dissenting opinion, battling cancer and then showing up to vote … what can’t she do?” Sauerbrunn said. “I just think she’s amazing.”
Other famous women on the uniforms include Mother Teresa (midfielder McCall Zerboni), Sally Ride (defender Tierna Davidson), Cardi B (goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris), Carrie Underwood (midfielder Julie Ertz), Tina Fey (defender Emily Sonnett), Malala Yousafzai (forward Carli Lloyd), ESPN’s Doris Burke (forward Tobin Heath) and Jessica Mendoza (midfielder Andi Sullivan), ABC’s Robin Roberts (goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher), and Jennifer Lawrence (defender Abby Dahlkemper).
Athletes honored include Serena Williams (defender Crystal Dunn), Elena Delle Donne (defender Emily Fox) and former U.S. women’s team stars Mia Hamm (midfielder Samantha Mewis), Abby Wambach (forward Alex Morgan) and Briana Scurry (goalkeeper Adrianna Franch).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.