Each USA player will wear the name of a woman whos inspired them on the back of their shirt for Saturdays SheBelieves Cup match with the Lionesses

Becky Sauerbrunns

If youve ever wondered how JK Rowling, Cardi B and Malala Yousafzai might fare on the pitch, then Saturdays SheBelieves Cup match between the Lionesses and the United States is likely the closest youll get to seeing it.

Each USA player will be wearing the name of a woman whos personally inspired them on the back of their shirt for Saturdays match in Nashville, a list with no shortage on inspired and unexpected choices.

Defender Becky Sauerbrunns jersey will honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg, midfielder Rose Lavelles Rowling and forward Mallory Pughs Beyonc, the US Soccer Federation said Saturday.

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Each member of the USWNT has chosen the name of a woman who’s personally inspired them to wear on the back of their shirt for the England match today. pic.twitter.com/4GJ2AbrprJ

March 2, 2019

Other famous women on the uniforms include Mother Teresa (midfielder McCall Zerboni), Sally Ride (defender Tierna Davidson), Carrie Underwood (midfielder Julie Ertz), Tina Fey (defender Emily Sonnett) and Jennifer Lawrence (defender Abby Dahlkemper).

All 23 members gave the reasons behind their selections on US Soccers website.

Megan Rapinoe, the talismanic midfielder whos emerged as a voice of social conscience on the team, explained her choice of the groundbreaking poet and civil rights activist Audre Lorde, saying: [She] was unapologetically herself. She so beautifully and powerfully expressed all parts of herself and her experiences at once. She was a woman, a lesbian, a feminist, a person of color, a civil right activist and a poet. She understood so clearly that change does not come from playing by the existing set of rules.

Athletes honored include Serena Williams (defender Crystal Dunn) and former US womens team stars Mia Hamm (midfielder Samantha Mewis), Abby Wambach (forward Alex Morgan) and Briana Scurry (goalkeeper Adrianna Franch).

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us

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