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As the Women's World Cup gets underway in France, soccer fans won't have to look far for players with ties to the Washington area. 

Here's a guide to the women Washington fans should cheer for over the next month. 

1. Ali Krieger - D, United States

The veteran defender will be representing the United States in her third World Cup this summer. Born in Alexandria, Va., and raised in nearby Dumfries, Krieger left the Washington area to play collegiate soccer at Penn State.

She returned for much of her professional career, being allocated as one the first-ever Washington Spirit players in the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League. 

She played for the Spirit from 2013 until she was traded to the Orlando Pride in November of 2016. 

2. Mallory Pugh - F, United States

Poised to be a breakout star this summer in France, Pugh is only 21 years old, but has played with the senior U.S. Women's National Team since she was 17. 

She has scored 16 international goals in her career, including one in the 76th minute of the May 26th tune-up against Mexico. 

Pugh decided to forgo her college career at UCLA to begin her professional career in the NWSL with the Spirit.

Off the field, she is sponsored by companies like Nike and Gatorade. For a video that will give you chills before the World Cup kicks off, check out her latest ad for Nike.

https://twitter.com/Nike/status/1127574455494987777

3. Rose Lavelle - MF, United States

 

Another Washington Spirit player, Lavelle is the only name on this list likely to start for the USWNT. She's 24 years old and hails from the Cincinnati, Ohio.

The former Wisconsin Badger played exceptionally well in the 2018 CONCACAF Championship, scoring three goals in five games.

Like her teammate Pugh, she also scored in a recent friendly, finding the back of the net in the 40th minute against New Zealand on May 16. 

4. Chloe Logarzo - MF, Australia

Logarzo is one of a pair of Australian internationals that play for the Spirit.

In fact, she captained Australia's Under-20 team in 2013. And though she didn't make the senior national team in the 2015 Women's World Cup, she represented her country in the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

She has six international goals under her belt, the most memorable being against the United States in the 2018 Tournament of Nations. 

5. Amy Harrison - MF, Australia

A recent addition to the Spirit, Harrison is in her first season in Washington's midfield. She and Logarzo were teammates at Sydney FC prior to arriving in the NWSL.

She has made five career appearances with the Matildas prior to this summer's World Cup. 

6. Cheyna Matthews - F, Jamaica

Born in Massachusetts, Matthews was actually a member of the United States under-23 team, but was chosen to represent Jamaica at the World Cup in May of 2019.

She was drafted out of Florida State University by the Spirit in the 2016 College Draft. Returning after a year off on maternity leave, Matthews has tallied two goals and an assist in four starts for Washington so far this season. 

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