Lots of other media outlets have done similar posts running down the most attractive players at this year’s Women’s World Cup, but as I looked them over, something bothered me. The women were all white! Sure, some of the hot lists had USA’s Sydney Leroux on as a token girl of color, but come on! Six teams, fully one-quarter of the tournament field, have been from Asia and Africa. Were there really no beautiful women among the 138 players that they took to Canada? And all the women of color from Europe and the Americas got left out, too. With that in mind, I’ve made an effort to bring some racial diversity to the list below. Hope you enjoy it. If women aren’t your thing, here’s my hot list from the men’s tournament last year. Never let it be said that I’m not an equal-opportunity objectifier.
GK: Wang Fei (China)
Not to be confused with K-pop singer Wang Fei Fei, the backstopper cut a distinguished figure in China’s net.
Bench: Erin Nayler (New Zealand), Daniela Cruz (Costa Rica), Greta Espinoza (Mexico), Maurine (Brazil), Lauren Sesselmann (Canada), Shim Seo-yeon (South Korea), Julia Simic (Germany), Emily Zurrer (Canada), Eseosa Aigbogun (Switzerland), Sydney Leroux (USA), Christen Press (USA), Stefany Castaño (Colombia).