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Five players to watch during the Women's World Cup

China Daily | Updated: 2019-06-06 09:31

Here are five players to watch during the Women's World Cup:

Alex Morgan of the United States warms up before playing at BBVA Compass Stadium on December 12, 2012 in Houston, Texas. [Photo/VCG]

ALEX MORGAN, United States: Morgan was named the US national team's Player of the Year after she closed out 2018 with 18 goals in 19 games. She had seven goals during the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament alone.

A proven scorer, Morgan also earned Player of the Year honors in 2012 when she had 28 goals and 21 assists, and helped the national team win an Olympic gold medal.

The 29-year-old forward, who will have a birthday during the tournament in France, is playing in her third World Cup. She was the youngest player on the 2011 World Cup team, scoring a goal in the final against Japan, which ultimately won the match on penalties.

She scored her 100th goal with the national team in April - not bad for a late bloomer who didn't start playing club soccer until age 14.

Morgan, who plays with the National Women's Soccer League's Orlando Pride, was named this year to Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People list.

Christine Sinclair (L) of Canada in action during the match between Canada and Zimbabwe women's football for the summer Olympics at Arena Corinthians on August 6, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. [Photo/VCG]

CHRISTINE SINCLAIR, Canada: Sinclair is the most prolific scorer in Canadian soccer history, and with 181 career goals she's edging closer to former US star Abby Wambach, who holds the international record - among both men and women - with 184.

Sinclair has been the face of Team Canada for 19 years. Now 35, this tournament will be the soft-spoken captain's fifth, and likely last, World Cup.

Canada won bronze medals at the past two Olympics, but the closest the Canadians have come to a podium finish at the World Cup was in 2003, when they finished fourth.

From Burnaby, British Columbia, Sinclair won two NCAA championships at the University of Portland. She's remained in the Pacific Northwest, and currently plays with the Portland Thorns of the NWSL.

Dzsenifer Marozsan of Germany poses for a portrait during the official FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 portrait session at Domaine de Cice-Blossac on June 5, 2019 in Rennes, France. [Photo/VCG]

DZSENIFER MAROZSAN, Germany: Marozsan is the inspirational story of the World Cup, having returned to the game after a pulmonary embolism kept her sidelined for several months last year.

The Hungary-born star grabbed international attention at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil when she scored the winning goal against Sweden. The 27-year-old has 32 goals in 89 appearances overall with Germany.

At just under 15, she became the youngest player to debut in the Frauen Bundesliga.

Now with Lyon, she has been the French player of the year for the past two seasons.

Lyon has won the French league and the Champions League for the past three seasons. A World Cup championship is the only major title Marozsan is missing.

Marta (10) of Brazil battles for the ball in the second half during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 round of 16 match between Brazil and Australia at Moncton Stadium on June 21, 2015 in Moncton, Canada. [Photo/VCG]

MARTA, Brazil: Known by just her first name, Marta Vieira da Silva is a six-time FIFA World Player of the Year, playing in her fifth World Cup.

She has also played in four Olympics for Brazil, but so far a championship has eluded her in both tournaments. The 33-year-old has the most World Cup goals with 15, one better than both Wambach and Germany's Birgit Prinz.

Growing up in a small town in Brazil, Marta's talent was recognized quickly and she left home to play soccer when she was just 14.

At the 2016 Olympics in her native country, she played with so much passion that fans crossed out Neymar's name on their No 10 jerseys and wrote in Marta's.

She had a setback last week when she injured her left thigh in practice for the World Cup, but she vowed to be back "very soon".

Samantha Kerr of Australia controls the ball during the International Friendly match between the Australian Matildas and Chile at Panthers Stadium on Nov 10, 2018 in Penrith, Australia. [Photo/VCG]

SAMANTHA KERR, Australia: There are few players, if any, that are as dynamic as Kerr on the ball. She's also known for her signature backflip following goals.

This will be the 25-year-old's third World Cup, and the Australians hope to improve on their surprising run to the quarter-finals in the 2015 tournament. Since making her debut with the national team at 15, Kerr has collected 31 goals in 77 games. As captain of the Matildas, she has been called "fearless' by coach Ante Milicic.

Kerr plays soccer year-round, dividing her time between the Chicago Red Stars of the NWSL and Perth Glory of Australia's W-League.

Last season, she led the NWSL in goals for the second straight year with 16.

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