Talent to Spare: Young Promises that will be in the Women’s World Cup

For a month, the best exponents of world soccer will meet in oceanic territory to play the ninth edition of the Women's World Cup.

Alyssa Paola Thompson, Vicky Lopez, Dalila Ippolito

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The Woman Post | Paula Hernández

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In less than a month and a half, the Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will begin, in which the best soccer players in the world will meet to seek glory and to leave each of their countries high, a competition that is one of the most important this year.

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In total, there will be 32 participating teams, a historic number for this competition. Among those classified are five Latin American teams. One of them, is Panama, which will play this tournament for the first time after beating Paraguay in the playoffs.

The best soccer players in the world will meet to play the ninth edition of this cup, which will be held for the first time in oceanic territory. This is a favorable scenario for great talents to consolidate and young football promises prospects to make themselves known to the top teams. In The Woman Post we review some of them.

Linda Caicedo

The Colombian is the most recent signing of Real Madrid, a team that is gradually winning over fans and followers of Spanish football. With his talent, speed, and versatility, he quickly became a key player for the club, earning numerous individual accolades despite being only 18 years old.

Caicedo made his debut with the Colombian National Team at the tender age of 14. Since then, she has represented his country at the Under-17, Under-20, and now at the senior level. Having previously played for Deportivo Cali, the young soccer player recently achieved a runner-up finish in the 2022 Copa América, where she was also named the tournament's best player.

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Alyssa Paola Thompson

Thompson, of Peruvian descent, began playing  at the age of 13, even facing opponents four years older. competing against opponents who were four years older. This undoubtedly hinted at the growing talent within the footballer, who currently serves as a forward for Angel City in the Women's MLS. She scored an impressive 48 goals in 18 games for her first team, Harvard-Westlake School. In January 2023, she made history by becoming the first player to be drafted directly from high school to a professional team

Alyssa is also an international player for the United States Under-20 National Team. With this team, she won the CONCACAF Under-20 championship, playing five games and scoring three goals. She received her first call-up to the senior team in September 2022, becoming the youngest player to be called up since 2017.

Jayden Shaw

Shaw began her journey in women's soccer with a memorable debut. In just a few minutes, she scored a goal, after coming off the substitute bench, making her the youngest player to score in her first game in the competition. Her talent and skill with her feet earned her the Ballon d'Or at the CONCACAF Under-15 Championship in 2018. She will be representing the United States national team.

Vicky lopez

The Spanish-Nigerian soccer player currently plays for Barcelona and is an international player for the Spain Under-17 National Team. At just 16 years old, López is already the youngest goal scorer in the Culé Team.  Additionally, she was a champion with her National Team in the Under-17 World Cup held in India. Will she have the opportunity to showcase her talent in oceanic territory?

Aoba Fujino

In Group C of the World Cup is Japan, which boasts a forward who has garnered attention in the WE League. This 19-year-old forward played a crucial role in the Japanese team's qualification for the U-20 World Cup. Her attacking prowess marks her as one of the players to watch in the upcoming world championship.

Franziska Kett

The 18-year-old winger currently represents Bayern Munich, one of the most prominent clubs in the Bundesliga and in Europe. She is an attacker with the ability to use both feet and adept at surprising the opposing defense. Undoubtedly, she is a player to consider for the German National Team, which shares Group H with Morocco, Colombia, and South Korea.

Delilah Ippolito

The 21-year-old midfielder for Parma in Serie A was a champion in the Italian Super Cup and Serie A with her team. She made a remarkable debut with Argentina's River Plate and has since established herself as one of the proud representatives of the albiceleste.

Angelina Alonso

At 23 years of age, Alonso shines in the midfield of the Brazilian National Team , with which she has already won the U-20 South American Championship in 2018 as the captain, remaining undefeated. Currently, she plays for OL Reign of the MLS Women, where she is considered one of the top athletes.

These are some of the young promises in soccer who will don the colors of their respective teams to continue writing their own history and contribute to the growth of women's soccer worldwide. Undoubtedly, these footballers will generate a lot of buzz in the coming months.

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