U.S. Women's Soccer Team Gets 25 Different 'Sports Illustrated' Covers

by Raphael Chestang 12:56 PM PDT, July 13, 2015
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First an amazing ticker tape parade in New York City, then an epic appearance during Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour, now the U.S. women's national soccer team is getting the royal treatment from Sports Illustrated.

The sports mag is making history by putting every player on the U.S. women's national soccer team on a separate cover for its July 20 issue.

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The unprecedented move comes after the ladies made history at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup when they became the first to win three Women's World Cups by beating Japan 5-2. And the reason behind that decision is pretty awesome.

"The USWNT has plenty of recognizable, even famous names, but we couldn't think of a group so thoroughly identified with a team as this one," SI managing editor Chris Stone said in a press release. "We could go two ways: a team shot, which seemed a little conventional here or something different and fresh: honoring not just one or two players, but all 23 of them with their own cover. Each player deserves her own cover, that's what we settled on."

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The 25th cover features a group shot of midfielder Carli Lloyd, forward Alex Morgan, defender Julie Johnston, forward Abby Wambach, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and defender Becky Sauerbrunn. Check out a few of the covers below, including Lloyd, Johnston and Rapinoe.

Photo: Sports Illustrated
Photo: Sports Illustrated
Photo: Sports Illustrated

To get all the covers, Sports Illustrated shot the entire team within one day in New York City.

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Friday's ticker tape parade up the Canyon of Heroes in Manhattan marked the first time that one of the canyon's historic parades was held for a women's sports team, but the party didn't stop there. The players later joined Swift onstage in East Rutherford, New Jersey, for a moment they'll never forget.

"That's a once in a lifetime thing to be able to go out in front of 60,000 fans," Lloyd told ET at Comic-Con. "They were all chanting our names and screaming. It was really exciting. The concert was amazing too."