Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 2/13/12

Lost in the shuffle of Alex Morgan and Hope Solo, and if you know what they look like, and some of the things they wear, you’ll understand why. To see that stuff go here, and vote in our poll!

But don’t forget Ali Kreger, a stunning brunette with extremely beautiful jet black hair.

Ali Krieger began her career at Penn State University with the university’s Penn State Nittany Lions women’s soccer team. With the Nittany Lions, she was a two-time All-American, a first team NSCAA All-American, co-defensive player of the year, team captain, Big-Ten Freshman of the year and a semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann trophy.

While at Penn State her team won four consecutive Big-Ten championships.

JAZZ HANDS!!!!!! JAZZ HANDS!!!

Ali made her first appearance with the United States women’s national soccer team in the Four Nations Cup in China on 16 January 2008 against Canada. Ali was named in October 2010 to the 18 player roster of the U. S. Women’s National Team to play in the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Cancun, Mexico.

She started all four matches in helping the U.S. Women’s National Team win the Algarve Cup in March 2011. Ali currently has a total of 24 caps. She scored the fifth and decisive penalty kick after extra time against Brazil in the quarterfinals of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. The match, played on July 10, 2011, marked the 12 year anniversary of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team’s championship win against China, also ending in a shootout. Ali was one of only four players for the United States to start and play every minute (600, in total) of 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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