Former New York City FC and U.N. Women player Melissa Henderson has been named the 2016 Sports Illustrated cover girl.
The cover of the magazine, unveiled Tuesday, features Henderson and U-23 forward Alyssa Naeher, along with the rest of the U.K.’s national soccer team.
The sports magazine also features the cover of its September issue, which will be available on newsstands Friday.
The magazine was founded in 1992 and features the magazine’s cover story, “The Perfect Match: Sports Illustrated’s Best Team of All-Time.”
The cover story features a panel of industry insiders to evaluate the top players in the sport.
It focuses on a single athlete, the reigning U.L.
L MVP and the U-20 World Cup champion, and focuses on the impact of their accomplishments on the game.
Henderson was named the Sports Illustrated Cover Girl in May 2016 after she captivated the world by winning the U16 Women’s World Cup and becoming the first American woman to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
She won the U17 Women’s Golden Boot award in 2018 and has led the U15s to two U.slam gold medals.
Naeher won the prestigious FIFA U20 Women’s Player of the Year award in 2015.
She has captained the U20s to a bronze medal at the 2018 U-21 World Cup in South Africa.
She also captained Mexico to the 2019 U-19 World Cup title and won the 2018 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Hampshire won the 2017 CONCACACAF Women’s Gold Cup, helping Mexico qualify for the 2018 Women’s Olympic Games.