Still suffering from withdrawals from last year's FIFA World Cup? Good news: the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup begins on June 6 in Vancouver, Canada. The United States — a pre-tournament favorite to win the cup — will face-off against a slew of ruthless competitors, including Germany, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and more.
Tune in, and keep your eyes peeled for these Latina players to watch:
1. Charlyn Corral
The Mexican Women's International team has been outsted in the group stages twice before. This year, Charlyn Corral hopes to get them past Colombia, England and France.
2. Marta Vieira da Silva
Marta Vieira da Silva, the striker for Brazil, has two Olympic silver medals under her belt, has been named FIFA's World Player of the year five times, and ranks as the all-time Women's World Cup goalscorer. However, despite her impressive skills on the field, she has yet to win the top prize at the Women's World Cup.
3. Shirley Cruz
Midfielder Shirley Cruz will lead Costa Rica in the World Cup. Voted among the top three for CONCACAF player of the year in 2013 and 2014, she will have to play at her best to make sure Costa Rica gets past its group stage competition: Spain, South Korea and Brazil.
4. Yoreli Rincon
Yoreli Rincón, a midfielder for Colombia, has previously played in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2012 London Olympics. Early in her career, Rincón drew comparisons to Marta — only to disappoint all those who anticipated greatness from her. Although she's had a less-than-stellar international and club career to date, she's still one to watch coming into the FIFA World Cup. As Grantland notes, "She's good on the ball, and we know her right foot can launch rockets."
5. Cristiane Rozeira de Souza Silva
Cristiane Rozeira de Souza Silva, a forward for Brazil, was part of the silver medal-winning teams at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic football tournaments. She has competed in three FIFA World Cups and three Olympic games, but has yet to win a World Cup title.
6. Amy Rodriguez
Amy Rodriguez — aka A Rod — plays forward to the U.S. national soccer team. This Latina, the granddaugher of Cuban immigrants, boasts two Olympic gold medals, but has yet to win at the Women's World Cup. In 2011, when she first appeared at the World Cup, the United States placed second. Watch out: this could be Rodriguez's year to win!