2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup: Heather Mitts Finally Gets to Help Team USA

Mitts Looks to End World Cup Jinx at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup

Heather Mitts has been one of, if not the best, U.S. defensive players  for a better part of a decade. Her play was crucial to Team USA taking home Olympic Gold in 2004 and 2008. Yet she has never played in a FIFA World Cup.

Mitts spoke to the press about her feelings towards her World Cup absences. Mitts:

I was starting to think I had the World Cup jinx. 

Mitts had every right to feel this way, and if it wasn't a jinx than it was just pure bad luck. In 2003, she broke her leg prior to the World Cup and then she missed the  2007 World Cup with a torn ACL.

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It seemed like the jinx may be biting her again. Mitts suffered a torn hamstring in January of this year. Mitts was able to rehab and get into playing shape in time to make the roster. Now she is set to play in her first ever World Cup.

She concedes that this will probably be her first and only World Cup, but for a player that had serious doubts she would ever get to play in the World Cup—one is probably enough.

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—Richard Langford

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