While it wasn’t the dream run to the knockout stages the US Women’s National Soccer Team envisioned, they were able to advance to the round of 16 against Sweden. The connection between the team’s success and the music that drives them recently came to light, courtesy of Self Magazine. The women’s health and beauty publication spoke to the team about the music that drives them. Many of the highlighted songs come from the realm of hip-hop and R&B.
“I think there’s a beauty in music. It’s similar to sports, where it’s like you just come alive when you are near it and feel it.” — Crystal Dunn, Defender, USWNT
The 20-track playlist features music from Drake, NF, SZA, Kota the Friend, and more.
As always, hip-hop remains a huge motivating factor in the world of athletics. In the NFL, players like Odell Beckham Jr. and Patrick Mahomes are on the record about how hip-hop helps them stay focused and pumped up during intense moments on the field. With such a powerful playlist behind the US Women’s National Soccer Team, we hope to see them push beyond their limits, and advance to the quarter-finals.