We saw South Korea have defensive issues at times in last years World Cup.
So, what's in store for the USA women in another pursuit of a title?
The winning team at the women's World Cup in France, which starts on Friday, will receive $4 million in prize-money from the tournament's total pool of $30 million.
Tierna Davidson is a 20-year-old defender who might be the country's top college soccer player at Stanford. Twenty-four teams will traverse France for the next month in pursuit of soccer's most prestigious trophy.
A feared playmaker voted player of the year in France ahead of her Lyon teammates Hegerberg and Le Sommer the last three seasons, the 27-year-old is coming into her prime after more than a decade in the club game.
Described as the "real deal" by two-time World Cup victor Mia Hamm, Pugh is one the new guard of American stars aiming to continue the USA's dominance of the women's game.
A total of 24 teams qualified for the final tournament by competing in qualifying matches, and the host country automatically qualifies.
From Burnaby, British Columbia, Sinclair won two NCAA championships at the University of Portland.
The six-time and reigning Federation Internationale de Football Association world player of the year will try to cap her long career in style with Brazil, although they are not tipped to lift the trophy, and extend her lead at the top of the all-time Women's World Cup goalscorers charts.
Marta is playing in her fifth World Cup, She has also played in four Olympics for Brazil, but so far, a championship has eluded her in both tournaments.
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THE LAST TIME: The United States won the last World Cup in 2015.
Growing up in a small town in Brazil, Marta played soccer with the boys. She has "a passion for life and football", according to FIFA's website.
The Matildas, with support from their players union - Professional Footballers Australia - are prepared to take FIFA to court if it won't lift payments to female football on the back of public support. In domestic games, she has 211 goals in 208 games.
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Kerr plays soccer year-round with the Chicago Red Stars of the NWSL and with the Perth Glory of Australia's W-League.
Marozsan was the star of Germany's Olympic Gold Medal run in 2016 where she scored the go-ahead goal against Sweden.
The disparity means even if the Matildas win the tournament, they'll be paid half of what the Australian national men's team earned a year ago for their group stage exit.
DZSENIFER MAROZSAN, Germany: Marozsan is the inspirational story of the World Cup, having returned to the game after a pulmonary embolism kept her sidelined for several months previous year.
Her experience will provide a steadying influence for the young squad Asako Takakura is taking to France, with 19 year-old forwards Riko Ueki and Jun Endo making their first appearances at a major tournament. She now plays for Lyon and has been the French player of the year for the past two seasons. Anything is possible, from a third World Cup title to another early exit.