If you don't know Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux, you clearly haven't been culling the dark parts of the interweb for female athletes obsessed over by male fans.
Morgan, 24, and Leroux, 23, are teammates on the women's U.S. women's national soccer team. Morgan, in fact, has emerged as the best young offensive weapon on the roster. She has 44 goals in 68 appearances, including a goal in the 2011 World Cup Final and three in the 2012 London Olympics. Leroux has mostly been an offensive spark off the bench. She has 21 goals in 39 national team appearances— including a record 14 off the bench last year.
But who cares about their bona fides!? They're freakin' hot!
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Leroux appeared in ESPN the Magazine's "Body Issue," which is purely an excuse to ogle athletes in covered naked poses. Morgan appeared in the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in nothing but body paint. Let's just say these appearances greatly increased the interest in both from the general public.
But Leroux and Morgan both have popular Twitter feeds and Leroux's documentation of the two ladies' visit to Hawaii on Instagram provided fans a tremendous opportunity to see them in bikinis. A lot.
You can check out all the photos on Leroux's Instagram feed.
We provide a sampling:
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