Supermodel Lily Aldridge ‘Plays Like a Girl’

Lifelong soccer player hits MLS pitch and more for Self July issue.

SELFMagazine_July2015The gang at Self may have erred just a tad with their choice of July 2015 cover shot. Instead of a football, supermodel Lily Aldridge by all rights should be pictured kicking a soccer ball.

From the LA Galaxy’s report about her recent time on the West coast pitch with four team members:

Goalkeeper Brian Rowe, defenders Robbie Rogers and Leonardo as well as forward Bradford Jamieson IV all faced off against the Victoria’s Secret Angel and a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model for Self’s “Play Like a Girl” issue…

Playing soccer is nothing new for Aldridge who readily admits that if she wasn’t a renown supermodel, she’d be a professional soccer player. “I always thought I was going to be a soccer player, get a scholarship to college and then join the U.S. women’s team,” says Aldridge, who told SELF that she’s played left forward for 11 years. “Mia Hamm was my role model. I still look up to her.”

Hamm has been leading the cheers for the U.S. women’s national team. Other athletes involved in Aldridge’s summertime magazine fun: AVP beach volleyball stars Sean Rosenthal and Casey Patterson, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and a couple of Lakers. The L.A. native currently calls Nashville home.