Julie Johnston - Rising star of U.S. women's national team

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One of the keys to winning this Women's World Cup may rest at the feet of the player with the coloring book.

Julie Johnston, the 23-year-old who went from the fringe of the United States women's national team roster to a mainstay on the backline, spends her long flights coloring. She has a full set of crayons and even a book with stickers.

Don't mistake the hobby for immaturity, though. Johnston has been one of the headiest players in the tournament so far, winning Player of the Match on Friday against Nigeria in a game where Hope Solo kept a clean sheet and Abby Wambach scored. Not bad for someone who might not have made the team if not for injuries. Johnston didn't play a single minute in the team's qualifying matches.
Eric Adelson

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@juliejohnston2: Had a great time at the style games with this hunk! Great event #bradsmithfoundation @zachertz
Julie Johnston
@juliejohnston2: Had a great time at the style games with this hunk! Great event #bradsmithfoundation @zachertz
@juliejohnston2: Brantley Gilbert concert was amazing, we danced our butt off in the AZ heat #concert #fun #fireworks #country
Julie Johnston
@juliejohnston2: Brantley Gilbert concert was amazing, we danced our butt off in the AZ heat #concert #fun #fireworks #country
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@juliejohnston2: His Tshirt > My Tshirts @teamuptop @zachertz
Julie Johnston
@juliejohnston2: His Tshirt > My Tshirts @teamuptop @zachertz
@juliejohnston2: Go Eagles! @lisaertz @nicertz13
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@juliejohnston2: Go Eagles! @lisaertz @nicertz13
@juliejohnston2: Nothing like waking up to mom making coffee and Bed Head. #knots #needacomb #dayoff
Julie Johnston
@juliejohnston2: Nothing like waking up to mom making coffee and Bed Head. #knots #needacomb #dayoff
@juliejohnston2: Life talks with these ones are truly life changing, I would so anything for these girls. An amazing Easter today. ❤️ #family #vernons #bff
Julie Johnston
@juliejohnston2: Life talks with these ones are truly life changing, I would so anything for these girls. An amazing Easter today. ❤️ #family #vernons #bff
@juliejohnston2: An amazing evening with an amazing man. #christmasparty #date #love @zachertz
Julie Johnston
@juliejohnston2: An amazing evening with an amazing man. #christmasparty #date #love @zachertz
@juliejohnston2: Senior dinner with my best friends that have given me some unforgettable and amazing moments! Blessed to have them in my life now and many more years to come ❤️ #family ( shout out to sofee for the great pics)
Julie Johnston
@juliejohnston2: Senior dinner with my best friends that have given me some unforgettable and amazing moments! Blessed to have them in my life now and many more years to come ❤️ #family ( shout out to sofee for the great pics)
@juliejohnston2: Grandparents come to surprise me and watch my games dinner and a walk in the rose gardens #family
Julie Johnston
@juliejohnston2: Grandparents come to surprise me and watch my games dinner and a walk in the rose gardens #family
Julie Johnston #19 of the United States of America against Australia during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Group D match between the United States and Australia at Winnipeg Stadium on June 8, 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
USA v Australia: Group D - FIFA Women's World Cup 2015
Julie Johnston #19 of the United States of America against Australia during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Group D match between the United States and Australia at Winnipeg Stadium on June 8, 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
@juliejohnston2: Senior dinner with my best friends that have given me some unforgettable and amazing moments! Blessed to have them in my life now and many more years to come ❤️ #family ( shout out to sofee for the great pics)
Julie Johnston
@juliejohnston2: Senior dinner with my best friends that have given me some unforgettable and amazing moments! Blessed to have them in my life now and many more years to come ❤️ #family ( shout out to sofee for the great pics)
@juliejohnston2: Grandparents come to surprise me and watch my games dinner and a walk in the rose gardens #family
Julie Johnston
@juliejohnston2: Grandparents come to surprise me and watch my games dinner and a walk in the rose gardens #family
Julie Johnston #19 of the United States of America against Australia during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Group D match between the United States and Australia at Winnipeg Stadium on June 8, 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
USA v Australia: Group D - FIFA Women's World Cup 2015
Julie Johnston #19 of the United States of America against Australia during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Group D match between the United States and Australia at Winnipeg Stadium on June 8, 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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