Jul 9, 2014 2:17 AM by Ross Field
Redding native and United States national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe is one of the lastest professional athletes to pose for the ESPN The Magazine Body Issue.
Rapinoe, 29, showed off her body for the July 11, 2014, issue. U.S teammates Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Sydney Leroux have appeared in previous editions of the Body Issue.
Twenty-two athletes are featured in the magazine, which will hit newsstands on July 11.
The keystone to the issue is the "Bodies We Want" section, where athletes will be featured in tasteful nude poses.
Swimmer Michael Phelps, tennis star Venus Williams, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka will be included in the issue.
Others to appear are: Bernard Hopkins (boxing), Jimmy Spithill (sailing), Tomas Berdych (tennis), Nigel Sylvester (BMX), Omar Gonzalez (soccer), Travis and Lyn-z Pastrana (action sports/X-games), Jamie Anderson (snowboarding), Amy Purdy (Para-Olympics), Danyelle Wolf (boxing), Aja Evans (bobsled), Hillary Knight (hockey), Angel McCoughtry (WNBA), Coco Ho (surfing) and Ginger Huber (cliff diving).
Associated Press contributed to this article