By Conor McCue

DENVER (CBS4) – Two Women’s World Cup champions, who are also Colorado natives, are featured prominently on a mural in the River North area of Denver. It’s all part of a campaign the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team started earlier this year.

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The program commissioned murals of players in 11 different cities, including Denver.

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“It’s actually an entirely female artist team, which is really great,” said artist Marissa Napoletano. “Kind of women empowering women.”

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Napoletano was commissioned to create the mural on the side of Improper City, a coffee shop and bar on Walnut Street. She finished the piece in mid-May.

“Really the composition is trying to play off American and Colorado iconography without being super obvious and also displaying the fact they’re soccer players without having a soccer ball in the mural,” she said.

The mural includes Lindsey Horan and Mallory Pugh, both Colorado natives.

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“Actually, the players themselves reached out to me and that was the biggest honor is to have their approval and their support,” she said.

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Along with creating the murals, each artist created posters featuring the specific players. The murals and posters are all part of launching a new app.

Ad campaign aside, some see an important message in the project.

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“I think anytime that a young girl walks by and sees something that looks like them plastered on the larger than life stage is going to be a good thing,” said Haley Smyser, a Denver tourist.

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“This isn’t just symbolizing a potential female that could potentially break through. It’s symbolizing a real person who did a real thing.”

Conor McCue