United States women's national soccer team
The United States women's national soccer team (USWNT) represents the United States in international soccer competitions at the senior level. It is governed by United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football). The team is the most successful in international women's soccer, winning three Women's World Cup titles (including the first ever Women's World Cup in 1991), four Olympic women's gold medals, seven CONCACAF Gold Cup wins, and ten Algarve Cups. It medaled in every single World Cup and Olympic tournament in women's soccer history from 1991 to 2015, before being knocked out in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics, after a penalty shoot-out.
The Stars and Stripes
|Association||United States Soccer Federation|
(North, Central America and the Caribbean)
|Sub-confederation||NAFU (North America)|
|Head coach||Jillian Ellis|
|Most caps||Kristine Lilly (354)|
|Top scorer||Abby Wambach (184)|
|Current||1 1 (June 23, 2017)|
|Highest||1 (July 2003 – September 2003, March 2005 – May 2005, March 2007 – September 2007, March 2008 – November 2014, July 2015 – December 2016)|
|Lowest||2 (October 2003 – February 2005, June 2005 – February 2007, October 2007 – February 2008, December 2014 – June 2015, March 2017)|
| Italy 1–0 United States
(Jesolo, Italy; August 18, 1985)
| United States 14–0 Dominican Rep.
(Vancouver, BC, Canada; January 20, 2012)
| Brazil 4–0 United States
(Hangzhou, China; September 27, 2007)
|Appearances||7 (first in 1991)|
|Best result||Winners (1991, 1999, 2015)|
& Gold Cup
|Appearances||8 (first in 1991)|
|Best result||Winners (1991, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014)|
|Appearances||6 (first in 1996)|
|Best result||Winners (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)|
After being ranked No. 2 on average from 2003 to 2008 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings, the team was ranked No. 1 continuously from March 2008 to November 2014, falling back behind Germany, the only other team to occupy the No. 1 position in the rankings' history. The team dropped to 2nd on March 24, 2017, due to its last-place finish in the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, then returned to 1st on June 23, 2017, after victories in friendlies against Russia, Sweden, and Norway. The team was selected as the U.S. Olympic Committee's Team of the Year in 1997 and 1999, and Sports Illustrated chose the entire team as 1999 Sportswomen of the Year for its usual Sportsman of the Year honor. On April 5, 2017, U.S. Women's Soccer and U.S. Soccer reached a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement that among other things, would lead to a pay increase.
The U.S. team's first major victory came at the 1991 World Championship (retroactively named the 1991 Women's World Cup). The U.S. cruised to lopsided victories in the quarterfinals and semifinals, before defeating Norway 2–1 in the final. Michelle Akers was the team's leading scorer with 10 goals, including the team's both goals in the final; and Carin Jennings won the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player.
Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly, and the 1999 team started a revolution towards women's team sports in America. Arguably their most influential and memorable victory came in the 1999 World Cup when they defeated China 5–4 in a penalty shoot-out following a 0–0 draw after extended time. With this win they emerged onto the world stage and brought significant media attention to women's soccer and athletics. On July 10, 1999, over 90,000 people (the largest ever for a women's sporting event and one of the largest attendances in the world for a tournament game final) filled the Rose Bowl to watch the United States play China in the Final. After a back and forth game, the score was tied 0–0 at full-time, and remained so after extra time, leading to a penalty kick shootout. With Briana Scurry's save of China's third kick, the score was 4–4 with only Brandi Chastain left to shoot. She scored and won the game for the United States. Chastain famously dropped to her knees and whipped off her shirt, celebrating in her sports bra, which later made the cover of Sports Illustrated and the front pages of newspapers around the country and world. This win influenced girls to want to play soccer on a team.
In the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, the U.S. defeated Norway 1–0 in the quarterfinals, but lost 0–3 to Germany in the semifinals. The team then defeated Canada 3–1 to claim third place. Abby Wambach was the team's top scorer with three goals; Joy Fawcett and Shannon Boxx made the tournament's all-star team.
At the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, the U.S. defeated England 3–0 in the quarterfinals, but then suffered its most lopsided loss in team history when it lost to Brazil 0–4 in the semifinals. The U.S. recovered to defeat Norway to take third place. Abby Wambach was the team's leading scorer with 6 goals, and Kristine Lilly was the only American named to the tournament's all-star team.
In the quarterfinal of the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany, the U.S. defeated Brazil 5–3 on penalty kicks. Abby Wambach's goal in the 122nd minute to tie the game 2–2 has been voted the greatest goal in U.S. soccer history and the greatest goal in Women's World Cup history." The U.S. then beat France 3–1 in the semifinal, but lost to Japan on penalty kicks in the 2011 Final. Hope Solo was named the tournament's best goalkeeper, and Abby Wambach won the silver ball as the tournament's second best player.
In the 2012 Summer Olympics, the U.S. won the gold medal for the fourth time in five Olympics by defeating Japan 2–1 in front of 80,203 fans at Wembley Stadium, a record for a women's soccer game at the Olympics. The United States advanced to face Japan for the gold medal by winning the semifinal against Canada, a 4–3 victory at the end of extra time. The 2012 London Olympics marked the first time the USWNT won every game en route to the gold medal and set an Olympic women's team record of 16 goals scored.
The National Women's Soccer League started in 2013, and provided competitive games, as well as opportunities to players on the fringes of the squad. The U.S. had a 43-game unbeaten streak that spanned two years—the streak began with a 4–0 win over Sweden in the 2012 Algarve Cup, and came to an end after a 1–0 loss against Sweden in the 2014 Algarve Cup.
The USA defeated Japan 5–2 in the final of the 2015 World Cup, becoming the first team in history to have won three Women's World Cup titles. Carli Lloyd achieved the fastest hat-trick from kick-off in World Cup history, and Abby Wambach was greeted with a standing ovation for her last World Cup match. Following their 2015 World Cup win, the team was honored with a ticker tape parade in New York City, the first for a women's sports team. Sports Illustrated celebrated them with 25 covers of the magazine. President Barack Obama welcomed them to the White House, stating, "This team taught all of America's children that 'playing like a girl' means you're a bada**," before quickly noting that he probably shouldn't have used that phrase and editing his comment to, "'playing like a girl' means being the best."
On December 16, 2015, however, a 0–1 loss to China meant the team's first home loss since 2004, ending their 104-game home unbeaten streak.
In the 2016 Olympics, the U.S. drew against Sweden in the quarter-finals; in following the penalty kick phase, Sweden won the game 4–3. The loss marked the first time that the USWNT did not advance to the gold medal game of the Olympics, and the first time that the USWNT failed to advance to the semifinal round of a major tournament.
U.S. TV coverage for the five Women's World Cups from 1995 to 2011 was provided by ESPN/ABC and Univision, while coverage rights for the three Women's World Cups from 2015 to 2023 were awarded to Fox Sports and Telemundo. In May 2014 a deal was signed to split TV coverage of other USWNT games between ESPN, Fox Sports, and Univision through the end of 2022. The USWNT games in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship and the 2015 Algarve Cup were broadcast by Fox Sports.
The 1999 World Cup final set the original record for largest US television audience for a women's soccer match with 18 million viewers on average and was the most viewed English-language US broadcast of any soccer match until the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Final between the United States and Japan.
The 2015 Women's World Cup Final between the USA and Japan was the most watched soccer match – men's or women's – in American broadcast history. It averaged 23 million viewers and higher ratings than the NBA finals and the Stanley Cup finals. The final was also the most watched US-Spanish language broadcast of a FIFA Women's World Cup match in history.
Overall, there were over 750 million viewers for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, making it the most watched Women's World Cup in history. The FIFA Women's World Cup is now the second most watched FIFA tournament, with only the men's FIFA World Cup attracting more viewership.
The 1999 World Cup final, in which the USA defeated China, set a world attendance record for a women's sporting event of 90,185 in a sellout at the Rose Bowl in California. The record for Olympic women's soccer attendance was set by the 2012 Olympic final between the USWNT and Japan, with 80,023 spectators at Wembley Stadium.
|Head coach||Jill Ellis||May 2014|
|Assistant coach||Tony Gustavsson||Jun 2014|
|Assistant coach||Michelle French||Feb 2017|
|Goalkeeper coach||Graeme Abel||Mar 2015|
|Fitness coach||Dawn Scott||Feb 2011|
|Talent identification||B.J. Snow||Feb 2017|
The following players were named to a squad in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Jane Campbell||February 17, 1995||1||0||Houston Dash||v. Russia; April 9, 2017|
|GK||Ashlyn Harris||October 19, 1985||13||0||Orlando Pride||v. Russia; April 9, 2017|
|GK||Adrianna Franch||November 12, 1990||0||0||Portland Thorns FC||Training camp, January 2017|
|GK||Casey Murphy||April 25, 1996||0||0||Rutgers Scarlet Knights||Training camp, January 2017|
|GK||Hope Solo||July 30, 1981||202||0||Unattached||2016 Summer Olympics|
|DF||Jaelene Hinkle||May 28, 1993||8||0||North Carolina Courage||v. Sweden; June 8, 2017 PRE|
|DF||Ali Krieger||July 28, 1984||98||1||Orlando Pride||v. Russia; April 9, 2017|
|DF||Megan Oyster||September 3, 1992||2||0||Boston Breakers||v. Russia; April 9, 2017|
|DF||Emily Sonnett||November 25, 1993||12||0||Portland Thorns FC||2017 SheBelieves Cup|
|DF||Mandy Freeman||March 23, 1995||0||0||Sky Blue FC||Training camp, January 2017 INV|
|DF||Emily Menges||July 28, 1992||0||0||Portland Thorns FC||v. Romania; November 13, 2016|
|DF||Arin Gilliland||December 25, 1992||0||0||Chicago Red Stars||v. Switzerland; October 23, 2016|
|DF||Merritt Mathias||July 2, 1990||0||0||Seattle Reign FC||v. Switzerland; October 23, 2016|
|DF||Whitney Engen||November 28, 1987||40||4||Unattached||v. Netherlands; September 18, 2016|
|DF||Gina Lewandowski||April 13, 1985||1||0||FC Bayern Munich||v. South Africa; July 9, 2016|
|MF||Morgan Brian||February 26, 1993||66||6||Houston Dash||v. Sweden; June 8, 2017 PRE|
|MF||Jaelin Howell||November 21, 1999||0||0||Real Colorado Cougars||v. Russia; April 9, 2017|
|MF||Tobin Heath||May 29, 1988||131||18||Portland Thorns FC||v. Russia; April 6, 2017 PRE|
|MF||Brianna Pinto||May 24, 2000||0||0||CASL Elite||2017 SheBelieves Cup|
|MF||Sarah Killion||July 27, 1992||0||0||Sky Blue FC||2017 SheBelieves Cup PRE|
|MF||Kristen Edmonds||May 22, 1987||0||0||Orlando Pride||Training camp, January 2017|
|MF||Christina Gibbons||December 30, 1994||0||0||FC Kansas City||Training camp, January 2017|
|MF||Taylor Smith||December 1, 1993||0||0||North Carolina Courage||Training camp, January 2017|
|MF||Tierna Davidson||September 19, 1998||0||0||Stanford Cardinal||Training camp, January 2017 INV|
|MF||Andi Sullivan||December 20, 1995||4||0||Stanford Cardinal||v. Romania; November 13, 2016|
|MF||Danielle Colaprico||May 6, 1993||0||0||Chicago Red Stars||v. Switzerland; October 23, 2016|
|MF||Heather O'Reilly RET||January 2, 1985||231||47||Arsenal||v. Thailand; September 15, 2016|
|FW||Alex Morgan||July 2, 1989||125||73||Lyon||v. Sweden; June 8, 2017 PRE|
|FW||Kealia Ohai||January 31, 1992||3||1||Houston Dash||v. Russia; April 9, 2017|
|FW||Amy Rodriguez||February 17, 1987||130||30||FC Kansas City||v. Russia; April 9, 2017|
|FW||Sophia Smith||August 10, 2000||0||0||Real Colorado Cougars||v. Russia; April 9, 2017|
|FW||Jessica McDonald||February 28, 1988||1||0||North Carolina Courage||2017 SheBelieves Cup|
|FW||Savannah McCaskill||July 31, 1996||0||0||South Carolina Gamecocks||Training camp, January 2017 INV|
|FW||Shea Groom||March 4, 1993||0||0||FC Kansas City||v. Switzerland; October 23, 2016|
|FW||Ashley Hatch||May 25, 1995||1||0||North Carolina Courage||v. Switzerland; October 23, 2016|
- INV = Invited to train briefly with the USWNT
- PRE = Preliminary squad
- RET = Retired from the USWNT
Recent schedule and resultsEdit
The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
|July 9, 2016 Friendly||United States||1–0||South Africa||Chicago, Illinois|
|12:00 CT||Dunn 35' (Pugh)
|Report||Nyandeni 90+3'||Stadium: Soldier Field
Referee: Maria Serpas (El Salvador)
|July 22, 2016 Friendly||United States||4–0||Costa Rica||Kansas City, Kansas|
|20:00 CT||Dunn 15' (Klingenberg)
Lloyd 45+6' (Sauerbraunn)
Press 79' (Long)
|Report||Katherine Alvarado 10'
Fabiola Villalobos 28'
|Stadium: Children's Mercy Park
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva (United States)
|August 3, 2016 Olympics||United States||2–0||New Zealand||Belo Horizonte, Brazil|
|18:00 ET||Lloyd 9'
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
|August 6, 2016 Olympics||United States||1–0||France||Belo Horizonte, Brazil|
|16:00 ET||Lloyd 63'||Report||Stadium: Mineirão
Referee: Claudia Umpierrez (Uruguay)
|August 9, 2016 Olympics||United States||2–2||Colombia||Manaus, Brazil|
|17:00 ET||Dunn 41'
|Report||Usme 26', 90'||Stadium: Arena da Amazônia
Referee: Teodora Albon (Romania)
|August 12, 2016 Olympics: QF||United States||1–1 (a.e.t.)
|12:00 ET||Morgan 77'||Report||Blackstenius 61'||Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (New Zealand)
|September 15, 2016 Friendly||United States||9–0||Thailand||Columbus, Ohio|
|20:00 ET||Lloyd 1', 60', 81'
Morgan 86', 90+2'
|Report||Stadium: Mapfre Stadium
Referee: Christina Unkel (United States)
|September 18, 2016 Friendly||United States||3–1||Netherlands||Atlanta, Georgia|
|19:00 ET||Lloyd 35'
van den Berg 50' (o.g.)
|Report||van de Sanden 2'||Stadium: Georgia Dome
Referee: Crystal Sobers (Trinidad and Tobago)
|October 19, 2016 Friendly||United States||4–0||Switzerland||Sandy, Utah|
|21:00 ET||Williams 46'
|Report||Stadium: Rio Tinto Stadium
Referee: Melissa Borjas Pastrana (Honduras)
|October 23, 2016 Friendly||United States||5–1||Switzerland||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|13:45 ET||Lloyd 25', 51'
|Report||Mauron 7'||Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium
Referee: Margaret Domka (United States)
|November 10, 2016 Friendly||United States||8–1||Romania||San Jose, California|
|22:00 ET||Press 8', 34', 38'
Morgan 52', 75'
Ficzay 90+2' (o.g.)
|Report||Rus 31'||Stadium: Avaya Stadium
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva (United States)
|November 13, 2016 Friendly||United States||5–0||Romania||Carson, California|
|21:30 ET||Meluta 20' (o.g.)
Brian 88' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: StubHub Center
Referee: Margaret Domka (United States)
|March 1, 2017 SheBelieves Cup||United States||1–0||Germany||Chester, Pennsylvania|
|19:00 ET||Williams 56'||Report||Stadium: Talen Energy Stadium
Referee: Carol Ann Chenard (Canada)
|March 4, 2017 SheBelieves Cup||United States||0–1||England||Harrison, New Jersey|
|17:00 ET||Report||White 89'||Stadium: Red Bull Arena
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (Mexico)
|March 8, 2017 SheBelieves Cup||United States||0–3||France||Washington, D.C.|
|19:00 ET||Report||Abily 8' (pen.), 63'
Le Sommer 10'
|Stadium: RFK Stadium
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (United States)
|April 6, 2017 Friendly||United States||4–0||Russia||Frisco, Texas|
|20:30 ET||Dunn 10', 41'
Long 18', 70'
|Report||Stadium: Toyota Stadium
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva (United States)
|April 9, 2017 Friendly||United States||5–1||Russia||Houston, Texas|
|14:00 ET||Lloyd 20' (pen.)
Dunn 38', 48'
Kovalenko 45+2' (o.g.)
|Report||Karpova 42' (pen.)||Stadium: BBVA Compass Stadium
Referee: Karen Abt (United States)
|June 8, 2017 Friendly||Sweden||0–1||United States||Gothenburg, Sweden|
|13:30 ET||Report||Lavelle 56'||Stadium: Gamla Ullevi Stadium
Referee: Olga Zadinova (Czech Republic)
|June 11, 2017 Friendly||Norway||0–1||United States||Sandefjord, Norway|
|13:15 ET||Report||Press 60'||Stadium: Komplett Arena
Referee: Amy Fearn (England)
|July 27, 2017 Tournament of Nations||United States||v||Australia||Seattle, Washington|
|22:00 ET||Stadium: CenturyLink Field
|July 30, 2017 Tournament of Nations||United States||v||Brazil||San Diego, California|
|20:00 ET||Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium
|August 3, 2017 Tournament of Nations||United States||v||Japan||Carson, California|
|22:00 ET||Stadium: StubHub Center
- For results in minor tournaments, see the History of the United States women's national soccer team
The team has participated in every World Cup through 2015 and won a medal in each.
|1995||Third Place||6||4||1||1||15||5||Tony DiCicco|
|2003||Third Place||6||5||0||1||15||5||April Heinrichs|
|2007||Third Place||6||4||1||1||12||7||Greg Ryan|
|2019||TBD-not yet qualified|
- Active players in bold. Statistics as of June 11, 2017
The women's national team boasts the first six players in the history of the game to have earned 200 caps. These players have since been joined in the 200-cap club by several players from other national teams. as well as by five more Americans: Kate Markgraf, Abby Wambach, Heather O'Reilly, Carli Lloyd and Hope Solo. Kristine Lilly and Christie Rampone are the only players to earn more than 300 caps.
In March 2004, two stars, Mia Hamm and Michelle Akers were the only two women and the only two Americans named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living soccer players chosen by Pelé as part of FIFA's centenary observances.
The USWNT All-Time Best XI was chosen In December 2013 by the United States Soccer Federation:
- Goalie: Briana Scurry;
- Defenders: Brandi Chastain, Carla Overbeck, Christie Rampone, Joy Fawcett;
- Midfielders: Kristine Lilly, Michelle Akers, Julie Foudy;
- Forwards: Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan
Most capped playersEdit
Most goals in a matchEdit
The record for most goals scored in a match by a member of the USWNT is five, which has been accomplished by seven players.
|Brandi Chastain||April 18, 1991||Mexico||Port-au-Prince, Haiti||World Cup Qualifying Tournament||Substitute|
|Michelle Akers||November 24, 1991||Chinese Taipei||Foshan, China||1991 FIFA World Cup||Starting|
|Tiffeny Milbrett||November 2, 2002||Panama||Seattle, United States||2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup||Starting|
|Abby Wambach||October 23, 2004||Republic of Ireland||Houston, United States||International Friendly||Starting|
|Amy Rodriguez||January 20, 2012||Dominican Republic||Vancouver, Canada||2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament||Substitute (46')|
|Sydney Leroux||January 22, 2012||Guatemala||Vancouver, Canada||2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament||Substitute (46')|
|Crystal Dunn||February 15, 2016||Puerto Rico||Frisco, United States||2016 Olympic Qualifying Tournament||Starting|
Head coaching historyEdit
|Name||Years||Matches||Won||Tied||Lost||Win %||Pts÷M||World Cup||Olympics|
|Ryan, MikeMike Ryan||1985||4||0||1||3||.125||0.25||0||0|
|Dorrance, AnsonAnson Dorrance||1986–1994||93||66||5||22||.737||2.18||3.||0.|
|DiCicco, TonyTony DiCicco||1994–1999||119||103||8||8||.899||2.66||4.||3.|
|Gregg, LaurenLauren Gregg||1997, 2000||3||2||1||0||.833||2.33|
|Heinrichs, AprilApril Heinrichs||2000–2004||124||87||20||17||.782||2.27||1.||5.|
|Ryan, GregGreg Ryan||2005–2007||55||45||9||1||.900||2.62||1.||0|
|Sundhage, PiaPia Sundhage||2007–2012||107||91||10||6||.897||2.64||2.||6.|
|Sermanni, TomTom Sermanni||2013–2014||23||17||4||2||.826||2.39||0||0|
|Ellis, JillJill Ellis||2014.2012, 2014–present||76||59||13||5||.883||2.5||3.||0.1. 5th|
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- Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), 2009–11
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- DFB Centenary Tournament 2000 rsssf.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
- Pacific Cup (Women) 2000 rsssf.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
- Brazil Cup 1996 rsssf.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
- North America Cup 1987 rsssf.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
- North America Cup 1990 rsssf.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
- Canada Cup 1990 rsssf.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
- Australia Cup 1999–2004 rsssf.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
- Tournoi International Feminin 1995 rsssf.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
- Chiquita Cup 1994 rsssf.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
- Tri-Nations Tournament 1994 (Trinidad) rsssf.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
- Goodwill Games 1998 rsssf.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
- Colombus Cup 1993 rsssf.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
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