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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.[1] 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.

United States
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) USWNT
Team USA
The Stars and Stripes
The Yanks
Association United States Soccer Federation
Confederation CONCACAF
(North, Central America and the Caribbean)
Sub-confederation NAFU (North America)
Head coach Jillian Ellis
Captain Carli Lloyd
Becky Sauerbrunn
Most caps Kristine Lilly (354)
Top scorer Abby Wambach (184)
FIFA code USA
First colors
Second colors
FIFA ranking
Current 1 Increase 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)
First international
 Italy 1–0 United States 
(Jesolo, Italy; August 18, 1985)
Biggest win
 United States 14–0 Dominican Rep. 
(Vancouver, BC, Canada; January 20, 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 4–0 United States 
(Hangzhou, China; September 27, 2007)
World Cup
Appearances 7 (first in 1991)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg Winners (1991, 1999, 2015)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 8 (first in 1991)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg Winners (1991, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014)
Olympics
Appearances 6 (first in 1996)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg Winners (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)

After being ranked No. 2 on average from 2003 to 2008 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings,[2] the team was ranked No. 1 continuously from March 2008 to November 2014,[3] 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.[4] The team was selected as the U.S. Olympic Committee's Team of the Year in 1997 and 1999,[5] and Sports Illustrated chose the entire team as 1999 Sportswomen of the Year for its usual Sportsman of the Year honor.[6] 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.[7]

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HistoryEdit

The team played its first match at the Mundialito tournament on August 18, 1985, coached by Mike Ryan, in which they lost 1–0 to Italy.[8]

1990sEdit

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.[9] 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.[10] This win influenced girls to want to play soccer on a team.[11][12]

2000sEdit

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.[13] 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.[14] 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.

2010sEdit

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.[15][15][16]" 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.[17] 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.[18] 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.[18]

 
A parade in Manhattan celebrating their 2015 World Cup victory.

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.[19][20] 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.[21][22]

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.[23] 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.[24] 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."[25][26]

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.[27]

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.[28]

Team imageEdit

Media coverageEdit

U.S. TV coverage for the five Women's World Cups from 1995 to 2011 was provided by ESPN/ABC and Univision,[29][30] while coverage rights for the three Women's World Cups from 2015 to 2023 were awarded to Fox Sports and Telemundo.[31][32] 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.[33] The USWNT games in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship and the 2015 Algarve Cup were broadcast by Fox Sports.[34][35]

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[36][37] 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.[38]

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.[39] It averaged 23 million viewers and higher ratings than the NBA finals and the Stanley Cup finals.[39][40] 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.[41]

AttendanceEdit

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.[42] 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.[43]

Coaching staffEdit

Role Name Start date
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

Source[1][44]

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 19 players were named to the roster for friendlies against   Sweden on June 8 and   Norway on June 11, 2017.[45][46][47]

Caps and goals are current as of June 11, 2017 after match against   Norway.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
18 1GK Abby Smith (1993-10-04) October 4, 1993 (age 23) 0 0   Boston Breakers
1 1GK Alyssa Naeher (1988-04-20) April 20, 1988 (age 29) 15 0   Chicago Red Stars

6 2DF Abby Dahlkemper (1993-05-13) May 13, 1993 (age 24) 4 0   North Carolina Courage
8 2DF Julie Ertz (1992-04-06) April 6, 1992 (age 25) 49 8   Chicago Red Stars
7 2DF Meghan Klingenberg (1988-08-02) August 2, 1988 (age 28) 74 3   Portland Thorns FC
5 2DF Kelley O'Hara (1988-08-04) August 4, 1988 (age 28) 96 2   Sky Blue FC
4 2DF Becky Sauerbrunn (co-captain) (1985-06-06) June 6, 1985 (age 32) 126 0   FC Kansas City
14 2DF Casey Short (1990-08-23) August 23, 1990 (age 26) 10 0   Chicago Red Stars

9 3MF Lindsey Horan (1994-05-26) May 26, 1994 (age 23) 35 3   Portland Thorns FC
16 3MF Rose Lavelle (1995-05-14) May 14, 1995 (age 22) 6 2   Boston Breakers
10 3MF Carli Lloyd (co-captain) (1982-07-16) July 16, 1982 (age 34) 239 97   Manchester City
20 3MF Allie Long (1987-08-13) August 13, 1987 (age 29) 27 5   Portland Thorns FC
3 3MF Sam Mewis (1992-10-09) October 9, 1992 (age 24) 25 4   North Carolina Courage
15 3MF Megan Rapinoe (1985-07-05) July 5, 1985 (age 31) 120 31   Seattle Reign FC

19 4FW Crystal Dunn (1992-07-03) July 3, 1992 (age 24) 52 22   Chelsea
2 4FW Sydney Leroux (1990-05-07) May 7, 1990 (age 27) 75 35   FC Kansas City
23 4FW Christen Press (1988-12-29) December 29, 1988 (age 28) 87 42   Chicago Red Stars
22 4FW Mallory Pugh (1998-04-29) April 29, 1998 (age 19) 23 4   Washington Spirit
12 4FW Lynn Williams (1993-05-21) May 21, 1993 (age 24) 8 2   North Carolina Courage

Recent call-upsEdit

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 (1995-02-17) February 17, 1995 (age 22) 1 0   Houston Dash v.   Russia; April 9, 2017
GK Ashlyn Harris (1985-10-19) October 19, 1985 (age 31) 13 0   Orlando Pride v.   Russia; April 9, 2017
GK Adrianna Franch (1990-11-12) November 12, 1990 (age 26) 0 0   Portland Thorns FC Training camp, January 2017
GK Casey Murphy (1996-04-25) April 25, 1996 (age 21) 0 0   Rutgers Scarlet Knights Training camp, January 2017
GK Hope Solo (1981-07-30) July 30, 1981 (age 35) 202 0 Unattached 2016 Summer Olympics

DF Jaelene Hinkle (1993-05-28) May 28, 1993 (age 24) 8 0   North Carolina Courage v.   Sweden; June 8, 2017 PRE
DF Ali Krieger (1984-07-28) July 28, 1984 (age 32) 98 1   Orlando Pride v.   Russia; April 9, 2017
DF Megan Oyster (1992-09-03) September 3, 1992 (age 24) 2 0   Boston Breakers v.   Russia; April 9, 2017
DF Emily Sonnett (1993-11-25) November 25, 1993 (age 23) 12 0   Portland Thorns FC 2017 SheBelieves Cup
DF Mandy Freeman (1995-03-23) March 23, 1995 (age 22) 0 0   Sky Blue FC Training camp, January 2017 INV
DF Emily Menges (1992-07-28) July 28, 1992 (age 24) 0 0   Portland Thorns FC v.   Romania; November 13, 2016
DF Arin Gilliland (1992-12-25) December 25, 1992 (age 24) 0 0   Chicago Red Stars v.    Switzerland; October 23, 2016
DF Merritt Mathias (1990-07-02) July 2, 1990 (age 26) 0 0   Seattle Reign FC v.    Switzerland; October 23, 2016
DF Whitney Engen (1987-11-28) November 28, 1987 (age 29) 40 4 Unattached v.   Netherlands; September 18, 2016
DF Gina Lewandowski (1985-04-13) April 13, 1985 (age 32) 1 0   FC Bayern Munich v.   South Africa; July 9, 2016

MF Morgan Brian (1993-02-26) February 26, 1993 (age 24) 66 6   Houston Dash v.   Sweden; June 8, 2017 PRE
MF Jaelin Howell (1999-11-21) November 21, 1999 (age 17) 0 0   Real Colorado Cougars v.   Russia; April 9, 2017
MF Tobin Heath (1988-05-29) May 29, 1988 (age 29) 131 18   Portland Thorns FC v.   Russia; April 6, 2017 PRE
MF Brianna Pinto (2000-05-24) May 24, 2000 (age 17) 0 0   CASL Elite 2017 SheBelieves Cup
MF Sarah Killion (1992-07-27) July 27, 1992 (age 24) 0 0   Sky Blue FC 2017 SheBelieves Cup PRE
MF Kristen Edmonds (1987-05-22) May 22, 1987 (age 30) 0 0   Orlando Pride Training camp, January 2017
MF Christina Gibbons (1994-12-30) December 30, 1994 (age 22) 0 0   FC Kansas City Training camp, January 2017
MF Taylor Smith (1993-12-01) December 1, 1993 (age 23) 0 0   North Carolina Courage Training camp, January 2017
MF Tierna Davidson (1998-09-19) September 19, 1998 (age 18) 0 0   Stanford Cardinal Training camp, January 2017 INV
MF Andi Sullivan (1995-12-20) December 20, 1995 (age 21) 4 0   Stanford Cardinal v.   Romania; November 13, 2016
MF Danielle Colaprico (1993-05-06) May 6, 1993 (age 24) 0 0   Chicago Red Stars v.    Switzerland; October 23, 2016
MF Heather O'Reilly RET (1985-01-02) January 2, 1985 (age 32) 231 47   Arsenal v.   Thailand; September 15, 2016

FW Alex Morgan (1989-07-02) July 2, 1989 (age 27) 125 73   Lyon v.   Sweden; June 8, 2017 PRE
FW Kealia Ohai (1992-01-31) January 31, 1992 (age 25) 3 1   Houston Dash v.   Russia; April 9, 2017
FW Amy Rodriguez (1987-02-17) February 17, 1987 (age 30) 130 30   FC Kansas City v.   Russia; April 9, 2017
FW Sophia Smith (2000-08-10) August 10, 2000 (age 16) 0 0   Real Colorado Cougars v.   Russia; April 9, 2017
FW Jessica McDonald (1988-02-28) February 28, 1988 (age 29) 1 0   North Carolina Courage 2017 SheBelieves Cup
FW Savannah McCaskill (1996-07-31) July 31, 1996 (age 20) 0 0   South Carolina Gamecocks Training camp, January 2017 INV
FW Shea Groom (1993-03-04) March 4, 1993 (age 24) 0 0   FC Kansas City v.    Switzerland; October 23, 2016
FW Ashley Hatch (1995-05-25) May 25, 1995 (age 22) 1 0   North Carolina Courage v.    Switzerland; October 23, 2016

Notes:

  • 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.

Competitive recordEdit

For results in minor tournaments, see the History of the United States women's national soccer team

The two highest-profile tournaments that the USWNT participates in are the quadrenniel FIFA Women's World Cup and the Summer Olympics.

World CupEdit

The team has participated in every World Cup through 2015 and won a medal in each.

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA Coach
  1991 Champion 6 6 0 0 25 5 Anson Dorrance
  1995 Third Place 6 4 1 1 15 5 Tony DiCicco
  1999 Champion 6 5 1 0 18 3 Tony DiCicco
  2003 Third Place 6 5 0 1 15 5 April Heinrichs
  2007 Third Place 6 4 1 1 12 7 Greg Ryan
  2011 Runner-up 6 3 2 1 13 7 Pia Sundhage
  2015 Champion 7 6 1 0 14 3 Jill Ellis
  2019 TBD-not yet qualified
Total 3/7 43 33 6 4 112 35

Olympic GamesEdit

The team has participated in every Olympics tournament through 2016 and won a medal in each until 2016, when they were eliminated in the quarter-finals on a penalty shootout loss against Sweden.

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA Coach
  1996 Champion 5 4 1 0 9 3 Tony DiCicco[48]
  2000 Runner-up 5 3 1 1 9 5 April Heinrichs
  2004 Champion 6 5 1 0 12 4 April Heinrichs
  2008 Champion 6 5 0 1 12 5 Pia Sundhage[49]
  2012 Champion 6 6 0 0 16 6 Pia Sundhage
  2016 Quarterfinals 4 2 2 0 6 3 Jill Ellis
Total 4/6 33 26 5 2 63 25

Player recordsEdit

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.[citation needed] 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[50]

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.

Player Date Opponent Location Competition Line-up
Brandi Chastain April 18, 1991[57]   Mexico[57] Port-au-Prince, Haiti World Cup Qualifying Tournament Substitute
Michelle Akers November 24, 1991[57]   Chinese Taipei[57] Foshan, China 1991 FIFA World Cup Starting
Tiffeny Milbrett November 2, 2002[57]   Panama[57] Seattle, United States 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup Starting
Abby Wambach October 23, 2004[57]   Republic of Ireland[57] Houston, United States International Friendly Starting
Amy Rodriguez January 20, 2012[57]   Dominican Republic[57] Vancouver, Canada 2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament Substitute (46')
Sydney Leroux January 22, 2012[57]   Guatemala[57] Vancouver, Canada 2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament Substitute (46')
Crystal Dunn February 15, 2016[57]   Puerto Rico[57] 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
Totals 601 469 70 62 .838 2.45
Statistics as of November 13, 2016

HonorsEdit

See alsoEdit

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Inaugural champions
FIFA Women's World Cup champions
1991 (first title)
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1995 Norway  
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1995 Norway  
FIFA Women's World Cup champions
1999 (second title)
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2003 Germany  
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2011 Japan  
FIFA Women's World Cup champions
2015 (third title)
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Incumbent
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Olympic champions
1996 (first title)
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2000 Norway  
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2000 Norway  
Olympic champions
2004 (second title)
2008 (third title)
2012 (fourth title)
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2016 Germany  
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CONCACAF women's champions
1991 (first title)
1993 (second title)
1994 (third title)
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1998 Canada  
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1998 Canada  
As CONCACAF champions
CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup champions
2000 (fourth title)
2002 (fifth title)
2006 (sixth title)
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2010 Canada  
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2010 Canada  
CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup champions
2014 (seventh title)
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Incumbent