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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 women's soccer. 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 (including the first ever Olympic Women's soccer tournament in 1996), eight CONCACAF Gold Cup wins, and ten Algarve Cups.[3] 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 quarterfinal of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team is governed by United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football).

United States
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)USWNT
Team USA
The Stars and Stripes
AssociationUnited States Soccer Federation
ConfederationCONCACAF
(North, Central America and the Caribbean)
Sub-confederationNAFU (North America)
Head coachJill Ellis
CaptainCarli Lloyd
Alex Morgan
Megan Rapinoe[1]
Most capsKristine Lilly (354)
Top scorerAbby Wambach (184)
FIFA codeUSA
First colors
Second colors
FIFA ranking
Current1 Steady (December 7, 2018)[2]
Highest1 (various times)
Lowest2 (various times)
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
Appearances8 (first in 1991)
Best resultChampions: (1991, 1999, 2015)
Olympic Games
Appearances6 (first in 1996)
Best resultGold Gold: (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances9 (first in 1991)
Best resultChampions: (1991, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014, 2018)

After being ranked No. 2 on average from 2003 to 2008 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings,[4] the team was ranked No. 1 continuously from March 2008 to November 2014,[5] falling back behind Germany, the only other team to occupy the No. 1 position in the ranking's 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.[6] The team was selected as the U.S. Olympic Committee's Team of the Year in 1997 and 1999,[7] and Sports Illustrated chose the entire team as 1999 Sportswomen of the Year for its usual Sportsman of the Year honor.[8] On April 5, 2017, U.S. Women's Soccer and U.S. Soccer reached a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement that would, among other things, lead to a pay increase.[9]

Contents

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.[10]

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 both of the team's goals in the final, and Carin Jennings won the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player.

Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly, and the rest of 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.[11] 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.[12] This win influenced many girls to want to play on a soccer team.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16][16][17] The U.S. then beat France 3–1 in the semifinal, but lost to Japan 3–1 on penalty kicks in the Final after drawing 1–1 in regulation and 2–2 in overtime. 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.[18] 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.[19] 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.[19]

 
A ticker tape parade in Manhattan celebrating the USWNT's 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.[20][21] 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.[22][23]

The USA defeated Japan 5–2 in the final of the 2015 World Cup, becoming the first team in history to win three Women's World Cup titles. In the 16th minute, 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.[24] 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.[25] 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 badass," before going on to say, "'playing like a girl' means being the best."[26][27]

On December 16, 2015, however, a 0–1 loss to China in Wambach's last game meant the team's first home loss since 2004, ending their 104-game home unbeaten streak.[28]

In the 2016 Summer Olympics, the U.S. drew against Sweden in the quarterfinal; in the following 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.[29]

After the defeat in the 2016 Olympics, the USWNT underwent a year of experimentation which saw them losing 3 home games. If not for a comeback win against Brazil, the USWNT was on the brink of losing 4 home games in one year, a low never before seen by the USWNT. 2017 saw the USWNT play 12 games against teams ranked in the top-15 in the world.[30] The USWNT heads into World Cup Qualifying in fall of 2018.

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,[31][32] while coverage rights for the three Women's World Cups from 2015 to 2023 were awarded to Fox Sports and Telemundo.[33][34] 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.[35] The USWNT games in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship and the 2015 Algarve Cup were broadcast by Fox Sports.[36][37]

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[38][39] 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.[40]

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.[41] It averaged 23 million viewers and higher ratings than the NBA finals and the Stanley Cup finals.[41][42] 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.[43]

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 Southern California.[44] 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.[45]

Coaching staffEdit

Role Name Start date
Head coach   Jill Ellis May 2014
Assistant coach   Tony Gustavsson Jun 2012
Goalkeeper coach   Graeme Abel Mar 2015
Fitness coach   Dawn Scott Feb 2011
Talent identification   B.J. Snow Feb 2017

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 21 players were named to the roster for friendly against   Scotland on November 13, 2018.[46]

Caps and goals are current as of November 13, 2018, after match against   Scotland.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
18 1GK Adrianna Franch (1990-11-12) November 12, 1990 (age 28) 0 0   Portland Thorns FC
24 1GK Ashlyn Harris (1985-10-19) October 19, 1985 (age 33) 19 0   Orlando Pride
1 1GK Alyssa Naeher (1988-04-20) April 20, 1988 (age 30) 38 0   Chicago Red Stars

7 2DF Abby Dahlkemper (1993-05-13) May 13, 1993 (age 25) 30 0   North Carolina Courage
19 2DF Crystal Dunn (1992-07-03) July 3, 1992 (age 26) 76 24   North Carolina Courage
25 2DF Emily Fox (1998-07-05) July 5, 1998 (age 20) 2 0   UNC Tar Heels
12 2DF Merritt Mathias (1990-07-02) July 2, 1990 (age 28) 1 0   North Carolina Courage
4 2DF Becky Sauerbrunn (1985-06-06) June 6, 1985 (age 33) 149 0   Utah Royals FC
14 2DF Casey Short (1990-08-23) August 23, 1990 (age 28) 27 0   Chicago Red Stars
2 2DF Emily Sonnett (1993-11-25) November 25, 1993 (age 25) 26 0   Portland Thorns FC

22 3MF Danielle Colaprico (1993-05-06) May 6, 1993 (age 25) 2 0   Sydney FC
8 3MF Julie Ertz (1992-04-06) April 6, 1992 (age 26) 73 18   Chicago Red Stars
16 3MF Rose Lavelle (1995-05-14) May 14, 1995 (age 23) 20 6   Washington Spirit
20 3MF Allie Long (1987-08-13) August 13, 1987 (age 31) 40 6   Seattle Reign FC
3 3MF Sam Mewis (1992-10-09) October 9, 1992 (age 26) 41 8   North Carolina Courage
6 3MF Andi Sullivan (1995-12-20) December 20, 1995 (age 22) 11 0   Washington Spirit

10 4FW Carli Lloyd (co-captain) (1982-07-16) July 16, 1982 (age 36) 265 105   Sky Blue FC
21 4FW Jessica McDonald (1988-02-28) February 28, 1988 (age 30) 3 1   North Carolina Courage
13 4FW Alex Morgan (co-captain) (1989-07-02) July 2, 1989 (age 29) 153 98   Orlando Pride
11 4FW Mallory Pugh (1998-04-29) April 29, 1998 (age 20) 43 12   Washington Spirit
15 4FW Megan Rapinoe (co-captain) (1985-07-05) July 5, 1985 (age 33) 145 41   Seattle Reign FC

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players were also 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 23) 3 0   Houston Dash 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO
GK Casey Murphy (1996-04-25) April 25, 1996 (age 22) 0 0   Montpellier v.   China PR; June 12, 2018 PRE
GK Abby Smith (1993-10-04) October 4, 1993 (age 25) 0 0   Utah Royals FC v.   China PR; June 12, 2018 PRE

DF Kelley O'Hara (1988-08-04) August 4, 1988 (age 30) 112 2   Utah Royals FC 2018 CONCACAF Championship
DF Hailie Mace (1997-03-24) March 24, 1997 (age 21) 3 0   UCLA Bruins 2018 CONCACAF Championship
DF Tierna Davidson (1998-09-19) September 19, 1998 (age 20) 12 1   Stanford Cardinal 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO
DF Jaelene Hinkle (1993-05-28) May 28, 1993 (age 25) 8 0   North Carolina Courage 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO
DF Sofia Huerta (1992-12-14) December 14, 1992 (age 25) 7 0   Sydney FC 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO
DF Margaret Purce (1995-09-18) September 18, 1995 (age 23) 0 0   Portland Thorns FC v.   China PR; June 7, 2018 PRE
DF Tegan McGrady (1997-10-11) October 11, 1997 (age 21) 1 0   Stanford Cardinal v.   Mexico; April 8, 2018
DF Taylor Smith (1993-12-01) December 1, 1993 (age 25) 10 0   Newcastle Jets 2018 SheBelieves Cup
DF Meghan Klingenberg (1988-08-02) August 2, 1988 (age 30) 74 3   Portland Thorns FC v.   Denmark; January 21, 2018

MF Lindsey Horan (1994-05-26) May 26, 1994 (age 24) 62 7   Portland Thorns FC v.   Portugal; November 8, 2018
MF Morgan Brian (1993-02-26) February 26, 1993 (age 25) 81 6   Chicago Red Stars 2018 CONCACAF Championship
MF McCall Zerboni (1986-12-13) December 13, 1986 (age 31) 7 0   North Carolina Courage 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO
MF Haley Hanson (1996-02-22) February 22, 1996 (age 22) 1 0   Houston Dash v.   Mexico; April 8, 2018

FW Tobin Heath (1988-05-29) May 29, 1988 (age 30) 142 25   Portland Thorns FC v.   Portugal; November 8, 2018 PRE
FW Christen Press (1988-12-29) December 29, 1988 (age 29) 106 46   Utah Royals FC v.   Portugal; November 8, 2018 PRE
FW Savannah McCaskill (1996-07-31) July 31, 1996 (age 22) 5 0   Sydney FC 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO
FW Kealia Ohai (1992-01-31) January 31, 1992 (age 26) 3 1   Houston Dash 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO
FW Amy Rodriguez (1987-02-17) February 17, 1987 (age 31) 132 30   Utah Royals FC 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO
FW Lynn Williams (1993-05-21) May 21, 1993 (age 25) 18 4   North Carolina Courage 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO
FW Ashley Hatch (1995-05-25) May 25, 1995 (age 23) 2 0   Washington Spirit v.   Mexico; April 5, 2018

Notes:

  • PRE: Preliminary squad
  • PRO: Provisional roster

Recent schedule and resultsEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2018Edit

2019Edit

Competitive recordEdit

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

All Time ResultsEdit

Year M W D L GF GA Athlete of the Year Scoring leader G Assist leader A Coach Major tournam. result
1985 4 0 1 3 Sharon Remer Michelle Akers 2 Mike Ryan
1986 6 4 0 2 April Heinrichs Marcia McDermott 4 Anson Dorrance
1987 11 6 1 4 Carin Gabarra April Heinrichs 7 Anson Dorrance
1988 8 3 2 3 Joy Fawcett Carin Gabarra 5 C. Gabarra, K. Lilly 2 Anson Dorrance
1989 1 0 1 0 April Heinrichs (none) (none) Anson Dorrance
1990 6 6 0 0 Michelle Akers Michelle Akers 9 Kristine Lilly 3 Anson Dorrance
1991 28 21 1 6 Michelle Akers Michelle Akers 39 Carin Gabarra 21 Anson Dorrance World Cup (Champions)
1992 2 0 0 2 Carin Gabarra (3 players tied) 1 Tisha Venturini 2 Anson Dorrance
1993 17 13 0 4 Kristine Lilly Mia Hamm 10 Michelle Akers 6 Anson Dorrance
1994 13 12 0 1 Mia Hamm Michelle Akers 11 Michelle Akers 7 Anson Dorrance
1995 23 19 2 2 Mia Hamm Mia Hamm 19 Mia Hamm 18 Tony DiCicco World Cup (3rd place)
1996 24 21 2 1 Mia Hamm Tiffeny Milbrett 13 Mia Hamm 18 Tony DiCicco Olympics (Gold medal)
1997 18 16 0 2 Mia Hamm Mia Hamm 18 Tiffeny Milbrett 14 Tony DiCicco
1998 25 22 2 1 Mia Hamm Mia Hamm 20 Mia Hamm 20 Tony DiCicco
1999 29 25 2 2 Michelle Akers Tiffeny Milbrett 21 Mia Hamm 16 Tony DiCicco World Cup (Champions)
2000 41 26 9 6 Tiffeny Milbrett Cindy Parlow 19 Mia Hamm 14 L. Gregg, A. Heinrichs Olympics (Silver medal)
2001 10 3 2 5 Tiffeny Milbrett Tiffeny Milbrett 3 Mia Hamm 2 April Heinrichs
2002 19 15 2 2 Shannon MacMillan Shannon MacMillan 17 Aly Wagner 11 April Heinrichs
2003 23 17 4 2 Abby Wambach Abby Wambach 9 Mia Hamm 9 April Heinrichs World Cup (3rd place)
2004 34 28 4 2 Abby Wambach Abby Wambach 31 Mia Hamm 22 April Heinrichs Olympics (Gold medal)
2005 9 8 1 0 Kristine Lilly Christie Welsh 7 A. Wagner, A. Wambach 5 Greg Ryan
2006 22 18 4 0 Kristine Lilly Abby Wambach 17 Abby Wambach 8 Greg Ryan
2007 24 19 4 1 Abby Wambach Abby Wambach 20 Kristine Lilly 8 Greg Ryan World Cup (3rd place)
2008 36 33 2 1 Carli Lloyd Natasha Kai 15 H. O'Reilly, A. Wambach 10 Pia Sundhage Olympics (Gold medal)
2009 8 7 1 0 Hope Solo (3 players tied) 2 Heather O'Reilly 3 Pia Sundhage
2010 18 15 2 1 Abby Wambach Abby Wambach 16 Lori Lindsey 7 Pia Sundhage
2011 20 13 4 3 Abby Wambach Abby Wambach 8 L. Holiday, M. Rapinoe 5 Pia Sundhage World Cup (2nd place)
2012 32 28 3 1 Alex Morgan Alex Morgan 28 Alex Morgan 21 P. Sundhage, J. Ellis Olympics (Gold medal)
2013 16 13 3 0 Abby Wambach Abby Wambach 11 L. Holiday, A. Wambach 6 Tom Sermanni
2014 24 16 5 3 Lauren Holiday Carli Lloyd 15 Carli Lloyd 8 T. Sermanni, J. Ellis
2015 27 20 5 2 Carli Lloyd Carli Lloyd 18 Megan Rapinoe 10 Jill Ellis World Cup (Champions)
2016 25 22 0 3 Tobin Heath C. Lloyd, A. Morgan 17 Carli Lloyd 11 Jill Ellis
2017 16 12 1 3 Julie Ertz Alex Morgan 7 Megan Rapinoe 5 Jill Ellis
2018 20 18 0 2 Alex Morgan Alex Morgan 18 Megan Rapinoe 12 Jill Ellis
Total 639 499 70 70 0 0

Sources[3][47]

MainEdit

The two highest-profile tournaments the U.S. team participates in are the quadrennial FIFA Women's World Cup and the Olympic Games.

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
  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 Qualified
Total 3/8 43 33 6 4 112 35

Olympic GamesEdit

The team has participated in every Olympic tournament through 2016 and reached the gold medal game in each until 2016, when they were eliminated in the quarterfinals on a penalty shootout loss to Sweden.

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA Coach
  1996 Gold medal 5 4 1 0 9 3 Tony DiCicco
  2000 Silver medal 5 3 1 1 9 5 April Heinrichs
  2004 Gold medal 6 5 1 0 12 4
  2008 Gold medal 6 5 0 1 12 5 Pia Sundhage
  2012 Gold medal 6 6 0 0 16 6
  2016 5th place 4 2 2 0 6 3 Jill Ellis
  2020 TBD-not yet qualified
Total 4/6 33 26 5 2 63 25

MinorEdit

CONCACAF Championship and Gold CupEdit

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA Coach
  1991 Champion 5 5 0 0 49 0 Anson Dorrance
  1993 Champion 3 3 0 0 13 0
  1994 Champion 4 4 0 0 16 1 Tony DiCicco
  1998 Did not participate1
  2000 Champion 5 4 1 0 24 1 April Heinrichs
    2002 Champion 5 5 0 0 24 1
  2006 Champion 2 2 0 0 4 1 Greg Ryan
  2010 Third place 5 4 0 1 22 2 Pia Sundhage
  2014 Champion 5 5 0 0 21 0 Jill Ellis
  2018 Champion 5 5 0 0 26 0
Total 9/10 39 37 1 1 199 6

1 The US team directly qualified for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup as hosts of the event. Because of this, they did not participate in the 1998 CONCACAF Championship, which was the qualification tournament for the World Cup.

Algarve CupEdit

The Algarve Cup is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's soccer hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). Held annually in the Algarve region of Portugal since 1994, it is one of the most prestigious women's football events,[48] alongside the Women's World Cup and Women's Olympic Football. Since 2016, the SheBelieves Cup has gained more interest from the very top ranked teams (USA, Germany, France and England) and thus shifted some attention from the tournament.

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA Coach
1994 Runners-Up 3 2 0 1 6 1 Tony DiCicco
1995 4th Place 4 2 1 1 8 5
1996 did not enter
1997
1998 Third Place 4 3 0 1 10 6 Tony DiCicco
1999 Runners-Up 4 2 1 1 8 4
2000 Champions 4 4 0 0 11 1 April Heinrichs
2001 6th Place 4 1 0 3 5 9
2002 5th Place 4 2 1 1 8 6
2003 Champions 4 2 2 0 5 2
2004 Champions 4 3 0 1 11 5
2005 Champions 4 4 0 0 9 0 Greg Ryan
2006 Runners-Up 4 2 2 0 9 1
2007 Champions 4 4 0 0 8 3
2008 Champions 4 4 0 0 12 1 Pia Sundhage
2009 Runners-Up 4 3 1 0 5 1
2010 Champions 4 4 0 0 9 3
2011 Champions 4 4 0 0 12 3
2012 Third Place 4 3 0 1 11 2
2013 Champions 4 3 1 0 11 1 Tom Sermanni
2014 7th Place 4 1 1 2 7 7
2015 Champions 4 3 1 0 7 1 Jill Ellis
Total[49] 20/22 79 56 11 12 172 62

Player recordsEdit

As of November 13, 2018. Active players are shown in Bold.

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, 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:

  • Goalkeeper: 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 goal record is five for most scored in a match by a member of the USWNT, which has been accomplished by seven players.

Player Date Opponent Location Competition Line-up
Brandi Chastain April 18, 1991[59]   Mexico[59] Port-au-Prince, Haiti World Cup Qualifying Tournament Substitute
Michelle Akers November 24, 1991[59]   Chinese Taipei[59] Foshan, China 1991 FIFA World Cup Starting
Tiffeny Milbrett November 2, 2002[59]   Panama[59] Seattle, United States 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup Starting
Abby Wambach October 23, 2004[59]   Republic of Ireland[59] Houston, United States International Friendly Starting
Amy Rodriguez January 20, 2012[59]   Dominican Republic[59] Vancouver, Canada 2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament Substitute (46')
Sydney Leroux January 22, 2012[59]   Guatemala[59] Vancouver, Canada 2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament Substitute (46')
Crystal Dunn February 15, 2016[59]   Puerto Rico[59] Frisco, United States 2016 Olympic Qualifying Tournament Starting

Head coaching historyEdit

Name Years Matches Won Tied Lost Win % Pts÷M World Cup Olympics
  Mike Ryan 1985 4 0 1 3 .125 0.25
  Anson Dorrance 1986–1994 93 66 5 22 .737 2.18  
  Tony DiCicco 1994–1999 119 103 8 8 .899 2.66      
  Lauren Gregg 1997, 2000 3 2 1 0 .833 2.33
  April Heinrichs 2000–2004 124 87 20 17 .782 2.27      
  Greg Ryan 2005–2007 55 45 9 1 .900 2.62  
  Pia Sundhage 2007–2012 107 91 10 6 .897 2.64      
  Tom Sermanni 2013–2014 23 17 4 2 .826 2.39
  Jill Ellis 2012, 2014–present 88 70 14 5 .883 2.5   5th
Totals[60] 637 501 74 65 .838 2.45

HonorsEdit

See alsoEdit

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