United States women's national soccer team
The Stars and Stripes
The American Ladies
|Association||United States Soccer Federation|
|Head coach||Jillian Ellis|
|Most caps||Kristine Lilly (352)|
|Top scorer||Alex Morgan (49)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||1 (March 2013)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||2 (December 2014)|
| Italy 1–0 United States
(Jesolo, Italy; August 18, 1985)
| United States 14–0 Dominican Rep.
(Vancouver, Canada; January 20, 2012)
| Brazil 4–0 United States
(Hangzhou, China; September 27, 2007)
|Appearances||7 (First in 1991)|
|Best result||Winners (1991, 1999)|
& Gold Cup
|Appearances||7 (First in 1991)|
|Best result||Winners (1991, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014)|
The United States women's national football team, often referred to as USWNT, represents the United States of America in international soccer competitions. It is controlled by United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football). The U.S. team won the first ever Women's World Cup in 1991, and has since been a superpower in women's soccer. It is currently ranked second in the world by the FIFA Women's World Rankings. The team has also won the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, four Olympic women's gold medals (1996, 2004, 2008 and 2012) and nine Algarve Cups (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013).
- 1 History
- 2 Past and present kits
- 3 Coaching staff
- 4 Recent schedule and results
- 5 Players
- 6 Records
- 7 Head coaches
- 8 Statistics
- 9 Honors
- 10 Media coverage
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
The team played its first match at the Mundialito tournament on August 12, 1985, coached by Mike Ryan (not related to 2005–2007 coach Greg Ryan). In March 2004, two of its stars, Mia Hamm (who retired later that year after a post-Olympic team tour of the USA) and Michelle Akers (who had already retired), 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. Those two women along with 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 beat China 5–4 in a penalty shootout. 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.
Perhaps the second most influential victory came on July 10, 2011, in the quarterfinal of the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany, where the U.S. beat Brazil 5–3 on penalty kicks. Abby Wambach tied the game 2–2 in the 2nd minute of extra time in the 2nd period of overtime (the 122nd minute of the match overall) with a header off a left-footed cross by Megan Rapinoe. Earlier in the game, Brazil had evened the score 1–1 on a controversial penalty kick. Interestingly, the game was played on the 12th anniversary of the memorable 1999 World Cup Final (described above), which the US also won on penalty kicks.
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 in a rematch of 2011 Women’s World Cup final, won by the Japanese on penalty kicks, by winning arguably one of the greatest games only rivaled by the victories mentioned above. In the semi-final match against Canada, the Americans trailed three times before Alex Morgan’s header in the third minute of injury time at the end of 30 minutes of extra-time lifted the team to a 4–3 victory. Morgan’s game-winning goal (123") is now the latest tally ever in a FIFA competition. The 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. Wambach scored a team-leading five goals in five straight games, which is an U.S. and Olympic record, while Morgan and Rapinoe led the team with four assists apiece, which attributed to their team-high tying 10 points. By scoring both goals in the 2012 Olympic final, Carli Lloyd is the only woman in history to score the winning goal in separate gold Olympic matches (2008 and 2012).
In late 2012 U.S. Soccer (along with the Canadian Soccer Association and Mexican Football Federation) announced it would subsidize formation of the new National Women's Soccer League starting in 2013, following previous termination of the WUSA and WPS leagues. Stated benefits to the women's national team included providing "competitive games week in and week out against the other best players in the country as well as some international players,” and giving "opportunities to players who may not have the chance in the past to play for the national team or to players who have been on the fringes but haven’t been able to break into the squad."
In the 2013 season, USA had an undefeated record of 14-0-2 with their last win against Brazil with a score of 4-1 as part of a longer 43-game unbeaten streak that spanned two years. The USA's 43-game unbeaten streak came to an end after a 1-0 loss against Sweden in the 2014 Algarve Cup. The streak began with a 4-0 win over Sweden in the 2012 Algarve Cup after a 1-0 loss against Japan. The USWNT's 80-game home unbeaten streak is still active.
Past and present kits
Traditionally since the team started, the kit has been an all-white kit, with occasional blue shorts. Blue shorts in combination with blue or red jersey and socks have also been used. Combinations of red, white and blue were used in 2003 World Cup, and 2004 Olympics. From 2012, the team's kit is identical to that worn by the men's team. Like the men's team, Nike is the team's kit manufacturer. The team also wears two stars above the US Soccer badge, to signify their two championship titles from World Cup competitions.
|Head coach||Jill Ellis|
|Assistant coach||Omid Namazi|
|Goalkeeping coach||Paul Rogers|
|Fitness Coach||Dawn Scott|
Recent schedule and results
The following is a list of matches from the past twelve months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
|Friendly January 31, 2014||United States||1 – 0||Canada||Frisco, Texas|
|20:00 CT||Leroux 78'||Report||Stadium: Toyota Stadium
|Friendly February 8, 2014||United States||7 – 0||Russia||Boca Raton, Florida|
|15:30 CT||Lloyd 29', 37'
Press 51', 59'
|Report||Stadium: FAU Stadium
|Friendly February 13, 2014||United States||8 – 0||Russia||Atlanta, GA|
|19:30 ET||Terkehova 11' (o.g.)
Orlova 50' (o.g.)
Holiday 81' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Georgia Dome
|Algarve Cup Group B March 5, 2014||Japan||1 – 1||United States||Parchal, Portugal|
|7:45 EST||Miyama 83'||Report||Leroux 59'||Stadium: Estadio Bela Vista
|Algarve Cup Group B March 7, 2014||Sweden||1 – 0||United States||Albufeira, Portugal|
|8:30 EST||Schelin 24'||Report||Stadium: Estadio Municipal
|Algarve Cup Group B March 10, 2014||United States||3 – 5||Denmark||Albufeira, Portugal|
|10:40 EST||Press 51'
Nadim 35', 39'
|Stadium: Estadio Municipal
|Algarve Cup Placement March 12, 2014||North Korea||0 – 3||United States||Parchal, Portugal|
|Wambach 11', 58'
|Stadium: Estadio Bela Vista
|Friendly April 6, 2014||United States||2 – 0||China PR||Commerce City, Colorado|
|15:00 MT||Holiday 39'
|Report||Stadium: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
|Friendly April 10, 2014||United States||3 – 0||China PR||San Diego, California|
|20:00 PT||Lloyd 20', 23'
|Report||Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium
|Friendly May 8, 2014||Canada||1 – 1||United States||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|20:00 CT||Buchanan 35'||Report||Leroux 78'||Stadium: Investors Group Field
|Friendly June 14, 2014||United States||1 – 0||France||Tampa, Florida|
|19:00 ET||Leroux 21'||Report||Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
|Friendly June 19, 2014||United States||2 – 2||France||East Hartford, Connecticut|
|19:00 ET||Alex Morgan 56', 85'||Report||Louisa Necib 27' (penalty)
Amandine Henry 68'
|Stadium: Rentschler Field
|Friendly August 20, 2014||United States||4 – 1||Switzerland||Cary, North Carolina|
|19:30 ET||Rapinoe 3'
Lloyd 56' (pen)
Wambach 87' (pen)
|Report||Crnogorčević 70' (pen)||Stadium: WakeMed Soccer Park
|Friendly September 13, 2014||United States||8 – 0||Mexico||Sandy, Utah|
|19:00 ET||Garciamendez 11' (o.g.)
Wambach 23', 41'
Morgan 36', 56'
|Report||Stadium: Rio Tinto Stadium
Referee: Vilma Montez (SLV)
|Friendly September 18, 2014||United States||4 – 0||Mexico||Rochester, New York|
|19:00 ET||Rodriguez 8'
|Report||Stadium: Sahlen's Stadium
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beauboin (CAN)
|WCQ - Group Stage October 15, 2014||United States||1 – 0||Trinidad and Tobago||Kansas City, Missouri|
|20:30 ET||Wambach 54'||Report
|Stadium: Sporting Park
Referee: Marianela Araya (CRC)
|WCQ - Group Stage October 17, 2014||United States||5 - 0||Guatemala||Bridgeview, Illinois|
|21:00 ET||Heath 7', 57'
|Report||Stadium: Toyota Park
Referee: Maurees Skeete (GUY)
|WCQ - Group Stage October 20, 2014||Haiti||0 - 6||United States||Washington, D.C.|
|19:30 ET||Report||Lloyd 9'
Wambach 38', 61'
|Stadium: RFK Stadium
Referee: Quetzali Alvarado (MEX)
|WCQ - Semi-Final October 24, 2014||United States||3 - 0||Mexico||Chester, Pennsylvania|
|16:30 ET||Lloyd 6', 30' (pen)
|Stadium: PPL Park
|WCQ - Final October 26, 2014||Costa Rica||0 - 6||United States||Chester, Pennsylvania|
|18:00 ET||Report||Wambach 4', 35', 41', 71'
|Stadium: PPL Park
|Torneio Internacional GS December 10, 2014||United States||1 - 1||China PR||Brasilia, Brazil|
|16:20 ET||Lloyd 22'||Report||Han Peng 66'||Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
|Torneio Internacional GS December 14, 2014||Brazil||3 - 2||United States||Brasilia, Brazil|
|16:00 ET||Marta 19', 55', 64'||Report||Lloyd 6'
|Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
|Torneio Internacional GS December 18, 2014||United States||7 - 0||Argentina||Brasilia, Brazil|
|16:20 ET||Press 7', 23', 41', 78'
Lloyd 30', 44', 47'
|Report||Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
|Torneio Internacional Placement December 21, 2014||Brazil||0 - 0||United States||Brasilia, Brazil|
|16:00 ET||Report||Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
|Friendly February 8, 2015||United States||v||France||Lorient, France|
|Stadium: Stade du Moustoir
|Friendly February 13, 2015||United States||v||England||England|
|World Cup GS June 8, 2015||United States||v||Australia||Winnipeg|
|Stadium: Investors Group Field
|World Cup GS June 12, 2015||United States||v||Sweden||Winnipeg|
|Stadium: Investors Group Field
|World Cup GS June 16, 2015||Nigeria||v||United States||Vancouver|
|Stadium: BC Place
Caps and goals are current as of December 18, 2014.
The following players were named to a squad in the last twelve months.
- RET = Retired from the national team
- Active players in bold, statistics as of December 14, 2014
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 Pu Wei and Li Jie of China, Birgit Prinz of Germany and Christine Sinclair of Canada, as well as by three more Americans, Kate Markgraf, Abby Wambach and Heather O'Reilly. Kristine Lilly and Christie Rampone are the only players to earn more than 300 caps.
10 most capped players
Top 10 scorers
Top 10 assists
Most goals scored in a match
The record for most goals scored in a match by a member of the USWNT is five, which has been accomplished by six players.
|Brandi Chastain||April 18, 1991||Mexico||Port-au-Prince, Haiti||FIFA Women's World Cup Final Qualifying Tournament||Substitute||First 5 career international goals. Consecutive goals in the match. Final score: 12–0|
|Michelle Akers||November 24, 1991||Chinese Taipei||Foshan, China||1991 FIFA Women's World Cup||Starting||Included first 3 goals of the match (9', 29', 33'). The only American to score 5 goals in a World Cup or Olympics match. Final score: 7–0|
|Tiffeny Milbrett||November 2, 2002||Panama||Seattle, Washington, USA||2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup||Starting||Included a hat trick in the first nine minutes. Final score: 9–0|
|Abby Wambach||October 23, 2004||Republic of Ireland||Houston, Texas, USA||International Friendly.
Fan Celebration Tour
|Starting||Played indoor in Reliant Stadium. Four goals were assists from Mia Hamm. Final score: 5–0|
|Amy Rodriguez||January 20, 2012||Dominican Republic||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament||Substitute
|Biggest win by U.S. women's national team. Final score: 14–0|
|Sydney Leroux||January 22, 2012||Guatemala||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament||Substitute
|First 5 career international goals in her second cap for U.S. women's senior team. Final score: 13–0|
|Ryan, MikeMike Ryan||1985||4||0||1||3||.125||0.25|
|Dorrance, AnsonAnson Dorrance||1986–1994||93||66||5||22||.737||2.18|
|DiCicco, TonyTony DiCicco||1994–1999||119||103||8||8||.899||2.66|
|Gregg, LaurenLauren Gregg||1997, 2000||3||2||1||0||.833||2.33|
|Heinrichs, AprilApril Heinrichs||2000–2004||124||87||20||17||.782||2.27|
|Ryan, GregGreg Ryan||2005–2007||55||45||9||1||.900||2.62|
|Sundhage, PiaPia Sundhage||2007–2012||107||91||10||6||.897||2.64|
|Sermanni, TomTom Sermanni||2013–2014||23||17||4||2||.826||2.39|
|Ellis, JillianJillian Ellis||2012, 2014–Present||23||16||6||1||.826||2.35|
- Statistics as of December 22, 2014
- Host year in red
|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|
The team has participated in every Olympics tournament through 2012 and won a medal in each.
|2016||To Be Determined||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2020||To Be Determined||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
CONCACAF Championship and Gold Cup
|2010||Third place||5||4||0||1||22||2||Pia Sundhage|
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.
The Algarve Cup is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's association football 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, alongside the Women's World Cup and Women's Olympic Football.
|1995||4th Place||4||2||1||1||8||5||Toni DiCicco|
|1996||-1did not enter||-1||-1||-1||-1||-1||-1|
|1997||-1did not enter||-1||-1||-1||-1||-1||-1|
|1998||3Third Place||4||3||0||1||10||6||Toni DiCicco|
|2001||6th Place||4||1||0||3||5||9||April Heinrichs|
|2002||5th Place||4||2||1||1||8||6||April Heinrichs|
|2012||3Third Place||4||3||0||1||11||2||Pia Sundhage|
|2014||7th Place||4||1||1||2||7||7||Tom Sermanni|
Pan American Games
The Pan American Games are held in the same year as the FIFA Women's World Cup, consequently the senior United States women's national soccer team never participated in the Pan American Games. However two youth teams: an under-18 team participated and won the inaugural women's soccer tournament at the 1999 Pan American Games, and an under-20 team lost in the final to a full Brazil team in the 2007 Pan American Games. Some of the players who participated in those Pan American Games, such as Hope Solo, Tobin Heath, Lauren Cheney, Cat Reddick and Kelley O'Hara, later played for the full national team.
Torneio Internacional de Futebol Feminino
Yearly Team Summary
|Year||M||W||D||L||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|
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|FIFA Women's World Cup champions
1991 (first title)
|FIFA Women's World Cup champions
1999 (second title)
1996 (first title)
2004 (second title)
2008 (third title)
2012 (fourth title)
|CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup champions
1991 (first title)
1993 (second title)
1994 (third title)
As CONCACAF champions
|CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup champions
2000 (fourth title)
2002 (fifth title)
2006 (sixth title)