United States women's national soccer team
The Stars and Stripes
|Association||United States Soccer Federation|
(North, Central America and the Caribbean)
|Sub-confederation||NAFU (North America)|
|Head coach||Jill Ellis|
|Captain||Carli Lloyd / Becky Sauerbrunn|
|Most caps||Kristine Lilly (352)|
|Top scorer||Abby Wambach (184)|
|Current||1 (June 24, 2016)|
|Highest||1 (July 2003 – September 2003, March 2005 – May 2005, March 2007 – September 2007, March 2008 – November 2014, July 2015–)|
|Lowest||2 (October 2003 – February 2005, June 2005 – February 2007, October 2007 – February 2008, December 2014 – June 2015)|
| 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)|
The United States women's national soccer team (USWNT) represents the United States 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 team has been one of 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 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 December 2014, falling back behind Germany, the only other team to occupy the No. 1 position in the rankings' history. The team is currently ranked No. 1, moving back into the position on July 10, 2015 due to its victory in the 2015 World Cup. 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Team image
- 3 Coaching staff
- 4 Team
- 5 Recent schedule and results
- 6 Past and present uniforms
- 7 Competitive record
- 7.1 Yearly team summary
- 7.2 World Cup
- 7.3 Olympic Games
- 7.4 CONCACAF Championship and Gold Cup
- 7.5 SheBelieves Cup
- 7.6 Algarve Cup
- 7.7 International Women's Football Tournament of Brazil
- 7.8 Pan American Games
- 7.9 Player records
- 7.10 Head coaching history
- 8 Honors
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The team played its first match at the Mundialito tournament on August 12, 1985, coached by Mike Ryan, in which they lost 1–0 to Italy. 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 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.
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. defeated Brazil 5–3 on penalty kicks. Brazil had annihilated the USA in the previous world cup (2007), handing the USA their worst defeat in the history of the program: 4–0 in the semifinal. Coming into the match, the USA had never failed to advance to the semifinal round in (women's) world cup history. Brazil also featured reigning five time Fifa Women's World Player of the, Marta. Brazil had been finalists in the past three major international tournaments (2004 and 2008 Olympics; 2007 World Cup), but had yet to win a championship. Thanks to a blistering cross by Shannon Boxx and a charging run by Abby Wambach, the USA forced and own goal in the opening minutes of the match and went up 1–0. Midway through the second half, Marta made a run at the USA's goal and USA defender Rachel Buehler challenged. The referee, Jacqui Melksham, ruled it a foul, gave Brazil a penalty kick, and red carded Buehler, sending her off in the 65th minute. Hope Solo saved the initial penalty kick made by Cristiane, but this was controversially overruled by the referee, and the penalty kick was ordered to be retaken. Marta converted, tying the game 1–1. Melksham initially claimed the reason for the redo was that Hope Solo had stepped off the line. Solo was yellow-carded for either this offense or for protesting (the reason for the card was never confirmed). Video replay proved Solo had not come off the line, and after the match, the official record claimed that the true offense was a US player encroaching into the box before the initial PK was taken. In the first overtime, Marta scored, again controversially as the player who assisted her looked to be offsides, but this was not called. The US had less than 20 minutes to equalize, all while playing down a player since the 65th minute. In the 117th minute, the Brazilian Erika received a yellow card for gamesmanship, when she faked injury for several minutes, was placed on a stretcher and carried to the corner flag before she leapt off the stretcher and ran back onto the pitch. This confused everyone as to how much injury time was left. In the 121st minute, Carli Lloyd took a shot and missed, giving possession back to Brazil. Cristiane took the ball to the USA's corner and stood on it, wanting to waste the clock. USA captain Christie Rampone pressured her to pass and the ball was intercepted by Ali Krieger. Krieger passed to Lloyd who dribbled upfield and drew several Brazilian players, leaving Megan Rapinoe open on the wing. Lloyd passed to Rapinoe who hugged the sideline. Just past the midstripe, Rapinoe hammered a left-footed (she's dominantly right-footed) 45 yard cross to the Brazilian back post where Abby Wambach was crashing. It was the 122nd minute, and Abby scored on her signature header. The goal was called the "Header Heard Round the World" and it tied the game 2–2. It has been voted the greatest goal in US soccer history and the greatest goal in women's world cup history. Commentator Ian Darke shouted, "OH DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?! ABBY WAMBACH HAS JUST SAVED THE USA'S LIFE IN THIS WORLD CUP!" and later, "Brazil is denied at the death!" All of the USA's penalty kick takers – Shannon Box, Carli Lloyd, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, and Ali Krieger – converted their PKs. Hope Solo saved Daiane's attempt at a PK, allowing the US to win 5–3 in PKs. Solo was named MVP of the match. Coincidentally, the USA-Brazil match (nicknamed the "Miracle in Dresden") was played on the 12th anniversary of the memorable 1999 World Cup Final (described above), which the US also won on penalty kicks. Brianna Scurry and Hope Solo each made a save on the third PK taker, and the USA players who scored the winning penalty kicks (Brandi Chastain and Ali Krieger, respectfully) were both defenders who didn't normally take PKs.
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 after the 2011 Women's World Cup Final, won by the Japanese in a penalty shoot-out, 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 Women's United Soccer Association and Women's Professional Soccer 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 104-game home unbeaten streak ended on December 16, 2015 with a 1–0 loss to China.
In December 2013, the USWNT All-Time Best XI was chosen by the United States Soccer Federation. Goalie: Brianna Scurry; Defenders: Brandi Chastain, Carla Overbeck, Christie Rampone, Joy Fawcett; Midfielders: Kristine Lilly, Michelle Akers, Julie Foudy; Forwards: Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan 
On July 5, 2015, USA defeated Japan 5–2 in the final of the 2015 World Cup, claiming their third Women's World Cup title and their first since 1999. Carli Lloyd scored three goals in 16 minutes, including one from 56.9 yards out, achieving the fastest hat-trick from kick-off in World Cup history; not to be confused with the record for briefest hat-trick (time between first and third goals), which is 5 minutes. With Lloyd's third goal, Telemundo announcer, Andres Cantor, shouted "GOOOOOOAL!" for nearly forty seconds. Lauren Holiday scored the winning goal and Tobin Heath scored the USA's fifth goal. With about 10 minutes left, Abby Wambach was subbed into the game, and it was the last World Cup match she would participate in. The fans greeted her with a standing ovation and chanted her name. Lloyd, wanting to honor Abby further, placed the captain's band on her when she entered. Lloyd said, "I wanted to make sure she put the armband on because she deserves it. She has been legendary to this team. She's been unbelievable. I'm so thankful I can call her my friend, my teammate, and I'm just so proud her last World Cup she could go out strong."  As Abby entered the match, she high-fived her long time friend and Japanese legend Homare Sawa, who, like Abby, was playing in her final World Cup. Sawa had been subbed into the match in the first half. In the 86th minute, longtime team captain Christie Rampone was subbed into the game and became the oldest player to ever play in a Women's World Cup final. The crowd roared, as this was a further nod of respect from Ellis' 2015 world champion squad to the 1999 championship team. Rampone was the only member of the squad to have been in both championship teams.
While no one pulled a Brandi Chastain in 2015, new enduring images of celebration emerged. Carli Lloyd crying on the field with a relieved grin; Sydney Leroux embracing her husband in the stands, showing that men can be just as supportive of their spouses as their wives are for them; golden confetti showering a victorious USA team as the captains dually lift the trophy. But perhaps the most famous celebration was when Abby Wambach ran to the sideline and kissed her wife, Sara Huffman, whom she had married in 2013. During the 2015 tournament, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled it unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marriage (Huffman and Wambach were not denied the right to marriage by their state, though prior to the 2015 SCOTUS decision, several states were attempting to make or had made same-sex marriages illegal). While Wambach and Huffman traditionally kept a low profile about their relationship, their kiss was broadcast live and the image went viral with the hashtag #LoveWins on Twitter. Wambach reflected, "It's definitely not something that I ever considered before it happened. It was just in the moment and that's something that I'm proud of — that we could maybe move the needle into [a] more open-minded and accepting frame of mind… Hopefully, if that can help one person feel more confident about their life, then I'm proud." President Obama acknowledge the moment as well when honoring the team at the white house, saying that she and her wife had showed how far America had come, on and off the field. The victory made the team the first in history to have won three Women's World Cup titles, becoming the most successful team in the tournament to date.
Following their most recent World Cup win, the team was honored with their own ticker tape parade in New York City, the first for a women's sports team, and they also received the Outstanding Team award during the 2015 ESPY Awards and a Teen Choice Award for Favourite Female Athlete(s). They were honored by Glamour Magazine as "Women of the Year." Sports Illustrated celebrated them with 25 covers of the magazine – one of several members of the team, one of Head Coach Jill Ellis, and then one cover for each member of the 23 player squad The team was again honored on October 27, 2015, when President Barack Obama welcomed them to the White House. The president stated, "This team taught all America's children that playing like a girl means you're a badass." He then amended, saying perhaps he should use a different word choice, and said, "Playing like a girl means you're the best."
The USWNT's success ushered in an uncertain following year. In the second of two matches against China later that year, the USWNT lost for the first time on US soil since 2004. 2016 then saw the US only manage a draw against Colombia in the final group stage match of the Olympic soccer tournament, which was followed by a draw against rival Sweden on August 12, 2016 in the quarter-finals. During the penalty kick phase that followed the overtime period, Alex Morgan had her kick blocked by Sweden's GK and Christen Press's PK missed the Goal entirely – giving Sweden the win by a 4–3 PK margin. The devastating loss marked the only time that the USWNT did not advance to the gold medal game of the Olympics. It was also the first time that the USWNT failed to advance to the Semi-Final round of a major tournament. Shortly afterwards, US Goal Keeper Hope Solo made news by suggesting that Sweden's game strategy and excessively 'safe' style of play was inconsistent with the spirit of the sport which is commonly called 'the beautiful game'. Solo's use of the word 'cowards' to describe Sweden's players drew criticism from multiple sources, including at least one of her current teammates, along with ex-USWNT player and ESPN Commentator, Julie Foudy. On August 24, 2016, US Soccer's governing body suspended Solo for 6 months. Hope Solo is appealing the suspension.
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, 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 game set the original record for largest US television audience for a women's soccer match with 17.975 million viewers on average and an estimated 40 million watching at least part, 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. In fact, the 2015 NBA Finals had the highest average ratings since the Michael Jordan era, and Game 6 where the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers set a record for ABC. That record rating was equaled and surpassed by the 2015 Women's World Cup Final. 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 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|
|Goalkeeper coach||Graeme Abel||Mar 2015|
|Fitness Coach||Dawn Scott||Feb 2011|
The following 18 players were called up for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The following players were named to a squad in the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Ashlyn Harris||October 19, 1985||8||0||Orlando Pride||2016 Summer OlympicsALT|
|GK||Adrianna Franch||November 12, 1990||0||0||Portland Thorns FC||v. Japan; June 5, 2016|
|DF||Emily Sonnett||November 25, 1993||9||0||Portland Thorns FC||2016 Summer OlympicsALT|
|DF||Jaelene Hinkle||May 28, 1993||8||0||Western New York Flash||v. South Africa; July 9, 2016|
|DF||Gina Lewandowski||April 13, 1985||1||0||FC Bayern Munich||v. South Africa; July 9, 2016|
|DF||Christie Rampone||June 24, 1975||311||4||Sky Blue FC||v. Japan; June 2, 2016PRE|
|DF||Lauren Barnes||May 31, 1989||0||0||Seattle Reign FC||2016 SheBelieves Cup, March 2016|
|DF||Lori ChalupnyRET||January 29, 1984||106||10||Retired||v. Brazil; October 25, 2015|
|MF||Heather O'Reilly||January 2, 1985||230||46||FC Kansas City||2016 Summer OlympicsALT|
|MF||Samantha Mewis||October 9, 1992||11||2||Western New York Flash||2016 Summer OlympicsALT|
|MF||Rose Lavelle||May 14, 1995||0||0||Wisconsin Badgers||v. Japan; June 5, 2016|
|MF||Danielle Colaprico||May 6, 1993||0||0||Chicago Red Stars||v. Republic of Ireland; January 23, 2016|
|MF||Shannon BoxxRET||June 29, 1977||195||27||Retired||v. Brazil; October 25, 2015|
|MF||Lauren HolidayRET||September 30, 1987||133||24||Retired||v. Brazil; October 25, 2015|
|MF||Christine Nairn||September 25, 1990||2||1||Washington Spirit||v. Brazil; October 25, 2015|
|FW||Ashley Sanchez||March 16, 1999||0||0||So Cal Blues||v. Colombia; April 6, 2016PRE|
|FW||Stephanie McCaffrey||February 18, 1993||6||1||Chicago Red Stars||CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, February 2016|
|FW||Sydney LerouxPREG||May 7, 1990||75||35||FC Kansas City||v. Republic of Ireland; January 23, 2016|
|FW||Abby WambachRET||June 2, 1980||256||184||Retired||v. China PR; December 16, 2015|
|FW||Amy RodriguezPREG||February 17, 1987||129||30||FC Kansas City||v. China PR; December 16, 2015|
- ALT = Alternate
- RET = Retired from the national team
- PREG = Pregnant
- INJ = Injured
- PRE = Preliminary squad
- Position legend: GK=goalkeeper; DF=Defender; MF=Midfielder; FW=Forward.
Recent schedule and results
The following is a list of matches in 2016, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
|January 23, 2016 Friendly||United States||5–0||Republic of Ireland||San Diego, California|
|14:00 PT||Lloyd 6', 21', 28'
|Report||Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium
Referee: Karen Abt (United States)
|February 10, 2016 Olympic qualifier: Group A||United States||5–0||Costa Rica||Frisco, Texas|
|19:30 CT||Morgan 1', 62'
Lloyd 9' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Toyota Stadium
Referee: Cardella Samuels (Jamaica)
|February 13, 2016 Olympic qualifier: Group A||United States||1–0||Mexico||Frisco, Texas|
|15:00 CT||Lloyd 80'||Report||Stadium: Toyota Stadium
Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)
|February 15, 2016 Olympic qualifier: Group A||United States||10–0||Puerto Rico||Frisco, Texas|
|19:30 CT||Dunn 6', 21', 61', 85', 87'
Lloyd 19' (pen.)
Rivera 61' (o.g.)
|Report||Stadium: Toyota Stadium
Referee: Crystal Sobers (Trinidad and Tobago)
|February 19, 2016 Olympic qualifier: Semi-Final||United States||5–0||Trinidad and Tobago||Houston, Texas|
|19:30 CT||Heath 12'
Morgan 30', 71', 73'
|Report||Stadium: BBVA Compass Stadium
Referee: Tatiana Guzman (Nicaragua)
|February 21, 2016 Olympic qualifier: Final||United States||2–0||Canada||Houston, Texas|
|16:00 CT||Horan 53'
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (Mexico)
|March 3, 2016 SheBelieves Cup||United States||1–0||England||Tampa, Florida|
|19:30 ET||Dunn 72'||Report||Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
Referee: Tatiana Alguera (Nicaragua)
|March 6, 2016 SheBelieves Cup||United States||1–0||France||Nashville, Tennessee|
|14:00 CT||Morgan 90+1'||Report||Stadium: Nissan Stadium
Referee: Alondra Arellano Sandoval (Mexico)
|March 9, 2016 SheBelieves Cup||United States||2–1||Germany||Boca Raton, Florida|
|19:30 ET||Morgan 37'
|Report||Mittag 30'||Stadium: FAU Stadium
Referee: Carol Chenard (Canada)
|April 6, 2016 Friendly||United States||7–0||Colombia||East Hartford, Connecticut|
|19:30 ET||Dunn 27'
Long 32', 65'
|Report||Stadium: Pratt & Whitney Stadium
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (Canada)
|April 10, 2016 Friendly||United States||3–0||Colombia||Chester, Pennsylvania|
|14:00 ET||Press 26'
Johnston 42', 79'
|Report||Stadium: Talen Energy Stadium
Referee: Margaret Domka (United States)
|June 2, 2016 Friendly||United States||3–3||Japan||Commerce City, Colorado|
|19:00 MT||Morgan 27', 64'
Ogimi 22' 39', 57'
|Stadium: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Referee: Margaret Domka (United States)
|June 5, 2016 Friendly||United States||2–0||Japan||Cleveland, Ohio|
|12:30 ET||Johnston 27' (Long) 13'
Morgan 62' (Dunn)
|Report||Sugasawa 36'||Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium
Referee: Marianela Cruz (Costa Rica)
|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: Group Play (G)||United States||2–0||New Zealand||Belo Horizonte, Brazil|
|18:00 ET||Lloyd 9'
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
|August 6, 2016 Olympics: Group Play (G)||United States||1–0||France||Belo Horizonte, Brazil|
|16:00 ET||Lloyd 63'||Report||Stadium: Mineirão
Referee: Claudia Umpierrez (Uruguay)
|August 9, 2016 Olympics: Group Play (G)||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: Quarter-Finals||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||v||Thailand||Columbus, Ohio|
|TBA||Stadium: Mapfre Stadium
|September 18, 2016 Friendly||United States||v||Netherlands||Atlanta, Georgia|
|TBA||Stadium: Georgia Dome
Past and present uniforms
The USWNT has worn a combination of red, white, or blue (the colors of the national flag) in most years, with exceptions including a gold shirt in 2007, a black shirt in 2011, and black trim with neon green socks for the 2015 World Cup. In 2012 the team started wearing the same kit as the U.S. men's team, beginning with the red and white hoop design. Nike became the kit supplier for U.S. Soccer in 1995, with an agreement signed in December 2013 to extend the sponsorship through 2022. The USWNT began wearing two stars as of 1999 to signify their two World Cup titles. A third star was added after their third World Cup title in July 2015.
Yearly team summary
- Host year in red
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|
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 penalty shootout.
CONCACAF Championship and Gold Cup
|1998||Did not participate1|
|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 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, 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|
|1997||-1did not enter|
|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|
|2016||-1did not enter|
International Women's Football Tournament of Brazil
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 (now Holiday), Cat Reddick (now Whitehill) and Kelley O'Hara, later played for the full national team.
- Active players in bold. Statistics as of August 12, 2016
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, Katrine Pedersen of Denmark, Christine Sinclair of Canada, Homare Sawa of Japan, and Therese Sjögran of Sweden 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.
Most capped players
Source Updated to January 8, 2016
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 seven 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, United States||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, United States||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|
|Crystal Dunn||February 15, 2016||Puerto Rico||Frisco, Texas, United States||2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament||Starting||Final Score: 10–0|
Head coaching history
|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||67||52||12||3||.866||2.51||3.||0.1. 5th|
- Statistics as of August 12, 2016
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- Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team – 2005 HBO documentary
- United States U-17 women's national soccer team
- United States U-20 women's national soccer team
- United States U-23 women's national soccer team
- Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), 2001–03
- Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), 2009–11
- National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), 2013–present
- Soccer in the United States
- United States men's national soccer team
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