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United States women's national soccer team
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Yanks
The 91ers
Association United States Football Federation
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Sweden Pia Sundhage
Asst coach Norway Hege Riise
Captain Christie Rampone
Most caps Kristine Lilly (342)
Top scorer Mia Hamm (158)
FIFA code USA
FIFA ranking 1
Highest FIFA ranking 1 (July 2003)
Lowest FIFA ranking 2 (October 2003)
Home colors
Away colors
First international
Italy Italy 1–0 United States United States
(Jesolo, Italy; August 18, 1985)
Biggest win
United States United States 12–0 Martinique Martinique
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; April 20, 1991)
Biggest defeat
United States United States 0–4 Brazil Brazil
(Hangzhou, China; September 27, 2007)
World Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1991)
Best result Winners, 1991, 1999
Olympic Games
Appearances 4 (First in 1996)
Best result Winners, 1996, 2004, 2008
CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 2000)
Best result Winners, 2000, 2002, 2006
Olympic medal record
Women's Football
Gold 1996 Atlanta Team
Silver 2000 Sydney Team
Gold 2004 Athens Team
Gold 2008 Beijing Team

The United States Women's National Football Team represents the United States in international football (soccer) competition and is controlled by U.S. Soccer. The team is ranked 1st in the world by the FIFA Women's World Rankings.[1] The team has won two Women's World Cups (1991 and 1999); three Olympic Women's Gold Medals (1996, 2004 and 2008) and seven Algarve Cups (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2010).

The team played its first match on August 18, 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 named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers chosen by Pelé as part of FIFA's centenary observances.

Among its many other honors, the team was selected the U.S. Olympic Committee's Team of the Year in 1997 and 1999. Sports Illustrated magazine chose the entire team as its 1999 Sportspeople of the Year.

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 bought 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 most 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 took 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.

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Kit

Traditionally since the team started, the kit has been an all white kit. Occasionally blue shorts have been used. A gold shirt and blue shorts are the away kit. Despite the men's and women's teams kits being different, Nike, the US Soccer kit provider, provides the kits for both.

Schedule and recent results

Date Competition Location Opponent Result Scorers
February 24, 2010 Algarve Cup Estádio Municipal, Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal  Iceland 2–0 Sif (o.g.)
Cheney
February 26, 2010 Algarve Cup Estádio José Arcanjo, Olhão, Portugal  Norway 2–1 Wambach (2)
March 1, 2010 Algarve Cup Parque Desportiva da Nora, Ferreiras, Portugal  Sweden 2–0 Cheney (2)
March 3, 2010 Algarve Cup Estádio Algarve, Faro, Portugal  Germany 3–2 Lloyd
Wambach
Cheney
March 28, 2010 Friendly Torero Stadium, San Diego, California  Mexico
March 31, 2010 Friendly Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah  Mexico
May 22, 2010 Friendly USA  Germany

Current squad

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Matchday squad v Germany

The following 19-player matchday squad was named for the Algarve Cup final against Germany on March 3, 2010. Shannon Boxx served as captain in the absence of normal captain Christie Rampone.[2]

Caps and goals are current as of the completion of the team's 3–2 win over Germany at Estádio Algarve in Faro, Portugal on March 3, 2010.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Hope Solo July 30, 1981 (1981-07-30) (age 28) 88 0 United States Saint Louis Athletica
2 DF Heather Mitts June 9, 1978 (1978-06-09) (age 31) 107 2 United States Philadelphia Independence
4 DF Cat Whitehill February 10, 1982 (1982-02-10) (age 28) 132 11 United States Washington Freedom
5 MF Lori Lindsey March 19, 1980 (1980-03-19) (age 29) 5 0 United States Philadelphia Independence
6 DF Amy LePeilbet March 12, 1982 (1982-03-12) (age 28) 30 0 United States Boston Breakers
7 MF Shannon Boxx June 29, 1977 (1977-06-29) (age 32) 121 20 United States Saint Louis Athletica
8 FW Amy Rodriguez February 17, 1987 (1987-02-17) (age 23) 42 6 United States Philadelphia Independence
9 FW Heather O'Reilly January 2, 1985 (1985-01-02) (age 25) 120 25 United States Sky Blue FC
10 MF Carli Lloyd July 16, 1982 (1982-07-16) (age 27) 87 20 United States Sky Blue FC
11 FW Lauren Cheney September 30, 1987 (1987-09-30) (age 22) 23 8 United States Boston Breakers
12 MF Yael Averbuch November 3, 1986 (1986-11-03) (age 23) 6 0 United States Sky Blue FC
13 FW Megan Rapinoe July 5, 1985 (1985-07-05) (age 24) 11 4 United States Chicago Red Stars
14 DF Stephanie Cox April 3, 1986 (1986-04-03) (age 23) 58 0 United States Boston Breakers
15 MF Casey Nogueira February 23, 1989 (1989-02-23) (age 21) 4 0 United States Chicago Red Stars
17 DF Meghan Schnur April 16, 1986 (1986-04-16) (age 23) 3 0 United States Sky Blue FC
18 GK Nicole Barnhart October 10, 1981 (1981-10-10) (age 28) 21 0 United States FC Gold Pride
20 FW Abby Wambach June 2, 1980 (1980-06-02) (age 29) 135 104 United States Washington Freedom
24 GK Jillian Loyden May 25, 1985 (1985-05-25) (age 24) 0 0 United States Chicago Red Stars
26 DF Rachel Buehler June 8, 1985 (1985-06-08) (age 24) 35 0 United States FC Gold Pride

Records

The women's national team boasts the first six players in the history of the game to have earned 200 or more caps. (These players have since been joined in the 200-cap club by two China women's players and Birgit Prinz of Germany.) Kristine Lilly is the only player of either sex with over 300 caps.

Most capped players

Rank Player Caps Goals Years
1 Kristine Lilly 342 129 1987–
2 Mia Hamm 275 158 1987–2004
3 Julie Foudy 271 45 1987–2004
4 Joy Fawcett 239 27 1987–2004
5 Christie Rampone 215 4 1997–
6 Tiffeny Milbrett 205 100 1995–2006
7 Kate Markgraf 198 1 1998–
8 Brandi Chastain 192 30 1991–2004
9 Shannon MacMillan 175 60 1994–2006
10 Briana Scurry 173 0 1994–
Active players in bold, statistics as of May 6, 2009

Top scorers

Rank Player Goals Caps Years
1 Mia Hamm 158 275 1987–2004
2 Kristine Lilly 129 340 1987–
3 Michelle Akers 105 153 1985–2000
4 Abby Wambach 103 133 2003–
5 Tiffeny Milbrett 100 205 1995–2006
6 Cindy Parlow 75 158 1995–2006
7 Shannon MacMillan 60 175 1994–2006
8 Carin Jennings-Gabarra 53 117 1987–2004
9 Julie Foudy 45 271 1987–2004
10 Tisha Venturini 44 132 1992–2000

Head coaches

Name Years Played Won Tied Lost Win %
United States Ryan, MikeMike Ryan 1985 4 0 1 3 .125
United States Dorrance, AnsonAnson Dorrance 1986–1994 93 66 5 22 .737
United States DiCicco, TonyTony DiCicco 1994–1999 119 103 8 8 .899
United States Gregg, LaurenLauren Gregg 1997, 2000 3 2 1 0 .833
United States Heinrichs, AprilApril Heinrichs 2000–2004 124 87 20 17 .782
United States Ryan, GregGreg Ryan 2005–2007 55 45 9 1 .900
Sweden Sundhage, PiaPia Sundhage 2007–present 39 36 2 1 .923
Totals 408 339 47 52 .831
Statistics as of May 6, 2009

World Cup record

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
People's Republic of China 1991 Champions 6 6 0 0 25 5
Sweden 1995 Third place 6 4 1 1 16 4
United States 1999 Champions 6 5 1 0 18 3
United States 2003 Third place 6 5 0 1 15 5
People's Republic of China 2007 Third place 6 4 1 1 12 7
Total 5/5 30 25 2 3 86 24

Olympics record

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
United States 1996 Gold Medal 6 4 1 0 9 3
Australia 2000 Silver Medal 6 4 1 1 9 5
Greece 2004 Gold Medal 6 5 1 0 12 4
People's Republic of China 2008 Gold Medal 6 5 0 1 10 5
Total 4/4 24 18 3 2 40 17

CONCACAF Gold Cup record

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
Haiti 1991 Champions 5 5 0 0 49 0
United States 1993 Champions 3 3 0 0 13 0
Canada 1994 Champions 4 4 0 0 16 1
Canada 1998 Did not participate - - - - - -
United States 2000 Champions 5 4 1 0 23 2
United StatesCanada 2002 Champions 5 5 0 0 24 1
United States 2006 Champions 2 2 0 0 4 1
Total 6/7 24 23 1 0 129 5

Other honors

International

Champions (7): 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010
Runners-Up (3): 1994, 1999, 2006, 2009
Third Place (2): 1997, 1998
Champions (6): 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
Third Place (1): 2002
  • Peace Queen Cup
Champions (2): 2006, 2008

Regional

Champions (1): 1999
Runners-Up (1): 2007
Champions (5): 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

Media coverage

ESPN and ESPN2 bring most coverage, with occasional coverage from Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Sports en Espanol, and Galavisión.

See also

References

External links

Preceded by
Inaugural Champions
World Champions
1991 (First title)
Succeeded by
1995 Norway 
Preceded by
1995 Norway 
World Champions
1999 (Second title)
Succeeded by
2003 Germany 

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