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.[2] It has medaled in every single World Cup and Olympic tournament in women's soccer history. After being ranked No. 2 on average from 2003 to 2008 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings,[3] the team was ranked No. 1 continuously from March 2008 to December 2014,[4] 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,[5] and Sports Illustrated chose the entire team as 1999 Sportswomen of the Year for its usual Sportsman of the Year honor.[6]

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."[7] 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[8] The team was again honored on October 27, 2015, when President Barack Obama welcomed them to the White House.[9] 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."[10]


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.[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 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.[13] It has been voted the greatest goal in US soccer history[13] and the greatest goal in women's world cup history.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[16] 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.[16] 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,[17] 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."[18]

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.[19][20] 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 [21]

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." [22] 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. Carl 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.[23] 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."[24] 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.[25]

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. Rampone and Wambach would lift the trophy together in 2015.

Team image

Media coverage

U.S. TV coverage for the five Women's World Cups from 1995 to 2011 was provided by ESPN/ABC and Univision,[26][27] while coverage rights for the three Women's World Cups from 2015 to 2023 were awarded to Fox Sports and Telemundo.[28][4] 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.[4] The USWNT games in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship and the 2015 Algarve Cup were broadcast by Fox Sports.[4][4]

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.[4] The game set the original record for largest US television audience for a women's soccer match with 17.975 million viewers on average[4] and an estimated 40 million watching at least part,[4] 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.[4]

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.[37] It averaged 23 million viewers and higher ratings than the NBA finals and the Stanley Cup finals.[4] 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.[37] 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.[5]

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.[5]

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,[19] a black shirt in 2011,[19] 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.[19] Nike became the kit supplier for U.S. Soccer in 1995, with an agreement signed in December 2013 to extend the sponsorship through 2022.[5] The USWNT began wearing two stars as of 1999 to signify their two World Cup titles.[5] A third star was added after their third World Cup title in July 2015.[5]

1999 home
1999 away[47]
2005–2007 home
2005–2007 away
2007–2009 home[19]
2007–2009 home[19]
2007–2008 away[19]
2008–2009 away
2010–2011 home[6]
2010–2011 away[6]
2011–2012 home[6]
2011–2012 away[19]
2012–2013 home[19]
2012–2013 away[6]
2013 home[6]
2014– 2015 home[6]
2014–2015 away[6]
2015–2016 home[6]
2015–2016 away[6]
2016– home[19]
2016– away[19]

Coaching staff

Current staff

RoleNameStart date
Head coachEngland United States Jill EllisMay 2014
Assistant coachSweden Tony GustavssonJun 2014
Goalkeeper coachEngland Graeme AbelMar 2015
Fitness CoachEngland Dawn ScottFeb 2011


Head coaching history

NameYearsMatchesWonTiedLostWin %Pts÷MWorld CupOlympics
Republic of Ireland United States Ryan, MikeMike Ryan19854013.1250.2500
United States Dorrance, AnsonAnson Dorrance1986–19949366522.7372.183.Gold medal icon (G initial).svg0.
United States DiCicco, TonyTony DiCicco1994–199911910388.8992.664.Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg Gold medal icon (G initial).svg3.Gold medal icon (G initial).svg
United States Gregg, LaurenLauren Gregg1997, 20003210.8332.33
United States Heinrichs, AprilApril Heinrichs2000–2004124872017.7822.271.Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg5.Silver medal icon (S initial).svg Gold medal icon (G initial).svg
United States Ryan, GregGreg Ryan2005–2007554591.9002.621.Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg0
Sweden Sundhage, PiaPia Sundhage2007–201210791106.8972.642.Silver medal icon (S initial).svg6.Gold medal icon (G initial).svg Gold medal icon (G initial).svg
Scotland Sermanni, TomTom Sermanni2013–2014231742.8262.3900
EnglandUnited States Ellis, JillJill Ellis2014.2012, 2014–present6249103.8712.533.Gold medal icon (G initial).svg0
Statistics as of July 9, 2016


Current squad

The following 18 players were called up for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Caps and goals are current as of July 22, 2016 after match against  Costa Rica.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11GKHope Solo(1981-07-30) July 30, 1981 1980United States Seattle Reign FC
181GKAlyssa Naeher(1988-04-20) April 20, 1988 70United States Chicago Red Stars

42DFBecky Sauerbrunn (captain)(1985-06-06) June 6, 1985 1090United States FC Kansas City
112DFAli Krieger(1984-07-28) July 28, 1984 911United States Washington Spirit
52DFKelley O'Hara(1988-08-04) August 4, 1988 822United States Sky Blue FC
72DFMeghan Klingenberg(1988-08-02) August 2, 1988 653United States Portland Thorns FC
82DFJulie Johnston(1992-04-06) April 6, 1992 398United States Chicago Red Stars
62DFWhitney Engen(1987-11-28) November 28, 1987 374United States Boston Breakers

103MFCarli Lloyd (captain)(1982-07-16) July 16, 1982 22488United States Houston Dash
173MFTobin Heath(1988-05-29) May 29, 1988 11915United States Portland Thorns FC
153MFMegan Rapinoe(1985-07-05) July 5, 1985 11331United States Seattle Reign FC
143MFMorgan Brian(1993-02-26) February 26, 1993 544United States Houston Dash
93MFLindsey Horan(1994-05-26) May 26, 1994 203United States Portland Thorns FC
33MFAllie Long(1987-08-13) August 13, 1987 102United States Portland Thorns FC

134FWAlex Morgan(1989-07-02) July 2, 1989 11267United States Orlando Pride
124FWChristen Press(1988-12-29) December 29, 1988 7034United States Chicago Red Stars
164FWCrystal Dunn(1992-07-03) July 3, 1992 3514United States Washington Spirit
24FWMallory Pugh(1998-04-29) April 29, 1998 143United States UCLA Bruins

Recent call-ups

The following players were named to a squad in the last twelve months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKAshlyn Harris(1985-10-19) October 19, 1985 80United States Orlando Pride2016 Summer OlympicsALT
GKAdrianna Franch(1990-11-12) November 12, 1990 00United States Portland Thorns FCv. Japan; June 5, 2016

DFEmily Sonnett(1993-11-25) November 25, 1993 90United States Portland Thorns FC2016 Summer OlympicsALT
DFJaelene Hinkle(1993-05-28) May 28, 1993 80United States Western New York Flashv. South Africa; July 9, 2016
DFGina Lewandowski(1985-04-13) April 13, 1985 10Germany FC Bayern Munichv. South Africa; July 9, 2016
DFChristie Rampone(1975-06-24) June 24, 1975 3114United States Sky Blue FCv. Japan; June 2, 2016PRE
DFLauren Barnes(1989-05-31) May 31, 1989 00United States Seattle Reign FC2016 SheBelieves Cup, March 2016
DFLori ChalupnyRET(1984-01-29) January 29, 1984 10610Retiredv. Brazil; October 25, 2015

MFHeather O'Reilly(1985-01-02) January 2, 1985 23046United States FC Kansas City2016 Summer OlympicsALT
MFSamantha Mewis(1992-10-09) October 9, 1992 112United States Western New York Flash2016 Summer OlympicsALT
MFRose Lavelle(1995-05-14) May 14, 1995 00United States Wisconsin Badgersv. Japan; June 5, 2016
MFDanielle Colaprico(1993-05-06) May 6, 1993 00United States Chicago Red Starsv. Republic of Ireland; January 23, 2016
MFShannon BoxxRET(1977-06-29) June 29, 1977 19527Retiredv. Brazil; October 25, 2015
MFLauren HolidayRET(1987-09-30) September 30, 1987 13324Retiredv. Brazil; October 25, 2015
MFChristine Nairn(1990-09-25) September 25, 1990 21United States Washington Spiritv. Brazil; October 25, 2015

FWAshley Sanchez(1999-03-16) March 16, 1999 00United States So Cal Bluesv. Colombia; April 6, 2016PRE
FWStephanie McCaffrey(1993-02-18) February 18, 1993 61United States Chicago Red StarsCONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, February 2016
FWSydney LerouxPREG(1990-05-07) May 7, 1990 7535United States FC Kansas Cityv. Republic of Ireland; January 23, 2016
FWAbby WambachRET(1980-06-02) June 2, 1980 256184Retiredv. China PR; December 16, 2015
FWAmy RodriguezPREG(1987-02-17) February 17, 1987 12930United States FC Kansas Cityv. 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 2015


The following is a list of matches in 2016, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

Player records

Active players in bold. Statistics as of July 22, 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 four more Americans: Kate Markgraf, Abby Wambach, Heather O'Reilly and Carli Lloyd. Kristine Lilly and Christie Rampone are the only players to earn more than 300 caps.

10 most capped players

1Kristine Lilly3521301987–2010
2Christie Rampone31141997–
3Mia Hamm2751581987–2004
4Julie Foudy272451988–2004
5Abby Wambach2561842001–2015
6Joy Fawcett239271987–2004
7Heather O'Reilly230462002–
8Carli Lloyd224882005–
9Tiffeny Milbrett2041001991–2005
10Kate Markgraf20111998–2010


Top 10 scorers

1Abby Wambach2551842001–20150.721
2Mia Hamm2751581987–20040.574
3Kristine Lilly3521301987–20100.369
4Michelle Akers1531051985–20000.686
5Tiffeny Milbrett2041001991–20050.485
6Carli Lloyd224882005–0.393
7Cindy Parlow158751996–20040.474
8Alex Morgan112672010–0.600
9Shannon MacMillan176601993–20050.340
10Carin Jennings-Gabarra117531987–19960.452


Top 10 assists

1Mia Hamm2751441987–20040.523
2Kristine Lilly3521051987–20100.298
3Abby Wambach255732001–20150.294
4Tiffeny Milbrett204611991–20050.299
5Julie Foudy272551988–20040.202
6Heather O'Reilly230542002–0.235
7Shannon MacMillan176501993–20050.284
8Carin Jennings-Gabarra117471987–19960.401
9Aly Wagner131421998–20080.320
Carli Lloyd224422005–0.188
10Megan Rapinoe113402008–0.355

Source[59] Updated to January 8, 2016


Years as captainPlayerCapsGoalsUSWNT
1985Denise Bender[7]401985
1986–1987Emily Pickering[7]1521985–1992
1988–1991Lori Henry3931985–1991
1991April Heinrichs[7]46351986–1991
1993–2000Carla Overbeck[7]16841988–2000
2000–2004Julie Foudy[7]271451987–2004
2000–2004Joy Fawcett239271987–2004
2004–2008Kristine Lilly3521301987–2010
2008–2015Christie Rampone31141997–
2010–2015Abby Wambach2551842001–2015
2016–Carli Lloyd224882005 –
2016–Becky Sauerbrunn10902008–

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 ChastainApril 18, 1991[65]Mexico Mexico[65]Port-au-Prince, HaitiFIFA Women's World Cup Final Qualifying TournamentSubstituteFirst 5 career international goals. Consecutive goals in the match. Final score: 12–0
Michelle AkersNovember 24, 1991[65]Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei[65]Foshan, China1991 FIFA Women's World CupStartingIncluded 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 MilbrettNovember 2, 2002[65]Panama Panama[65]Seattle, Washington, United States2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold CupStartingIncluded a hat trick in the first nine minutes. Final score: 9–0
Abby WambachOctober 23, 2004[65]Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland[65]Houston, Texas, United StatesInternational Friendly.
Fan Celebration Tour
StartingPlayed indoor in Reliant Stadium. Four goals were assists from Mia Hamm. Final score: 5–0
Amy RodriguezJanuary 20, 2012[65]Dominican Republic Dominican Republic[65]Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying TournamentSubstitute
(Substituted on46')
Biggest win by U.S. women's national team. Final score: 14–0
Sydney LerouxJanuary 22, 2012[65]Guatemala Guatemala[65]Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying TournamentSubstitute
(Substituted on46')
First 5 career international goals in her second cap for U.S. women's senior team. Final score: 13–0
Crystal DunnFebruary 15, 2016[65]Puerto Rico Puerto Rico[65]Frisco, Texas, United States2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying TournamentStartingFinal Score: 10–0

Competitive record

Yearly team summary

YearMWDLAthlete of the YearScoring leaderGAssist leaderACoachMajor tournam. result
19854013Sharon RemerMichelle Akers2Mike Ryan
19866402April HeinrichsMarcia McDermott4Anson Dorrance
198711614Carin GabarraApril Heinrichs7Anson Dorrance
19888323Joy FawcettCarin Gabarra5C. Gabarra, K. Lilly2Anson Dorrance
19891010April Heinrichs(none)(none)Anson Dorrance
19906600Michelle AkersMichelle Akers9Kristine Lilly3Anson Dorrance
1991282116Michelle AkersMichelle Akers39Carin Gabarra21Anson DorranceWorld Cup (Champions)
19922002Carin Gabarra(3 players tied)1Tisha Venturini2Anson Dorrance
1993171304Kristine LillyMia Hamm10Michelle Akers6Anson Dorrance
1994131201Mia HammMichelle Akers11Michelle Akers7Anson Dorrance
1995231922Mia HammMia Hamm19Mia Hamm18Tony DiCiccoWorld Cup (3rd place)
1996242121Mia HammTiffeny Milbrett13Mia Hamm18Tony DiCiccoOlympics (Gold medal)
1997181602Mia HammMia Hamm18Tiffeny Milbrett14Tony DiCicco
1998252221Mia HammMia Hamm20Mia Hamm20Tony DiCicco
1999292522Michelle AkersTiffeny Milbrett21Mia Hamm16Tony DiCiccoWorld Cup (Champions)
2000412696Tiffeny MilbrettCindy Parlow19Mia Hamm14L. Gregg, A. HeinrichsOlympics (Silver medal)
200110325Tiffeny MilbrettTiffeny Milbrett3Mia Hamm2April Heinrichs
2002191522Shannon MacMillanShannon MacMillan17Aly Wagner11April Heinrichs
2003231742Abby WambachAbby Wambach9Mia Hamm9April HeinrichsWorld Cup (3rd place)
2004342842Abby WambachAbby Wambach31Mia Hamm22April HeinrichsOlympics (Gold medal)
20059810Kristine LillyChristie Welsh7A. Wagner, A. Wambach5Greg Ryan
2006221840Kristine LillyAbby Wambach17Abby Wambach8Greg Ryan
2007241941Abby WambachAbby Wambach20Kristine Lilly8Greg RyanWorld Cup (3rd place)
2008363321Carli LloydNatasha Kai15H. O'Reilly, A. Wambach10Pia SundhageOlympics (Gold medal)
20098710Hope Solo(3 players tied)2Heather O'Reilly3Pia Sundhage
2010181521Abby WambachAbby Wambach16Lori Lindsey7Pia Sundhage
2011201343Abby WambachAbby Wambach8L. Holiday, M. Rapinoe5Pia SundhageWorld Cup (2nd place)
2012322831Alex MorganAlex Morgan28Alex Morgan21P. Sundhage, J. EllisOlympics (Gold medal)
2013161330Abby WambachAbby Wambach11L. Holiday, A. Wambach6Tom Sermanni
2014241653Lauren HolidayCarli Lloyd15Carli Lloyd8T. Sermanni, J. Ellis
2015262052Carli LloydCarli Lloyd18Megan Rapinoe10Jill EllisWorld Cup (Champions)


World Cup

Host year in red
China 1991Champion6600255Anson Dorrance
Sweden 1995Third Place6411155Tony DiCicco
United States 1999Champion6510183Tony DiCicco
United States 2003Third Place6501155April Heinrichs
China 2007Third Place6411127Greg Ryan
Germany 2011Runner-up6321137Pia Sundhage
Canada 2015Champion7610143Jill Ellis

Olympic Games

The team has participated in every Olympics tournament through 2012 and won a medal in each.

United States 1996[7]Champion541093Tony DiCicco
Australia 2000Runner-up641195April Heinrichs
Greece 2004Champion6510124April Heinrichs
China 2008[7]Champion6501125Pia Sundhage
United Kingdom 2012Champion6600166Pia Sundhage
Brazil 2016Qualified

CONCACAF Championship and Gold Cup

Haiti 1991Champion5500490Anson Dorrance
United States 1993Champion3300130Anson Dorrance
Canada 1994Champion4400161Tony DiCicco
Canada 1998Did not participate1
United States 2000Champion5410241April Heinrichs
United States Canada 2002Champion55230241April Heinrichs
United States 2006Champion220041Greg Ryan
Mexico 2010Third place5401222Pia Sundhage
United States 2014Champion5500210Jill Ellis
United States 2016Champion5500230Jill Ellis

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.

SheBelieves Cup

United States 2016Champion330041Jill Ellis

Algarve 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,[8] alongside the Women's World Cup and Women's Olympic Football.

19942Runners-Up320161Toni DiCicco
19954th Place421185Toni DiCicco
1996-1did not enter
1997-1did not enter
19983Third Place4301106Toni DiCicco
19992Runners-Up421184Toni DiCicco
20001Champions4400111April Heinrichs
20016th Place410359April Heinrichs
20025th Place421186April Heinrichs
20031Champions422052April Heinrichs
20041Champions4301115April Heinrichs
20051Champions440090Greg Ryan
20062Runners-Up422091Greg Ryan
20071Champions440083Greg Ryan
20081Champions4400121Pia Sundhage
20092Runners-Up431051Pia Sundhage
20101Champions440093Pia Sundhage
20111Champions4400123Pia Sundhage
20123Third Place4301112Pia Sundhage
20131Champions4310111Tom Sermanni
20147th Place411277Tom Sermanni
20151Champions431071Jill Ellis
2016-1did not enter

International Women's Football Tournament of Brazil

Brazil 20142Runners-Up4121104Jill Ellis

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,[71] and an under-20 team lost in the final to a full Brazil team in the 2007 Pan American Games.[72] 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.