United States women's national soccer team
The United States women's national soccer team is the United States women's team that is controlled by the United States Soccer Federation. The United States team has for a long time been a great team, and is currently ranked the second best team, by FIFA. The team has won three Women's World Cup titles (1991, 1999, 2015); four Olympic Women's Gold Medals (1996, 2004, 2008 and 2012) and eight Algarve Cups (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011).
The Stars and Stripes
|Association||United States Soccer Federation|
(North, Central America and the Caribbean)
|Sub-confederation||NAFU (North America)|
|Head coach||Jill Ellis|
|Most caps||Kristine Lilly (354)|
|Top scorer||Abby Wambach (184)|
|Current||1 (December 7, 2018)|
|Highest||1 (various times)|
|Lowest||2 (various times)|
| 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||8 (first in 1991)|
|Best result||Champions: (1991, 1999, 2015)|
|Appearances||6 (first in 1996)|
|Best result||Gold: (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)|
& Gold Cup
|Appearances||9 (first in 1991)|
|Best result||Champions: (1991, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014, 2018)|
The team was also selected as the U.S. Olympic Committee's Team of the Year (1997 and 1999). Sports Illustrated chose the team as the Sportspeople of the Year (1999).
The United States lost to Japan in the finals, so United States finishes as runner-up (for the first time). They also beat Brazil, which had beaten them in the semifinals of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.
The United States won their second title on this year. After they defeated China 5-4 in the penalty kicks, a lot more people began to watch Women's football. Also, after Brandi Chastain made the last penalty, she randomly slid on the grass and ripped of her shirt. This brought a lot of attention, but Brandi Chastain said "Momentary insanity, nothing more, nothing less. I wasn’t thinking about anything. I thought, ‘This is the greatest moment of my life on the soccer field."
The United States won their first title on this year. They defeated Norway 2-1.
The U.S. women's team boasts the first six players in the history of the sport to have appeared 200 times for their national team. One of them, Kristine Lilly, is the only player of either sex with 300 or more appearances.
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. December 7, 2018. Retrieved December 7, 2018.