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

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 FIFAmarker'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) filled the Rose Bowlmarker 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. After China made it 4-4 in penalty kicks, Brandi Chastain scored the final penalty kick 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.

Schedule and recent results

Date Competition Location Opponent Result Scorers
March 4, 2009 2009 Algarve Cup Estádio Municipal de Lagos, 2-0 W Woznuk

DiMartino
March 6, 2009 2009 Algarve Cup Parque Desportiva da Nora, Ferreirasmarker, Portugalmarker 1-0 W Kai
March 9, 2009 2009 Algarve Cup Parque Desportiva da Nora, Ferreirasmarker, Portugalmarker 1-0 W Rapinoe
March 11, 2009 2009 Algarve Cup Estádio Algarvemarker, 1-1 D (3–4 L, pen) Boxx
May 25, 2009 Friendly BMO Fieldmarker, Torontomarker, Canadamarker 4-0 W Boxx

Rapinoe

Tarpley

Cheney
July 19, 2009 Friendly Marina Auto Stadiummarker, 1-0 W Wambach
July 22, 2009 Friendly Blackbaud Stadiummarker, 1-0 W Nairn
October 29, 2009 Friendly Impuls Arenamarker, Augsburgmarker, Germanymarker 1-0 W Wambach


Current squad

Matchday squad v Germany

The following 18-player matchday squad was named for the friendly against Germany on October 29, 2009. Lori Chalupny served as captain in the absence of normal captain Christie Rampone.

Caps and goals are current as of the completion of the team's 1-0 win over Germany at Impuls Arenamarker in Augsburgmarker on October 29, 2009.

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 will join them with her next cap.)



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 101 127 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 %
1985 4 0 1 3 .125
1986–1994 93 66 5 22 .737
1994–1999 119 103 8 8 .899
1997, 2000 3 2 1 0 .833
2000–2004 124 87 20 17 .782
2005–2007 55 45 9 1 .900
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
1991 Champions 6 6 0 0 25 5
1995 Third place 6 4 1 1 16 4
1999 Champions 6 5 1 0 18 3
2003 Third place 6 5 0 1 15 5
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
1996 Gold Medal 6 4 1 0 9 3
2000 Silver Medal 6 4 1 1 9 5
2004 Gold Medal 6 5 1 0 12 4
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
1991 Champions 5 5 0 0 49 0
1993 Champions 3 3 0 0 13 0
1994 Champions 4 4 0 0 16 1
1998 Did not participate - - - - - -
2000 Champions 5 4 1 0 23 2
2002 Champions 5 5 0 0 24 1
2006 Champions 2 2 0 0 4 1
Total 6/7 24 23 1 0 129 5


Other honors

International

Champions (6): 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
Runners-Up (3): 1994, 1999, 2006, 2009
Third Place (2): 1997, 1998


Champions (6): 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
Third Place (1): 2002


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

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"The 91ers"

The "91ers" refer to a group of women on the United Stated women's national soccer team who were together from the start of the team until their eventual retirement. This group included players Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Brandie Chastain, Kristine Lilly, and Joy Fawcett. They got this nickname from the 1991 World Cup- the first time they won it. This nickname stuck because the next big tournament they were in, they didn't win it all. People began to think they were only good in 1991. A few years later they got their second taste of victory at the 1996 World Cup, but their group nickname stuck.

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