• In 30 years, the USWNT has played 569 games. Their W-L-T record is 441-61-67.
• A total of 94 players have scored for the USWNT, amassing 1736 goals (including own goals).
• Five USWNT players have scored 100 or more international goals – Abby Wambach(183), Mia Hamm (158), Kristine Lilly (130), Michelle Akers (105) and Tiffeny Milbrett (100).
• The most goals scored by one USWNT player in a match is five, and that’s happened six times: Brandi Chastain vs. Mexico 1991, Akers v Taiwan 1991, Milbrett v Panama 2002, Wambach v Ireland 2004, Amy Rodriguez v Dominican Republic 2012, and Sydney Leroux v Guatemala 2012.
• Michelle Akers holds the team record for most goals scored in one year – she netted 39 in 1991, the year of the first Women’s World Cup. She was the Golden Boot winner at that tourney, with 10 goals.
• The 500th USWNT goal was scored by Justi Baumgardt vs South Korea on May 4, 1997.
• The 1000th USWNT goal was scored by Shannon MacMIllan vs Italy on October 22, 2003.
• The 1500th USWNT goal was scored by Abby Wambach vs Japan on June 18, 2012.
• 32 players have earned at least 100 caps – and Tobin Heath will make it 33 if she plays Wednesday night.
• Two of those 32 players have earned more than 300 caps (Lilly with 352 and Christie Rampone with 309), and eight others have over 200 (Hamm 275, Julie Foudy 272, Wambach 250, Joy Fawcett 239, Heather O’Reilly 221, Milbrett 204, Carli Lloyd 203,Kate Markgraf 201).
• A total of 204 players have earned at least one cap for the USWNT. Twenty-two of those players were goalkeepers.
• Those 204 players represent more than 40 college soccer programs. North Carolina has the most representation on the team over the years, with 51 players.
• However, none of the top three keepers in the USWNT history (based on caps earned) have come from UNC. The top three are Hope Solo (Washington, 178 caps), Briana Scurry (UMass, 173 caps) and Nicole Barnhart (Stanford, 54 caps).
• In seven Women’s World Cup tournaments, the team has won three WWC titles, finished second once and finished third twice. The USWNT is the only team to reach the semifinals of every Women’s World Cup.
• A total of 29 American players have scored in a Women’s World Cup, amassing a total of 112 goals in 43 games. All-time scoring leaders for the USWNT in WWC play are Wambach (14), Akers (12), Hamm (8), Lilly (8), Lloyd (7) and Milbrett (7).
• The USWNT has earned the Golden Ball (MVP) at the Women’s World Cup twice – Carin Jennings received the award in 1991, and Carli Lloyd took the honor in 2015.
• Since the debut of women’s soccer in the Olympics in 1996, the USWNT has won every gold medal except in 2000, when they fell to Norway 3-2 in overtime of the gold medal match.
• Twenty players have scored for the USWNT in the five Olympic tournaments, amassing 58 goals. Wambach is the leading scorer with nine.
• Only once has the USWNT lost a group stage game at the Olympics – in 2008 vs Norway, falling 2-0.
• More than 3,340,000 fans have watched the USWNT play a match in the US.
• The team has played in 32 states plus the District of Columbia. California has hosted the most matches (35), followed by Florida (24) and Pennsylvania (17).
• The USWNT’s first domestic match was played against Canada on July 7, 1986 in Blaine, Minnesota. This was the USWNT’s first win (2-0, with goals from Marcia McDermott and Joan Dunlap) and Canada’s first-ever international match.
• The USWNT has played matches in 24 foreign countries, including 56 in Portugal as the team has competed in 20 editions of the annual Algarve Cup.
• The team has played 33 matches in China, which hosted two Women’s World Cups (1991 and 2007) as well as the 2008 Olympics.
• The countries who are the most common opponents for the USWNT are Canada (55 games), China (54), Norway (49), Sweden (36), Mexico (33), Germany (32) and Japan (31).
• The team has had eight (non-interim) head coaches: Mike Ryan (1985), Anson Dorrance (1986 – 1994), Tony DiCicco (1995 – 1999), April Heinrichs (2000 – 2004), Greg Ryan (2005 – 2007), Pia Sundhage (2008 – 2012), Tom Sermanni (2013 – 2014) and Jill Ellis (2014 – present). Heinrichs is the only former USWNT player (so far) to coach the team.
• In 20 tries, the USWNT have earned ten Algarve Cup titles, scoring 172 goals. Wambach is the all-time leading scorer with 22 goals, followed by Lilly (13), Lloyd (12), Alex Morgan (12) and Shannon MacMillan (11).
• The USWNT has shut out their opponents 320 times, but have only been held scoreless in 21 matches.
• The USWNT has never allowed an opponent to score more than four goals in one match, and this has happened just six times in 30 years.
• The largest margin of victory in the team’s history is their 14-0 win over the Dominican Republic in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying in January 2012.
Brandi Chastain, Michelle Akers, Tiffeny Milbrett, Abby Wambach, Amy Rodriguez & Sydney Leroux have each set a record of goals in a single game which is 5 for the USWNT. Brandi Chastain scored hers on April 18, 1991 against Mexico in a 12-0 win. Michelle Akers scored a few months later on November 24, 1991 against Chinese Taipei with a score of 7-0 during the 1991 Women’s World Cup. Tiffeny Milbrett helped the United States get the 9-0 win against Panama on November 2, 2002. Abby Wambach got her 5 goals in the second half vs. Ireland being the only player to score in that game on October 23, 2004. Amy Rodriguez came on as a sub in the second half on January 20, 2012 scoring her 5 goals helping the US defeat the Dominican Republic 14-0. Two days later on January 22, 2012, Sydney Leroux, also coming on as a sub, got her 5 goals in the 13-0 win against Guatemala in only her second appearance with the United States senior team.
So I’m reading The Girls of Summer again. It’s the book on the 99 USWNT written by Jere Longman. If you haven’t already, check it out!
Anyways… I was reading and about 20 pages in and they started talking about how close the team was. Then I read this:
“When Tiffeny Milbrett lost a necklace during practice, play was halted and the entire team walked the field in search of the missing jewelry.”
01 August 2009: Tiffeny Milbrett of the FC Gold Pride celebrates with Christine Sinclair of the Gold Pride after Milbrett scored a goal during the second half of the game against Washington Freedom at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California. FC Gold Pride defeated Washington Freedom, 3-2.