The FIFA World Cup tournament is regarded as the pinnacle competition in the world of soccer. While players can achieve a lot competing for a club, winning the World Cup for their country is the highest honor they can ever achieve in their careers. The glory and pride athletes feel when they lift that coveted trophy is unfathomable and can only be explained by those who have experienced that moment.
Let’s take a look at the team that brought home the gold medal over a year ago: The United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT).
The USWNT has always been at the top of the FIFA Women rankings. They have ranked number one for over 12 years and have won three World Cup titles prior to the 2019 World Cup. The team just does not like to lose! They dominate every tournament they play. The USWNT has won 4 out of 6 Olympics and 4 out of 8 World Cups, including 2019.
The year 2019 was the first time the USWNT successfully defended their title and won back-to-back titles. The team was considered a favorite because their core players remained intact. Star players Carly Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Ashlyn Harris were all still playing, making it even harder to beat them. USWNT is extremely talented and has extensive experience, which puts them at an advantage when it comes to playing in big tournaments.
What many don’t remember about that year was the number of people outside of the U.S. who wanted to see them lose. Apart from Americans and other fans, the rest of the world wanted them to lose – something not new in the world of sports. Many wanted a different winner, rather than a repeat.
However, this would not be the case as the United States team started and finished the tournament in their typical dominative fashion. They battered Thailand with an astonishing 13-0 victory and went on to win every single game afterward without even trailing once! Along the way, the team set staggering records in goals scored (26) and total goal difference (+23). If that was not impressive enough, take into account that international tournaments are composed of teams with the countries’ best players. They aren’t average players; they are the best of the best. The fact that this American team was able to be that dominant in a tournament of that stature, demonstrates that they are the best team in women’s soccer today.
The United States Women’s National Soccer Team has set the standard for women’s soccer. They serve as an inspiration to aspiring young female athletes all over the world.