The Best in the World! 10 Records Broken by the US Women's Soccer Team
Even though months have passed since the women of the USA dominated the 2019 World Cup, it is still just as impressive today to relive all the records broken by the US Women's Soccer Team.
Despite months having passed since the US Women's Soccer Team dominated and won the 2019 World Cup, fans across the world are still rejoicing in the kick-ass victory. What started for us in France at the opening match on June 11, the women of America were pit against Thailand, and utterly crushed them with a final score of 13-0. It was then that viewers, fans, and everyone else in the world witnessed the strength, talent, and determination that the US was bringing to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Not to mention, it was during this game; led by Carli Lloyd, Becky Sauerbrunn, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Carli Lloyd (who you might remember from one of the most memorable Women's World Cup moments of all time; where the first of many world records were broken. From most goals scored in a single game to having the most World Cup Series won, every game brought us a moment to remember. So, why not recap? Here are the most recognizable records broken by the US Women's Soccer Team from the opening of the tournament to the final match.
The Most Goals Scored in a Soccer World Cup Series
The 2019 US Women's National Soccer Team did what every team aims to do... score goals. And they did! A lot of them. The previous record, which was held by themselves as well as Germany, was exceeded when US scored the final two goals, from Rose LaVelle and Megan Rapinoe, versus the Netherlands, and brought their total goals scored in the tournament to a whopping 26.
The First Coach to Win Two World Cup Titles
USWNT coach, Jill Ellis, made history when she became the first coach to win two FIFA Women's World Cup Titles in 2015 and 2019. She was also named World Coach of the Year by the FIFA organization in 2015. If that record wasn’t impressive enough, Ellis is also the second coach in both the Women’s and Men’s World Cup to win these titles consecutively. Italy’s coach, Vittorio Pozzo, created this record back in 1934 and 1938. All I have to say is, GET IT, GIRL!
The Only Women’s Team to Win Four World Cup Titles
Led by coach Jill Ellis, the USA brought home the last two FIFA World Cups wins in 2015 and 2019 respectively. Before her, the USWNT also had wins in 1991 and 1999, giving our beautiful nation's team the title of having the most World Cup titles won in history.
The Most Games Played and Won at the Women’s World Cup
Here’s another record within a record broken. Not only is the United States Women’s Soccer Team the only team to appear in every single World Cup Semifinals, but they also hold the record for most games played and won. By the end of the 2019 World Cup, the USWNT played in 50 games, winning 40 of them, outperforming every other team in the history of the tournament.
The Most Goals Scored in the Women’s World Cup over the Past 28 Years
The first Women’s World Cup was held in November of 1991, and over the course of those 28 years and 50 games, the USWNT scored a total of 138 goals compared to just 38 from their combined opponents. Obviously, this awards the women of the USA as the most dominant team in FIFA Women’s World Cup history.
The Most Goals Scored Early in Six Consecutive World Cup Games
Not only did the US Women’s Soccer Team score the most goals collectively, but they also became the first country to score goals in the first 15 minutes in six straight World Cup games.
The Oldest Player to Score in a FIFA Women’s World Cup Final
In the nail-biting championship verses the Netherlands, 34-years-young Megan Rapinoe nailed a penalty kick, making her the oldest female player to score in a Women’s World Cup final. Not only did this penalty kick win the championship, it was also her sixth goal of the series, earning her the iconic Golden Boot.
The Highest Margin of Victory in Both Men and Women’s Soccer
In the 2007 Women’s World Cup, Germany defeated Argentina with a whopping 11-0 win, the highest margin of victory in any game prior. Or at least that was the case until the USWNT played Thailand on July 11, 2019, and not only broke the record, but raised it by two with a final score of 13-0. As for the Men’s World Cup, the highest margin of victory record is 9-0. Since the US Men's National Soccer Team is underachieving, why can't these ladies get equal pay again?
The Most Players Scored in One World Cup Match
The match of US against Thailand was more than just a victory, it was a historic win, full of several record breaking stats. Not only did that game have the highest margin of victory, it also broke the record for most players to score in a single World Cup match. Seven different women scored, and three of those women scored multiple times, setting records on records on records. Shout out to Morgan, Mewis, and Lavelle for that epic game.
Most Goals in a Single World Cup Game
Saving the best for last, Silver Boot Award winner, Alex Morgan, truly proved why she is not only a role model to girls everywhere, but one of FIFA’s biggest stars. With the USWNT crushing Thailand 13-0, forward Alex Morgan single-handedly scored five of those 13 goals. Yes, FIVE! Thanking the ball for bouncing in the right direction, Morgan was left speechless in her post-game interview, making humility just another one of the records broken by the US Women's Soccer Team (despite the fact that the USWNT is the pride of our country). This incredible achievement ties her up with the original record setter, Michelle Akers, who also scored five goals in the World Cup finals back in 1991.