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Women's World Cup: USA Women's Team Profile

With four Women's World Cup titles, four Olympic gold medals and nine CONCACAF Gold Cups to their name, the USA women's soccer team is the most successful women's side in history.

The Stars and Stripes won the most recent edition of the Women's World Cup in France in 2019 and will be fancied by many to defend their title in Australia and New Zealand in the coming months.

Given their status in the women's game, there is little surprise that the USA are the +250 favorites for more World Cup glory.

World Cup record

No team can better the USA's record in the Women's World Cup. 

The USA have featured in all eight editions of the tournament with third place their worst finish, occurring in 1995, 2003 and 2007. 

They have won the World Cup on four occasions, claiming the inaugural title in China in 1991 along with the 1999 edition on home soil, as well as the last two tournaments in 2015 and 2019. 

They finished as runners-up to Japan in the 2011 World Cup in Germany. 

In total, the Stars and Stripes have won 40 of their 50 matches at Women's World Cups, drawing six and losing four. 

The last World Cup in 2019 was the second time in history they won all of their matches in the tournament.

How they qualified

There were never really any doubts about the United States qualifying for the 2023 Women's World Cup. 

In the initial group stage in qualifying, the USA won all three of their matches against Haiti, Jamaica and Mexico, scoring nine goals without conceding in the process. 

That secured qualification for the World Cup but they also impressed in the subsequent knockout stage, beating Costa Rica 3-0 and Canada 1-0 in the final to come out on top in their region. 

The USA will be one of six CONCACAF nations involved at this year's Women's World Cup finals, alongside Panama, Jamaica, Haiti, Costa Rica and Canada.

Manager details

After five years in charge, English manager Jill Ellis moved on from her role as USA head coach in 2019 with Vlatko Andonovski replacing her. 

The Macedonian-American coach has been in charge of the Stars and Stripes since but it is fair to say there are reservations about the 46-year-old. 

Having spent the majority of his playing career in indoor football, Andonovski's coaching career took off in the National Women's Soccer League as he managed both FC Kansas City and Reign FC. 

His work ethic and attention to detail has earned him plenty of plaudits but it has not been plain sailing since he took charge of the USA women's national team. 

Under Andonovski, the USA failed to reach the final at the Tokyo Olympics, and after a string of underwhelming performances, they had to settle for bronze. 

Since then, Andonovski has looked to shake up the USA squad, leaving out members of the old guard such as Megan Rapinoe from recent rosters and opting for younger home-based talent. 

But the development of younger players has also come under scrutiny and Andonovski heads to the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with a bit of a point to prove.

Confirmed squad

Goalkeepers: Alyssa Naeher, Casey Murphy, Aubrey Kingsbury

Defenders: Sofia Huerta, Kelley O'Hara,  Emily Sonnett, Alana Cook, Crystal Dunn, Emily Fox, Naomi Girma

Midfielders: Savannah Demelo, Ashley Sanchez, Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan, Rose Lavelle, Andi Sullivan, Kristie Mewis

Forwards: Lynn Williams, Megan Rapinoe, Sophia Smith, Alex Morgan, Trinity Rodman, Alyssa Thompson

Players to watch

Having been left out of previous squads and having picked up a minor knock in a domestic game recently, winger Megan Rapinoe's involvement in the 2023 World Cup was confirmed with the squad reveal, and she is likely to make a big impact. 

Rapinoe is the only American to have won the Ballon d'Or Feminin and was named as player of the tournament at the last Women's World Cup in 2019. 

With injuries stacking up in attack for the USA, she could be key as could Alex Morgan, who remains the most iconic member of the Stars and Stripes squad. 

Morgan will be 34 by the start of the tournament but was influential in 2019 as well, contributing six goals during the World Cup-winning campaign. 

In midfield, the return of Julie Ertz after a lengthy absence from the game due to injury and pregnancy could be key with the USA having looked a little unsettled in that area of the pitch.

Group fixtures and dates

Group E:

United States vs Vietnam, Auckland, July 22, 2023
United States vs Netherlands, Wellington, July 27, 2023
Portugal vs United States, Auckland, August 1, 2023

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