Defending champions United States will look to win yet another Women’s World Cup this month.
The USWNT secured their latest crown four years ago with a 2-0 win over Netherlands in the final in France, thanks to goals from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle. The final boss of women’s football, they now venture down under looking to tighten their grip on the game at the time where some have predicted their domination could be coming to an end.
Latest USA odds to win the Women’s World Cup
|USA to win the Women’s World Cup||9/2|
|USA to reach the semi-finals||11/10|
|Sophia Smith to win Golden Boot||14/1|
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USA’s route to the Women’s World Cup Final
Group Stage results
|USA 3-0 Vietnam||Eden Park||22 July, 2am BST|
|USA 1-1 Netherlands||Wellington Regional Stadium||27 July, 2am BST|
|Portugal 0-0 USA||Eden Park||1 August, 8am BST|
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Who could USA meet in the knockout rounds?
After finishing second in Group E, USWNT will face Group G winners Sweden. After that, it’s either the Group C winners or the runners-up of Group A, Japan or Norway.
Get through a stern quarter-final clash and the semi-finals await against (in all likelihood) the winners of Group A or their own group, where a rematch against Netherlands would be expected. And then the final, where the likes of England could await.
|Route as Group E runners-up||Potential Opponent|
|Round of 16||Sweden|
Confirmed USA Women’s World Cup squad
|Alyssa Naeher||Goalkeeper||35||Chicago Red Stars|
|Casey Murphy||Goalkeeper||27||North Carolina Courage|
|Aubrey Kingsbury||Goalkeeper||31||Washington Spirit|
|Sofia Huerta||Defender||30||OL Reign|
|Emily Sonnett||Defender||29||OL Reign|
|Alana Cook||Defender||26||OL Reign|
|Crystal Dunn||Defender||31||Portland Thorns|
|Naomi Girma||Defender||23||San Diego Wave|
|Emily Fox||Defender||25||North Carolina Courage|
|Julie Ertz||Midfielder||31||Angel City|
|Rose Lavelle||Midfielder||28||OL Reign|
|Ashley Sanchez||Midfielder||24||Washington Spirit|
|Savannah DeMelo||Midfielder||25||Racing Louisville|
|Andi Sullivan||Midfielder||27||Washington Spirit|
|Alex Morgan||Forward||33||San Diego Wave|
|Sophia Smith||Forward||22||Portland Thorns|
|Trinity Rodman||Forward||21||Washington Spirit|
|Megan Rapinoe||Forward||38||OL Reign|
|Alyssa Thompson||Forward||18||Angel City|
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USA players to watch at this year’s Women’s World Cup
USA World Cup Golden Boot contender – Sophia Smith
When you look at the current USWNT squad, your eyes are immediately drawn to Alex Morgan for her goals, but don’t sleep on Sophia Smith. The 22-year-old is part of a frankly ridiculously talented attacking future for the USWNT (more on the others in a bit), netting 15 goals in 20 games in the NWSL last season to help Portland Thorns win the title. This season, Smith has started in pretty fine fashion again, though it’s a slightly more spread out contribution with four goals and five assists in 11 regular NWSL games.
Smith also had a wonderful year in 2022 with the national team, scoring 11 goals in 17 appearances including one against England at Wembley and another against Germany, showing she can hurt the big teams.
USA player to watch – Trinity Rodman
One of the players you’d expect to be playing alongside Smith this summer is Trinity Rodman, another one of USWNT’s young stars currently smashing it in the NWSL. So far this season, Rodman has three assists and two goals in nine WSL games for Washington Spirit, which helped her break the record as the youngest player in NWSL history to hit 10 goals and 10 assists. Rodman has it all, she’s direct in attack and can cause a goal threat, but can also create chances with her excellent passing. On top of all that, Rodman is a player who can also impact matches when she’s not on the ball, opening space with her movement for fellow attackers to drift into.
USA emerging player to look out for – Alyssa Thompson
The newest American star, 18-year-old Alyssa Thompson is in her debut NWSL season having been first pick in the Draft, signed by Angel City, and it took her just 11 minutes to open her account on her debut. But before she was even drafted, still playing in college, Thompson made her USWNT debut against England at Wembley last October. Although she is only young, Thompson has already shown signs of quality and it will be a great experience for her and the USWNT’s future to be at the World Cup.
USA tactical analysis & formation at the World Cup
Injury to Becky Sauerbrunn before the World Cup gave Vlatko Andonovski a dilemma at centre-back and despite having other defensive options in his squad, the USWNT boss has opted to start Julie Ertz in the back line. Ertz hasn’t long returned from absence and she was a big miss in the midfield, with USWNT struggling to replace her. That’s still the case now, with Andi Sullivan struggling in the No.6 role alongside Rose Lavelle and Lindsey Horan.
Further up the pitch, Alex Morgan and Sophia Smith have been guaranteed starters, joined by either Lynn Williams or Trinity Rodman in the front three.
Where are USA in the FIFA world rankings?
USWNT are currently top in the FIFA world rankings, a position they have held since June 2017.
Who is the USA manager?
Vlatko Andonovski is the manager of the USWNT, replacing Jill Ellis following the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
Who is the current USA captain?
Becky Sauerbrunn is the USWNT captain but now that she is out injured, Alex Morgan will wear the armband with Lindsey Horan as co-captain.
How many times have USA won the World Cup?
USWNT have won the World Cup a record four times including each of the last two editions.
How many times have USA competed in the World Cup?
This is USWNT’s ninth appearance at the Women’s World Cup, having been involved at every tournament so far – one of eight nations to be ever-present.
Who has scored USA’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Abby Wambach is the USWNT’s top scorer at World Cups, netting 14 across four tournaments from 2003 to 2015. However, Michelle Akers still holds the record for most goals scored at a single World Cup, scoring 10 in 1991 (and adding another two in 1999).