Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
USA aims to avoid lowest finish ever
by Ridge Mahoney, July 7th, 2011 5:27PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

TAGS:  women's national team, women's world cup


[WOMEN'S WORLD CUP] Unless the USA can beat Brazil in the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals Saturday, it will fail to finish in the top three of a major competition for the first time. Dating back to the first world championship in 1991, it has never finished lower than third.

With five combined titles, the USA ranks first, followed by Germany and Norway, which each have two. Here’s a look at how the USA has fared in the nine competitions – Olympic soccer tournaments and Women's World Cups – staged in the last two decades:

2008 Olympic Games China Champion
Beat Brazil, 1-0 (OT), in the gold-medal match

Women’s World Cup China Third
Lost to Brazil, 4-0, in semis; beat Norway, 4-1, in third-place match

2004 Olympic Games Greece Champion
Beat Brazil, 2-1 (OT), in the gold-medal match

2003 Women’s World Cup USA Third
Lost to Germany, 3-0 in semis; beat Canada, 3-1, in third-place match

2000 Olympic Games Australia Second
Lost to Norway, 3-2 (OT), in the gold-medal match

1999 Women’s World Cup USA Champion
Beat China on penalties (0-0, 5-4) in the final.

1996 Olympic Games USA Champion
Beat China, 2-1, in the gold-medal match

1995 Women’s World Cup Sweden Third
Lost to Norway, 1-0, in semis; beat China, 2-1, in third-place match

1991 Women’s World Cup China Champion
Beat Norway, 2-1, in the final

(Note: Women’s soccer was not played at the Olympics prior to 1996.)

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: July 8, 2011 at 11:28 a.m.
    IMHO, the USWNT should beat Brazil only if they perform to their potential and play smart simple soccer...otherwise, it's lights out.Prediction: US wins 2-1.
  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: July 8, 2011 at 10:50 p.m.
    Sorry guys -- skill over size and "plowing through" -- Brazil 2 US 0
  1. David Huff
    commented on: July 9, 2011 at 11:55 a.m.
    @James, a likely outcome, our national team program con no longer just rely upon size and physicality, skills need to be upgraded and emphasized as the rest of the world joins the women's game. Grow or perish.
  1. Tong Lee
    commented on: July 9, 2011 at 12:09 p.m.
    I believe the USWNT will beat Brazil if they play more on the sides utilizing more of the right/left wing players. When you play on the forward wings, you're usually on a one-to-one player basis. They need to utilize their wings more and cross the ball towards the center when approaching their opponents’ side. If they keep putting the ball mostly in the middle, then that's where the problem is because that's where most of the players are going to be. When you have a lot of players clustered toward the middle, it could be anyone's ball. Also, the integrity of the USWNT is much stronger than Brazil. The US plays as a cohesive team, not as individuals. That’s where their strength is. Brazil is a very talented team but the team depends too much on just a few players. If US scores first, Brazil’s integrity will collapse because their team integrity is not as strong. I think the USWNT will win. My prediction would be 1-0, with overtime.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
Newcomers debut for U.S. U-17s boys in pair of wins    
In their first games since Coach John Hackworth named the 32-player roster for the fall semester ...
Video Pick: A fowl field invasion    
A duck's crash landing interrupted a Bulgarian league game despite goalkeeper Nikolay Bankov's best efforts to ...
What They're Saying: Political science professor Fabio Wanderley Reis    
"People are not feeling represented and candidates like [Joao Leite and Alexandre Kalil], with very little political ...
USL: Nashville SC hires SUM exec Jeske    
Court Jeske, who spent eight years at MLS and Soccer United Marketing as vice president, international ...
MLS: Brad Davis joins vets who are retiring    
Brad Davis, a six-time MLS all-star and two-time MLS champion, announced Sunday that he will retire ...
NASL Rewind: Rayo OKC surges in playoff race    
With one week left in the NASL regular season, Rayo OKC, the Oklahoma club that in ...
Video Pick: Kaka finishes with golazo    
Kaka's second MLS season also ended without a playoff bid, but the Brazilian superstar is a ...
MLS Power Rankings: Red Bulls finish on top    
FC Dallas took the Supporters' Shield by repeating its 60-point performance of 2015, but the New ...
What They're Saying: Jeff Agoos    
"I think the irony that people don't realize about Bruce is he is the most loyal ...
By the Numbers: MLS playoff teams since All-Star Game    
The MLS All-Star break isn't a "break" in the sense that the MLB All-Star Game is ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives