How the U.S. women made 2019 glorious for American soccer

American soccer will remember 2019 for the remarkable achievements and milestones of the U.S. women's national team, which Jill Ellis  guided to a fourth World Cup title.

Ellis, who became the first coach to win two Women's World Cups, was named Best FIFA Women's Coach. Megan Rapinoe became a household name in the USA and was named Best FIFA Women's Player.

Also in 2019, Ali Krieger earned her 100th cap, Alex Morgan scored her 100th goal, and after the team was feted in New York City with a ticker-tape parade, it set the American attendance record for a stand-alone women's friendly.

Ellis bid farewell after coaching the USA during Victory Tour and U.S. Soccer named NWSL coach Vlatko Andonovski as her replacement.

The year began for the U.S. women when they traveled to France in January for a friendly against the World Cup host -- a trip during which they helped honor American Day-D veterans at the beach of Normandy.

The achievements and milestones are perfectly packaged in this U.S. Soccer production:

10. Ali Krieger's 100th Cap
9. Megan Rapinoe & Jill Ellis name 'best' by FIFA

8. Attendance Record set in Philly
7. Alex Morgan's 100th goal
6. Ticker-tape Parade
5. Alyssa Naeher's PK save vs. England

4. Meeting World War II heroes in Normandy
3. New coach: Vlatko Andonovski
2. Jill Ellis' farewell
1. USA wins fourth World Cup

1 comment about "How the U.S. women made 2019 glorious for American soccer".
  1. R2 Dad, December 27, 2019 at 1:25 p.m.

    Love reveling in the excellence of the ladies and their fantastic year. The footsteps are getting louder and the future of the Nats funnel is a worry, but 2019 has been a wonder. Well done Ellis and our 2019 World Cup-winning women!

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