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STANFORD — Junior Catarina Macario scored twice in the first half hour as the overall top-seeded Stanford women advanced to their third consecutive College Cup with a resounding 5-1 home victory Friday over previously unbeaten Brigham Young in the quarterfinals of the NCAA women’s soccer tournament.

Macario, the reigning college player of the year, scored off two assists from forward Madison Haley and another from freshman forward Sophia Smith. Kiki Pickett and Sam Tran also scored before halftime as the Cardinal (22-1-0) won its 17th consecutive game in front of 2,041 fans at Cagan Stadium.

Stanford, which reached its ninth College Cup in 12 years, will play Pac-12 rival UCLA on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at San Jose’s Avaya Stadium in the national semifinals.

“It took us a few minutes to settle in today, but I was thrilled with the result and am excited for this chance to play for a championship so close to home,” Stanford coach Paul Radcliffe said.

Chloe Castaneda and Mia Fishel each had two goals as second-seeded UCLA (18-4-1) upset defending national champion Florida State 4-0 to advance. A third Pac-12 team, Washington State, also reached the College Cup by stunning second-seeded South Carolina on the road when Mykiaa Minniss scored a golden goal 10 minutes into the first overtime.

The Cougars (16-6-1), who also knocked off top-seeded Virginia, reached their first College Cup in school history. They will face top-seed North Carolina (23-1-1) at 4 p.m. Friday. The national championship match is Sunday at Avaya Stadium at 5:30 p.m.

Maycee Bell scored on a header in the 69th minute as the Tar Heels held off No. 2 USC 3-2 to stop an all-West Coast Final Four. North Carolina reached the College Cup for the third time in four years. It has won an NCAA record 21 titles and is appearing in its record 29th College Cup.

Stanford will appear in its 10th College Cup after a year with one of the country’s most potent offenses.

BYU started fast against the Cardinal, which has outscored tournament opponents 26-1 in four games. The Cougars (21-1-1) almost scored in the second minute but Cardinal defenders blocked a strong shot. BYU kept pressing until Stanford began to hold the ball and mount attacks.

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“We knew we needed to settle it down,” defender Sam Hiatt said. “Everyone started to take an extra touch and maybe put a little extra focus to keep possession.”
The Cardinal broke through in the 17th minute when Haley played a ball to Macario in the penalty area. The midfielder scored easily with a shot into the top corner. About 13 minutes later, she scored her 32nd goal of the season — her ninth of the tournament.

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About five months ago, Mallory Pugh and Lindsey Horan competed on soccer’s biggest stage. They played for the U.S. Women’s National Team and helped the team to its fourth FIFA World Cup title and back-to-back championships.

On Sunday, they were more anxious to pump up the more than 50,000 fans at Empower Field at Mile High than they were to compete against the best soccer players in the world.

“I think we were more nervous about pumping up the crowd than playing a soccer game at the World Cup,” Horan said laughing.

“I would definitely say the same,” Pugh said.

When asked how two world champions could be nervous to encourage Broncos Country to pound their chests and get loud, the pair offered a simple explanation for their nerves.

“We’re not used to pumping up the crowd,” Horan said and laughed. “It was nerve-wracking.”

“We’re better at [playing soccer] than pumping up the crowd,” Pugh said.

Though they felt out of their element, Horan and Pugh were as successful on Sunday as they were in July in France — they successfully riled up thousands of Broncos fans, just as they successfully won the FIFA World Cup with the USWNT.

Trading their white U.S. soccer jerseys for personalized blue Broncos’ jerseys — gifts from Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis — was a homecoming of sorts for the Colorado natives.

Horan grew up in Golden and played for the Colorado Rush Soccer Club. Pugh grew up in Highlands Ranch and competed on the rival Real Colorado Soccer Club.

“It’s awesome, us being home in our hometown and seeing all these fans and a team that we’ve supported our whole life,” the 25-year-old Horan said. “Getting to celebrate with them was really cool.”

Pugh, 21, echoed Horan’s statements about the raucous cheers that came from the Broncos’ fans when they were introduced as USWNT players and Coloradans.

“We have so many fans here, and just to come back home and be surrounded and feel the support, it makes us proud to be from Colorado,” Pugh said.

Horan and Pugh first met when they played at a U-20 World Cup tournament, and they weren’t immediately good friends, but their friendship grew over time. Once Pugh became the youngest player to make the USWNT four years ago, she and Horan bonded over their Colorado heritage and appreciation for the state’s youth soccer.

So, it was natural that “Mal” ran up to Horan and jumped on her back on the sidelines before the game as a way of saying hello. And, it was more fun to plan what to say into the stadium microphone together than it would have been alone.

“I think we’re always on the same email when it’s anything Colorado,” Horan said and shrugged and smiled, looking at Pugh. “We always do it together.”

Friends and family stood with the pair on the sidelines during the Broncos’ pregame warmups, and they snapped pictures of Horan and Pugh with Ellis, John Elway and Von Miller – documenting world champions greeting fellow world champions.

Horan and Pugh’s conversations were casual with the Broncos greats, but family ties to Broncos Country made the interactions, and the day, exciting.

“I think both my parents were huge Broncos fans,” Horan said. “My mom is a die-hard John Elway fan, so she was jealous to see us meet him today. I think we kind of grew up in a Broncos household, so [it’s] very cool for us to be here.”

Added Pugh: “Growing up with a Broncos household … it’s just kind of natural.”

Horan and Pugh were natural hype-women, as Pugh called into the mic, “Come on, Broncos Country!”

Horan followed with, “We need to hear ya!” before the two pounded their chests and watched both fans and Broncos players jump around and pound their chests to the same rhythm.

The pregame encouragement from the soccer stars worked, as the Broncos went on to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 23-20.

“We thought it was awesome,” Horan said before the win. “We thought it was really cool to get the support from a different sport. And we’ve been Broncos supporters, so now them seeing us and seeing what we’ve done, it brings a whole new level of support for each sport.”

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Fresh off a national title, junior Kiki Pickett and sophomore Sophia Smith joined the World Cup champion U.S. women’s national team for an identification camp. Pickett scored the game-winning penalty kick to win Stanford its third NCAA championship, and Smith was named the College Cup Most Outstanding Player.

Two more former Cardinal, the Washington Spirit’s Jordan DiBiasi ’18 and the Houston Dash’s Jane Campbell ’17, were evaluated by newly minted United States women’s national soccer team (USWNT) head coach Vlatko Andonovski.
“I think we definitely have to change our mindset from being here and then going to camp,” Pickett said after the NCAA final. “It’s going to be a big opportunity for us in a different environment.”

Although invited, junior forward Madison Haley and sophomore center back Naomi Girma were unable to attend due to injuries. The camp started on Dec. 9 in Bradenton, Florida, one day after Stanford clinched the NCAA title in San Jose. On Tuesday, three days after the camp ended, the USWNT posted a recap video of the camp, featuring Smith.

“This camp is an amazing experience to integrate new younger players into the system and give the new coach to see what we have to offer,” Smith said in the video.
With 2020 in sight, Andonovski and his staff held an identification camp which offered new players a chance to show what they’ve got ahead of the #USWNT’s Olympic Qualifying early next year. pic.twitter.com/q6QKnlayN8

— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) December 17, 2019
The camp did not include any of the players from the 21-player World Cup-winning squad, of which three more were former Cardinal: Kelley O’Hara ’10, Christen Press ’11 and Tierna Davidson ’20.

O’Hara and Press shared the single-season Stanford record for points in a season with 65, but that total was smashed by junior midfielder Catarina Macario this season. The Brazilian-born star has been determined to play for the U.S., but has yet to appear for the senior side.

“I have really high expectations,” Smith said. “Obviously, I want to show Vlatko what I can do, especially with these high level players, but I also want to have fun and take it all in because it’s an amazing experience.

Smith scored in a U.S. Youth National Team-record nine consecutive international games for the U.S. U-20 WNT in 2018 when she tallied 15 total goals. This was the second training camp experience for Smith with her first coming in 2017 at age 16, though she, like all other players born after the 1999 World Cup, have yet to appear in a game for the national team.

“It’s a great opportunity to see all these young players,” Andonovski said. “It’s good for them to get experience of what a camp looks like, but it’s also good for us to see where they are in their stage of their careers and their development.”

“It’s a hard team to break into,” Andonovski added. “It’s a World Cup champion.”

DiBiasi scored four times for the Spirit and was a National Women’s Soccer League Rookie of the Year candidate while playing in 22 games with 20 starts. Along with Pickett, she will be making her first appearance in a national team camp.

Campbell, meanwhile, has three caps, and first trained with the USWNT at the age of 17 in January of 2013 as the youngest goalkeeper to be called into the senior camp.

Looking forward, the USWNT will face Haiti on Jan. 28, in its first game of the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which will send two nations to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.

Contact Daniel Martinez-Krams at danielmk ‘at’ stanford.edu.

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Credentials: A two-time Varsity 845 Player of the Year, Salatto anchored an offense that scored 92 goals. Many teams have keyed on her with two, sometimes three, players defending her and yet she scored 26 goals and 16 assists in 21 games. She plays intense defense and has the ability to take over games. Salatto is able to move around the pitch, winning the ball in the midfield and getting the ball up to the forwards and then getting involved in the attack. She scored in the regional finals against North Rockland with a rocket from 25 yards out to extend the lead to 2-0.

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Highlight: In the state championship locker room before the game, coach Bill Mpasiakos was talking about a scene from the Rocky movie, which is like one of his all-time favorite movies, and he knows them word for word. A lot of the girls were crying in the locker room, which is surprising because we still came out on top. He got emotional, too.

Best advice: Mpasiakos always has so many quotes. Before every game he always has a new one he gives us. He had a good one, something about a butterfly? Great moments come from great opportunities.

Favorite soccer player: Tobin Heath. She’s really fast on the ball and she has really quick foot skills.

The future: Salatto is going to Iona College, and will play soccer.

Gabi Rusek

School: Warwick

Position: Center midfielder

Year: Senior

Credentials: Rusek has been the leading scorer four years in a row. She scored 18 goals and tallied 12 assists her junior year and 13 goals, nine assists her senior season. Rusek is an impact player. She has athleticism, technical ability and a high soccer IQ. Rusek is a dangerous finisher, intelligent playmaker and technical defender and attacker.

Highlight: Our senior night game when we beat Cornwall, 3-2.

Best advice: Always push past all the obstacles you have to climb over and overcome anything you’re going through.

Favorite soccer player: Julie Ertz. She’s one of the most versatile women’s soccer players in the world and she’s an all-around great person.

The future: Gabi will attend the University of Miami, and will play soccer.

Grace Palczewski

School: Valley Central

Position: Center back defense

Year: Junior

Credentials: Palczewski was a captain this year. She is a great communicator and organizer, is a positive presence on the team and is highly respected by all with her effort, toughness and skill. She is very good in the air and has a great first touch. What really makes her excel is her ability to read the game and anticipate. She had three goals and three assists this season.

Highlight: Going to the Section 9 finals for the first time.

Best advice: My mother, Deb Palczewski, has always told me to never give up. It was always in the back of my mind to make the Section 9 finals. When it happened, it was a great feeling.

Favorite soccer player: Rose Lavelle. I like her quickness and how she distributes the ball. She controls the middle of the field on the U.S. Women’s National Team.

The future: Grace will return for her senior year at Valley Central.

Josephine Sorce

School: Monroe-Woodbury

Position: Attacking midfielder

Year: Senior

Credentials: Sorce posted 17 goals and 10 assists this season. She puts tremendous pressure on opposing teams and has excellent speed. Sorce stepped up when one of the team’s top scorers, Liz Allen, suffered a season-ending injury. Sorce helped limit opposing teams to seven goals in 21 games. She scored five goals and two assists in five playoff games, including the only goal in the state championship game.

Highlight: Scoring the game-winning goal in the state finals. It felt amazing. Actually, it was probably the best moment of my whole varsity soccer career.

Best advice: My coach is always encouraging me to shoot the ball and attack and be really aggressive and I think I worked a lot on that this season and it paid off.

Favorite soccer player: Alex Morgan. I’ve always loved her since I was really young, just the person she is.

The future: Sorce plans to continue her soccer career. She has not yet chosen which school she will attend.

Kayla Bauer

School: Monroe-Woodbury

Position: Center back

Year: Senior

Credentials: Bauer led a defense that averaged allowing one-third of a goal per game and had 16 team shutouts. She constantly stops attacks or counterattacks with her superb defense She was also the top corner taker on her team. Bauer had six assists this season. She leads a defense that only gave up two goals to Section 9 opponents.

Highlight: Just going to practice every day and taking bus rides with my team. The team definitely is the best part.

Best advice: Our coach said to play each game like it’s our last because when we were in the playoffs, we never knew which game was going to be our last.

Favorite soccer player: Alex Morgan. I think she shows a lot of heart on the field and she’s a team player all around.

The future: Bauer will attend SUNY Cortland, and play soccer.

Angela Fini

School: Monroe-Woodbury

Position: Goalkeeper

Year: Senior

Credentials: Fini, a four-year starter, has been integral in both state title runs for Monroe-Woodbury. In four of five playoff games this postseason, Fini did not allow a goal, including the state Class AA final.

Highlight: Definitely the feeling of winning the state championship two years in a row. We knew we wanted it the whole season and we worked hard for it the whole season. It definitely would have been a letdown if we hadn’t gotten it.

Favorite soccer player: I’ve looked up to Tobin Heath since seventh grade. I just admire her and her work ethic and how she got to where she is.

Best advice: Coach Mpasiakos told us, “Once you think you’ve arrived, you’ve hit your peak.” So basically never stop working and never stop trying to make yourself better.

The future: Fini will attend Siena, and play soccer.

Emily Harwood

School: Monroe-Woodbury

Position: Defensive midfielder

Year: Senior

Credentials: Harwood’s presence as a defensive midfielder has helped shut down many strong competitors. She posted three goals and three assists. Harwood has caused offenses to alter their plans with her ability to stop attacks and counterattacks. She has a unique ability to pick players off the ball as they attack with her superb foot skills. She is also a part of the defense that gave up one goal off a corner in five playoff games.

Highlight: Beating North Rockland in the regional game to send us into the Final Four. We were expecting it to be a really hard game and then coming out of the game 3-0 was really unexpected and just knowing we had another chance to repeat. I was the most confident that we could repeat after that game.

Best advice: The advice from previous seniors is to take everything slowly and to really appreciate every moment because it goes by so quick. I didn’t believe them until now. I definitely appreciated the season more because of that advice.

Favorite soccer player: My sister, Sydney Harwood, who plays soccer at Manhattan College. I look up to her and she motivated me to get where I am now.

The future: Harwood will attend Marist, and play soccer.

Tehya Harvey

School: Monroe-Woodbury

Year: Junior

Position: Center back

Credentials: Harvey was named Player of the Game in the state championship. She is perhaps the fastest center back in Section 9 and has run down many attackers, including a crucial one in the final game. Her speed and ability to stop would-be goals was a major reason why the Crusaders surrendered only seven scores all season.

Highlight: In the final game, a girl had a breakaway to score and I did a slide tackle and stopped her.

Best advice: During the state playoffs. We were losing hope and coach Mpasiakos told us to never stop believing because you never know what could happen.

Favorite soccer player: Julie Ertz because she’s really aggressive and I admire that about her.”

The future: Harvey returns as a senior on a Monroe-Woodbury soccer team that will be attempting to win its third consecutive state title.

Alyssa Hill

School: James I. O’Neill

Year: Senior

Position: Midfield

Credentials: Hill can defend, pass the ball with assurance, has a powerful left and right foot and also can break into the area to score important goals. She is a defender’s nightmare and can dribble at a pace that makes it very difficult for players to mark her. Hill had 13 goals and 11 assists and led the team to an overall record of 14-4-1 with an undefeated league record of 8-0, a repeated sectional title and a Class B regional final appearance.

Highlight: Getting to play my last year with my sister, Amaya. I’ve never gotten to play with her that much and being able to play with her every game and going to practice with her every day, I wouldn’t want to end my senior year any other way. It was fun getting to spend my last year with her before I go off to college.

Best advice: Coach Kristin Leska told us a lot about not giving up, even when against Pleasantville when we were down 4-0 in the locker room. She told us, “The game’s not over. We’re not playing to our potential and even with the 4-0 loss, you should just keep your heads up.”

Favorite soccer player: Crystal Dunn. She plays every position. She gives her best in everything. She started out as a forward and now she plays left or right back. She’s amazing. She gives 100 percent in everything she plays.

The future: Hoping to attend West Point.

Amaya Hill

School: James I. O’Neill

Position: Forward

Year: Sophomore

Credentials: Hill is one of the most skillful and punishing forwards in Class B and led the team with 34 goals and three assists. She is quick and very hard to handle on the counterattack. She has sublime finishing skills, making her an efficient goal scorer. She scored four goals in the sectional final game against Rondout Valley. This is Hill’s second time on the Varsity 845 All-Star team.

Highlight: Winning sections again, especially with my sister Alyssa since it’s the last year of us playing soccer together. It just made it that much more special.

Best advice: Coach Leska, in our last game against Pleasantville said to just leave it all on the field because you never know when it could be your last game of soccer.

Favorite soccer player: Lionel Messi, just the way he sees the field. He loves using his teammates and that just inspires me.

The future: Hill will be a junior at O’Neill.

Brooke Harris

School: Highland

Position: Forward/Midfield

Year: Senior

Credentials: Harris is an amazingly strong soccer player who can set up a teammate to score as well as finish a delivered pass. She finished the season with 16 goals and 12 assists. She is a six-year varsity player. In her four years in high school, Harris has amassed 57 goals and 42 assists.

Highlight: It was my senior season. It was my fourth year as the captain. My coach is great. It was just a fun time working with all my teammates.

Best advice: My father, Pete Harris, told me to have fun with the sport and to make sure you’re playing with heart.

Favorite soccer player: Marcus Rashford. Just the intensity that he plays with, it’s great to see.

The future: Brooke will attend Lewis University (Ill.), and play soccer.

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The Stanford Cardinal women’s soccer team was the decade’s dominant team with three Division 1 national championships. They also lost in the finals twice, in 2009 and 2010. Two of the team’s most famous graduates, United States national team stars Kelley O’Hara and Christen Press, did not win national titles, but they helped set the scene in Palo Alto, California, where Paul Ratcliffe has coached Stanford the last 17 seasons.

Ratcliffe led the Cardinal to the 2019 title, defeating North Carolina in penalties. During this week’s On Frame with Pro Soccer USA’s Glenn Crooks, Ratcliffe talks about this year’s team and his lengthy coaching career.

This year, Stanford was led by a player with remarkable numbers. Junior forward Catarina Macario had 32 goals and 23 assists in 24 matches.

“She is absolutely amazing,” Ratcliffe said. “Usually you see a player and they are lopsided one way or another – either a goal scorer or a great creator. To get both like you do with Catarina is what separates her as, in my mind, the best player in the entire country.”

Ratcliffe’s first experience coaching the women’s side came when UCLA started its program in 1999. He worked under two-time World Cup champion coach Jill Ellis.

Ratcliffe also played at UCLA for the late Sigi Schmid and won a national title with teammates Cobi Jones and Brad Friedel.

“Sigi was a great influence on me,” the 50-year old Ratcliffe said. “A fantastic person, fantastic coach and he helped me so much getting me involved in coaching. He asked me if I could help with the new women’s program at UCLA to give me a chance to really coach.”

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The first touch of Midge Purce’s international career did not go as planned. Instead, it went right under her foot.

In the second minute of Purce’s first cap with the United States on Sunday, the moment was a jolt for the defense, forcing Purce to scramble back to recover, and also to relax into her international debut.

“I said, ‘It can’t get worse than that,’” Purce said with a laugh. “After that, it was just fine.”

The final game of the year for the U.S. women’s national team saw the first international caps for both Purce and defender Alana Cook. The young duo played 90 minutes, holding down the right wing of the defense on the way to a 6-0 win, the first shutout of Vlatko Andonovski’s tenure as head coach.

Even against an opponent like Costa Rica, Andonovski saw the risk in pairing two players full of first-game nerves on the same side of the backline.

“When we were putting the lineup together, we were thinking it was going to be a little bit too much to have both of them on the same side, but I was very happy,” Andonovski said. “Both of them did well and both of them played 90 minutes which I was very proud of them, proud of their performance and how they handled challenges.”

Playing as an outside back was a particularly new challenge for Purce, who has played as a striker for most of her career internationally and at the club and college level. On a roster stacked with attacking talent, traditionally offensive players Crystal Dunn and Kelley O’Hara have been transformed into outside backs in the past, and Purce could be added to the list if she continues with the team.

After receiving help from Dunn throughout camp, she tackled the challenge, pressing far up the right flank to stretch the Costa Rican defense and forcing an own goal in the 86th minute. From her central position, Cook was able to facilitate this pressure, sending balls up in transition that broke open the right side of the field.

Despite their youth, veteran defender Becky Sauerbrunn said both players fit in eagerly, compensating for their inexperience by talking constantly throughout the match.

“You just over-communicate every little thing until you get the feel of how she holds the line, how she steps, how she drops,” Sauerbrunn said. “This is the game where you just talk about everything, even if it’s just nonsense or the most obvious thing you’ve ever seen.”

That dedication to communication was a key to both defenders’ comfort during their first cap. Purce said players at different positions welcomed her. Midfielder Allie Long took her aside throughout camp, talking through the tactics of the game plan and offering “realistic and honest” advice.

And the young duo — who are close friends after years of playing together through the youth development program — looked after each other on and off the pitch.

As Purce approached the reporters her first international post game media mix zone, she shot Cook a panicked look.

“What did you say?” she asked, grabbing at Cook’s arm.

“I told them you suck,” Cook grinned back, giving her teammate a light shove.

For Cook, the first cap served as the next step in a tenuous period of her international career. Cook rose through the youth development system with the United States, but her father is English, opening up the possibility for her to represent the English national team.

After foregoing the NWSL to play for Paris Saint-German in France, Cook was called in by England coach Phil Neville for a camp in September. Cook’s appearance on Sunday won’t cap tie the defender to the United States just yet.

“I’m just taking everything day by day,” Cook said. “I don’t want to look too far into the future, I’m still young in my career. I’m just trying to learn and process everything and take in everything I can, be open to the criticism and feedback I’m getting.”

For the Americans, the final moment of a historic year focused on the future. In the team’s final locker room huddle of 2019, captain Carli Lloyd presented Purce and Cook each with a bright yellow soccer ball signed by the entire team, a traditional memento for a first cap. (Lloyd added Purce should get a second ball for her forced own-goal, but Purce quickly waved her off, saying they should save it for a real goal.)

As they left the stadium, Purce and Cook kept those balls tucked tight to their chest.

“It’s surreal,” Purce said. “The locker room is full of legends. I’ve been working a long time to get here behind closed doors and I’m still not where I want to be as a soccer player, but this was a huge first step for me. I hope it’s in the right direction.”

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This was truly a decade of massive change for the women’s game. Tracing the growth of international women’s soccer from the buildup to the 2011 World Cup to the over a billion viewers who watched in 2019 is nothing short of astounding, particularly given this growth happened under the auspices of a governing body that has long underfunded and neglected women, not to mention various individual federations that have behaved much the same.

And yet, truly generational players have managed to emerge on the global stage, becoming regular fixtures on not just pitches, but awards stages worldwide. We may grumble about Marta winning so many player of the year trophies on the back of her immense name recognition, but you can’t deny she earned that recognition fair and square. Hope Solo has perhaps been written about for her controversies off the field almost as much as her contributions on it, but she defined an era of USWNT dominance. Homare Sawa may be one of the most respected names in the game, seen as the epitome of field vision and technical precision in ball distribution, and a consummate leader of the Nadeshiko. And there are others, players who instantly draw attention on the field, the ones who inspire confidence or fear, depending on who you’re rooting for.

To be eligible for this list, a player must have been internationally active for at least four years, covering a full cycle between major tournaments. These are players who have been critical to their teams’ success on the international stage over a sustained period of time. We are also not taking into account off-the-field actions. Many players have great social and cultural impact, but we are only considering their influence on the field, whether it’s scoring goals, making assists, saving shots, etc. We are also taking into account club play, as long as it was a sustained performance that helped elevate the team and/or the league itself in the consciousness of soccer fans. We’re well aware that these criteria can be interpreted with some wiggle room, but soccer isn’t a sport for robots with spreadsheets, and some of the fun lies in the subjectivity of the discussion.

Here are the candidates in alphabetical order:

Nadine Angerer

There may be no position on the field more polarizing than goalkeeper. One mistake, and you’re Boo Boo the fool for the rest of your life. One moment of brilliance, and you’re a legend. But sometimes you’re a steady force who may not get the same recognition from flashy goals because great goalkeeping often looks like a simple catch that is actually quite difficult to execute as you compress a rapidly-developing field situation into deciding on where to be in a goal that is impossible to cover 100%. Angerer was one of the best at this deceptive simplicity, with enough guts to match her brains for when being smarter than forwards wasn’t enough.

Formiga

There are people out there half Formiga’s age who couldn’t keep up with her physically. How does she do it? How has she been doing it for so many years? Is there a Brazil WNT without Formiga? And is there women’s soccer without Brazil? In a technical sense, yes, of course the international game would continue (knock on wood) without Brazil. But the identity of the sport, the storylines, the examples of what is possible to do with a ball – these are things profoundly affected by Brazil’s presence, and in turn, by Formiga.

Pernille Harder

Evocative of the Danish men’s European championship winning team from 1992 (dubbed Danish Dynamite), the women’s team took the 2017 Euros by storm lead by Pernille Harder. Although the Danes lost the final in the Netherlands, Harder set herself apart and announced herself on the world stage to those who did not already know her. A captain, leader, striker, playmaker, defender: Harder was the beating heart of the team, carrying the torch not just for Denmark but all of Scandinavia. From her hat-trick senior debut, she’s been playing since last decade and is still only 27, is still grossly overlooked, and is still a force on the pitch, a world-class star from a sleepy town in Jutland.

Ada Hegerberg

Hegerberg boycotting the Norwegian national team is a tragedy for both her and their program, though obviously she deserves to be able to walk away if she’s being treated unfairly. It’s a testament to just how how good she was in the years she did give to them (as well as her current club work) that there are still calls for her to come back to the NT. She’s still at world-beater status, with her preternatural understanding of tight spaces and a smoothly stylish first touch that sometimes makes you feel like you’ve been dunked on.

Marta

How can you have soccer this decade (or last decade) without Marta? Answer: you can’t. She was the embodiment of the impossible made possible through her looping, criss-crossing, blurred-to-the-eye feet. On the field she was perfection and she was despair, she was joy and she was fear. No matter where she played, fans on both sides had their opinions of her, their memories of this goal or that cut. She was the one to watch, on whom all hopes or all worries rested. She was, and is, Marta.

Dzsenifer Marozsán

When fit, Dzsenifer Marozsán is probably the most dominant soccer player in the world. Marozsán has been at the preeminence of the sport since she first made headlines with the German U20 team in 2012. Since then, she has catapulted any team she is on from being a very good team to the best team around. Whether it was 1. FC Saarbrücken, 1. FFC Frankfurt or her current employers, Olympique Lyonnais, Marozsán has shone and shone brightly. Her clinical passing and a penchant for scoring breath-taking goals cannot be understated, and at 27 years old, Marozsán will continue to thrill us for years to come.

Alex Morgan

How much of Alex Morgan’s destined-for-greatness narrative was hype and how much was her own frankly astonishing athletic ability may depend on your personal feelings, but what isn’t up for debate is that Morgan is someone who can overwhelmingly dominate in the attack. Her technical savvy sometimes doesn’t get its just due, overshadowed by her pure physical gifts, but as she gets older, it becomes more and more apparent that she was never a one trick baby horse.

Megan Rapinoe

At the beginning of the decade, when Megan Rapinoe was what should have been her prime years, she was just a rotation player for the USWNT. She was considered a bit of a set piece specialist, an excellent technician who was lacking in the physical tools needed to start most games. By the end of the decade, 34-year-old Rapinoe was a locked-in starter and named the FIFA Best Women’s Player for 2019. Sure, she worked on her game during that time period, but she didn’t change her playing style much at all. Instead, the USWNT – and women’s soccer as a whole – changed around her. Rapinoe has improved with age, but more importantly, the USWNT is now better suited to her game.

Wendie Renard

If Renard were near the end of her playing career she would rightly be held up as one of the most dominant defenders in the history of the women’s game. But at only 29 years old, she’s still got some time to further cement her legacy. A one-club woman who came up through Olympique Lyonnais’ academy system, team captain Renard was indelibly shaped by Lyon, and has in turn been instrumental in helping Les Fenottes become such a dominant force in Europe. While the shelf for her international medals looks a bit threadbare at present, Renard more than makes up for it with club accolades, including thirteen (consecutive!) Division 1 Féminine titles and six Women’s Champions League titles.

Célia Šašić

It was hard not to be drawn to Šašić as a player – she was a magnetic forward with a lovely sense of space and timing who could set up as well as score on her own, with head or feet. She came out of a great era of German players like Angerer and Garefrekes and stood out from the pack right in front of the goal. Honestly, her retirement at age 27 felt like it came far too soon even though she had already given over a decade of her life to the national team.

Becky Sauerbrunn

Sauerbrunn has quietly gone about ensuring the United States stays top of the international game with her steady, thoughtful play. She dragged attention to the position by the sheer – and consistent – quality of her play, but like all excellent center backs, was often marked more by what didn’t happen than what did, making for a lack of flashy highlights.

Homare Sawa

Japan had an incredible run to start this decade, winning the 2011 World Cup and 2014 Asian Cup while finishing second in both the 2015 World Cup and the 2012 Olympics. We could call Homare Sawa the heart of that stylish, successful Nadeshiko team, but that would sell her short. Sawa was the brain, the captain, and the distillation of that era for Japan: skillful, indefatigable, inventive. For club (3 straight titles with INAC Kobe Leonessa) and country, Sawa set a new standard for central midfielders worldwide.

Caroline Seger

Seger has a bit of a reputation for her, shall we say, brusque physical encounters, but to only see her physicality is to far undersell her importance to any midfield. Her tireless engine has driven many a team to success, absolutely gobbling up every single crumb of resistance offered to her by the opposition. She’s both enforcer and general, able to patrol through the midfield, arrive late, and begin attacks.

Christine Sinclair

A lot written about Sinc talks about what she’s done in spite of the team around her. It feels unfair, and a little mean, but perhaps only because it contains an element of truth. This is someone who has always outpaced, sometimes literally, everyone around her. And when age inevitable started to tell, she didn’t have to adjust her game, because that wellspring of cunning and vision was always there. It was coaches who had to adjust, realizing they hadn’t lost a powerful piece, but gained a different, equally powerful one.

Hope Solo

After the USWNT lost 4-0 to Brazil in the semifinals of the 2007 World Cup, Hope Solo infamously stated that she would have made the saves to keep her team in the match. She was widely criticized for being arrogant and disrespectful to her teammates, but the next eight years of her career also suggested that she might have been right. Solo was the best shot-stopper of her generation, and retired with 102 shutouts in a USWNT shirt, as well as an astonishing run of 55 games unbeaten. Even as women’s soccer progresses rapidly, no one else appears to have matched the quick reactions Solo had at her peak.

Abby Wambach

It’s difficult for Abby Wambach to influence other people’s games, since doing so would require a level of God-given physical ability reserved for a fraction of a percent of humans. But Wambach did so much more than rely on her 5’11” frame, strength and leaping ability. She maximized her talent, becoming as good of a playmaker as she was a goal-scorer in her late career. Her passing and ability to create space for teammates was more important than her aerial prowess as her career wound down. Wambach’s evolution also mirrored American soccer’s; the next USWNT player with her talents will be asked to develop a more complete skillset in her early 20s, instead of in her 30s.

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Orlando Pride stars Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger said they struggled to play for a homophobic Washington Spirit owner earlier in their careers, according to Power Plays, a newsletter written by journalist Lindsay Gibbs.

Since the players were acquired by the Orlando Pride, fans speculated the players’ previously undisclosed sexuality caused their departure from the Spirit. In an interview with Gibbs, Harris and Krieger confirmed the homophobic actions of former owner Bill Lynch were the reason they left for a different club.

Lynch refused to allow the Spirit to host a Pride Night throughout his tenure, the only team to not do so in 2015, a decision Krieger described as “shameful.”

“I just didn’t feel like I was playing for a club that really respected me and supported me and my lifestyle,” Krieger told Power Plays. “How can I give my best to a club like that? That was so hard to deal with.”

“I was out of there,” Harris added.

Harris was selected by the Orlando Pride in the 2015 Expansion Draft and Krieger was traded to the team a year later in November 2016.

United States women’s national team star Megan Rapinoe openly called Lynch homophobic in 2016, when the former owner played the national anthem while the teams were in the locker room to prevent Rapinoe from taking a knee in protest.

Since moving to Orlando, the couple has experienced a much different environment with the Pride. Besides the obvious nod of its name, Orlando hosts a Pride night annually and rainbow flags dot the supporters section at each game.

Following the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in downtown Orlando, Orlando City SC dedicated a section of its stadium to the 49 victims of the attack, painting seven rows of seats in the colors of the rainbow.

With the Pride, Harris and Krieger have been able to grow comfortable. They publicly announced their engagement in March, two months before Krieger was called up to the national team for the first time in years.

“It’s really nice to share these moments with her, to make these memories with her and really have someone in your corner that understands the process,” Krieger said in an interview with Pro Soccer USA before the World Cup. “And I think it’s really good for us to share this, because I’m pretty sure this is our last big tournament together.

This has been a year of celebration for the couple, highlighted by their engagement and the World Cup victory. It’s also been a year of adjusting to the spotlight that comes with being the visibility of their position.

The past week has been filled with public moments that reflect the huge shift in their lives this year. Harris and Krieger were asked to present Rapinoe’s Glamour Woman of the Year award together and they walked on stage hand-in-hand.

In their interview with Power Plays, Harris and Krieger described the back-and-forth struggle of deciding when and how to come out publicly. Both feared that they could lose sponsorships or jobs by coming out, but that fear was balanced with the opportunity to inspire young and old fans alike.

Ultimately, the couple’s decision came down to choosing the best version of life for themselves.

“It was time,” Harris said to Power Plays. “It’s a real thing, you know, and it was difficult to come to the decision, but we’re at a point in our lives where we’re like, you know what? We’re willing to risk it all to really just authentically be ourselves.”

To read more about Harris and Krieger, including details about their time at the Spirit and their reaction to Rapinoe’s anthem protest, visit the Power Plays newsletter.

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Imagine what it must be like to become the best in the world at something, only to find out that being the best isn’t enough for some people. Imagine spending your entire life working to reach the pinnacle of your field and silence the haters, only for those haters to keep attempting to belittle your accomplishments even after you made it. Imagine listening to people try to undermine your success by saying that your competition was weak, or that your field is unpopular and irrelevant, or that you went about things in the wrong way. What would you do upon realizing that there are some people who simply can’t be pleased, even if you manage to be the best you can be—the best anybody in the world can be?

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This was a problem that America’s women’s national soccer team faced in 2019, but not a new one—those women didn’t just become the best in the world. They have been ranked no. 1 in the FIFA world rankings for most of the past 12 years, with Germany briefly moving in front for three short stints. They have won four of six Olympic soccer tournaments and four of eight World Cups. In 664 matches all time, they have outscored their opponents by a combined total of 1,616 goals. Victory is their resting state.

In fact, what set this team apart was not that it won the World Cup, but that it won the World Cup again. Although this was the USWNT’s fourth title, this summer marked the first time the Americans had entered the event as defending champs and repeated. Their 5-2 win over Japan in the 2015 final was the most-watched soccer game in American history. This time around, they had a target on their backs, and the rest of the world showed up eager to take them down. The competition was supposedly better than ever, and so they took great joy in dodging every ax hurled at their bull’s-eye.

From start to finish, their World Cup showing was a triumph. It began with a 13-0 demolition of Thailand, a breathtaking glimpse of what it looks like when the best players in a sport get to do basically whatever they want for the full length of a game.

It culminated with a 2-0 win over the Netherlands and a multi-continental drinking spree, the latter of which was documented by goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris in what is to Instagram Stories what Citizen Kane is to cinema.

Their victory was total. The Americans set Women’s World Cup records for goals (26) and goal differential (plus-23). They never trailed, and scored within the first 15 minutes of every match except the championship. They became the first team to go 7-0-0 in the Women’s World Cup. (Team USA went 6-0-0 in the inaugural edition in 1991, back when the event was called the “World Championship for Women’s Football for the M&M’s Cup,” because FIFA wanted the words “World Cup” to be reserved for men.) They were everything the best teams can be: dominant in routs and unshakable in crunch time; confident they would win and yet utterly thrilled when they did; individually brilliant but cohesive. At times, each American player was better than each player on the opposing team. That could’ve felt cruel. With the U.S., it felt like a celebration of excellence.

Along the way, though, the women encountered a stunning amount of domestic backlash against a team coasting to victory in international play. They were criticized for scoring too much, or celebrating too hard. They were called unpatriotic, even as they won a major competition on America’s behalf. When the players had the gall to propose they should be paid as much as the American men’s soccer team, they were told that they didn’t deserve it, because they were less popular, even as they achieved greater successes in front of larger audiences. It seemed there was nothing this team could do that wouldn’t make a large portion of the population angry.

Least bothered by all of this: the women of Team USA. They were followed by a cavalcade of pointless yelling virtually everywhere they went, like dust following Pig-Pen. And still they thrived. They not only returned to the peak of their sport, but also found time to laugh at those who couldn’t find joy in their success. And instead of letting the worst arguments against them put a damper on their title, they refocused that conversation to a meaningful end.

There were plenty of things one could rightfully criticize Team USA for during this year’s World Cup. There is no reason a roster as talented as this one should have played in three consecutive one-goal games in the knockout stages. But head coach Jill Ellis—the subject of a 2017 player coup, the bane of soccer Twitter, and, thankfully, now a retiree—seemed determined to leave some of her best players on the bench, or else use them in unusual circumstances. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher proved an excellent shot-blocker, but sometimes passed the ball directly to opposing attackers. And the team got the benefit of questionable refereeing decisions against Spain (that penalty call!), France (that non-penalty call!) and England (that offside VAR decision!), winning each match by one goal. The U.S. was plainly the best team in the field, but appeared strangely interested in keeping their knockout matches competitive.

These weren’t major talking points. Shockingly, no right-wing bloggers tried to hit it big with posts like, “Does Jill Ellis’s Decision to Leave Lindsey Horan Out of the Starting XI Prove That She Hates America?” Instead, the most common anti–Team USA talking point focused on celebrations. When the U.S. women responded to that criticism by replacing their over-the-top celebrations with muted ones, they were criticized for that too. It continued even after they won. I’d say it’s generally a good thing in life if people’s biggest problem with you is that you celebrate too hard.

The harshest criticisms were reserved for Megan Rapinoe, the team’s boldest star. Simultaneously a masterful creator on the left wing and an unshakable closer from the penalty spot, she led all players in the tournament with six goals and 27 passes completed into the penalty area (nobody else in the tournament had more than 16). And she did this despite sitting out two of America’s seven games. She won the Golden Boot given to the World Cup’s top scorer, the Golden Ball given to the event’s best player, and the 2019 Ballon D’Or given to the best player in the world. (I don’t know how French people differentiate between the Golden Ball and Ballon D’Or, but that’s beside the point.) Rapinoe had both of America’s goals in the round of 16 against Spain, both of the team’s goals in the quarterfinals against France, and scored in the final against the Netherlands. Let’s see the pose.

And yet Rapinoe was regularly lambasted. There was the outrage over her saying that she wouldn’t visit the White House if she was invited, joining the long list of Americans who Trump supporters must virulently hate even if they bring glory to America. After winning the title, she was accused of stomping on the American flag in postgame celebrations. (A more realistic interpretation of what happened: Rapinoe maybe, kinda grazed a flag that she didn’t seem to realize was on the ground, in between celebrating with various other, not-on-the-ground flags.) It got to the point where she was even criticized for standing silently during the national anthem—which … I thought was OK? Isn’t that what 90 percent of us do at sporting events? Isn’t that considered respectful?

Rapinoe never seemed fazed by the criticism. She didn’t ignore it, like many prominent athletes who claim to do so. She went and dominated the biggest stage in her sport, and then gave honest and striking answers when asked about any topic. She used her Ballon D’Or platform to encourage male stars to fight racism and sexism in sports. She used her Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year acceptance speech to call out the lack of diversity in media. She spoke with conviction and clarity about how the president of the United States targets non-white and LGBTQ citizens. (The team never did go to the White House, by the way.)

The women of Team USA refocused the conversation around them to their yearslong attempt to get paid as much as America’s male soccer players. They talked about the pay gap loudly and relentlessly. This was so effective that crowds chanted “EQUAL PAY” in World Cup stadiums and booed the head of U.S. Soccer at public events held to celebrate the World Cup win.

The argument against equal pay is always that the men’s team is simply more popular. In 2019, that was clearly untrue. This goes beyond just the discrepancy in success, as the American women are back-to-back World Cup champs while the men failed to qualify for the last World Cup and recently lost to Canada for the first time in 34 years. A fun experiment is to go to U.S. Soccer’s YouTube page and look at the view counts for recent videos about the men’s and women’s teams. A video from the account’s “Behind the Crest” series about a September USWNT friendly got 75,000 views; a video in the series posted the same day about the USMNT playing Mexico—their archrivals!—got less than 7,000. The Women’s World Cup final drew 16 million viewers despite airing at 11 a.m. Eastern time; the men’s team playing in the Gold Cup final the same day got 9 million viewers in prime time. (I also suspect many viewers were watching to see Mexico.) Jersey sales for the women’s team were the most purchased of any national team in American history, regardless of gender. The men’s team routinely played in front of fewer than 15,000 fans; the women’s team broke a record by playing in front of almost 50,000 and routinely played in front of 30,000. The women’s team, uh, generated more revenue than the men. There is no conceivable metric by which somebody could look at the U.S. men’s national soccer team and the U.S. women’s national soccer team and conclude that more people cared about the men than the women in 2019.

The USWNT succeeded on the field in spite of the way U.S. Soccer treated it. And the women harnessed the attention that came with their on-field greatness to draw eyes toward how unfairly they were treated. The team still hasn’t won its fight for equal pay—a trial is set for May—but its ability to shift the focus to that movement goes beyond just a few soccer players potentially increasing their paychecks. The USWNT are far from the only women in this country who get paid less than men who do the same jobs. But given that their achievements, popularity, and revenue are publicly available alongside those of their male peers, and given that they trounce that male group in every category and still receive less, their efforts sparked a cry for change. They gave voice to women in similar situations whose successes aren’t publicly reported on.

I don’t know how I would react if I reached the pinnacle of my field and was told that it wasn’t enough. But Rapinoe and the U.S. women’s soccer team handled it perfectly. They never worried about people they’d never please, and instead set their sights on making their sport and their country better. While the rest of the world searched for shortcomings to tear down their accomplishments, they built upon those accomplishments to address the shortcomings they encountered. America’s champs agreed that reaching the pinnacle of their sport wasn’t enough. They won their exhilarating victories, and still felt they had more to do.

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WASHINGTON STATE’S scrappy band of soccer players that carried WSU to its first-ever Final Four, and brought long-time powerhouse North Carolina to the precipice in the semifinals of the tournament last week, is ranked No. 4 in the nation in the United Soccer Coaches final poll of 2019, which was released today. The Cougars even received two first-place votes. Tournament champion Stanford was No. 1, followed by UNC and UCLA.

The Cougars concluded their historic season at 16-7-1. The No. 4 ranking is the highest in program history.

Head coach Todd Schulenberger captured the essence of his team succinctly following the spirited battle against UNC: “Tough night — super proud of this group … you’re playing one of the best teams in America year-in and year-out, and we gave everything we’ve got. Our kids fought. That’s who we are at Washington State.”

Related: Morgan Weaver’s powerful words to team after final game in crimson

UCLA head coach Amanda Cromwell also had major props for the Cougars at the Final Four, saying, “They’ve been as much as a nemesis to us as any other team in the Pac-12 the last three or four years. I think one of my assistants told Todd that I actually picked them to be in the Final Four — if you look at my bracket I had picked them to beat Virginia, it was not a surprise to me.”

THREE COUGS CALLED BY TEAM USA:

Following the Final Four last week, three Cougars — senior Morgan Weaver, junior Makamae Gomera-Stevens and sophomore Myikiaa Minis — were called into U.S. national team duty in Florida: Weaver and Gomera-Stevens joining the senior national team camp in Bradenton and Minniss joining the U-20 team in Lakewood Ranch to play in the 2019 Nike International Friendlies.

Morgan Weaver, Makamae Gomera-Stevens and Mykiaa Minniss. (Photo: Washington State Univ.)
Weaver and Gomera-Stevens are the first-ever Cougars called into camp with the top team in the U.S., training alongside of 24 other professionals and college players in the Identification Camp. The camp includes 14 professional players from the NWSL and 10 other college players. The identification camp does not include players from the 2019 World Cup squad.

Minniss joins the U-20 squad which is split into two teams for friendlies this week against national teams from Brazil and France. The matches are serving as preparation for February’s Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship to be held in the Dominican Republic.