The United States Soccer Team is a global powerhouse as it has taken four World Cup Titles. They have placed in every World Cup since 1991. United States soccer features some of the best names in the world and also features quite a few names that are easy on the eyes. The top of the list here should not be a surprise to anyone.
1. Alex Morgan
Alex Morgan coming in at number one shouldn’t be a surprise to many, although you can certainly make your arguments. Morgan was born and raised in California, and she continued her college career in football at the University of Cal. With plenty of success during the youth club soccer, she continued in college, almost winning a National Championship. Morgan also graduated with a degree in Political Economy. In 2011, Morgan was the first overall pick in the WPS Draft. She went to the Western New York Flash. The team eventually folded due to financial reasons, and Morgan went onto play for the Seattle Sounders in 2012 and then Portland Thorns FC for two years after. Currently, Morgan plays for the Orlando Pride, where she has loaded out to play for a brief stint with Lyon. Morgan has had big success with the national team. She has over 100 goals in 169 appearances to go with two World Cup golds.
2. Sydney Leroux
Sydney Leroux was born in Surrey, Canada, but was able to play for the United States National Team due to having an American father. Leroux came from an athletic family as her mother played for the Canadian softball team, and her dad pitched for the California Angels. Despite being from a baseball family, Leroux set out early to be a soccer player. She began young and moved to Arizona to play club soccer. Jill Ellis was coaching UCLA during the late 2000s and recruited Leroux. She would go onto lead the team in scoring three out of the four seasons and ended up fourth in UCLA’s history with 57 goals. In the 2012 pick, just a year after Morgan went number one overall, Leroux was taken number one. She would end up playing for Boston, Seattle, FC Kansas City, and Orlando. After changing her allegiance to the United States, she went onto win the 2008 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup. Joining the senior team in 2011, she has over 75 caps and 35 goals internationally.
3. Hope Solo
Growing up in the state of Washington, Hope Solo could not have asked for a better place to jumpstart her soccer career. Solo did not start her career as a goalkeeper, as she scored 109 goals at Richland High School. It wasn’t until college at the University of Washington where she focused on being a full-time goalie. Solo would go onto be one of the best goalies in Pac-12 history. She had 18 shutouts and over 300 saves. She went onto join some of her national club teammates in Seattle playing for the Seattle Reign FC. Solo has had a rocky relationship with the USWNT higher-ups, as she got into it with her coach Greg Ryan back in 2007 for benching her in a crucial game against Brazil. They would go onto lose 4-0. She would also go onto be suspended after calling the Swedish National Team “cowards” for how they played. Hope still is one of the more decorated players with two Olympic golds and one World Cup.
4. Abby Dahlkemper
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Another UCLA legend is Abby Dahlkemper, who is a rock in the backline of the USWNT. She was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but raised in Southern California. Soccer was a part of her life early on playing for Sacred Heart Prep before going to UCLA. They would go onto win the 2013 NCAA National Championship. In 2015 she was drafted third overall and would go onto play with the North Carolina Courage. She has over 60 appearances with the United States team and was a part of the 2019 Women’s World Cup-winning team. She played in every game and played nearly every minute of that World Cup.
5. Julie Ertz
You might recognize the last name from Zach Ertz, who is the Philadelphia Eagles tight end. Julie Ertz was born in Mesa, Arizona, where she played competitive soccer early in her life. Ertz would go onto Santa Clara University, where she racked up plenty of accolades from All-Freshman in her first year two being named US Soccer Young Female Athlete Of The Year. Ertz would go onto be the third overall pick in the 2014 NWSL Draft. Chicago Red Stars was the team to draft her, and she scored the game-winning goal in her debut. This has been her only club team playing in over 70 games since 2014. She joined the international team in 2013 and has over 100 appearances and 20+ goals
6. Christen Press
One of the top scorers on the USWNT is Christen Press. She has over 50 goals in her international career and has been a 20+ goal scorer for two of her club teams. Press was no stranger to playing overseas as she played for Tyreso FF and Kopparbergs/Goteborg FC. Her US club teams were the Chicago Red Stars and Utah Royals. She has over 75 goals in her club career. After joining the United States team in 2013, she was a part of the two World Cup teams. She also was a runner up with Treso FF in the Women’s Champions League in 2013-14. Press was born and raised in Los Angeles and went onto Stanford, where she scored 71 goals during her time there.
7. Kelley O’Hara
Kelley O’Hara is a versatile player for the United States team. She is also a seasoned veteran, given she has been with the senior team since 2010, making over 130 appearances. O’Hara is another former Stanford Cardinal, as she scored 57 goals during her time at Stanford. She would take home the Hermann Trophy in 2009, which is the collegiate soccer’s top player. Not many of these players are slipping past the third overall pick in the draft, and that was the case for O’Hara. She would play for the FC Gold Pride, but then the Boston Breakers due to the Gold Pride folding. O’Hara lined up all over as she played forward, winger, right-back, and midfield. She currently plays for the Utah Royals. After joining the US senior squad in 2010, she has made over 130 appearances, mostly in a defensive role.
8. Mallory Pugh
Mallory Pugh is one of the up and coming young forwards for the United States. She began playing soccer during her childhood in Colorado. Pugh came from an athletic family with her mom, a track star, and her father, a football star. Catching the eye of the Real Colorado Club, she played her teen years playing competitive soccer. Unlike some of the others on this list, Pugh opted to turn professional after high school and not go the college route. She joined the Washington Spirit in 2018 and currently plays for Sky Blue FC. Pugh has scored ten goals in the past three years. She continues to impress and has already made over 60 appearances for the National team after debuting in 2016. Pugh has 18 goals in that span.
9. Heather Mitts
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Heather Mitts played with the United States senior team from 1999-2013. She has over 130 appearances and just two goals as a right-back. Her club career lasted 13 years as she played for various NSWL teams. Philadelphia Charge was the team she stayed on the longest. Mitts never scored a goal during her club career but was a sound right-back. Mitts was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and played her college ball at the University of Florida. She was on the three Olympic Gold Medal teams from 2004-2012. You can catch Mitts as a commentator for the Wolrd Cup at times. She is also married to former NFL quarterback, AJ Feeley.
10. Morgan Brian
Morgan Brian was born in Georgia, and she played for various soccer clubs in the Southeast region. Brian was undersized in her early days but was starting among one of the best youth club teams in the country. Moving to Florida, she had over 150 goals in her high school career. She was also a National Player of the Year. Brian would go onto the University of Virginia, where she blossomed into a top playmaking midfielder. In 2015 she was the first overall pick and went to the Houston Dash. She would play there two years before moving to the Chicago Red Stars. Brian has over 80 appearances for the national team and has played with the youth team since 2008.
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