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Published on Jul 12, 2019
On July 7, 2019, it happened again: The U.S. women's national soccer team delighted fans and thumbed its nose at the naysayers by winning their fourth World Cup in a feat of rarely seen sports dominance. So what's their secret sauce? Here's a look at the franchise that became 2019's greatest team in the world.
The U.S. women's national team's tally of records is getting so impressive that Good Morning America called the team's reign a quote, "dynasty." And Megan Rapinoe happily accepted the turn of phrase.
The assessment is hard to argue. The US has now won four of the eight FIFA Women's World Cups, and like Germany has managed to win two consecutive titles. Their 13 goals against Thailand in the 2019 World Cup group stage are the most goals a team has scored in a Women's World Cup match, and their total of 26 goals in the tournament is also a record. The Thailand match is also the highest margin of victory in the history of the World Cup, men's tournament included.
When you look into the team's personal records, things get doubly impressive. Apart from Rapinoe taking home the Golden Boot for best scorer and the Golden Ball for best player in the tournament, Jill Ellis became the first coach to win two Women's World Cup titles, and striker Alex Morgan's five goals in a single match, yes, against poor Thailand, tied her for a record for most individual goals in a single game. The only other person holding that record? US soccer legend, Michelle Akers.
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Creating a dynasty | 0:19 Upsets on the horizon? | 1:41 The fight for equal pay | 2:47 Activism is a team effort | 3:57 Playing the villains | 5:09 The "Triple-edged sword" | 6:22 The 2000's drought | 7:29 The coach is key | 8:29 Best of the best | 9:43