- USA are set to begin their 2019 campaign against France
- FIFA.com spotlights the marvellous milestones they set in 2018
- A timeless ten, a seasoned starlet and an assist queen feature
victories is what USA became the first women’s national team to reach – they did it with a 1-0 win in Portugal – in merely 639 matches and 33 years. It took the Brazil men’s team 96 years to register 500 wins.
caps for USA is what Carli Lloyd reached thanks to 19 – no USA player won more – in 2018. It powered the 36-year-old to sixth on the list of international women’s football’s most-capped players behind the still-active Christine Sinclair (274), Julie Foudy (274), Mia Hamm (276), Christie Rampone (311) and Kristine Lilly (354).
goals is what USA have netted since they last lost. Following a 1-0 defeat by Australia in July 2017, Jill Ellis’s team have gone 28 matches unbeaten, scoring in them all. The USWNT record is 51 games undefeated, set between 2004 and 2007.
minutes is all it took Tobin Heath to average a goal or an assist for USA in 2018. The 30-year-old midfielder scored seven goals and set up six after returning from a long injury lay-off in June.
caps is what Mallory Pugh won before her 20th birthday on 29 April – the second-most a player has earned for the USWNT behind Tiffany Roberts. The tricky attacker now has 43 to her name, and if she plays in all seven of the fixtures USA have scheduled over the next three months, will incredibly make it 50 caps before her 21st birthday.
goals in 19 appearances is what Alex Morgan, who recently told FIFA.com she's in the form of her life, admirably scored in 2018 to leave herself on the cusp of becoming the 17th women’s footballer to reach a century of international goals. The 29-year-old (98) will be out to climb the ladder of USA’s all-time leading markswomen in 2019, with only Tiffeny Milbrett (100), the still-active Carli Lloyd (105), Michelle Akers (107), Kristine Lilly (130), Mia Hamm (158) and Abby Wambach (184) above her.
hours and 44 minutes is what the USWNT have gone without conceding. Since falling behind against Brazil in August, courtesy of an own-goal, USA, aided by an imperious centre-back partnership between Abby Dahlkemper and Becky Sauerbrunn, have kept nine straight clean sheets and scored 39 goals without reply.
assists in 16 outings is what Megan Rapinoe recorded in 2018 to ascend from outside the top ten to fifth on the USWNT’s list of all-time leading providers. The 33-year-old winger (56 assists) is behind Milbrett (64), Wambach (73), Lilly (106) and Hamm (145).
consecutive victories is the run on which USA will begin 2019 with a glamour friendly against France, who themselves have won their last seven matches, in Le Havre on Saturday. Teenager Hamm, along with Carla Overbeck, Joy Fawcett, Foudy, Lilly, Carin Jennings, Brandi Chastain and Akers, helped the USWNT win a record 18 successive games in the run-up to their triumphant China 1991 campaign.