USA BY THE NUMBERS
The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team earned the full nine points from its three first-round matches to finish atop a very difficult group that featured Sweden, Nigeria and North Korea. Following are a few stats culled from the Group A action:
Seven different players scored the 11 goals in the first round.
16 players have started games for the USA and 18 have played.
Four different players have assists with Mia Hamm leading the way with four.
Eight of 11 goals came off set plays..
Only two players, and one field player – Joy Fawcett – has played every minute of all three games.
Only one other team allowed just one goal in the first round and that was China, which scored just three. Germany allowed two, as did Brazil and Russia.
Kate Sobrero became the 17th player to earn 100 caps for the USA when she started against North Korea.
Cat Reddick became the first defender to score twice in a Women’s World Cup game for the United States and just the fourth defender to score in a Women’s World Cup match for the USA, following Joy Fawcett, Carla Overbeck and Brandi Chastain.
Joy Fawcett is the only player to start all 21 matches in Women’s World Cup history.
Kristine Lilly and Julie Foudy have played in all 21 matches in U.S. WWC history.
Cindy Parlow has two goals in the ’03 tournament and four in her Women’s World Cup career, all headers.
The USA took 38 total shots over three games, 26 on goal, for a 68% clip. 11 different players have taken shots.
U.S. opponents took 26 shots, 14 on goal for a 53% clip.
The USA had 21 corner kicks while opponents earned 12.
Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm of the USA, and Bettina Weigmann of Germany and Sun Wen of China, are the only players in Women’s Soccer history to score in all four Women’s World Cup tournaments.
Of the 11 goals scored, forwards have scored six, midfielders have scored three and defenders have scored two.