Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, the U.S. WNT players aim to inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better. They inspire them to believe.
What is SheBelieves?
Conceived and developed by the U.S. Women’s National Team players, SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and women and encourage them to accomplish their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign was originally launched in the run-up to the 2015 Women’s World Cup but has since evolved and grown into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment and that of believing in yourself into communities across the nation.
As one of the most popular national women’s team in the United States, the WNT is the prime example that dreams are attainable if you set your mind to it and go after what you want. Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, the players in the U.S. team inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better. They inspire them to believe.
SheBelieves Across the Country
Following the USA championship run at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, the team embarked in a 10-city Victory Tour where players met with several women in various professions in various locales across the country to chat about being leaders, advocates, game-changers and role-models. Ranging from entrepreneurs, deputy directors to firefighters, and chefs to park rangers, these women showed that despite all being so different, the common denominator of hard work and discipline led them all to be successful in their own fields.
Spread the Message, Get Involved
In a culture where young girls are often influenced by outdated gender norms, it is the mission of the U.S. WNT players to empower girls to reach their dreams. You and your organization can join this mission by spreading messages of positivity and showcasing your athletes and their stories as examples of hope and success.
The empowerment of young women and girls is not an overnight objective but a permanent movement that can impact millions, because when girls and women succeed, we all succeed. Join us in sharing the message and get involved as we near the SheBelieves Cup. Use #SheBelieves in your posts, content and social media to broaden the awareness of this campaign that impacts every young girl and woman with a dream around the globe.
The SheBelieves Cup is an extension of the #SheBelieves campaign, as this event brings together some of the best women soccer players in the world. The tournament assists in spreading the positive message of empowerment and provides a stage to shine the spotlight on positive female role models (athletes and non-athletes alike) and showcase their accomplishments both on the field and in culture at large.
- 5 THINGS TO KNOW: 2017 SheBelieves Cup
Germany announced its 2017 SheBelieves Cup roster on Feb. 14, while England revealed its 23-player squad on Feb. 21. This means that France will soon follow suit.
As for the USA, head coach Jill Ellis announced a 25-player pre-tournament training camp roster on Feb. 8 and will name the final 23-woman roster closer to the start of the tournament.
As Germany was first out of the gate, here are five things to know about the roster that will represent the current Olympic champions in the U.S. from March 1-7.
Germany Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 12-Laura Benkarth (SC Freiburg), 1-Almuth Schult (VfL Wolfsburg), 21-Lisa Weiß (SGS Essen)
DEFENDERS (9): 2-Josephine Henning (Olympique Lyonnais), 3-Kathrin Hendrich (1. FFC Frankfurt), 5-Babett Peter (VfL Wolfsburg), 7-Pauline Bremer (Olympique Lyonnais), 14-Anna Blässe (VfL Wolfsburg), 17-Isabel Kerschowski (VfL Wolfsburg), 23-Verena Faißt (Bayern München), 24-Kristin Demann (1899 Hoffenheim), 29-Felicitas Rauch (1. FFC Turbine Postdam)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 4-Leonie Maier (Bayern München), 9-Alexandra Popp (VfL Wolfsburg), 10-Dzsenifer Marozsan (Olympique Lyonnais), 13-Sara Däbritz (Bayern München), 27-Sara Doorsoun (SGS Essen), 31-Linda Dallman (SGS Essen)
FORWARDS (5): 11-Anja Mittag (VfL Wolfsburg), 15-Mandy Islacker (1. FFC Frankfurt), 18-Lena Petermann (SC Freiburg), 20-Lina Magull (SC Freiburg), 26-Hasret Kayikci (SC Freiburg)
Steffi Takes the ReinsFor the first time in more than a decade, Germany will have a new coach roaming the sidelines. Steffi Jones, a legendary international player and 2003 Women’s World Cup champion, has replaced Silvia Neid – also a legend as a player and a coach – as the head coach of the Germany Women’s National Team. Neid, who took the positon in 2005, finished her highly successful 11-year tenure by winning the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics. She also won the 2007 Women’s World Cup and the 2008 Olympic bronze medal. She was named the FIFA Women’s World Coach of the Year in 2010, 2013 and 2016. Neid has transitioned into a player development position with the DFB.
Jones received much praise for her work as president of the organizing committee for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. It was a ground-breaking event for women’s soccer and especially women’s soccer in Europe. As a player, Jones played the majority of her career for her hometown FFC Frankfurt team, but also played in the USA with the Washington Freedom in 2002-2003, helping the club to the championship in 2003. Jones is a dual German and American citizen as she is the daughter of a German mother and an American father. Germany has yet to lose under Jones, winning four games (including two Euro qualifiers and two friendly matches) and drawing one so far, a 1-1 tie with Norway in a friendly on Nov. 29, 2016 in Germany’s most recent match.
Replacing NadineAfter the retirement of legendary goalkeeper and captain Nadine Angerer, the 2013 FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, Germany has been looking for her successor. Angerer was the first goalkeeper, male or female, to win the award, and as a two-time FIFA Women’s World champion she leaves some big shoes to fill. Angerer, who is currently on the coaching staff for the Portland Thorns in the NWSL, retired from international play in late 2015, but Germany has some excellent young net-minders coming up.
Twenty-six-year-old Laura Schult has been getting most of the caps. She back-stopped Germany to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title on home soil and was in goal for both the 2016 SheBelieves Cup and Germany’s 2016 Olympic gold-medal run, where she only allowed five goals in six matches. In her 38 caps, Schult has amassed a 32-3-3 record. She is being pushed by both 24-year-old Laura Benkarth, who played against the USA in the final of the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan (along with three other players on the German roster), and 29-year-old veteran Lisa Weiss. Both have played three times for the senior side.
Always AnjaThe Germany roster includes a plethora of talent, but perhaps no one is more lethal than striker Anja Mittag. Mittag has played 149 times for her country and has scored 49 goals. She is tall, fast, strong, determined and has a knack for finishing goals from difficult spots. Mittag comes into SheBelieves as the most experienced player on the roster who throughout her 149 games has been part of 111 wins for Germany, 20 draws and only 18 losses. She scored five goals at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada, including a hat trick in Germany’s opening match vs. Ivory Coast.
Mittag started all three games at the 2016 SheBelieves Cup and scored the first goal of the game in the de facto final against the United States on March 9. Despite not scoring at the 2016 Olympics, Mittag started every game and was a crucial piece of the team’s run to its first Olympic gold medal.
Besides Angerer’s retirement, in the past two years Germany has also said farewell to veterans Célia Šašić, Melanie Behringer and Saskia Bartusiak, all integral members of Germany’s success in the last decade. But just like the USA’s infusion of young and new talent, Germany has welcomed tremendously talented youngsters Pauline Bremer, Sara Däbritz, Leonie Maier, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Alexandra Popp and Lena Petermann – all players born in or after 1991, who have quickly established themselves as a powerful group in the new era of Germany women’s soccer. Popp and Marozsan were two of the stars on Germany’s team that won the 2010 FIFA U-20 women’s World Cup at home. Popp won the Golden Boot in that tournament, scoring 10 goals, and was the tournament MVP.
Bremer, who is 20 years old, has played for Germany since she was part of its U-15 WNT. For the senior team, she has seen action in 11 games and has already scored three goals, a solid ratio for a defender.
Däbritz battles for the ball with France’s Eugenie Le Sommer
Twenty-two-year-old Däbritz played in two games at last year’s SheBelieves Cup and was part of the German team at the 2015 Women’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. She scored two goals at the World Cup and three goals at the Olympics, one in Germany’s opening game against Zimbabwe, one in its second game against Australia, and one in Germany’s 2-0 semifinal win against Canada. Overall, she has 38 caps with Germany (32 of those are wins), and has scored eight international goals, five coming at major tournaments.
Peterman, who is 23 years old, led Germany to the title at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and is one of five players on the German roster for the SheBelieves Cup who played on that team. She is another playing starting to find her footing in the highly competitive Germany Women’s National Team. Despite having only played in nine games with the senior squad, she has already scored four goals – two at the 2015 World Cup.
A trio of young German players can already be called world class in Leonie Maier (24-years-old), Dzsenifer Maroszán (24) and Alexandra Popp (25). All three were members of Germany’s 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup roster as well as the 2016 SheBelieves and Olympic Games squads. Marozsán and Popp, who have long been hailed as two of the top young players in the world after performing so well for Germany’s U-20 WNT, both scored at the 2015 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. In Canada, Popp scored against Ivory Coast, while Maroszán tallied her goal in the knockout stage against Sweden. In Brazil, Popp scored against Zimbabwe in the opening match of the tournament and Maroszán scored a crucial goal in the gold-medal game against Sweden, helping Germany take the title with the 2-1 win. Despite their young age, Marozsán and Popp have played 69 and 77 times and have scored 35 and 30 goals, respectively. Maier, who has recovered from a major knee injury, has 37 caps and seven goals to her name, including one at last year’s SheBelieves Cup.
A EURO Scoring Machine
Germany has long been a European power, but its dominance has been extremely impressive. During UEFA Women’s EURO qualifying, Germany scored 35 goals and allowed zero. Ten of the players on the 2017 SheBelieves Cup roster scored a combined 25 goals, with Alexandra Popp leading the way with five goals in four games.
Anja Mittag, Isabel Kerschowski, Leonie Maier and Pauline Bremer each added three, while Sara Säbritz, Lina Magull and Mandy Islacker had two each. Lena Petermann and Dzsenifer Marozsán round out the goal scoring group with a goal apiece.
Germany has won six consecutive European titles. The last time Germany wasn’t reigning European champion was in 1994.Read more
U.S. Soccer and Nike have unveiled the new 2017 U.S. National Team kit, featuring a bold red color palette with the lightweight mobility and engineered breathability of Nike AeroSwift technology.
The U.S. Women’s National Team will introduce the kit at the 2017 SheBelieves Cup taking place from March 1-7, and the Men’s National Team will first don the new uniform on March 24 in its critical World Cup qualifying match against Honduras in San Jose, California.Read more
The U.S. WNT will face No.5-ranked England, No.3-ranked France and No.2-ranked Germany at the 2017 SheBelieves Cup from March 1-7. As four of the top five nations in the world meet in three doubleheaders in three different venues, the games promise to be highly competitive and entertaining.
Here are five things to know about the USA’s three opponents:
USA vs. Germany: World Champions vs. Olympic Champions
The series between the world’s two most successful women’s soccer nations dates back to 1991 (the second ever meeting was at the 1991 Women’s World Cup). The teams have played 31 times, with the USA winning 20 and Germany winning four, along with seven draws. The Unites States are three-time Women’s World Cup champions, while Germany has claimed the trophy twice. Additionally, while the U.S. is the reigning World Cup champion, Germany is the reigning Olympic champion, making this one of the most competitive games of the year in women’s international soccer.
The USA and Germany have met in World Cup play on four occasions: a 5-2 USA win on Nov. 27, 1991 in China in the semifinal; a 3-2 quarterfinal win for the USA on July 1, 1999 in Maryland; a 3-0 win for Germany in the semifinal on Oct. 5, 2003 in Portland, Oregon; and the most recent, a 2-0 semifinal win for the USA on July 2, 2015 in Canada. The winner of each of those matches went on to win the World Cup.Read more
The U.S. Women’s National Team will begin play at the 2017 SheBelieves Cup on March 1 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania, taking on defending Olympic champion and No. 2-ranked Germany.
The teams last met on March 9, 2016, in the de facto SheBelieves Cup final when an early strike from Anja Mittag gave the European champions the lead. In the 35th minute, Meghan Klingenberg evaded a defender near midfield and lofted a ball over the top of the German defense down the left side and into the path of a sprinting Alex Morgan. The speed U.S. striker lifted the ball over a closing defender before smashing home a full volley that was crowned the best U.S. Soccer goal of 2016.The competition is being played in a doubleheader format with England and France meeting in the first game of the day at 4 p.m. ET.
Fans can follow all the action from #USAvGER on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and follow the team along its journey on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).
2017 SheBelieves Cup Schedule
|Mar. 1||ENG vs. FRA||Talen Energy Stadium||Chester, Pa.||4p.m. ET|
|Mar. 1||USA vs. GER||Talen Energy Stadium||Chester, Pa.||7 p.m. ET||FS1|
|Mar. 4||FRA vs. GER||Red Bull Arena||Harrison, N.J.||2:15 p.m. ET|
|Mar. 4||USA vs. ENG|| Red Bull Arena
||Harrison, N.J.||5 p.m. ET||FOX|
|Mar. 7||GER vs. ENG||RFK Stadium||Washington, D.C.||4 p.m. ET|
|Mar. 7||USA vs. FRA||RFK Stadium||Washington, D.C.||7 p.m. ET||FS1|
U.S. Women’s National Team SheBelieves Cup Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (7): Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Brianna Pinto (CASL)
FORWARDS (6): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies FC, ENG), Alex Morgan (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars); Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)
USA vs. Germany: The series between the world’s two most successful women’s soccer nations dates back to 1991 (the second ever meeting was at the 1991 Women’s World Cup). The teams have played 31 times, with the USA winning 20 and Germany winning four, along with seven draws. The USA and Germany have met in World Cup play on four occasions: a 5-2 USA win on Nov. 27, 1991 in China in the semifinal; a 3-2 quarterfinal win for the USA on July 1, 1999 in Maryland; a 3-0 win for Germany in the semifinal on Oct. 5, 2003 in Portland, Oregon; and the most recent, a 2-0 semifinal win for the USA on July 2, 2015 in Canada. The winner of each of those matches went on to win the World Cup. Even though the USA and Germany have a rich and competitive history, the WNT hasn’t lost to the eight-time European champions since 2003 (Germany has been the reigning European champions since 1995, having won six tournaments in a row). In the 13 meetings since then, the U.S. has accumulated an 8-0-5 advantage and has outscored Germany 23-10.
Change in Command: For the first time since 2005, Germany will have a new coach roaming the sidelines. Steffi Jones, a former Germany international and a 2003 Women’s World Cup champion, has replaced legendary coach Silvia Neid as the head coach of the Germany Women’s National Team. Neid finished her successful 11-year tenure with a 2007 Women’s World Cup title to her name, the 2008 Olympic bronze medal and the 2016 Olympic gold medal. She was named the 2016 FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year. Jones received much praise for her work as president of the organizing committee for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which was a ground-breaking event for women’s soccer and especially women’s soccer in Europe. As a player, Jones played the majority of her career for her hometown FFC Frankfurt team, but also played in the USA with the Washington Freedom in 2002-2003, helping the club to the championship in 2003. Jones is a dual German and American citizen as she is the daughter of a German mother and an American father.
#SheBelievesHero Contest: The U.S. Women’s National Team announced the launch of the SheBelieves Hero contest ahead of the SheBelieves Cup. The contest, which runs from Feb. 7-10, aims to find a girl between the ages of 13-17 that embodies the SheBelieves spirit. Conceived and developed by the U.S. Women’s National Team players, SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and women and encourage them to accomplish their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign was originally launched in the run-up to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup but has since evolved and grown into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment and that of believing in yourself into communities across the nation.
Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, the U.S. WNT players inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better; they inspire them to believe. A SheBelieves Hero is a leader in their community, a confident and passionate individual who empowers others around her and is working to make a difference. DETAILS.
U.S. Roster Breakdown: Jill Ellis has called a 25-player roster for the training camp ahead of the SheBelieves Cup tournament. Seventeen players on the roster were part of the 2016 SheBelieves Cup group, which includes all three goal scorers from last year in Crystal Dunn, Alex Morgan (two goals) and Samantha Mewis. The roster includes four uncapped players. Sixteen-year-old midfielder Brianna Pinto received her second call-up after first training with the WNT at 2017 January Camp. Pinto, who was a starter for the USA at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, will turn 17 on May 24. She is one of the youngest field players called into the full U.S. WNT in the past 16 years. Sarah Killion, goalkeeper Jane Campbell and midfielder Rose Lavelle, the top pick in the 2017 NWSL Draft by the Boston Breakers, also have been called up after being part of the WNT’s January Camp roster.
Nearing 100: U.S. co-captain Carli Lloyd has scored 96 goals and needs four more to become the sixth player in WNT history to reach the century mark. Between the time she debuted for the U.S. WNT six days’ shy of age 23 and when she turned 30, Lloyd scored 36 international goals. Remarkably, since she’s turned 30 she has scored 60 goals in a little more than four years.
At Talen Energy Stadium: The match in Chester will mark the sixth time the team has played at Talen Energy Stadium (formerly PPL Park, home of MLS’ Philadelphia Union). The USA played there in 2010, 2012 and twice in 2014 during the Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament. Most recently, the WNT defeated Colombia 3-0 on goals from Julie Johnston (2) and Christen Press on April 10, 2016 in front of a sold-out crowd of 17,275.