U.S. Soccer In Focus #19 | USWNT 2020 IN REVIEW

In the midst of a global pandemic, the U.S. Women’s National Team played just nine games over the course of 2020, as COVID-19 brought the world – and global sports – to a halt while health and safety took top priority. Despite the challenging and strange nature of the year, 2020 was still a meaningful and productive one for the USWNT.  

In early February, the USA qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo with a 4-0 victory against Mexico in the semifinal of the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament and followed that result with a 3-0 victory over Canada in the final.

The following month, the USWNT captured the SheBelieves Cup, in another thrilling edition of the tournament which saw wins against England, Spain and Japan. 
With the pandemic putting all programming on pause, including postponement of the Olympics until 2021, the USWNT did not reconvene until a domestic training camp in October in Colorado, which featured a collection of World Cup veterans and new faces.
Finally in November, the USA returned to the field, beating the Netherlands 2-0 in Breda in the team’s ninth and final match of the year. The game, which was the first meeting between the nations since the historic 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, not only marked a return to action, but the opportunity for debuts and a powerful statement of unity from the players. 

Photography by ISI Photos for U.S. Soccer.


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