In a year that started with a training camp in Los Angeles followed by the first game of the schedule in San Diego and ended with a match in chilly Glasgow, Scotland, the U.S. Women’s National Team navigated 20 matches in 11 states and two countries to put together a year that will go down as one of the most successful in program history.
Not only did the team achieve its most important goal – qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup – but for the fourth time in its history in a year in which the team played 10 or more games, the U.S. Women finished it unbeaten.
In 2018, Carli Lloyd scored her 100th goal for the WNT.
The team won all three tournaments in which it played – the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, the 2018 Tournament of Nations and the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship – and the players achieved several individual milestones, which included one player reaching 100 caps, another scoringher 100th goal, and a third who got very close.
Most impressively, the team reached the 500th win in program history when it defeated Portugal, 1-0, on Nov. 8, an achievement that further cemented the WNT as one of the most successful and dominant teams in the history of sports.
To wrap up this year, here are 18 of the most interesting numbers for the U.S. WNT in 2018:
501 Number of wins in program history
98 Career goals at the end of 2018 for Alex Morgan
65 Number of goals the WNT scored through the 20 games in 2018 (3.25 per game)
37 Players that played at least one game for the USA in 2018
18 Number of wins for the USA in 2018
18 Goals scored by Alex Morgan in 2018, best on the team
13 Number of different goal scorers for the USA in 2018
12 Assists by Megan Rapinoe in 2018, best on the team
12 Number of World Cup-bound countries the USA faced in 2018 (out of 16)
12 Number of shutouts the USA earned in 2018
10 Goals allowed in 2018 through 20 matches (0.50 per game)
8 Players that earned first caps in 2018
Tierna Davidson was one of eight players who made their U.S. WNT debut in 2018.
4 Number of times in program history the USA finished year undefeated (while playing 10+ games)
4 Number of players who played in all 5 WCQ matches (Dahlkemper, Horan, Ertz and Lavelle)
3 Number of tournaments the USA won in 2018 (SBC, ToN, WCQ)
2 Number of draws for the USA in 2018 (vs. France and Australia)
1 Players who hit 100 goals in 2018 (Carli Lloyd)
1 Players who hit 100 caps in 2018 (Christen Press)
Both Christen Press (100 caps) and Carli Lloyd (100 goals) had a milestone-filled 2018.