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The United States Women’s National Soccer Team and Its Captains: Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan

US Women's Soccer Team

The most successful team in international women’s soccer, it won three Women’s World Cups (1991, 1999, 2015), four Olympic gold medals (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012), eight CONCACAF Gold Cups, and ten Algarve Cups. The US team plays under the leadership of Jillian Ellis and is co-captained by Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan

Jillian Ellis: Head Coach

Appointed head coach on May 16th, 2014, Jillian Anne Ellis was born in England but moved with her family to the US at age 15. Her father, John Ellis, has been a longtime soccer ambassador for the British government, assigned to help create soccer programs worldwide. After the family moved to Northern Virginia, he founded the Manassas Soccer Academy. Once in the US. she immediately started playing soccer and captained her Fairfax High School to the 1984 state championship. They won the under-19 national title the same year. She soon afterwards started serving as an assistant coach for universities (North Carolina State 1988-90, Maryland 1994-96, Virginia 1996-97), then became head coach for the Illinois Women’s soccer program (1997-99), and moved on to coach the UCLA Bruins Women’s Soccer (1999-2010).

Besides soccer, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Composition at the College of William and Mary in 1988, as well as a master’s degree in technical writing at North Carolina State University.

Megan Rapinoe

Born in 1985 in Redding, California, this amazing athlete plays for and captains the Seattle Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League. She has previously played for the Chicago Red Stars, the Philadelphia Independence, as well as for the Olympique Lyonnais in France’s Division 1 Féminine. On the international level, she has helped the US Women’s National Soccer Team win the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the gold at the 2012 London Olympics. Since 2018, she co-captains the US national team with Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.

Known for her crafty style of play, she is a force to be reckoned with, on and off the field. Rapinoe is a vibrant advocate for numerous LGBT organizations. She is sponsored by Nike, Samsung, and DJO Global. She is also well known for kneeling in 2016 during the national anthem, in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco quarterback who had refused to stand during the anthem to protest racial injustice and minority oppression. After three games, she had to discontinue this practice, scorned by the league’s administration. She afterwards stopped taking part in the anthem singing and has not sung ever since. She considers herself as a ‘walking protest when it comes to the Trump administration’, because of everything she stands for.

Carli Lloyd

Born in 1982, Carli Anne Hollins (née Lloyd) is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2008-2012), 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion. She currently plays for the Piscataway Township (New Jersey) Sky Blue FC in the National Women’s Soccer League, as well as the United States Women’s National Soccer Team. She is a midfielder. She has made over 270 appearances on the US National team. She ranks fourth in caps, fourth for most goals and seventh for most assists on the team.

In the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, she became the first woman ever to score three goals in a 5-2 win over Japan (the third soccer player ever to score a hat trick in any senior FIFA World Cup Final, after Pele and Geoff Hurst). She received the Golden Ball Trophy and the Silver Boot as the best player for her total six goals and one assist in that tournament.

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With her tendency to score decisive goals, she’s earned a reputation as a ‘clutch player’. Known for her ball control, technique and passing accuracy, she is capable, as an attacking midfielder, to get into tactically sound attacking positions. She can either score goals from any position on the pitch or create chances for her teammates.

Alex Morgan

Alex Patricia Morgan Carrasco, born in 1989, is an American soccer player. A forward for the Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League, she is an Olympic gold medal winner and a FIFA Women’s World Cup champion. Since 2018, she’s also the national team’s co-captain, with Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe.

At the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she became the youngest player ever on the national team, winning the silver medal. Beginning her professional career with the New York Flash in 2011, she moved to the Seattle Sounders in 2012, afterwards with the Portland Thorns FC (from 2013 to 2015), and then was traded to Orlando in 2016.

She started penning “The Kicks” for Simon & Schuster, a four-book series for middle schoolers. Focused on four young girls, they feature themes of friendship, leadership, and soccer. In 2015, a live-action comedy series based on the books entitled The Kicks began airing on Amazon Prime.  

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