USWNT: Team of the decade

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LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Megan Rapinoe of the USA lifts the FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy following her team’s victory in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maddie Meyer – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

The USWNT are ending their decade with two World Cups and an Olympic Gold medal. Here is the Team of the Decade, full of the players who made that happen.

The 2010’s are coming to an end, and for the US Women’s National Team, that means the end of a decade which included two World Cup wins in 2015 and 2019 — and a penalty shootout away from another in 2011 — as well as Olympic gold in 2012.

The USWNT has been a world leader beyond the past 10 years and will look to stay atop the next decade, beginning with the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and extending to becoming the first team to win three consecutive World Cups.

With the success of the USWNT, it is agiven that elite players have featured throughout the decade. But which are the best of the best? So, here is the USWNT Team of the Decade.

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL – AUGUST 03: Hope Solo #1 of United States looks on during the Women’s Group G first round match between the United States and New Zealand during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 3, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

Goalkeeper

Hope Solo

The off-field mishaps made people forget how dominant of a force Hope Solo was in goal. She ended the 2010’s having earned two Golden Glove awards for best goalkeeper in the 2011 and 2015 World Cups. Solo made 29 saves in six matches during the team’s 2011 run and only allowed three goals all tournament en route to the 2015 trophy.

Her time with the national team ended on a sour note following her calling the Swedish national team “a bunch of cowards” after the quarter-final exit in the 2016 Olympics as well as other off-field issues. However, while she was in goal, the team was hard to beat, and in large part, it was due to Solo’s presence between the sticks.

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