The 2023 Women’s World Cup is almost here.
Before the U.S. women’s national team kicks off the group stage against Vietnam on Friday, July 21, take a look at the reigning World Cup champion’s roster by the numbers.
There are 14 players on the World Cup team who will be making their World Cup debuts: GK Casey Murphy, GK Aubrey Kingsbury, D Alana Cook, D Emily Fox, D Naomi Girma, D Sofia Huerta, M Savannah DeMelo, M Kristie Mewis, M Ashley Sanchez, M Andi Sullivan, F Trinity Rodman, F Sophia Smith, F Alyssa Thompson and F Lynn Williams.
That makes this year’s World Cup team less experienced than it was in 2019, when 11 players made their tournament debuts.
Of the 23 players on the U.S. roster, four have notched double-digit World Cup caps: Alex Morgan (18), Megan Rapinoe (17), Julie Ertz (13) and Kelley O’Hara (10).
Additionally, four players on the roster — Alyssa Thompson, Naomi Girma, Trinity Rodman and Sophia Smith — were born after the USWNT’s inaugural World Cup win in 1999.
Crystal Dunn and Morgan are tied for the most goals in a single match. Dunn scored five against Puerto Rico in a 2016 Olympic qualifier, while Morgan tallied five against Thailand in the USWNT’s 2019 World Cup group-stage opener. Morgan’s performance matched a World Cup single-game goals record set by Michelle Akers in 1991.
Morgan is the most-capped World Cup player on the roster, having played in 18 World Cup matches. In those games, Morgan has nine goals, including six in 2019 alone. Rapinoe — who announced that this World Cup will be her last with the USWNT — is tied with Morgan for the most World Cup goals on the squad with nine.
Thompson is also the youngest player on the roster at the age of 18. She’s the second-youngest player ever to be named to a World Cup roster behind Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak.
The average age of the USWNT’s 23 rostered players is 28.5 years old. In 2015 and 2019, the roster also averaged around 28 years old.
In addition to being the most-capped World Cup player on the roster, Morgan has the most international appearances with 206, tied for 10th all-time. Her first appearance at this year’s World Cup will break her tie with Tiffeny Milbrett for sole ownership of 10th place on the list.
Morgan also holds the record on this year’s roster for most international goals scored. Her 121 career goals in 206 appearances rank fifth all-time behind Kristine Lilly (130). Rapinoe is second on the 2023 roster and 10th all-time with 62 goals.
Rapinoe has the third-most assists all-time, tied with Abby Wambach at 73, and the most on the World Cup roster. Morgan is tied for 10th with 49 assists.
The USWNT is making its ninth Women’s World Cup appearance. The U.S. is one of just seven national teams to appear in all nine editions of the tournament, alongside Brazil, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Norway and Sweden.
Of the 23-member squad, 22 players compete in the NWSL. Lindsey Horan, a midfielder for Olympique Lyon, is the only current exception. The NWSL’s OL Reign has the most players on the roster with five.