The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team has won four World Cups and four Olympic gold medals, set record TV ratings, drawn massive crowds, earned huge revenues for FIFA and U.S. Soccer, and helped to redefine the place of women in sports. But despite their dominance, and their rosters of superstar players, they’ve endured striking inequality: low pay, poor playing conditions, and limited opportunities to play in professional leagues.
The National Team, from leading soccer journalist Caitlin Murray, tells the history of the USWNT in full, from their formation in the 1980s through the 2019 World Cup, chronicling both their athletic triumphs and less visible challenges off the pitch. Murray also recounts the rise and fall of U.S. professional leagues, including the burgeoning National Women’s Soccer League, an essential part of the women’s game.
Through nearly 100 exclusive interviews with players, coaches, and team officials, including Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, Heather O’Reilly, Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain, Pia Sundhage, Tom Sermanni, and Sunil Gulati, Murray takes readers inside the locker rooms and board rooms in engrossing detail. Fully updated and expanded to include the team's dominant victory in France in 2019, The National Team is a story of endurance and determination, a complete portrait of this beloved and important team.
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The real history on the USWNT and why you need to read it for Equal Pay Equal Play discussions.
This book is simply fantastic. Going back to 1985 when the team was formed to the current lawsuit filed in March of 2019, this book dives deep into a rich history so very few understand. I’ve been an avid USWNT fan since 1999 and while I knew my fair share of history on the team, I was blown away by what I didn’t know and feel lucky to have learned. Job well done, Caitlin! Whether you’re a lifetime fan like I am or you just want to know more about the current issues facing our 2019 WWC Champions, please sit down and read this book, you’ll be so glad you did!
Killer book about a killer team.
As a die hard women’s soccer fan, I’ve always enjoyed following Caitlin Murray’s Twitter and seeing her takes on what’s happening in the game. She does an excellent job of telling the long, historic journey of the greatest sports team of all time. Definitely recommend.