Best Ever USA Football Players (Part 3)

7. Joy Fawcett

Over the ten years, you may not be able to watch the American women taking the field without witnessing Joy in the lineup.

This magnificent center back played all the minutes of 2003, 1999 and 1995 World Cups (WC) as well as the 2000 and 1996 Olympics. She managed to score the goal in the 1999 WC quarterfinals that was against Germany as well as knocking home one penalty kick in the WC final shootout vs. China.

She also served as the UCLA soccer head coach while playing for her national team. This girl compiled one 65-24-7 record as well as guiding the Bruins to the NCAA tournament appearances.

6. Hope Solo

As controversial as she was, Hope worked to dominate during the long stint as the top goalkeeper.

She recorded over 100 shutouts―one international record. Plus, she attained gold medals at the Olympics in 2008 and 2012 as well as a WC in 2015, achieving the Golden Glove award from the WC in 2011 and 2015.

5. Carli Lloyd


She already built one impressive resume leading to the WC in 2015, yet the three-goal performance of hers from the final strengthened her place as one USWNT legend.

Carli needed only about 15 minutes for completing one hat trick, thus memorably launching the fantastic third goal from midfield. The player attained the Golden Ball as the top player of the tournament, ending the WC with six goals.

Maybe the most clutch moment of Lloyd came in Olympic gold-medal match in 2008. She worked to break the deadlock of 0-0 with one goal within the last 96th minute for winning over Brazil. 

Also one recipient of one gold medal at the Olympics in 2012—scoring up to two goals in the memorable final—the midfielder went to 2018’s 100-goal mark. Impressive!