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USA Soccer Dominating World and Gold Cup since 1991

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    Wanted to point out how well both of the USA's mens and womens soccer teams have done in the FIFA Women's World Cup and the Concacaf Gold Cup since 1991, since we have both teams back in the finals in 2019 yet again.

    Since the FIFA Women's World Cup started back in 1991, USA has never finished worst than 3rd place. Here's how they have faired since its inception:

    1991 - Champs
    1995 - 3rd place
    1999 - Champs
    2003 - 3rd place
    2007 - 3rd place
    2011 - 2nd place
    2015 - Champs

    And they will finish no worse than runner-ups in the 2019 edition as they are in the finals.

    For the Concacaf Gold Cup and on the men's side of things here's how that looks:

    1991 - Champs
    1993 - 2nd place
    1996 - 3rd place
    1998 - 2nd place
    2000 - not top 3
    2002 - Champs
    2003 - 3rd place
    2005 - Champs
    2007 - Champs
    2009 - 2nd place
    2011 - 2nd place
    2013 - Champs
    2015 - 4th place
    2017 - Champs

    And again, the men's USA team will finish no worse than 2nd as they are in the 2019 finals, yet again.

    Interesting note, the men's and women's team have only won these cups in the same year one time - 1991. And they both finished runners up in 2011. So begs the question, will 2019 be a repeat of 1991 or 2011? Or will they split?

    Either way, you have to be impressed by both teams ability to dominate in their respective Cups over the last 2 decades. Of course its more impressive on the women's side of things as this is their World Cup, the pinnacle of their sport, and held only once every 4 years.

    While the Gold Cup is a biannual event and less prestigious, more of a qualifier for a bigger stage, in which USA has not faired nearly as well. And Mexico has won the Gold Cup 7 times vs 6 for USA. For 2019 though, guess who we have in the finals..

    USA vs Mexico. Happy So they can tie it up or Mexico can prove they are still the most dominant.

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    Women's team wins again! So CBS did a good 'USA World Cup fast facts' section on their article after the win that I think fits in this thread:

    • This is the USWNT's fourth World Cup title: 1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019
    • Megan Rapinoe is the oldest woman to score in a Women's World Cup final.
    • Along with Germany's Birgit Prinz (1995, 2003, 2007), Rapinoe is also only the second-ever player to start in three separate World Cup tournaments (2011, 2015, 2019)
    • With 26 goals, the U.S. set a record for most goals in a FIFA Women's World Cup. The previous record was 25, shared by the U.S. and Germany in 1991 and 2003, respectively.
    • USWNT head coach Jill Ellis is the first coach to win two FIFA Women's World Cup titles.
    • Ellis is only the second coach -- women's or men's -- to win consecutive World Cup titles. The other was Italy's Vittorio Pozzo in 1934 and 1938.
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    It's crazy that they won again this year. I expected them to get far into the tournament, and was leaning toward them being in the final, but I honestly didn't think they'd win again. It definitely makes sense after looking at all the dates you posted above though.

    On a related note, I bet this win will help their case to get paid more (at least when winning the tournament). They dominated they tournament, generated a ton of publicity and made a ton of money. I was super surprised to see they only get around $4mil to split among the team after winning. They also get a bunch of bonuses and whatnot that range from 15k to 35k per person, but even still. Compared to the NFL or other professional sports, it's a bit lackluster.