From Mia Hamm to Megan Rapinoe, the 11 most influential American female soccer players have made a lasting impact on the sport, on and off the field.
One reason the NWSL came into existence was to help build the women's game for tomorrow, not just entertain for today. With that in mind, here are five players to watch this season, players who look to boost their exposure.
Here's six stories to follow for the women's Olympic tournament, writes Jeff Carlilse.
The U.S. faces a tough and creative France side in both teams' opening-round match in the 2012 Olympics. Jeff Carlisle breaks down the match.
Megan Rapinoe has fought her way back into the starting lineup and is now poised to help lead the U.S. to gold at the London Games, writes Jeff Carlisle.
It hasn't always been easy, but Christie Rampone's ability to manage the stresses of work and home has made her the perfect captain for this U.S. women's national team, writes Jeff Carlisle.
Needing just a draw to finish first in Group C after opening with two victories, the U.S. faces its toughest test yet in a Sweden side that also will advance.
Lauren Cheney's last-minute goal allows the U.S. to salvage a 1-0 win over Mexico in the team's final friendly before the Women's World Cup, writes Jeff Carlisle.
The U.S. defeated Japan 2-0 in a pre-World Cup friendly, but the Stars and Stripes could have scored many more, writes Jeff Carlisle.
While the U.S. struggled to implement its possession game in a pre-World Cup friendly against Japan, Abby Wambach showed she still has what it takes, netting a goal and an assist in a 2-0 victory.