Women’s soccer is dominated by two teams in 2010: the United States Women’s National Team and Olympique Lyonnais, so it’s no surprise that the Sporting News All-Decade team is dominated by both.
Of the 11 players selected, only one appeared for either side between 2010 and 2019. And it should come as no surprise that the player who was talented enough to win his way into this team without representing the USWNT or Lyon Big Marta would be the best female player of all time.
Lyon have won the first division of France all 10 years and the UEFA Champions League six times, including each of the last four years. The USWNT won the World Cup in 2015 and 2019, the Olympics in 2012 and finished second in the 2011 World Cup.
Many of the players who made these teams made excellent teams:
Front: Ada Hegerberg, front, Olympique Lyonnais, Norwegian national team
Why it’s here: Hegerberg is a magnificent talent whose impact on the game has been somewhat hidden, in part because he chose not to compete in his national team at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. He made three goals in 2015, however, the first major world tournament. With Lyon, however, he has established himself as the best player in the world today. With Lyon winning four consecutive UEFA Champions League titles, five consecutive league titles and four of the Coupe de France’s five rounds, Hegerberg has scored 197 goals in 164 appearances in those three matches. Win the Ballon d’Or in 2018.
Promotion: Marta, Pride of Orlando, Brazil
Why it’s here: Marta has been so great for so long it’s easy to forget that she did so well in 2010. It was the previous decade that she was able to lead Brazil to three consecutive major world finals, the 2007 World Cups and the 2004 Olympics. and 2008. However, he has remained the dominant figure in world football, scoring in each of the three World Cups of this decade to become the first player ever to score in five separate World Cups. a Cups. In the now-defunct WPS American Championship, he has won consecutive championships with two different clubs. He reached the Champions League final with the Swedish Tyreso FF. He has scored 23 goals in 55 appearances with Orlando since 2017.
Promotion: Alex Morgan, Orlando Pride, United States
Why it’s here: With the great Abby Wambach still the key to the United States attack at the beginning of this decade, Morgan had to essentially push her way to the forefront – something she did with two key goals in the opening game of the game against France in France. Olympics 2012. Contributed key assists in subsequent games and scored the winner of the warm-up semifinal against Canada, then assisted on one of Carli Lloyd’s two goals in the gold medal win in Japan. Morgan had established himself as a valuable successor to Wambach, scoring 107 goals so far in 169 appearances for the US. He issued US Championship titles in 2011 and 2013 and the Champions League brief appearance with Lyon in 2016-17.
Middle: Amadine Henry, Olympique Lyon, France
Why it’s here: Henry has been featured as a defensive midfielder in top professional leagues on both continents, winning five Champions League titles with Lyon in a season with Portland at the NWSL, where he made 10 appearances for the team that finished first in the 2016 regular season and 23 for the 2017 team that won the championship. France’s failure to meet the US in the quarter-finals of the World Cup may have kept her from at least one race medal at the 2019 World Cup – no one played better in the US, in part because of Henry’s contributions – but won the Silver Ball in the 2015 World Cup Cup, even with France losing in the quarters then, too.
Mid / Forward: Megan Rapinoe, Seattle Reign, United States
Why it’s here: Rapinoe has become an international sensation with her six goals at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, winning the Golden Boot, the Golden Ball and the second winner’s medal. But it has had a huge impact on the USWNT since the beginning of the decade, when its precise cross at the deaths of the 2011 World Cup semifinal against Brazil was directed by Abby Wambach to tie the game and force it to a penalty shootout, where the US won to move on to the final. Contributed key goals to the 2012 Olympics and the 2015 World Cup. On the front left of the Americans’ 4-3-3 formation in the 2019 World Cup, it seemed that speed and endurance were not what they had – but the Her dexterity was more polished than ever. Her contributions to the American victory led to her victory in the Ballon d’Or.
Mid / Forward: Carli Lloyd, Sky Blue FC, United States
Why it’s here: During her time with the USWNT, Lloyd has shown a gift for playing her best in the big time. It started when it won gold at the 2008 Olympic Games, but accelerated when it scored both goals in the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games and dominated the 2015 World Cup final. Its stunning final appearances. 2015 – marked the winner of the semifinal against Germany and a hat against Japan in the final – led to the FIFA women’s soccer award in 2015 and the repeat in 2016. She also won the FA Cup as a member of the Ma nchester City in 2016-17. After playing much of her career as an attacking midfielder, she moved forward for the USA at the 2019 World Cup and scored twice from the bench in group play.
Average: Dzenifer Maroszan, Olympique Lyonnaise, Germany
Why it’s here: Maroszan’s outstanding work was at the heart of Germany’s triumph at the 2016 Olympics and European Championship 2013, as well as the three Champions League winners for Lyon. It scored its first international target in 2012 to get the 2013 Euro, and then an additional 31 to 97 points. Named the player of the French Championship of the Year in 2017, named in the IFFHS Women’s World Team for the last three years and was nominated for the 2016 Women’s World Player of the Year.
Defense: Wendie Renard, Olympique Llyonnaise, France
Why it’s here: Due to its size and versatility, Renard may be the most productive defender to ever play women’s football. He has scored 66 goals in 13 seasons with Lyon – including a double season in 2014-15 – and an additional 19 international goals for France. He has scored four goals in the 2019 World Cup, including a second half against the United States. in the quarter-finals that made the last minutes of the game nervous for the Americans. He has won six Champions League titles with Lyon and has been selected to the IFFHS World Team every three years.
Defender: Becky Sauerbrunn, Utah Royals, United States
Why it’s here: At the 2011 World Cup, Sauerbrunn made only one appearance, filling in for a suspended Rachel Buehler in the Americans’ 3-1 semifinal win over France. And maybe he should stay in the squad for the final, as Sauerbrunn has played in 14 World Cup games and has managed a 13-0-1 record. USA. allowed a total of seven goals in those games. It is not an overwhelming physical presence, at 5-7, it is not a threat to the tracks and has never been rated for the US at 171 lids. But she wins because she rarely puts one foot wrong, understands how to break up opposing attacks and assure those around her to stay in line.
Defender / midfielder: Saky Kumazzi, Olympique Lyonnaise, Japan
Why it’s here: If you don’t remember who gave the final blow to the United States’ dream of winning the 2011 Women’s World Cup, well, here’s a refresh. At 20, Kumaji started in central defense for Japan and scored a penalty kick. By 24, she had played in four major world finals for her country, adding second-quarter finishes to the 2012 Olympics and the 2015 World Cup in her biography. As with so many worlds, he was recruited to play in Lyon. He has spent six seasons as a regular starter with the club, scoring 35 goals in all competitions and winning the Champions League four times.
Goalkeeper: Hope Solo, Seattle Reign, United States (inactive)
Why it’s here: Solo could have stopped shooting without a goalkeeper before (or since) and its consistency in goal has helped the US win the 2012 Gold Medal as well as the 2015 World Cup. Throws three consecutive opponents in knockout rounds -out 2015 before allowing two meaningless goals in the final against Japan. He won the Golden Glove Award for top goalkeeper in both the 2011 World Cup and the 2015 World Cup, as well as the 2011 Bronze Ball awarded to the third best player in the tournament.