USWNT name new captains in Carli Lloyd, Becky Sauerbrunn


The U.S. Women’s National Team is undergoing a transformation, including within their leadership structure.

With the departure of Abby Wambach and the injury of team stalwart and Sky Blue captain, Christie Rampone, head coach Jill Ellis has named two new team captains — World Cup heroes Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn.

“Christie and Abby have been phenomenal leaders for this team for a long time, and we are forever grateful for their far-reaching contributions,” said Ellis. “As we move into the next phase of this program, I’ve selected two captains who I know will represent us extremely well on and off the field and will help facilitate the positive direction of this team. They are two extremely professional players in both game and training environments and they embody the DNA of this program.”

Lloyd and Sauerbrunn have become indispensable figures in the USWNT program. Lloyd led the U.S. in goals scored with 18 in 2015 and has accumulated 211 caps overall; eighth most in U.S. history. Sauerbrunn is on 96 caps. She is a two time NWSL champion and won NWSL Defender of the Year honors three years in a row.

“I never thought I would be captaining the National Team, but I’m humbled and it’s an amazing honor,” said Lloyd in a USWNT release. “At this stage in my career, I’m ready to take on this type of leadership role but I also know that this team features a lot of great leaders and we all lead in our own way. We have high goals and standards and it’s the job of the veterans to make sure everyone is meeting those standards, which on this team of highly motivated women is an exciting prospect.”

“It’s a true honor to be named a captain of this team,” added Sauerbrunn. “I look at this group and what it’s accomplished and the hunger we still have for the things not yet accomplished and I’m constantly amazed. It’s a privilege to help keep that motivation strong and moving in the direction we want it to go.”

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