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Becky Sauerbrunn      

Defender on the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team & Utah Royals; 2-Time FIFA Women's World Cup Champion & Olympic Gold Medalist

Becky Sauerbrunn is an American soccer player, Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup champion. A veteran defender for the United States women's national soccer team, she also plays for Utah Royals FC in the National Women's Soccer League, the highest division of women's soccer in the United States. She first appeared for the United States national team at the 2008 Four Nations Tournament during a match against Canada on January 16. She has since made 164 total appearances for the team.

Sauerbrunn has represented the United States at three FIFA Women's World Cups: 2011 in Germany, 2015 in Canada, and 2019 in France. She made one appearance during the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, playing during the semifinal match, a 3–1 win against France. She was a starting player for the United States at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, playing every minute of all seven matches for the team. She has also represented the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and made three appearances during the tournament, including the semifinal and gold medal matches. She also represented the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Before joining FC Kansas City in 2013, she played professional soccer for the Washington Freedom, Røa IL, magicJack, and D.C. United Women. While with FC Kansas City, she was won two NWSL Championships and was awarded NWSL Defender of the Year from 2013-2015. Before playing professional soccer, she played collegiate soccer for the University of Virginia Cavaliers and played every game in her four seasons with the team.

As of 2018, Sauerbrunn is captain of Utah Royals FC. From 2016 to 2018, she also co-captained the United States women's national team along with Carli Lloyd.


Why these soccer stars are the right leaders to fight sports’ gender pay gap

In what they called a "historic" moment, five key players for the U.S. women's soccer team -- stars Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Becky Sauerbrunn -- have filed a federal complaint against U.S. Soccer over wage discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Despite producing higher revenues for U.S. Soccer, the women and their lawyer argue, they were paid nearly four times less what their male counterparts earned.

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