Five women who are busy crushing the sports patriarchy: the world’s all-time leading international goalscorers
"Every time [a male player] sits there, silently allowing that phrase to be rattled off — "all-time leading goal scorer"… it does take away from what Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm have achieved — total world domination." (x)
If woso were Game of Thrones.
When you play a game of soccer, you win, or you…lose and go home.
Here are the basic stats (and a few slightly more in-depth stats) for the five members of the newly-announced shortlist for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year who hail from CONCACAF countries — Christine Sinclair from Canada, and Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Abby Wambach from the United States.
(Boxes that are shaded green indicate that, among these five, that player ranked first in that statistic; boxes that are shaded blue indicate second; and boxes that are shaded yellow indicate third.)
What stuck out to me:
- Alex Morgan is ranked either 1st or 2nd in every statistical category except Olympic goals scored.
- Abby Wambach is ranked either 2nd or 3rd in every statistical category except Olympic assists and assists per game against Top 10 opponents.
- Christine Sinclair scored more than half of her team’s goals this year (52.27%), and either scored or assisted on nearly 2/3 (65.91%). That’s absolutely insane.
- Megan Rapinoe ranks in the top three in every assist-based statistic.
- Carli Lloyd had a great year (and a phenomenal Olympics), but her statistics don’t look great side-by-side with these four.
- Alex Morgan either scored or assisted in all but four games in which she played this year. Christine Sinclair, all but six. Abby Wambach, all but seven.
- Take a look at the goals per game and assists per game numbers across all competitions, and then at those same statistics against opponents ranked in the top 10. As you can see, most players see a significant drop off in either goals per game or assists per game (or both) against top-10 teams, indicating that they have been able to “pad their stats” to some extent against weaker competition. But check out Alex Morgan’s numbers. Her goals per game average goes up slightly against top 10 teams, and her assists per game average drops only a relatively small amount. Basically, she plays as well against the likes of Germany and Japan as she does against the likes of Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. That’s pretty incredible.
All the sudden math become so much more interesting. I understand math now.
The front page of The Oregonian, August 7 2012. Well deserved by both sides.
During the game Arlo White said “Congratulations to University of Portland, they’re responsible for 5 of the goals today.”
As an ardent fan of the USWNT, I can understand the despair and sadness over the loss. For me, every win feels as if I was the one playing and every loss feels as if I had let the team down. It’s personal and no one can tell me otherwise.
However, don’t leave with your head down. You guys played an absolutely amazing game, probably one of the most EPIC games in all Olympics (and in all of women’s soccer). Raise your head high, stand tall and proud! Understandably, there were questionable calls on both ends, but know this: CANWNT played a game for the ages. One that will be talked about and dissected. They gave it their all and will continue to dominate on the field.
Finally, the petty insults between USWNT fans and CANWNT fans are pointless and detract from the accomplishments of both teams; it also cheapens the actual sport of soccer/football and the Olympics. In the end, it was one of the best goddamn games in women’s sport.
Basically ALL OF THIS.
It was one of the best goddamn games in the sport, period.