Often referred to as the unsung hero of the team, Becky Sauerbrunn is the defensive catalyst for the United States. She played every minute at the 2015 Women’s World Cup and is the team's co-captain alongside Carli Lloyd.
Sauerbrunn grew up with two older brothers who toughened her up by using her to test their latest stunts. This toughness showed on the field as she played soccer at the University of Virginia and debuted with the national team in 2008. In her first U.S. appearance, she broke her nose while contesting a ball in the air. She played in the team’s next game.
2011 World Cup, runner-up
2012 Olympics, gold
2015 World Cup, winner
“Although offensive play is important, it’s defending that gets you titles...It’s a matter of willpower and intelligence.” – Becky Sauerbrunn, FIFA.com
Sauerbrunn made her Olympic debut at the 2012 London Games where she appeared in three matches as a substitute.
Off the field
Sauerbrunn is an avid reader and brings three or four books on every trip with the national team. Her favorite series is ‘His Dark Materials’ by Philip Pullman. Sauerbrunn majored in English literature and composition at Virginia.