Players with ties to U.S. soccer feature on nearly every team in the World Cup Round of 16

The United States has fostered the skills of elite women’s soccer players worldwide thanks to fights won for equality in college, professional and national leagues.

A third of World Cup 2023 athletes have played soccer in the United States, or were born here.

Of the 32 teams that played in the group stage at the global soccer tournament, 27 have players with American ties, including, of course, the U.S. team. In the Round of 16, all but two teams, have players with U.S. experience. Most appeared on rosters in a U.S. college or professional league, according to a USA TODAY analysis. […]

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