MAC Hermann Trophy Winners and the U.S. Women's National Team

Is winning the MAC Hermann trophy an indicator of future greatness in international women’s soccer?

Three former MAC Hermann winners have suited up for the U.S. Women’s National Team during their run to the World Cup Final taking place on Sunday. All three have played valuable minutes for the team including Kelley O’Hara (Stanford ’09), who put the game out of reach on Tuesday evening with a beautiful volley into the back of the net for her first goal with the national team. The other two former winners currently playing with the USWNT have also had an impact. Christen Press (Stanford ’10) has played in four matches and scored the game winner against Australia in group play and midfielder Morgan Brian (Virginia ’13 and ’14), the youngest player on the team, has played in five of the six games including starting the last two. 

In all, 18 U.S. women have won the award and 16 have suited up for the USWNT for a total of 1,766 appearances and 624 goals and an average of 98 appearances and 35 goals.  That number is sure to grow with Brian, Press, O’Hara and Crystal Dunn (North Carolina ’12; 13 appearances to date) playing for many more years.

Eight former Hermann Trophy winners have more than 100 appearances with the USWNT led by Kristine Lilly (North Carolina ’91) with 352, an international record spanning both genders. Mia Hamm (North Carolina ’92 and ’93) has the third most caps all-time for either gender with 275. Others in the 100-appearance-plus club include Shannon MacMillan (Portland ’95 - 176), Cindy Parlow (North Carolina ’97 and ’98 – 158), Michelle Akers (Central Florida ’88 – 153), Cat Reddick Whitehill (North Carolina ’03 – 134), Tisha Venturini (North Carolina ’94 – 132) and Aly Wagner (Santa Clara ’02 – 131). 

Year Won

2013/14

2012

2010

2009

2006/08

2003

2002

2001

1999

1997/98

1996

1995

1994

1992/93

1991

1990

1989

1988

Caps

34

13

49

62

0

134

131

39

5

158

2

176

132

275

352

0

51

153

Goals

4

0

21

1

0

11

21

20

0

75

0

30

44

158

130

0

4

105

Years

2013 - 

2013 - 

2013 - 

2010 - 

 

2000 - 10

1998 - 08

2000 - 06

1999 - 02

1996 - 04

1997

1993 - 05

1992 - 00

1987 - 04

1987 - 10

 

1987 - 91

1985 - 00

April Kater (Massachusetts ’90), who did not make any appearances for the USWNT, is currently the Head Development Coach with U.S. Soccer with primary responsibilities focusing on the Girls’ National Training Centers. Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame ’06 and ’08) made 30 appearances and scored 22 goals for the U19-U23 teams.

Of the all-time international goal scorers, four MAC Hermann Trophy winners place in the top 10.

Rank

2

3

4

10

Name

Mia Hamm

Christine Sinclair

Kristine Lilly

Michelle Akers

Country

United States

Canada

United States

United States

Goals

158

155

130

105

While this article focuses primarily on those athletes that have played for the USWNT, the non-U.S. winners have made significant impacts for their home countries’ international team as well. Most notably, Christine Sinclair (Portland ’04 and ’05), who let Canada to the quarterfinals this year, is a twelve-time recipient of the Canada Soccer Player of the Year and sits in the top 10 in both goals (155 – 3rd most) and appearances (228 – 7th most) for all international women’s soccer players. Anne Mäkinen (Notre Dame ’00) was the most capped player (118) in history for the Finland Women’s National Team when she retired. Teresa Noyola (Stanford ’11) made 26 appearances for U.S. Youth National Teams and now plays for Mexico, having made 40 appearances since 2010, and Mami Yamaguchi (Florida State ’07) has made 18 appearances for Japan.

While winning the award for top women’s college soccer player doesn’t guarantee success on the national team, it is certainly a strong predictor of future greatness.

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