Becky Sauerbrunn joins select company as USWNT captain; Becky joins Lori Chalupny as the only two women from St. louis to ever wear the armband of the USA.
This is a major honor for Becky, Lori and J. B. Marine.
Becky Sauerbrunn played key roles for the U.S. Women’s National Team as it won the Algarve Cup in Portugal and will be with the team as it visits Germany for friendly matches in April.
The 27-year old defender, midfielder became the sixth St. Louisan in the history of U. S. Soccer to captain a full U. S. National team when the United States blanked China 5-0 in group B in Albufeira, Portugal, March 8. On March 11, she played all 90 minutes and made a key defensive play as the U. S. tied Sweden 1-1. In the final March 13, Becky came on in the 68th minute as the No. 1 ranked Americans beat No. 2 Germany 2-0.
The tie against Sweden was enough for the U. S. to clinch first place in Group B and advance to the championship game.
Becky helped preserve the tie against Sweden in the 80th minute when she hustled back to clear the ball from in front of the U. S. goal on an end-to-end Swedish counterattack.
She played all 90 minutes against Sweden, her second consecutive “complete game” for the United States.
By serving as captain for the match against China, Becky joins a select group of St. Louisans who have been captains for full U. S. National Teams: Harry Keough (1950), Bobby Kehoe (1965), Al Trost (1975-78), Steve Pecher (1978-79) and of course Lori Chalupny (2009). Becky served as co-captain of the United States team that finished third at the 2004 U-20 Women’s World Cup.
“Whenever you can captain a team, especially a national team, it’s an honor,” Becky said. “A lot of people have worn this armband and I’ve respected every single one of them. So to now be someone who has worn the armband as well, it’s a great honor. I don’t know if it’s ever going to happen again, but I had it one time, and the team played well, so I am really fortunate and I’ll always remember this day”