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Data: Axios/Momentive poll; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

No matter how you slice it, more Americans can name at least one player on the USWNT than on the USMNT, per a recent Axios/Momentive poll.

By the numbers: Overall, 32% of the 2,689 respondents could name at least one USWNT member, while 26% could name at least one USMNT member.

  • Among those who closely follow sports: USWNT (56%) vs. USMNT (45%)
  • Among men: USWNT (37%) vs. USMNT (29%)

The big picture: This isn't all that surprising given the women's recent run of success and the men's recent run of failure. The men could close the gap next year, assuming they make the World Cup.

Of note: The difference in recognition and celebrity status extends to Instagram, where the USWNT also takes the cake.

  • The top three most-followed women (Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Ertz) have 12.7 million followers.
  • The top three most-followed men (Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Sergiño Dest) have 7.7 million.

This story is part of a special report on the state of U.S. women's soccer. It appeared first in Axios Sports. (Sign up here.)

Go deeper:

  1. Next few months could be most important in U.S. women's soccer history
  2. USWNT friendlies roster provides look into the team's future
  3. Cindy Parlow Cone: “We’re on the same side” as USWNT on equal pay
  4. USWNT and USMNT fighting for equal pay in CBA negotiations
  5. Two NWSL teams searching for new head coaches after abuse allegations
  6. Player empowerment is key to the future of U.S. women's pro soccer

Go deeper

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Nov 25, 2021 - Sports

Special report: Women's soccer stares down change

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The next few months could be among the most important in American women's soccer history, with significant change on the horizon for both the NWSL and USWNT.

The big picture: Collective bargaining agreements tend to be tedious, and lawsuits can drag on. But as 2022 approaches, that's where the action is.

Nov 25, 2021 - Sports

USWNT friendlies roster provides look into the team's future

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Table: Axios Visuals

The USWNT roster for a pair of friendlies against Australia this month offers a glimpse of the future.

By the numbers: Just 10 of the 22 players headed to Australia were on the Tokyo 2020 team. The other 12 all have 10 or fewer caps.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Nov 25, 2021 - Sports

USWNT: A new CBA and an equal pay fight

The USWNT and USMNT are currently negotiating new CBAs as well, with the men's already expired and the women's expiring on Dec. 31.

State of play: The U.S. Soccer Federation announced in September that it had offered both teams the same proposal in an effort to align them under a single CBA. Complicating things is that the men and women have long had different priorities.