Exclusive: More Americans can name USWNT player than USMNT player

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No matter how you cut it, more Americans than USMNT lately can name at least one player on the USWNT axios/motivational pole,

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By 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 follow the game closely: USWNT (56%) vs. USMNT (45%)
  • among men: USWNT (37%) vs. USMNT (29%)

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


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

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

This story is part of a special report on the state of American women’s football. It first appeared on Nerdshala Sports. (Register here.)

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