US women’s World Cup domination has ended. But the nation remains a global talent factory, Interview by By Jessie Yeung, CNN

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Period26 Aug 2023

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  • TitleA goalkeeper from southern California. A defender from Seattle.
    Description A goalkeeper from southern California. A defender from Seattle. A forward from Washington DC.

    These are just a few players on the Philippines’ team at this year’s Women’s World Cup – where 18 of the country’s 23-member squad were born in the United States.

    And it’s not just the Philippines. Despite the early exit of the US team on Sunday, the influence the country has on other competing nations is clear, with dozens of players born or raised in America representing other teams including Haiti, Jamaica and more.

    It’s a reflection of the global nature of the sport, with dual-nationality athletes increasingly hopping across borders to seek better career opportunities, or to connect with parts of their heritage.

    But while US-born women soccer players have flowed outward, populating other countries’ teams, the opposite trend has been seen in the US men’s team, with an influx of athletes born or raised overseas.
    PersonsGijsbert Oonk