A look back at the US Women's win at the 1991 China World Cup

Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:14 PM by Shane Barrow

I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the very first World Cup our wonderful US Womens National Soccer Team won.  I was rummaging through some old magazines and ran across an issue of Soccer International from March 1992 that had a nice article on how and why The US won the China World Cup back in 1991. It was fun looking back on the historic month so I thought I would shae with you a flash back in time.

The setting is November 1991 in China. The US Women were drawn into a grouping with Sweden, Brazil and Japan.  

USA 3  Sweden 2
The Sweden match was up first and it was to be quite a difficult one at that.  It looked like it would be a walk in the park though as Carin Jennings scored on each side of halftime and then Mia Hamm making it 3-0 after 62 minutes of play. Sweden would not go quietly though as they netted twice in response to make it a match. Sweden had a penalty kick to tie the game but the shooter missed the net on the spotkick.  

USA 5  Brazil 0
The next match was a bit easier than the opener as Brazil put up little fight.  April Heinrichs scored the opening two goals with Carin Jennings making it 3-0 at the break.  Legends Michelle Akers and Mia Hamm would add goals after halftime for the easy 5-0 victory.

USA 3 Japan 0
The final grop match would be easily navigated as well sending the women into the knockout rounds.  Two first half goals from Michelle Akers and one from Wendy Gebauer led the way.

USA 7 Taiwan 0
The opening knockout game saw the US offense on full display as tiny Taiwan offered no resistance.  It was a 7-0 whitewashing with Michelle Akers notching a ridiculous five goals in the win.

Semifinals
USA 5  Germany 2
The offense was still unstoppable as the Americans found the net five times on the evening. Carin Jennings put the US up 3-0 notching a hat trick after only 32 minutes and the match was never in doubt. Germany did put up a fight though punching back twice.

Finals
USA 2 Norway 1
This was a battle!  Michelle Akers gave the US the early lead in the 20th minute, but Norway answered right back only eight minutes later. The game would remain tied until late on when a massive mistake would gift the US the World Cup title.  A Norway defender coughed up the ball in her own third allowing Michelle Akers to score the winner in the 77th minute of play.

It was a wonderful Womens World Cup which saw the US offense as an unstoppable juggernaut.  Michelle Akers scored ten goals herself with Carin Jennings adding six and April Heinrichs scoring four.