How Many Players In The USA Women’s Soccer Team Are Gay?

The Women’s Soccer World Cup 2023 has set a record for the number of ‘out’ players. At least 96 of all athletes playing in the tournament are gay. This is over 10%. But, what about the US team? How many players in the USA Women’s Soccer Team are gay?

There are three ‘out’ players in the USA Women’s Soccer Team. Kristie Mewis, Kelley O’Hara, and Megan Rapinoe. There is a chance that there are more gay players on the team, although those players have yet to publicly come out.

How Many Players In The USA Women's Soccer Team Are Gay?

On this page, we want to take a look at the three gay players on the team. We’ll share a little bit about their history, including information on how they came out. 

How Many Players in the USA Women’s Soccer Team Are Gay?

At least three players for the USA soccer team are ‘out’ in 2023. This is Megan Rapinoe, Kelley O’Hara, and Kristie Mewis. This is considerably fewer than the ‘top’ teams in the tournament. For example, Australia has 10 ‘out’ players, with Brazil, Ireland, and Sweden very close behind.

Do bear in mind that we can only talk about publicly ‘out’ players. There is a strong chance that there are more gay players in the USA team, they just don’t feel comfortable coming out yet due to the political climate. As you will probably note, the teams that do have the most ‘out’ players in the World Cup tend to be the countries where the culture is a bit more accepting of LGTBQ.

This is not us saying that there are more gay players in the USA Women’s Team. There is a chance that people will come out in the future. It’s just that we don’t know for sure, and we are certainly not going to write about rumors. If somebody else is gay in the team, then it is up to them to announce it to the world when they feel comfortable, not for us to push for it.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about the lives of the known gay players on the team. 

Kristie Mewis

32-year-old Kristie Mewis plays in midfield for both the national team and for Gotham FC. She has been ‘out’ as long as she has been playing soccer. In that time, she has dated several other soccer players, including Sam Daly (an English player) but as of 2023, she is dating Sam Kerr, who plays for the Australian national women’s soccer team.

While Kristie Mewis is American, she started her professional soccer career in Australia where she played for Canberra United. She did score on her debut, but she made just one more appearance for the team after that. She was then sent back to the United States where she played for FC Kansas in 2013. She made 20 appearances that year, scoring a couple of goals. Although, it was still her rookie year so she wasn’t exactly setting the world alight.

It wasn’t until she started to play for the Boston Breakers that she really began to hit her stride. Her time there involved 15 starts for the team, and a few loans out. One of her loans took her all the way to Germany.

After hopping from team to team, perhaps the greatest change on Kristie Mewis’ life came when she headed to Houston Dash, where she stuck around from 2017 to 2022. It is here that she met her first known partner (Sam Daly) and when she really started to become known as a gay soccer star. Although, she had been out for a while by this point.

She had a huge amount of success at Houston Dash, and it is her performances here that helped her to cement a role in the national team. She managed to even get in a few team of the month, while also hammering in a few goals.

In 2022, she was eventually traded to Gotham FC, and she has remained here ever since. Since she is now 32, it is likely that this is where she will end up retiring. 

Kelley O’Hara

Kelley O’Hara plays as a wingback. Like Kristie Mewis, she currently plays for Gotham FC. At 35 years old, she is certainly in the twilight years of her career. Although, we’re sure she isn’t too fussed about that. She has managed to pick up a few World Cups along the way, and she has performed astonishingly well in all of them. It is a shame that she couldn’t pick the one up in 2023 to help round out her career.

Like Kristie Mewis, there was no point when she decided to come out to the world. She has always been known to be ‘out’. She is currently engaged to her partner, Kameryn Stanhouse, who works at Politico. Although, very little is known about her beyond that. In fact, there is very little known about Kelley O’Hara too. Both of them are very private about their personal lives, with the only major reference to their relationship happening at the end of 2022 when Kelley O’Hara announced her engagement.

Kelley’s career started in 2010 when she played for the now-defunct FC Golden Pride, before moving to Boston Breakers.

It was her stint at Sky Blue FC from 2013 to 2017 that really cemented her as a quality player, though. This isn’t just because she started to get into the national team either. It is because she showed that she was one of the most versatile players on the field. She could slot into any position possible. While she now plays as a wingback, she can easily play up front, midfield, or in defense. There aren’t that many other players like that, and we are including the men’s game too!

As we said, she has won a couple of World Cups in her time. Unfortunately, it was one of her penalty kicks that resulted in the US getting knocked out of the 2023 World Cup v Sweden. Although, we cannot stress enough that she was just one of those that missed. It wasn’t her fault.

Megan Rapinoe

When most people think of gay soccer players in the US, Megan Rapinoe is probably going to be the first name that springs to mind. She is perhaps the most outspoken when it comes to sharing her views, with frequent trips to the White House, political campaigns, and more. Since she has now retired from the US national team, she is likely to spend a lot more time focusing on her activism. 

Megan Rapinoe currently plays as a winger for OL Reign, although she has played for several teams during this time. This includes a stint in France and in Australia. You probably know that she has also been a major contributor to the World Cups that the US has managed to pick up.

While Megan Rapinoe has known that she has been gay since college, it wasn’t until 2012 that she publicly came out. Since then, she has had a number of high-profile relationships, engagements, and break-ups. 

Perhaps her most notable relationship is her most recent one. She is currently with Sue Bird, a basketball player. Together, they were the first gay couple to appear on the front cover of The Body Issue from ESPN.

Past Gay Players for US Women’s Soccer Team

We’ve spoken about the currently active gay players for the US Women’s Soccer Team. However, they aren’t the only ‘out’ women to play for the national team. They are just the newest batch. At the previous World Cup, in 2019, there were four more gay players (in addition to Megan Rapinoe), and it would be a disservice to them if we didn’t tell you more about how they impacted the team. 

Ali Krieger

While Ali Krieger is still an active soccer player for Gotham FC, she hasn’t played for the US National Team since 2019, where she had 101 appearances. This is her own personal choice. She was in the running for the US National Team, but she decided that she wanted to focus on other priorities in her life, which is fair enough. She is planning on retiring from club football at the end of the 2023 season.

She officially came out in 2019, where she announced her engagement to fellow soccer player, Ashlyn Harris (more on her soon). They have adopted two children together, one boy and one girl. She and Ashyln have been married since the end of 2019. 

Ashlyn Harris

Like her wife, Ashyln Harris is a former US national team player. She also played for Gotham FC before calling it quits on her career at the end of the 2022 season, possibly to help raise her children. 

While she has always been active in LGTBQ causes, including several trips overseas to promote various ventures, it doesn’t appear as if Ashlyn Harris was officially out in the public’s eye until she announced her engagement in 2019. 

Since retirement, a lot of the work that Ashlyn Harris carries out is not related to LGTBQ causes, but to assist those that may be suffering from depression, anxiety, etc. She has suffered from serious mental health issues throughout her life, and this is her way of giving back. 

Adrianna French

While Adrianna French, a goalkeeper, is still officially part of the USA Women’s Soccer Team, she was not called up to the squad for the 2023 World Cup. This is despite her competing in two tournaments for the team in 2023, where she put on a decent performance. This means that it is unknown where her career on the international scene is now going to go. Although, do bear in mind that she is still only 31. She has yet to hit the peak years for a goalkeeper.

She has never had to come ‘out’ as a gay player. There was certainly no big song and dance about it. She has been married to her partner since 2019. Adrianna French doesn’t really speak up on LGTBQ causes, beyond following what some of her other teammates have been doing. This is likely because she isn’t the high-profile name that some of the other gay soccer players on this list are.

Tierna Davidson

Tierna Davidson plays in defense for the Chicago Red Stars. This is the only club that she has ever played for.

While she has played a few games for the US National Team, she was not brought along to the World Cup in 2023. Although, she is likely to return in the future. Before the World Cup, she suffered from an ACL injury, and she wasn’t quite ready to hit the big stage again. Still, she is 24 and one of the biggest names in US soccer right now. We reckon it won’t be long before she is back on that world stage and, if she’s lucky, she may even pick up another World Cup!

Tierna Davidson has never been afraid of her sexuality. She was out a long time before she even became a professional soccer player. Although, very little is known about the relationships that she has had. Once again, this is somebody that is intensely private about everything in their life that isn’t related to soccer, and she probably wants to keep it that way too!

Final Thoughts

As of 2023, the US Women’s Soccer Team has 3 active gay players. All played in the 2023 World Cup. However, there are two further gay players that were left back in the US. Those players will likely end up being recalled to the team at some point in the future. This means that by World Cup 2027, the national team could easily have a good 5-6 ‘out’ players in the team. This wouldn’t be anywhere near as much as some of the other countries that compete in the tournament. But, it is certainly a massive change from when women in the US, especially those that competed for the national team, were afraid of coming out. 

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