'Under Pressure,' which premieres Dec. 12, chronicles the trials and triumphs the team experienced in their quest to claim a third World Cup title
The U.S. women's national soccer team is feeling the heat.
In the first trailer for Under Pressure, an upcoming Netflix docuseries which takes fans behind the scenes of the team's 2023 FIFA World Cup journey, the athletes acknowledge that their "legacy is at stake."
They are about to vie for an historic third-consecutive world title, and they know expectations are high.
"To win one is hard. To win two in a row is unbelievable. To win three? It has never been done," says U.S. Soccer Federation President Cindy Parlow Cone as footage captures some of the highs and lows of the competition, which ended for the U.S. in round 16 after a disappointing defeat to rival Sweden.
In voiceovers, the team members rattle off the myriad criticisms lobbed at them as they took on the high expectations: "We're not playing to our strengths. Lack of substitutions. Uninspiring. Taking it for granted. The world's caught up…"
The docuseries also features interviews with USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski, who would go on to resign in the aftermath of the team's lackluster World Cup performance. "When I got this job, I knew what I was getting myself into," he tells the Netflix cameras. "It's very simple: Win every game."
Another clip highlights the team's long-running fight for equal pay. "We've used success to make things better," Megan Rapinoe says, seemingly referring to the U.S. Soccer Federation announcing in 2022 that a deal had been struck with the players' unions for identical pay structures for women and men.
The series also captures the roller coaster of emotions the women experienced throughout the competition. "I've just wanted this for so long," forward Lynn Williams says, wiping tears from her face.
Following USWNT's round 16 elimination in August — the earliest they had ever exited the tournament — star player Alex Morgan spoke out, saying the team would "grow and be stronger” for it.
“It hurts and it will for a while but this wound will eventually turn into a scar,” Morgan wrote in an Instagram post at the time. “Another reminder that we compete because we want to be the best, measure ourselves against the top in the world. This time, we came up short. We know that and I own that.”
She said she hoped her teammates would learn from the experience and take those lessons into the future. “To carry scars is not a sign of weakness but a reminder that you fell and found a way to get back up,” she wrote. “There is a lot of work to do and I don’t expect it to be easy but nothing worth fighting for ever is.”
In her own Instagram post after the loss, Rapinoe said she was "immensely proud" of the team's efforts. “I stand by each and every one of these players and reaffirm that we poured everything into this World Cup," she wrote.
"This game shows you the highest of highs and lowest of lows. It can be brutal but this wound will not only heal but will serve as a defining moment in the history of [the USWNT] — one we will grow and be stronger for.”
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Under Pressure premieres Dec. 12 on Netflix.
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