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Women soccer stars from the 1999 U.S. National Team: Where are they now?
History was made for women's sports in America when the National Team made it's brilliant run to win the World Cup in front of a home crowd in the Rose Bowl. The team put the American sports scene on notice - emphatically showing that women's soccer was for real, and is here to stay.
There were many soccer stars from the 1999 U.S. National Team who provided us with thrills and excitement through each and every game. Here's a look back, and an update on some of the players. Where are they now?
In 1999 Mia Hamm was already a household name in America. Her illustrious career put her in the limelight, but it was a tragedy that would influence her as well. Mia lost her brother Garrett to disease in 1997, and eventually started the Mia Hamm Foundation, which raises funds for families needing marrow or cord blood transplants. The second mission of the foundation is to promote women's sports.
Being the global ambassador for FC Barcelona is taking up part of Mia's time these days. While selling the Barca brand may sound easy, Hamm is an excellent spokesperson.
Who could ever forget Brandi Chastain winning the final against China. The match had gone scoreless and needed to be settled with penalty kicks. Chastain's goal put the U.S. over the top. When she took off her top and celebrated, like so many men do, it made headlines around the world - even though she was wearing a sports bra.
If you are wondering what she is doing now, just watch the 2011 World Cup. Brandi will be part of the ESPN coverage.
If not for a great stop earlier in the penalty-kick phase, the set-up for Chastain would have been entirely different. Scurry earned 173 caps for the U.S. National Team over her career, and ended with a record of 133-12-14 and 71 clean sheets. Still, it's that 1999 stop she is most remembered for. See a video of the entire penalty kick sequence here. Briana will be joining Brandi Chastain on the ESPN coverage team for FIFA World Cup 2011.
Although she only played a few minutes in one match, Christie Rampone (Christie Pearce in 1999) deserves mention because she is the only player from 1999 still on the U.S. National Team. Rampone is making the trip with the team for the 2011 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
Jeff Musall is a lifelong fan of international soccer, and has attended matches in the U.S., U.K and Ukraine. He began avidly following the women's game during the 1991 World Cup.
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