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Where are they now? The stars of the 1999 USA Women’s World Cup team
The 1999 Women's World Cup was a memorable for American soccer fans. The championship match between the United States and China was a competitive and exciting battle. It will always be remembered as the game where Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey. I will always remember the game because of the save Briana Scurry made during the shootout. To this day, I still think she jumped forward too soon. That's an argument for another time.
Where can you find some of the World Cup winners from that team today?
The woman who may forever known as the greatest women's goalkeeper in American soccer history has been keeping busy in recent years. Most recently, Scurry was found in goal with the Washington Freedom of the Women's Professional Soccer League. She retired from the sport following an injury in 2010. She can now be seen alongside Hillary Clinton, helping to fight against childhood obesity.
The greatest all-around soccer player in the history of women's soccer in the United States is making strides off the pitch. She founded the Mia Hamm Foundation in an effort to raise money and awareness for families in need of marrow transplants, as well as supporting young women in sports.
In 1997, Hamm's brother passed away from complications related to aplastic anemia. What Hamm has done by attempting to help others in a situation that is less than ideal is a great testament to the person she is.
In what is one of the most memorable moment (if not THE most memorable) in the history of the United States women's soccer team, Chastain scored the clinching shootout goal against the Chinese in the World Cup Finals. It wasn't the goal itself that made her a memorable figure. It was the fact that she celebrated by ripping off her jersey and sliding to her knees in excitement.
Since leaving professional soccer, Chastain has attempted to get into the media business. She is now an author, having published It's Not About the Bra: How to Play Hard, Play Fair, and Put the Fun Back into Competitive Sports in 2004. She also attempted broadcasting, as she was used as a sideline reporter with Major League Soccer and at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Like Hamm, Chastain has done a lot of work with charities. She has appeared on several celebrity television shows and events in an effort to raise money for the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative and Children's Cancer Research Fund.
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