I was 9 years old and about to enter fourth grade. This day remains one of the most vivid memories of my childhood. It's the first soccer game I remember watching, and a huge part of the reason I love soccer so much now. It's the entire reason behind my immense love for US Soccer. These women weren't just a team to me- they were an inspiration. I have a copy of All-American Girls, a book published just before the 1999 WWC, sitting on my desk right now, and it's one of the most well-loved books I own. I know their life stories, how they got to be the players they are, and they were just so inspiring to me. I kept playing because of them, even though I sucked at soccer. And out of the success of the 99 WWC came the WUSA, where I finally had a hometown team to support. I'd reminisce about the Atlanta Beat here, but there's just too much to say. Plus, this post isn't about the Beat. This post is about all these women, who deserve all the respect in the world. They changed the way women's soccer is treated in this country. So thank you, ladies. I wouldn't be the same without you.
Remembering '99- current and former WNT players reminisce on the final
Tiffany Milbrett, forward in 1999
There's a ton more articles here. I'm too lazy to link to them all, sorry.
Mia and Briana.
They were SI's Sportswomen of the Year that year.
Captain Carla Overbeck rejoices after the penalty kick win.
With the trophy.
With their medals afterwards.
After winning! :D
I love these women. ♥