Thursday, July 10, 2014

This Day in History: U.S. Women Win World Cup

On this day in 1999, the U.S. women's soccer team defeated China to win their second Women's World Cup. Both teams were talented with tons of international experience. In 90 minutes of regulation, the Chinese managed only two shots on the U.S. goal. But when U.S. star Michelle Akers had to leave the game after collapsing, the momentum swung China's way. After a full 120 scoreless minutes, the teams entered a shootout, in which each would be given five penalty shots on goal.The score was tied 4 - 4 when American Brandi Chastain faced China's goalie Gao Hong. "She boomed a kick into the upper-right corner of the net, then ran and ripped off her jersey in celebration. The picture of Chastain celebrating on her knees clad in her sports bra became the enduring image of the match."

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1 comment:

  1. I remember that. My goddaughter was a soccer player at the time and she was enthralled as only a pre-teen could be