Brandi Chastain’s 1999 authored moment for the United States women’s team will never be repeated. It was held under a scorching Southern California sun and before an audience of over 90,000 at Rose Bowl, with a television audience that exceeded any expectations.
Of course, it wasn’t her moment. Many others had contributed to the event that put her just 12 yards away from a game-winning goal in the Women’s World Cup. This would forever change America’s perception of the Women’s World Cup. To win the U.S. championship, she had to pass Gao Hong, China’s goalkeeper.
These few seconds are what have made U.S. women’s soccer great. Although there had been a World Cup title eighteen years ago, the tournament did not have that name at first and very few people in this country knew about it. The 1999 championship made American soccer fans and potential American players aware of it. It also made some parts of the soccer-loving, women-suppressing world more aware. Nothing can ever replace the legacy of Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly, Michelle Akers, Julie Foudy, and their team.
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Their greatness can be exceeded, however. It can happen. It can happen, provided that the current edition USWNT is able add an Olympic gold medal for the Women’s World Cup title, which was secured two years ago, just before the pandemic caused the Games to be postponed by 12 months.
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Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle, along with Becky Sauerbrunn, are without a cool nickname such as “the 99ers”. They may also be missing Julie Ertz, an extraordinary defensive midfielder who is nearing the end her recovery from a springtime accident that prevented her from participating in all of the team’s preOlympics games. This is all that is missing in this group. It is so talented and deep, it is difficult to make room for gifted players like Lindsey Horan, Christen Press and Carli Lloyd.
This is the best case for 2019, over 1999.
Press (below), has recorded four assists and five goals in nine USWNT starts this year. In her 37 international games, she has played in 37 goals. There is a possibility she won’t be a regular participant at this tournament as veteran Tobin Heath returns to full health.
Horan is a skilled midfielder who can control the ball, cover ground and create scoring opportunities. She was the NWSL’s Most Valuable Player. In the final against the Netherlands, Horan was on the bench and started in four of seven games. Jill Ellis preferred Mewis over Lavelle so she started the quarterfinal against France. This could also be true at the Olympics, where Vlatko andonovski is the new coach.
Lloyd is a legend of the national team, even though she is still very active. She is No. She is ranked No. 6 on the world’s women’s career goals-scoring list, and No. 3 in national team appearances. 3 in national team appearances. She was the champion-winning goal in two Olympics (2008 and 2012), as well as a hat trick at the 2015 World Cup final. She is now 39 and has been leading the USWNT in assists this calendar year. Alex Morgan is back in the USWNT after she had her first child in 2020. She could now be the starting striker.
These are the main reasons to choose 2019 over 1999.
These are not the only ones.
Increasing competitionThe 2019 World Cup title was won against the most formidable field of women’s soccer in history. The USWNT’s bruising draw required them to overcome an unyielding stretch with exceptional opponents. The Americans faced five teams rated 13th in a 17-day stretch, including Sweden in the final group match. They needed at least a draw in order to win their group. 9 Sweden, No. 13 Spain, No. 4 France, No. 3 England and No. 8 Netherlands, the reigning European champion.
Because of the amazing work done by the 99ers, more countries are spending more money to promote and develop women’s soccer. This was evident in the hot USA vs. France knockout round games and USA vs. England knockout rounds in 2019.
Road workThe 99ers had the benefit of playing in that World Cup in America. They played group games at Giants Stadium, Soldier Field, Chicago, and Foxboro Stadium in Massachusetts. Next, they reached the quarterfinals in Washington and then went on to the semis at Stanford Stadium, Northern California.
France had to be beaten by the 2019 squad (photo above). Nancy Armour, USA Today’s female soccer reporter, called it “the greatest game ever.” Ever.”
The magnificent Crystal DunnThe U.S. is very deep in attack and midfield so each of the two previous coaches used Dunn (below), as their left back. She is a club player and fills mainly attacking roles. In 111 games, she has scored 36 goals and provided 27 assists for clubs such as the Portland Thorns and North Carolina Courage in the NWSL. She also plays for Chelsea FC in England when necessary. She is also a great one-on-one defender, with a keen sense of positioning and a sharp eye for defending against opposing attacks. She is a player unlike any other, both now and in the past two decades.
Some 99ers are in agreement. Foudy, now an ESPN analyst said that the U.S. beat the Netherlands in the 2019 World Cup final. Foudy also stated that he believes this team is “the best we have seen.” Foudy was an integral player for the 99ers and an indefatigable defender who played 274 games and scored 45 goals.
The USWNT must win the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo’s National Stadium final on Aug. 5. To complete its mission, however, It is often mentioned that the Olympic gold was never won by a team immediately after a World Cup win. The 99ers won a World Cup after winning the 1996 Olympic gold medal with almost the same team.
They built the model for each iteration USWNT over the course of three years.
The 2019 world champions have the opportunity to do more.
Published on Tue, 20 July 2021 at 17:56:51 +0000